Princeton University Summer Journalism Program

Organization & Program Overview:
Founded in 2001, Summer Journalism Program is one of the most innovative and successful programs of its kind. Our mission is to diversify college and professional newsrooms by encouraging outstanding students from low-income backgrounds to pursue careers in journalism. Every summer, we welcome 35-40 high school students from across the country to Princeton’s campus for a free, 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. All expenses, including students’ travel costs to and from Princeton, are paid for by the program.

Website: Princeton University Summer Journalism Program
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Frequently Asked Questions: FAQ

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must currently be a junior in high school (class of 2021).
  • Must live in the United States.
  • Must have at least an unweighted GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Must have an interest in journalism
  • Must submit your family’s 2018 or 2019 tax forms
  • The combined income of your custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) plus child support payments, if any, must not exceed $45,000. (Note: This program is for students from underresourced 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 attach a statement explaining why you believe your family qualifies as financially underresourced.)

You will also have to write three short essays. The topics are listed below:

  • a. In about 150 words, tell us about a news, feature or opinion article you’ve read recently that impacted you deeply, and why it had an effect on you.
  • b. In about 150 words, tell us about your interest in pursuing a career in journalism.
  • c. Take an issue, a trend, a phenomenon, a group or an important person in your local community, and write an article about it, her or him. This is a chance for you to show off your skills as a journalist. Your article may take the form of a news piece, a feature piece or an opinion piece. Please indicate which type of article it is in the box beneath your article. It should be about 400 words in length.

Here are some tips about the application process…

  1. When submitting your application or when contacting us for any reason, use an email address to which you will have regular access throughout the application process. Do not change your email address or stop checking email in the middle of the application process.
  2. Send all questions about the program to
  3. Proofread and edit your application carefully before submitting. You may find it easiest to write your essays and article in Word and then cut and paste the documents into the application form.
  4. Most importantly, this program is for students who are interested in journalism—who are planning to write for their college newspapers and who are at least strongly considering an eventual career in journalism. Every year, we receive applications from students who are smart and talented—but who are not really interested in journalism. Apply to this program only if you are serious about pursuing a career in journalism.

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

Contact Information: Please email for more information

Free Summer Journalism Program