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Applications open for summer journalism institute at Emerson College in Boston


The Society of Professional Journalists Northeast High School Journalism Institute returns for a third year in August, and applications are now being accepted for 20 spots.

The three-day program will be held at Emerson College in Boston, on Aug 1-4.

Students will be trained by professional journalists and journalism professors in reporting, news writing, video and audio journalism, and multimedia production. Because Roger Williams is a coastal university, students will cover stories about the area’s environment and economy. Students will collaborate to generate news stories, photos, videos, and audio. This work will be published on a website created for the program.

To see the quality of work produced during the experience, check out last year’s content and storytelling on the institute’s website.

High school juniors and seniors from Maine to eastern Pennsylvania are eligible. Journalism experience is preferred but not required.

The cost is $300 per student, which includes housing and meals. Students with limited means may be eligible for tuition waivers and free housing, meals, and transportation assistance.

“Collaborating with SPJ leaders who care deeply about nurturing the next generation of great storytellers will be a great experience for the students,” said Chris R. Vaccaro, SPJ Northeast Coordinator. “We saw the impact this program had on the students and instructors last year and look forward to guiding this year’s group on their journey.”

Accepted candidates will be notified by April 20.

Participants can expect:

  • Training from professional journalists and professors
  • Real-time reporting and hands-on editing
  • Networking and social experiences with peers and pros
  • Studying the values and principles of the Society of Professional Journalists

Qualified applications must:

  • Be able to live in a dormitory on campus
  • Manage their own travel arrangements

The price is $300 for four days of workshops, collaboration, media creation, food and dorms. Scholarships are available.

It is open to teens in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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