Student Workshops

Many programs are held at the state and regional level by state scholastic press associations. Be sure to check with your local association in addition to perusing this list.


    • Newseum Institute’s Free Spirit and Journalism Conference
      The Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference each year selects one high school junior from every state and the District of Columbia to participate in an all-expenses-paid summer journalism conference at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Participation in the program also includes a $1,000 college scholarship. For more information, please contact:
    • American University’s Discover the World of Communication program includes courses on communication, scriptwriting, journalism, broadcasting, film, video and photography. Classes are taught by faculty and other media professionals.
    • The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is excited to open the application for JCamp, an all-expenses-paid annual multicultural journalism training program for talented high school students of diverse backgrounds. The program will celebrate its 16th year in 2016 at the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs in Washington, D.C., August 1 – 6. The six-day camp brings students together for intensive training in writing, photography, broadcast, online media and reporting led by professional journalists. JCamp is free and open to current freshmen, sophomores and juniors in high school. Students of all races and ethnicities are encouraged to apply before the March 13, 2016 deadline.
    • The Center for Collaborative Journalism at Mercer University will hold its Digital Media Summer Camp June 12-21. Campers will learn audio, video, writing and coding. The camp is open to all rising 10th-12th graders with generous scholarships available thanks to the Knight Foundation. Learn more here:
    • The Columbia Scholastic Press Association invites high school print and online staffs and advisers to its 34th annual Summer Journalism Workshop, held on the historic campus of Columbia University in the City of New York from June 21-26, 2015.
    • The Digital Media Academy program at several locations offers hands-on learning for students in the areas of digital photography and Photoshop, Web design, animation and video.
    • The Dow Jones News Fund maintains an extensive list of non-DJNF student journalism programs and DJNF programs.
    • iD Tech Camps offers web design, photography and digital video summer courses held at over 60 prestigious universities including Stanford, Princeton, and others nationwide. Small classes (guaranteed max 8:1 ration) for beginner to advanced students in a fun, challenging un-school environment.
    • iD Visual Arts Academy offers two week, teen summer courses in documentary film making and professional photography at NYU, UC Berkeley and Yale University. Project-based learning taught by adult-only, trained instructors.
    • MediaNowDrake in Des Moines, Iowa is a four day summer boot camp for high school journalism teachers and students that aims to take your digital media skills to the next level, for the upcoming school year and beyond. The goal is to push your design, writing, photography, leadership, web and multimedia skills to the limit with hands-on instruction and work time that allows those that attend to learn and then immediately apply. Our camp at Drake University will offer courses in editorial leadership, InDesign, writing, yearbook, web/social and photo/multimedia. Scholarships and Housing are available. More information about the camp can be found at
    • Missouri Investigative Journalism Workshop  Learn how investigative journalists find information, track people down, conduct better interviews, analyze data and find great stories. You’ll leave with skills you need to do your own investigations.  The workshop will be taught by investigative reporters who have worked at top news organizations as The New York Times, and by experienced MU faculty.  Highlights of the week will include: How to use the web and social media to find information and background people. How to conduct better interviews that get people talking to you. How to analyze data to pull meaning from numbers and lists. How to tell better stories. How to find better story ideas.
    • Missouri Urban Journalism Workshop  You learn how to cover issues, news and current events in an inclusive way. Some of your stories will be published in the School’s award-winning, hands-on learning laboratories. Instruction will be guided by faculty experts at the Missouri School of Journalism and industry professionals.  ighlights of your week will include: Mobile Technologies: Learn how to interview sources, shoot video, take photos—do everything you need for your story— while you’re on location. In today’s world, journalists can work from anywhere. Social Media: Use Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook and other social platforms to engage with the public, gather information and more for all stages of your reporting. Documentary Journalism: Go beyond day-turn reporting and be exposed to long-form storytelling. You’ll learn new investigative and technical skills in this exercise. Data Journalism: Dig deep into publicly available information in government databases to discover facts and statistics. Learn how to produce graphics that visualize the information for the public. Lots More: Narrative writing, story structure, and other timely and current topics. More information is available by emailing [email protected] or calling 573-882-6031, or online at:
    • The New England Center for Investigative Reporting now offers the Pre-College Summer Journalism Institute. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for high school students interested in journalism, communications or writing. We offer two-week sessions to expand students skills through hands-on, real-life learning. Guided by award-winning working journalists, students report and write on what’s happening in real time in Boston: government, business, sports, crime, courts, the arts and more. Students will also be exposed to hard core investigations and investigative reporting techniques. To learn more or apply, visit
    • Princeton University Summer Journalism Program is a 10-day all-expenses-paid summer journalism program students from under resourced financial backgrounds.





      • Rethink 2008 at Rock Canyon High School in Highlands Ranch is a commuter workshop for advisers and journalism teams. Contact Jack Kennedy, workshop director, at [email protected] or [email protected]
      • The I-News Investigative Journalism Institute gives high school students an opportunity to spend the week at the University of Colorado at Boulder learning how to think, question, and dig for the truth like an investigative reporter.


      • The Conn. Health I-Team offers three summer residential high school journalism workshops: at Yale University and at the University of Connecticut. Selected students learn the tools of investigative journalism by participating in workshops led by award-winning journalists, work on stories for publication and visit a local newsroom. Topics include: multi-media reporting, how to find a great news or sports story, using public data in reporting, perfecting your writing style and using social media as reporting tools.

District of Columbia

      • The Corcoran College of Art + Design offers a summer two-week residential program for aspiring photojournalists. FOCUS on Photojournalism is taught in conjunction with the White House News Photographers’ Association and offers students the opportunity to enhance their photography skills while exploring the world of photojournalism in the nation’s capital.
      • George Washington University’s photojournalism mini-course focuses on developing basic skills and furthering photographic technique; the photograph as a story-telling document that probes social issues and events.


      • The University of Florida’s Summer Journalism Institute is a weeklong program 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.
      • Walsworth Publishing Workshop of Camp Orlando is holding a workshop for yearbook and newspaper students. Contact them to receive a brochure and/or more information.
      • The Florida Yearbook Institute is the PREMIER yearbook event of the summer. What takes your staff 6-8 weeks to complete in the Fall will be done in ONLY 2.5 days! Join hundreds of students and advisers to learn about: Theme, Ladders, Module Building, Visual Story Telling, Marketing, Photoshop, InDesign, Yearbook Avenue, Photography.


      • The Georgia Journalism Academy is a weeklong program for students and teachers at the University of Georgia presented by the Georgia Scholastic Press Association. Student courses have included advertising, design, leadership, opinion writing, photojournalism and more.
      • The 21st Century Leaders is sponsoring a one-week program for sophomore and juniors at the Georgia Institute of Technology. This media literacy leadership development program exposes participants to various areas of the media business through interactive workshops, tours, roundtable sessions, team-building exercises and an etiquette dinner.  Participants learn the practice of “pitching” a story.


      • Media University is offered by the College of Media at the University of Illinois. The program is for high school students interested in journalism, advertising, or media and cinema studies. Students will work on a real project and interact with University of Illinois faculty, ad agency and client personnel, journalists, and media personnel while learning from current University of Illinois students.
      • Students can learn the basics of journalism including online news skills and social media coverage, through hands-on experience at the Summer Journalism Camp held at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


      • Ball State University in Muncie hosts journalism workshops for secondary teachers and students. Classes are taught by award-winning high school advisers and college professors in university classrooms and computer labs. Courses focus on both traditional and new media and emphasize skill sets pertinent to improving storytelling across multiple media platforms.
      • 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 Iowa holds a Summer Youth Program in journalism. It includes sessions on photography, desktop publishing, Web site design and newspaper and yearbook design.
      • MediaNowDrake in Des Moines, Iowa is a four day summer boot camp for high school journalism teachers and students that aims to take your digital media skills to the next level, for the upcoming school year and beyond. The goal is to push your design, writing, photography, leadership, web and multimedia skills to the limit with hands-on instruction and work time that allows those that attend to learn and then immediately apply. Our camp at Drake University will offer courses in editorial leadership, InDesign, writing, yearbook, web/social and photo/multimedia. Scholarships and Housing are available. More information about the camp can be found at


      • 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.
      • Improve your writing skills; master software and learn leadership and time management at the Flint Hills Publications Workshop, which will be held at Kansas State University.


      • The Northern Kentucky University College of Informatics will give high schools students a taste of what’s in store for them in the work world through a week long “Journalism in the Digital Age” workshop.


      • The LSPA Summer Institute provides an intensive one-week training program for high school sophomores, juniors, seniors and incoming freshmen. Sponsored by the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication, LSPA Summer Institute’s mission is to provide students with the skills needed to produce top-notch scholastic media, including newspapers, broadcast, yearbooks and multimedia. Students work closely with faculty and media professionals utilizing Manship’s state-of-the-art laboratories and production facilities. They build strong journalism skills and receive a preview of the college experience, while spending five nights under supervision in one of LSU’s residential facilities.


      • The University of Maryland sponsors summer programs at the university for high school students. See this site for details.


      • The Boston/Teens In Print Summer Journalism Program runs over the summer. Click here for an application.
      • The Boston Globe welcomes you to enjoy their facility and meet some Globe writers. In addition to the historic and contemporary journalistic ties to Boston, this IJWI will include the literary connections of American literature and the AP exam. for more information, contact Carol Lange ([email protected]).
      • Emerson College’s Summer Journalism Institute for High School Students is a two-week program that provides students with basic journalistic techniques and approaches to produce journalism in a variety of formats.
      • The New England Center for Investigative Reporting at Boston University is offering a two-week Summer Investigative Reporting Workshop with three sessions beginning on June 27, July 11, and July 25. The workshop is an opportunity for high school students to improve their writing, research, and critical thinking skills while working with award-winning reporters on their own investigative piece. Students will live on BU’s campus and participate in evening and weekend activities exploring Boston.


      • Michigan Interscholastic Press Association and Michigan State University sponsor summer journalism programs for students and advisers.


      • The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, offers a two-week residential a youth journalism program, ThreeSixty.


      • The University of Mississippi’s summer journalism program has a real college-level journalism course.


      • The Missouri School of Journalism, with the help of the Dow Jones News Fund, created the Missouri Urban Journalism Workshop in 1971 to encourage high school students to consider journalism as a career. Each summer, high school students from around the country gather on the University of Missouri campus to work under the guidance of professional journalists to produce stories, photos and broadcasts. The work of the MUJW students is published as an online publication called the Urban Pioneer. For more information about the next Missouri Urban Journalism Workshop, for more information contact [email protected] or call 573-882-6031.
      • MediaNow STL in St. Louis, Missouri is a four day summer boot camp for high school journalism teachers and students that aims to take your digital media skills to the next level, for the upcoming school year and beyond. The goal is to push your design, writing, photography, leadership, web and multimedia skills to the limit with hands-on instruction and work time that allows those that attend to learn and then immediately apply. MediaNow offers workshops in web, multimedia, photography, design, social media, broadcast, editor training and much more. The camp is held on the Maryville University campus.  Scholarships and Housing are available. More information about the camp can be found at
      • A summer media workshop for high school students is sponsored most years by the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association. It is open to students interested in journalism who are entering their freshman year of high school through the summer before their freshman year of college. Students from all across the United States are welcome to attend. Topics covered include sports writing, editorial leadership, convergent media, convergence writing, broadcast, design and digital photography. Sessions also are available for advisers. For more information about the next summer media workshop, contact Diane Davis at [email protected] or 573-882-6031.


      • The Nebraska High School Press Association‘s Summer Journalism Workshop in Lincoln hosts about 125 student journalists each summer offering students instruction in yearbook production, newspaper layout and design, photography, graphic design, news writing and editorial leadership.


      • Digital RENOvation from the Journalism Education Association of Northern California is for both students and advisers. The focus is on convergence journalism.

New Jersey

New York

      • The Columbia Scholastic Press Association will hold its Summer Journalism Workshop a workshop with eight sequences in either newspaper or yearbook.
      • New York Film Academy’s 4-Week Broadcast Journalism Camp will take place in New York. Students are trained in the fundamental principles, techniques, and craft of broadcast journalism.
      • New York University’s Summer Journalism at NYU for junior and senior high school students to learn journalism skills. Based in New York City’s East Village.
      • The Urban Journalism Workshop at New York University is designed to encourage minority students to consider a career in journalism. Twenty high school juniors and seniors from the New York City metropolitan area (the five boroughs of NYC in addition to New Jersey, Connecticut and Westchester) will be selected to spend 10 days attending an intensive, rigorous multimedia course at the NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute’s new state of the art facilities in Cooper Square, July 16 to 25. This workshop is free to selected students.
      • CUNY Graduate School of Journalism is offering a 2-week, 3-credit course for high school journalism teachers. This course on advanced journalism skills is designed to provide high school journalism teachers with new tools for updating their student newspapers and magazines. Teachers will learn how to harness their students’ smartphone, video and social media abilities in a journalistic form to create or bolster online news products. The class will produce a digital project showcasing the skills taught.

North Carolina


      • Ohio University holds its High School Journalism Workshop in journalism for student editors, writers, photographers and advisers in Athens, Ohio. The workshop, now in its 69th year, features some of America’s finest journalists and photographers, plus OU’s stellar faculty, as instructors.
      • The Northern Kentucky University College of Informatics will give high schools students a taste of what’s in store for them in the work world through a week long “Journalism in the Digital Age” workshop.


      • Point Park University is holding Summer High School Jounalism Workshops in Pittsburgh. Students can choose print, broadcast or photojournalism as their concentration. For more information contact Heather Star Fiedler.
      • Penn State’s Journalism Camp focuses on journalism for high school students, in print, electronic and multimedia.

South Carolina

      • The Pre-Collegiate Fellowship in Investigative Journalism is a one-day workshop with no cost to fellowship winners. Twenty outstanding rising juniors and seniors will have an opportunity to learn basic skills in investigative reporting practices, with an emphasis on database and web-based document searching at the USC School of Journalism and Mass Communications.


      • The Tennessee High School Press Association holds its J-Camp at Lipscomb University.
      • Belmont University in Nashville offers a journalism camp for high school students interested in learning more about news writing, newspaper layout, online journalism, blogging, video journalism and more. Contact Bonnie Wagonfield for more information.


      • 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.


      • The Virginia Association of Journalism Teachers and Advisers puts on its J-Camp at Virginia Tech for students and teachers.
      • The Washington Journalism and Media Conference offers its summer program at George Mason University for students interested in media careers.
      • Learn from some of the country’s best journalism instructors at jCamp, held on the campus of Washington and Lee University.


      • Seattle University and others will sponsor the Journalism Summer Workshop for high school students in June. All expenses are paid.
      • The Washington Journalism Education Association presents its Summer Journalism Workshop for newspaper, yearbook and broadcast students. It will include sessions in production, leadership, photojournalism, writing and more.


    • The Kettle Moraine Press Association Summer Journalism Workshop at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater gives publication staffs an advantage as they approach the challenge of covering their schools’ activities.
    • Marquette University in Milwaukee presents its Urban Journalism Workshop, developed to encourage high school students to pursue journalism careers.