Summer Course in Journalism for High School Students

Are you dabbling in journalism and eager to know more?


Learn how to turbo-charge your reporting skills in this two-week session, given by 100Reporters on the campus of George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  Classes will cover the basics of good reporting and writing, and an introduction to investigative techniques that students can use right away to report on their schools, neighborhoods, towns, cities and nations.

The course is being offered to a select group of high school juniors and seniors who are seeking a solid foundation in journalism. Our faculty of experienced journalists and university professors will help students hone the critical thinking and writing skills that are essential for success in college and beyond.

Students will bring with them a story they will report and write throughout the course,  with the goal of producing an article of publishable quality that could appear either on the 100Reporters website or in a local professional news outlet.

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Courses will cover:

  • news literacy
  • ethics and law
  • identifying and writing different kinds of news stories (hard news, features, profiles)
  • story structure and flow
  • interview techniques
  • Sunshine Laws and how to use the Freedom of Information Act
  • identifying and cultivating hidden sources
  • using social media in reporting
  • accessing public records
  • computer assisted reporting

In addition, the course will feature guest speakers, hands-on practice and field trips to Washington newsrooms and other points of interest.

The details:

Dates: July 9-20, M-F, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Place: George Washington University

Tuition: $1,950.00 (does not include room and board)

Application deadline: June 9, 2012.

Admissions will be determined on a rolling basis, within two weeks of application.

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100Reporters counts award-winning journalists from such news outlets as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Harper’s and many other top-notch publications. Its ranks include winners of  the Pulitzer Prize, Overseas Press Club, Gerald Loeb and George Polk awards, and many others. Students will learn from some of the finest in the profession.


Diana Jean Schemo: 100Reporters executive editor, former bureau chief in Latin America for The New York Times and in Paris and Berlin for The Baltimore Sun; New York Times Pulitzer Prize nominee for articles debunking the myth of a Texas miracle in education.

Leslie Wayne: 100Reporters senior editor and adjunct professor of journalism at Columbia University, New York University and Arizona State University, former business reporter for The New York Times and veteran campaign finance expert, five-time winner of New York Times’ Publishers Award.

Aaron Kessler: 100Reporters staff writer and award-winning reporter, whose coverage of toxins in imported Chinese drywall prompted the largest-ever investigation of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Ron Nixon: New York Times investigative reporter, founder of The Ujima Project and expert in computer assisted reporting.

David Sennerud: Reporter and journalism instructor at Bowling Green State University;  former journalism teacher and advisor credited with transforming the moribund school newspaper at Hononegah High School in Rockton, Illinois into an award-winning publication.