Pre-College Journalism 3-Week Institute
July 9 - 28, 2017
The Summer Journalism Institute offers rising sophomores, juniors and seniors an opportunity to explore techniques and approaches to produce journalism in a variety of digital formats. Students move beyond the traditional methods of communicating news and explore using blogs, microblogs, texting, Twitter, and their mobile devices to find and interview sources, take and format pictures, and shoot and edit video to create packages online and on the air. The program takes advantage of Emerson College's state-of-the-art journalism labs to give students access to the ultimate multimedia learning environment.
As a student inthe Journalism program, you will:
- Identify and synthesize the latest news trends and practices (news literacy) and ethics
- Compose, photograph and format pictures for news
- Shoot and edit video for news packages
- Conduct interviews and produce feature stories on parallel pre-college summer programs
- Develop a college entrance portfolio by producing multimedia news and feature stories to be published on the Journalism Institute website.
- Visit local news outlets to see professional journalism in action
- Prepare a final presentation of your work at the conclusion of the program
Journalism Final Presentation
On the final day of the Institute, the group will present a sample of their work to an audience of family, friends, and peers. Presentation: July 28, 2017.
Get an idea of what your schedule will be like as a Pre-College Stage Design student:
Schedule is subject to change.
Program Dates (including required orientation): July 9–July 28, 2017
Journalism Final Presentation: July 28, 2017
Move-out day for on-campus students: July 29, 2017–by noon
The Journalism Institute is offered as a noncredit program.
Journalism Institute Costs Per Student:
- Journalism Institute Tuition: $3204
- Residential Room and Board Fee: $1722
- Non-refundable program application fee: $60
Lunch, Monday through Friday is included in the tuition cost. The residential option includes room, linens, breakfast and dinner on weekdays, and brunch and dinner on weekends.
Who Should Apply
High school students entering grades 10, 11, and 12 during the 2017–2018 academic school year, and who will be 15 to 18 years old as of July 10, 2017 are eligible to apply.
The program best suits the high school student with an intense interest in reporting the news and wants to gain skills to either join or start his/her high school newspaper or television station. Current high school journalists looking to improve upon their skills for print or broadcast and who want to expand their projects to the web are also welcome.
Each candidate for the Journalism Program must submit the required online application, a non-refundable $60 application fee, and the following documents:
- Student Statement of Purpose: In one or two pages, please describe
- 1) what you hope to achieve during the Institute
- 2) an event you feel has prepared you for the Institute.
- Essay: Discuss your strengths and weaknesses regarding your writing, reporting skills, editing skills, experience with blogging, and your ability to collaborate with others. Please include which platform of journalism you feel most comfortable and least comfortable to work in.
- Teacher Recommendation: Please submit at least one recommendation, completed by a teacher who knows your work. If possible, the teacher should know your work in the field to which you are applying.
- Work Samples: one or two samples of your work, such as any relevant web links, that offer further information about your ability and recent work, including Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, or online school newspaper.
- Résumé of your journalistic work
International Student Applicants
The final deadline for international student applicants is April 28, 2017. Visit international student information to learn about additional required application materials and find out more about applying to pre-college programs.
We will accept applications through May 22, 2017. Admission to Emerson College's Arts and Communication Pre-College Programs is on a rolling basis. We suggest applying early, as space is limited. Admission decisions are made frequently.
Emerson College reserves the right to change any provision of this program at any time. The College specifically reserves the right to change its tuition rates and any other financial charges. The College also reserves the right to rearrange its courses and class hours, to drop courses for which registration falls below the minimum enrollment, and to change instructor assignments.
Note: pre-college programs are not eligible for Emerson college's tuition benefits.