High School Journalism Program (June 2017)
The deadline has been extended to May 28 at 5 p.m. This is the final deadline to apply. Plenty of seats still remain.
Learn journalism from the pros. Come to Poynter this summer.
Be one of a select group of high school students in the Tampa Bay area selected to participate in this prestigious, intensive program. This one-week workshop for high school students will improve your writing, teach you new ways to use social media and digital storytelling tools, and hone your understanding of journalism’s role in a democracy.
You’ll work with Poynter faculty and local prize-winning journalists. We’ll wrestle with journalism ethics, we’ll learn the skills journalistic fact-checkers use, and we’ll discover secrets to good storytelling. No prior journalism experience required - just an interest in the world around you.
Please click here to apply.
Students will be together in a fast-paced workshop with an emphasis on writing and revision, media ethics, digital storytelling through interactive graphics and the role of journalism in a democracy. We’ll write a personal narrative (perfect practice for your college application essay!), and we’ll create interactive online elements that could become part of your personal or school media website. We’ll also spend some time capturing photo and video stories in downtown St. Petersburg.
Tuition includes supplies, a workshop T-shirt and lunch each day. We’ll meet in Poynter’s comfortable, airy classrooms and computer labs.
The High School Journalism Program is one of the longest-running programs at The Poynter Institute. Founded along with the Institute in 1975, its goal is to give young people the chance to learn about writing and the values and craft of journalism. We don’t require participants to have journalism experience, though it helps. We realize many students in this program won’t go on to pursue careers in journalism. We know, however, that some of them will, and that all of them will learn through this program about the important role of journalism and freedom of the press in a democracy.
This program is perfect for students who work on school media or who are considering studying journalism in college. We also welcome students who enjoy writing, photography or video storytelling and want to see how the craft and values of journalism can help them see and do that work in new ways. Students in grades 8 through 11 are encouraged to apply. Seniors who are graduating this spring may apply and will be admitted if room is available. Applicants do not need to live in the Tampa Bay area but need to make their own housing and transportation arrangements. Priority goes to local students.
Students will learn:
* Tips for making their writing clearer, crisper, cleaner
* How to use simple digital tools to tell stories in new ways
* Strategies for more effective, powerful visual storytelling
* Social media for journalists
The application asks you to write an essay, 50 to 100 words, telling us about your interest in this program and why you’d like to participate. This is the most important component of your application, so please spend some time on it. Tell us about your involvement (if any) in student media, your interest in journalism and storytelling and how you hope this workshop will help you. (The online application will not let you save your work, so we suggest you write your essay in another program, then cut and paste it into your application.)
Who will benefit:
Students enrolled in student media courses in high school, especially newspaper, yearbook or TV production. This workshop is also great for students interested in journalism or who take an active interest in current events, even if they haven’t enrolled in journalism courses at school. This workshop is good for students who enjoy writing, photography, social media, video or web design and want to see how journalists apply those skills in their work.
Students applying for financial aid may request it in the online application as part of their “essay of interest.” Tell us whether you qualify for free or reduced school lunch and any special circumstances you want us to consider.
Program hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Class size is limited to 35 students.
Price: $350 for the five-day workshop, Monday through Friday.
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This program is sponsored by:
High School Journalism Program Director, Poynter; Journalism Adviser, Hillsborough High School
Senior Faculty, Broadcast and Online
Interactive Learning Producer
Senior Scholar Emeritus
Staff Writer, Tampa Bay Times
Media Business Analyst & Leader of News Transformation
Interactive Learning Manager
Marketing Communications Manager