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Summer Journalism Academy at Boston University

Learn journalism from working reporters this summer — on campus or from home.

Boston University presents a hands-on experience for high school students interested in journalism, writing or photography.

The Summer Journalism Academy at Boston University gives students ages 14 to 18 the opportunity to expand their skills and prepare for college, either through a residential experience on campus or through remote instruction from home.

Each academy instructor is also a working journalist, so what’s taught is grounded in real-life experience. Each lesson is tied to its practical application, by giving students actual reporting assignments. Each day is a sample of life as a news reporter.

UPDATE: All sessions for Summer 2022 are SOLD OUT. Thank you!

Workshop Info

Dates
Session 1: June 20 to July 1, 2022; Session 2: July 4 to July 15, 2022; and Session 3: July 18 to July 29, 2022
For
Students ages 14 to 18
Tuition + Fees
Alls 2022 sessions SOLD OUT: On-Campus w/tuition, room, board and activity fees: $3700; On-Campus Commuter w/tuition and activity fees: $2700; Learn-from-Home: $1300
Register & Pay

Home or away? You choose this summer.

ON-CAMPUS:

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. The 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, scheduled before lunch, provides time for students to apply what they learn in the Classroom to hands-on journalism assignments. Instructors — now serving as editors — divide students into small reporter teams, make assignments, and provide strategies for interviews and story angles. Over the rest of their day, students fan out around campus or in the city of Boston to conduct interviews and gather information. Typically, they report on city council proceedings, political races, human interest features, sports, and more, producing one to three 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 journalism experts in topics such as radio reporting, media law and studying journalism in college. Students also visit city newsrooms to hear from reporters where they work, such as WBUR public radio and the Boston Globe. Sessions feature three Guest Talks during each two-week session.

Activities unrelated to journalism are part of the on-campus Summer Journalism Academy experience. Students visit Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and take a fan tour of historic Fenway Park, home to the Boston Red Sox. At their option, they can stroll the short distance to shop and eat on the city’s famed Newbury Street or walk the historic Freedom Trail downtown. Some students make time before or after their session to schedule college tours of BU and one of the many colleges in or near Boston.

Residence Hall: Most On-Campus students live and dine at the Warren Towers residence hall, next to the College of Communication building on Commonwealth Avenue. However, students living nearby may choose a “commuter” option and still participate in every Classroom, Newsroom, Guest Talk, and Activity. Students who live on campus will move in on the Sunday their session starts. Visit our FAQ for more details.

 

LEARN-FROM-HOME:

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.

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Textbook, Inside Reporting by Tim Harrower, available print or digital, for purchase or rental at CheggB&N or Amazon. On-campus students can purchase or rent the book, or thye borrow a hard copy from us. If a student borrows one of our books and does not return it or return it in the condition they borrowed it, you will be charged $80 for the book.
  • Computer, with a broadband internet connection, audio and camera for video-conference meetings.
  • Phone, to conduct interviews with sources and story subjects.

VACCINATION POLICY:

According to Boston University’s COVID-19 Vaccination policy, all on-campus students must be fully vaccinated according to the requirements made by Boston University. If a student is accepted to our on-campus program, they are required to provide documentation of their vaccination. For more information, please visit Boston University’s Back 2 BU website.

Ready to report this summer?

Applications Closed for 2022

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