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Summer programs


Many programs are held at the state and regional level by state scholastic press associations. Be sure to check with your local association in addition to perusing this list.

The Dow Jones News Fund maintains an extensive list of non-DJNF student journalism programs and DJNF student programs.


  • American University's Discover the World of Communication program includes courses on communication, scriptwriting, journalism, broadcasting, film, video and photography. Classes are taught by faculty and other media professionals. Washington D.C., and Costa Rica.
  • The Asian American Journalists Association will hold its J-Camp in New Orleans. It is open to all high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors, not just those who are Asian Pacific American.
  • The Digital Media Academy program at several locations offers hands-on learning for students in the areas of digital photography and Photoshop, Web design, animation and video.


  • Auburn University Auburn University holds a weeklong high school journalism workshop for selected students on subjects including news writing, photojournalism, multimedia journalism, sports journalism, opinion writing and more.
  • The University of Alabama holds its Minority Journalism Workshop each summer. It's an intensive workshop emphasizing reporting, writing, editing, graphics, photography, production and basic communication skills.
  • The Alabama Scholastic Press Association holds workshops throughout the year for students.





District of Columbia

  • The Corcoran College of Art + Design offers a summer two-week residential program for aspiring photojournalists. FOCUS on Photojournalism is taught in conjunction with the White House News Photographers' Association and offers students the opportunity to enhance their photography skills while exploring the world of photojournalism in the nation's capital.
  • Georgetown University's summer high school Journalism Workshop gives students the opportunity to advance their skills in print, photo, and broadcast journalism, as well as in blogs and other digital media.
  • George Washington University's Photojournalism mini-course focuses on developing basic skills and furthering photographic technique; the photograph as a story-telling document that probes social issues and events. Also, July 9-20, George Washington University is holding a two-week seminar for high school students preparing to tackle college work. More details at 100 Reporters.


  • The Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Fla., is holding its High School Journalism Program for students in the Tampa Bay area.
  • The University of Florida's Summer Journalism Institute is a weeklong progam for students and advisers. It offers student workshops for: newspaper editors, yearbook editors, photographers, broadcasters and Web designers. Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors may attend; graduating seniors may not. Students participate in daylong classes and live in a campus dorm under the supervision of the SJI staff.
  • The University of Miami hosts a broadcast journalism program for students to teach them about the business. It's called Boot Camp for Your Brain.
  • Walsworth Publishing Workshop of Camp Orlando is holding a workshop for yearbook and newspaper students. . Contact them to recieve a brochure and/or more information.


  • The Georgia Journalism Academy is a weeklong program for students and teachers at the University of Georgia presented by the Georgia Scholastic Press Association. Student courses have included advertising, design, leadership, opinion writing, photojournalism and more.
  • The 21st Century Leaders is sponsoring a one-week program for sophomore and juniors at the Georgia Institute of Technology. This media literacy leadership development program exposes participants to various areas of the media business through interactive workshops, tours, roundtable sessions, team-building exercises, and an etiquette dinner.  Participants learn the practice of “pitching” a story.. 


  • Northwestern University holds its competitive National High School Institute for a month during the summer to teach journalism to about 85 students.


  • Ball State University in Muncie hosts journalism workshops for advisers and students.
  • The Indiana University High School Journalism Institute is for students and teachers. It includes a series of intensive journalistic workshops for high school media staff members with concentrations on yearbook, broadcast news, newspaper and photography.


  • The University of Iowa holds a Summer Youth Program in journalism. It includes sessions on photography, desktop publishing, Web site design and newspaper and yearbook design.


  • The University of Kansas' Kansas Journalism Insitute teaches scholastic journalists to better meet the needs of their school publications. Ten academic sections are offered, including design, writing, digital photography, leadership, electronic journalism and beginning and advanced newspaper.


  • The University of Kentucky will host a Multi-Media Journalism Workshop. Workshop participants will learn basic multi-media reporting skills (writing, photography, videography, editing, basic web design) and produce content for a multi-media web site during this one-week, intensive workshop.
  • The Northern Kentucky University College of Informatics will give high schools students a taste of what's in store for them in the work world through a week long "Journalism in the Digital Age" workshop.


  • The University of Maryland and the Maryland Scholastic Press Association sponsor summer programs at the university for students. See this site for details on the next program.


  • The Boston/Teens In Print Summer Journalism Program runs over the summer. Click ?here? for an application.
  • The Boston Globe welcomes you to enjoy their facility and meet some Globe writers. In addition to the historic and contemporary journalistic ties to Boston, this IJWI will include the literary connections of American literature and the AP exam. for more information, contact Carol Lange (
  • Emerson College's Summer Journalism Institute for High School Students is a two-week program that provides students with basic journalistic techniques and approaches to produce journalism in a variety of formats.


  • Michigan Interscholastic Press Association and Michigan State University sponsor summer journalism programs for students and advisers.


  • The National Scholastic Press Association offers a summer workshop for students and advisers at the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis.
  • The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, offers a two-week residential a youth journalism program, ThreeSixty.



  • The University of Missouri in Columbia offers a Summer Media Workshop for yearbook and newspaper students. It has units for beginners and advanced students with special sections on photography and desktop publishing.
  • Media Now STL ( is a summer high school journalism workshop for high school teachers and students that focuses on digital media. Workshops in web, multimedia, photography, design and editor training can all be found at this camp located in the St. Louis Metro area.


  • The Nebraska High School Press Association's Summer Journalism Workshop in Lincoln hosts about 125 student journalists each summer offering students instruction in yearbook production, newspaper layout and design, photography, graphic design, newswriting and editorial leadership.


New Jersey

New York

  • The Columbia Scholastic Press Association will hold its Summer Journalism Workshop a workshop with eight sequences in either newspaper or yearbook.
  • The Greene High School Journalism Institute is a residential workshop at Stony Brook University for current Long Island high school students.
  • Join a free, two-week journalism program this summer at Hofstra High School Journalism Institute for high school students to learn journalism skills.
  • New York Film Academy's 4-Week Broadcast Journalism Camp will take place in New York. Students are trained in the fundamental principles, techniques, and craft of broadcast journalism.
  • New York University Journalism's Hyperlocal Newsroom Summer Academy for junior and senior high school students to learn journalism skills. Based in New York City's East Village.
  • The Urban Journalism Workshop at New York University is designed to encourage minority students to consider a career in journalism. Twenty high school juniors and seniors from the New York City metropolitan area (the five boroughs of NYC in addition to New Jersey, Connecticut and Westchester) will be selected to spend 10 days attending an intensive, rigorous multimedia course at the NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute's new state of the art facilities in Cooper Square, July 16th – 25th. This workshop is free to selected students.

North Carolina


  • Ohio University holds its High School Journalism Workshop in journalism for student editors and writers.
  • The Northern Kentucky University College of Informatics will give high schools students a taste of what's in store for them in the work world through a week long "Journalism in the Digital Age" workshop.


  • Point Park University is holding Summer High School Jounalism Workshops in Pittsburgh. Students can choose print, broadcast or photojournalism as their concentration. For more information contact Heather Star Fiedler.
  • Penn State's Journalism Camp focuses on journalism for high school students, in print, electronic and multimedia.

South Carolina


  • The Tennessee High School Press Association holds its J-Camp at Lipscomb University.
  • Belmont University in Nashville offers a journalism camp for high school students interested in learning more about news writing, newspaper layout, online journalism, blogging, video journalism and more. Contact Bonnie Wagonfield for more information.


  • Gloria Shields All-American Publications Workshop will hold several classes for students and advisers on a variety of editorial and advertising subjects.
  • Metromedia Video Workshop, Lovejoy High School, Lucas, Texas. Learn Final Cut Pro and Premiere Elements. Several opportunities for location shoots.
  • The University of Texas at Austin hosts the ILPC Summer Workshop for students and advisers. Students with a variety of skill levels and interests will have a chance to attend specific sequences.


  • The Virginia Association of Journalism Teachers and Advisers puts on its J-Camp at Virginia Tech for students and teachers.
  • Washington and Lee University offers its Summer Scholars program, which include a journalism curriculum, focusing on electronic journalism, print and media lab.
  • The Washington Journalism and Media Conference offers its summer program at George Mason University for students interested in media careers.


  • Seattle University and others will sponsor the Journalism Summer Workshop for high school students in June. All expenses are paid.
  • The Washington Journalism Education Association presents its Summer Journalism Workshop for newspaper, yearbook and broadcast students. It will include sessions in production, leadership, photojournalism, writing and more.

West Virginia


  • The Kettle Moraine Press Association Summer Journalism Workshop at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater gives publication staffs an advantage as they approach the challenge of covering their schools’ activities.
  • Marquette University in Milwaukee presents its Urban Journalism Workshop, developed to encourage high school students to pursue journalism careers.