The Summer Journalism Institute-Online helps rising sophomores, juniors and seniors adapt traditional reporting methods into the online space. Our fieldwork explores Twitter, Instagram and Tik-Tok as a way to cultivate sources, gauge trends, glean insight, and construct multimedia narratives. Drawing on Emerson's broad experience with technical innovation and interactive storytelling, audio, still photos, and video elements get workshopped in one-on-one consults and group settings. This summer course provides high schoolers with a digital portfolio that meets the most challenging standards and prepares them for college-level work.

The Journalism Institute is offered as a noncredit program.

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Program Dates and Costs


  • July 6–July 24, 2020 (including required orientation)
  • Journalism Final Presentation: July 24, 2020

Costs Per Student:

  • Journalism Institute Tuition: $3,354
  • Non-refundable program application fee: $60

Pre-college programs are not eligible for Emerson college's tuition benefits.

Learning Outcomes

As a student in the Journalism Institute 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

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. The virtual presentation is scheduled for July 24, 2020.

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.

Application Guidelines

Who Should Apply

High school students entering grades 10, 11, and 12 during the 2020–2021 academic school year, and who will be 15 to 18 years old as of July 6, 2020 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.

Application Materials

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
    • what you hope to achieve during the Institute, and
    • 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 digital media, 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.
  • Resume of your journalistic work

International Student Applicants

Visit international student information to learn about additional required application materials and find out more about applying to pre-college programs.

Application Deadlines

  • Priority Deadline: February 1, 2020.
  • International Student Deadline:  April 3, 2020. 
  • We will accept applications through May 15, 2020. 

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.

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