High school student contemplating a career as a journalist? Check out AAJA’s J-Camp summer program!


Are you a high school student and aspiring journalist — which I promise you is a way cooler and glorious life than that of the part-time hobbyist blogger?

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), the nation’s foremost association for Asian American journalists and writers, has an awesome summer program just for you! J-Camp is a travelling 6-day summer camp that connects high school students with contemporary journalist professionals to foster more journalists of colour in the otherwise traditionally White male-dominated news industry. J-Camp is also all-expenses paid, including lodging, travel and meals summer camp!

Here’s more:

JCamp’s goal is to develop the next generation of journalists. This six-day training camp brings together a multicultural group of high school students from across the nation to sharpen their journalism skills and work together in a unique learning environment. The curriculum consists of interactive workshops, hands-on training and field trips.

The selected students demonstrate a keen interest in broadcasting, newspaper, magazine, photojournalism or online media. This program is not limited to Asian American students and is open to all high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors. There is no fee to apply and all costs are covered  — including airfare, lodging and meals. Students stay in university housing during the camp week.

JCamp strives to ensure excellence in the profession for decades to come by confronting the lack of diversity in journalism, not just in race but in factors including socioeconomics, geography and religion. With diverse media teams, future readers, viewers and listeners will get different views on government, human interest, entertainment, recreation, science, medicine, national and international news.

This year’s J-Camp will be held at Emerson College in Boston, MA. Applicants are in their freshman, sophomore, or junior year of high school, and the program is open to kids of all races and ethnicities! Applications are due March 16, 2014!

Here’s the website for the full information including the application process, but I’ll tell you that if I were still 16 years old, I would totally want to do this!

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