Boston University Summer Journalism Institute

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We will accept applications for Summer 2019 beginning in October 2018. Applications are considered on a rolling basis, but applications must be received two weeks prior to the start date of each session. Sessions can fill up, so we encourage you to start the application process early. 

No. We just need to get a sense of your grades. An unofficial transcript would be fine.

The focus of the journalism institute 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.


We understand that it’s summer. Our program offers equal parts of fun and learning. Monday through Friday, students will start their day by attending a journalism writing class.  They will have a break before going to meet with their newsroom editor.

No day will be exactly the same. Some days students will be out reporting. Other days, they will meet with their editor to review their story and angle.

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We urge everyone to apply. While grades are a way for us to judge skill level, we realize it is not the only way. This is why writing samples and recommendations are very important to us.


No, if you live close-by boarding is optional. But if your commute is more than 30 minutes, you may want to consider living on campus.

Due to students arriving at different times at Logan Airport, we are unable to provide transportation for students from Logan Airport to Boston University dorms.

Please be aware of the airlines policies around unaccompanied minor. If you are a minor and the airline needs an adult present to meet you at the airport, you must contact our student programs manager immediately with flight details and to make arrangements.

NECIR will not accompany students to the airport at the end of the program.

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In collaboration with Sargent Choice Nutrition Center, Boston University Dining Services offers students with food-related medical conditions a variety of options to accommodate their needs while they are on campus.

For more information please refer to BU’s Sargent Choice Nutrition Center’s website :

Safety is our number one priority while your son or daughter is attending our program. Evening and weekend time is filled with supervised activities. There are only a few hours of free time between the end of class and dinner each day (4-6 p.m.). We set strict limits on where students can walk to on or off-campus during that time. The Boston University police as well as Boston and Brookline police departments both regularly patrol the campus and surrounding neighborhoods. The dormitory where your child will be living is divided by gender with security guards stationed at the building entrance and ground floor elevators. Boys are not allowed in girls’ rooms and vice versa. There is a Resident Assistant as well as a counselor from our program on each floor housing our students. We will supply emergency contact information to students when they arrive. For more information please refer to the BU safety site:

Your extensive personalized edits helped my 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.

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