Journalism Opportunity for HS Students


I am writing to share an opportunity for high school juniors who would like to learn more about the field of journalism from professionals at some of the most well-regarded outlets in the country. Read below for details.

About the program

The Princeton Summer Journalism Program (PSJP) is a free, residential journalism and college preparatory program for high-achieving current juniors from low-income backgrounds who are interested in journalism. Over 10 days, students live on campus at Princeton University and learn reporting skills from professional journalists. They also attend lectures on liberal arts topics led by Princeton U professors. Participants hold a press conference, produce a short documentary, report on a professional sporting event from the press box, review a theatrical or cinematic production, visit 3-4 major news outlets, learn investigative reporting, and interview subjects for their feature stories in the Princeton Summer Journal. After the program, students work with a volunteer college adviser, a professional journalist, to help them through their application process.

Program dates: Friday, July 31 – Monday, August 10, 2020

Cost: None. All program expenses, including meals, housing, airfare or train tickets to and from campus, are covered by the program.

Eligibility: To apply, students must be:

  • Current high school juniors (Class of 2021)
  • living in the United States
  • with an unweighted GPA of 3.5/4.0 (exceptions apply)
  • who have an interest in journalism (no experience required)
  • and meet one of the financial eligibility requirements below:
    • The custodial parent(s)/guardian(s)’ combined income (including child support received) must not exceed $60,000 annually
    • The student must be eligible for Free/Reduced-Priced Lunch.
    • The student is eligible for a SAT or ACT fee waiver.

Applying: The online application is available on our website and due no later than Sunday, March 1, 2020. Please note that students must submit an unofficial transcript to be considered. You may read about the full application process here.

Feel free to share this information with any students and educators in your network who may benefit from it.

For more information or for flyers to distribute electronically, contact:

Tieisha M. Tift

Program Associate

Princeton Summer Journalism Program

36 University Place, Suite 350 | Princeton, NJ 08544

P: 609-258-0219 | C: 609-240-2167

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