Boston University Summer Journalism Academy

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The application comes in two parts. First, a student completes a short form asking for basic contact information and the desired session date, and submits a non-refundable $60 fee.

After submitting this form and application fee, students will receive an email with a link to the second half of the application. It will ask for:

  • Additional application information;
  • Parent or guardian information;
  • School information, including names and emails of a journalism adviser and guidance counselor, if applicable; and
  • A letter by the student explaining his or her interest in journalism, 400 words maximum.

After submission, we notify all applicants within two weeks. If you don’t receive the notification, please check your spam or junk mail for the link to the second portion of the application.

We will accept applications for Summer 2021 beginning in December 2020. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Application deadlines:

Deadline for Session 1a and 1b is June 11.
Deadline for Session 2a and 2b is June 25.
Deadline for Session 3a and 3b is July 9.

Sessions can fill up, so we encourage you to start the application process early. 

The focus of the journalism academy is on the core skills necessary for any kind of career path: television, radio, print or digital-first. Our instructors cover interview techniques, composing “lede” paragraphs, media ethics and more. 


Yes. Past seniors have found the experience prepares them for working on their college newspaper or radio station. The institute also is a great activity for recent high school graduates take a Gap Year before heading off the college.

Yes, we do. We provide scholarships or financial aid to individuals who demonstrate a financial need. In awarding scholarships, we strongly consider students who are socioeconomically disadvantaged, or who have overcome substantial educational or economic obstacles or personal adversity and come from diverse communities. Our organization also provides financial aid for U.S. high school students who demonstrate a financial need.

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  • All cancellation requests must be received in writing no less than 30 days prior to the first day of the workshop. Cancellation requests for the Boston University Summer Journalism Institute should be emailed to: Approved cancellation requests will receive a refund of the registration fee less a $350.00 cancellation fee.
  • We are unable to refund any registration fees fewer than 30 days prior to the institute’s session start date.
  • Failure to attend the institute session will result in forfeiture of the full registration fee.

The College of Communication reserves the right to cancel or reschedule the workshop due to low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of the College of Communication. In this case, applicants are entitled to a full refund of the registration fee.

The College of Communication will advise applicants at the earliest opportunity of changes to the scheduled workshop dates. The College of Communication is not responsible for travel fees, or any expenses incurred as a result of cancelled programs.

You can search for and read selected stories reported by previous Summer Journalism Academy students at The Terrier.

Your extensive personalized edits helped me learn from my mistakes and find my writing style.
Thank you for taking the time to stay after class to talk to me about college and my future projects.
Not only am I interested in pursuing journalism in the future, but I have already emailed my teacher asking to take a much larger role in the newspaper next year.

Ready to report this summer?

Applications Open in January 2020