Summer Journalism Academy

Learn journalism this summer
right from where you are

Learn-from-Home Option: Two weeks of instruction and hands-on reporting

Classroom starts each day with a review of journalism fundamentals in a collegiate format. A university-level journalism textbook provides daily readings and writing assignments. Instructors cover: story ideas; sources and research; interviewing; writing leads; story structure; writing for broadcast and web; accuracy; libel; ethics; and more. Curriculum for students opting for the photojournalism track will share some topics but will focus more on the operation and use of the camera and the editing of their photos.

Newsroom divides students into reporter teams, each led by a professional journalist serving as their editor, to apply what they learn in the Classroom by reporting real news events near them. Students conduct interviews by phone, email and video to cover city council proceedings, political races, human interest features and the impact of this year’s pandemic. With guidance from their editor, students write three to four original stories over the two-week session for their personal portfolios. Stories are also shared on the institute’s news website, The Terrier.

Guest Talks offer students advice and insight from experts in specific topics, such as radio reporting, media law and studying journalism in college. Sessions feature three to four Guest Talks during each two-week session.