Summer Journalism Program

The Princeton University Summer Journalism Program

***THE APPLICATION FOR SUMMER 2017 IS NOW AVAILABLE HEREAPPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY 11:59 PM ET ON FEBRUARY 24, 2017.

What is the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program? We welcome 35-40 high school students from low-income backgrounds every summer to Princeton’s campus for an intensive, 10-day seminar on journalism. The program’s goal is to diversify college and professional newsrooms by encouraging outstanding students from low-income backgrounds to pursue careers in journalism. All expenses, including students’ travel costs to and from Princeton, are paid for by the program. Students who attend the program come from across the country. The program will enter its sixteenth summer in 2017. It will take place from August 4 to August 14.

What is the program like? Classes at the program are taught by reporters and editors from The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, The Daily Beast, Politico, Sports Illustrated and CNN, among other media outlets. Students tour The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Daily Beast and Bloomberg; cover a professional sports event; cover news events in the Princeton area; film and produce a TV segment; conduct an investigative project; author a group blog; and report, write, edit and design their own newspaper, The Princeton Summer Journal, which is published on the program’s last day. The program is also designed to give students a taste of what life is like at one of the best colleges in the country—students live on campus and eat in one of the university’s cafeterias—and to prepare them to apply to top schools. Students meet with Princeton’s top professors as well as the school’s president and its dean of admissions. Students attend seminars on every aspect of the college admissions process. SJP administers a diagnostic SAT or ACT exam provided by Kaplan Test Prep. The program’s 2016 schedule can be found here. After students return home, program staff remain in contact with them, assisting them during the college application process and helping them to apply for journalism internships once they are in college.

What have our students accomplished? Approximately 350 students have graduated from our program during the past fifteen years, and many return each summer to serve as mentors to our current students. We are proud of their academic and journalistic accomplishments. Since 2008, 61 of our students have gone on to Ivy League schools—plus, four have gone to Stanford, five to Swarthmore, seven to Georgetown, three to Wesleyan, eight to Berkeley, five to Barnard, three to Bowdoin, and three to Bard.

Our students have gone on to write for college newspapers across the country, including The Daily Princetonian, The Harvard Crimson, The Yale Daily News, The Brown Daily Herald, The Columbia Spectator, The Cornell Daily Sun, The Daily Pennsylvanian, The Amherst Student, The Wesleyan Argus, The Middlebury Campus, The Bowdoin Orient and The Georgetown Hoya. Our alumni have also landed jobs or internships at The New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, The Daily Beast, Foreign Policy, National Journal, The Huffington Post, The New Republic, The American Prospect, Newsweek, The New York Observer, Sports Illustrated, Huffington Post, Architectural Digest, The Star-Ledger, NPR, MSNBC and NBC, among other outlets.

Who is eligible? This program is intended for low-income students with excellent academic records who are committed to pursuing a career in journalism. To apply for the program, you must meet the following qualifications:

– You must currently be a junior in high school.

– You must live in the United States.

– You must have at least an unweighted 3.5 grade point average (out of 4.0).

– You must have an interest in journalism.

– The combined income of your custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) plus child support payments, if any, must not exceed $45,000. (Note: This program is for students from under-resourced financial backgrounds. If the combined income of your custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) plus child support payments, if any, exceeds $45,000 and you still wish to apply, you may attach a statement explaining why you believe your family qualifies as financially under-resourced.)

Who runs the program? The program was founded by four Princeton alumni from the class of 2001—Richard Just, Michael Koike, Gregory Mancini and Rich Tucker—who wanted to diversify the world of journalism. Today, the program is run by Richard Just as well as by Marin Cogan, Amanda Cormier, Eliza Gray, Walter Griffin, Lyne Lucien, Tonya Riley, Amanda Rinderle, Brian Rokus, Chanakya Sethi, Tasnim Shamma, Katie Zavadski, and Simon van Zuylen-Wood. Except for two student interns who are hired annually to help coordinate the program, everyone associated with the program is a volunteer. More information about the program’s directors can be found here.

Who funds the program? The program is funded by Princeton University, as well as by grants from foundations and donations from Princeton alumni. In 2016, we received more than 350 applications, but, because of funding limitations, we were able to accept only 11 percent of applicants. We receive so many applications because we are, to our knowledge, the country’s only high school program that seeks to propel low-income students into professional newsrooms by combining journalism education with intensive college admissions preparation—and pays all the expenses of students who attend. Every year, with guidance from the program’s staff, our students apply to, and are accepted at, the country’s best colleges, where they go on to write for top student papers and earn internships at the nation’s most influential newspapers, magazines and television stations. We would like to increase our class size to meet the extraordinary demand among low-income students for spots in the program, and we are therefore currently seeking a donor to help us expand the program in future years. More information about how to donate to the program can be found here. If you  would like more information about the program, the best way to reach us is via email at sjp@princeton.edu.

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Summer Journalism Program

Attention Juniors!!   Now is the time to start planning for your summer.

Applications are now available for Princeton University’s summer journalism program.

The all-expenses-paid journalism program is for high school juniors from low-income backgrounds 

In this program, students learn reporting skills from celebrated journalists, report and write their own newspaper, and are paired with a counselor who oversees their college admissions process. SJP alumni have gone on to jobs and internships at The New York Times, The New Yorker, NPR, and many other news outlets.

The application process for the 2017 summer is now open. The application can be found at www.princeton.edu/sjp and is due at 11:59pm EST on Friday, February 24, 2017.

Please feel free to share this with other students.

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Rutgers Pharmacy Program

Attention 9th and 10th Graders!!

Rutgers University is hosting…

A Day in the Life of a Pharmacy Student Program

Friday, November 4, 2016

The university is hosting a one-day event to give you an idea of what a day in the life of a Pharmacy student is like.

To apply, complete the attached application. You can also pick up an application from my office (G200F) or from your guidance counselor.  The deadline to apply is  Monday, October 17th. 

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Mahatma Gandhi Art & Writing Contest

Greetings!!

I am happy to share news with you about the Mahatma Gandhi Art & Writing Contest!  

The contest is open to ALL Middle and High School students from New Jersey.  Whether you are a budding artist or a writing guru, the contest will give you an opportunity to showcase your skills.  🙂

Cash awards ranging from $50 to $250 will be awarded to the highest rate entries in each category and for both Middle & High School participants.

The deadline to apply is June 15, 2016, so there is plenty of time for you to apply.  For the entry form and contest guidelines, click on the link below.

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You can also pick up a copy of the rules and entry form from my office in guidance.

Good luck!!  🙂

Ms. Cain

Scholarship for Writing Majors

Announcing: 2016 Write Rowan, Right Now! Literary Writing Scholarship Contest!

$35,000 in scholarships to three freshmen Writing Arts majors entering in fall 2016

Click here for more details.

Why Writing Arts?

Studying writing arts increases understanding of the multiple facets of written communication. Through a variety of courses and learning experiences in creative, academic, new media and applied writing, students learn to become flexible, adaptable writers, ready to bring advanced writing, reading and critical thinking skills to the workplace.

Our multiple programs include (links are in the sidebar):

• The First-year Writing Program, serving all Rowan students
• For undergraduates:

– 34-credit major, which can also serve as a dual major for Elementary or Early Childhood      Education
– 22-credit minor
– 22-credit Liberal Studies: Humanities/Social Science option
– 12 credits in the Liberal Studies: Literacy Studies major
• At the graduate level, a Master of Arts in Writing
• An accelerated, five-year BA in Writing Arts/MA in Writing. Applications accepted for entering freshmen or juniors.

As one of the few independent writing departments in the U.S., Writing Arts is uniquely positioned to help you learn to communicate effectively within our dynamic culture. Indeed, we are the only department in the country with the name Writing Arts. Our name reflects the uniqueness of our offerings.

Housed in the College of Communication and Creative Arts at Rowan University, the department boasts award-winning professors who are publishing in a myriad of genres. From online to in print, from novels to nonfiction, from the scholarly to the creative, we are active writers engaging word, text and image in our work.

The Department of Writing Arts was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by the Conference on College Composition and Communication in 2004, the award’s inaugural year.

This article provides a brief look at our major. Produced and maintained by Writing Arts students, this website provides more details about the major and its courses.

 

 

Scholarship Bulletin

Happy New Year!

In case you did not know, a new Scholarship Bulletin is available!  🙂

Click on the link below.

+Scholarship Bulletin Jan 4 2016

Make it a great day!