Princeton University Summer Journalism

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  • July 31 2020

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What is the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program? PUSJP is one of the country's most innovative and successful programs working to provide opportunities to outstanding high school students from low-income backgrounds. We welcome about 25 high school students from low-income backgrounds every summer to Princeton_Сйs campus for an all-expenses-paid, intensive 10-day seminar on journalism. After the program ends, counselors stay in touch with students to help guide them through the college admissions process. The program_Сйs 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_Сй travel costs to and from Princeton, are paid for by the program. Students who attend come from across the country. The program will enter its 15th summer in 2016. It will take place from August 5 to August 15. <br><br> 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, National Journal, New York Magazine, The Daily Beast, Time Magazine, ESPN the Magazine, CNN and NPR, among other media outlets. Students tour The New York Times, The Daily Beast and Time Magazine; conduct an investigative project; cover a professional sports event; cover news events in the Princeton area; film and produce TV segments; and report, write, edit and design their own newspaper, The Princeton Summer Journal, which is published on the program_Сйs 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_СУstudents live on campus and eat in one of the university_Сйs cafeterias_СУand to prepare them to apply to top schools. Students meet with numerous Princeton professors as well as the school_Сйs president and admissions officers. Students attend seminars on every aspect of the college admissions process and take a practice SAT or ACT. 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.<br><br> What have our students accomplished? About 300 students have graduated from PUSJP during the past 14 years, and many return each summer to serve as mentors to our current students. We are proud of their academic and journalistic accomplishments. Fourteen of our alumni have attended Princeton. Others have gone on to Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, the University of Pennsylvania, Duke, Williams, Amherst, Swarthmore, Wesleyan, Middlebury, Georgetown, Bowdoin, the University of Virginia, Johns Hopkins, New York University and many other selective schools. Their work has been published in 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 and The Bowdoin Orient. Our alumni have also landed jobs or internships at The New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, National Journal, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, The New Republic, The American Prospect, Newsweek, The Miami Herald, The New York Observer, the Associated Press, The New York Daily News, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, The Star-Ledger, The Philadelphia Daily News, NPR, NBC and CBS.<br><br> Who is eligible? This program is intended for low-income students with excellent academic records who are interested in pursuing a career in journalism. To apply for the program, you must meet the following qualifications:<br><br> - You must currently be a junior in high school. - You must live in the United States. - You must have an unweighted grade point average of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale). - 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. <br><br> 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 explain below why you believe your family qualifies as financially under-resourced. <br><br> How to apply. The application process consists of two rounds. For the first round, fill out the application below in its entirety, and then click "Submit" at the bottom of the form. <br><br> We must receive this part of your application by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, February 26, 2016.

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Princeton, New Jersey


July 31 2020

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July 31 2020

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August 10 2020

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