Summer Opportunities

Journalism camps, workshops & programs
for high school students and advisors

  • The California Scholastic Press Association Journalism Workshop is a 50+-year-old two-week program for high school juniors and seniors held at California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo. It offers partial scholarships.
  • The Digital Media Academy program at Stanford University offers hands-on learning for students in the areas of digital photography and Photoshop, Web design, animation and video.
  • Newspaper by the Bay at Stanford University is a week-long journalism camp for students and advisers focusing on 21st century journalism skills. Contact Beatrice Motamedi and Paul Kandell, workshop co-directors, at
  • The Yale Daily News staff offers a free week-long Summer Journalism Program at Yale University for Connecticut high school students.
  • 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.
  • Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., hosts the Summer Journalism Workshops for students and advisers interested in writing, editing and design, plus special sessions for people interested in specific computer programs, magazines and the business side of things.
  • 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 Kansas' Kansas Journalism Institute 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 Maryland and the Maryland Scholastic Press Association sponsor a Summer Journalism Program at the university for students and advisors.
  • The University of Mississippi's Summer Journalism Institute has a real college-level journalism course. Students also take another 3-hour course to complement their studies.
  • 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.
  • The Nebraska High School Press Association's Summer Journalism Workshop in Lincoln, Neb., hosts about 125 student journalists each summer on the University of Nebraska campus, offering students instruction in yearbook production, newspaper layout and design, photography, graphic design, newswriting and editorial leadership.
New Jersey
  • Princeton University offers a free 10-day Summer Journalism Program where economically-disadvantaged high school juniors are taught about journalism by journalists from the New York Times, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Miami Herald, New Republic and The New Yorker.
New York
  • Penn State's Communication Institutes offers hands-on summer programs in film, journalism, TV news, radio broadcasting, sports journalism or media.
South Carolina
  • The South Carolina University's Carolina Journalism Institute is an intensive five-day regional workshop at South Carolina University devoted to helping junior high and high school students and advisers enhance their knowledge of editing, writing, designing and production techniques for all scholastic publications and productions.
  • 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.
  • Washington and Lee University offers its Summer Scholars program, which include a journalism curriculum, focusing on electronic journalism, print and media lab.
  • The Seattle University offers an all-expenses paid week-long Journalism Summer Workshop for high school students. It will include sessions in production, leadership, photojournalism, writing and more.
  • The Kettle Moraine Press Association Summer Journalism Workshop gives high school students and advisors instruction on writing, layout, design and photography.