News Fund Workshops

The Dow Jones News Fund supports summer workshops to inspire high school students who face barriers to pursuing a career in journalism to consider working in the field. Significant support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides the bulk of funding for aspiring journalists to concentrate on health and wellness topics as they learn to report and write for an audience, shoot and edit video and take photos. Interested in receiving funding for a 2021 summer workshop? Read our news announcement for 2021 grant opportunities or email for more information. Since 1968, the News Fund has joined other sponsors to introduce more than 12,000 high school students to journalism careers and provided valuable hands-on experience publishing in print and digitally. These workshops add value beyond the newsroom, exposing students to campus life, thinking critically and working collaboratively. Click here to see work produced during 2019 workshops.

  • Arizona

    Andy Harvey Indigenous Youth Media Workshop
    August 1, 2021 - August 7, 2021 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, Arizona

    The Andy Harvey Indigenous Youth Media Workshop brings 25 Native American high school students from across Arizona & the Southwest to the Northern Arizona University Flagstaff campus for a week each summer to learn the “ins and outs” of broadcast media and journalism. The intent is to do the workshop in-person.  If NAU is not allowing in-person workshops at that time, the workshop will be virtual. If you do not have a computer, internet access and reliable wi-fi, they plan to work with you to provide you with hot spot access at home or have you work from and live on the NAU campus.

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    May 30, 2021 - June 5, 2021 University of Arizona Tuscon, Arizona

    Donald W. Carson Journalism Diversity Workshop teaches Arizona teens about reporting basics, media ethics, broadcast and multimedia journalism, design and editing, and different storytelling techniques.  Students pitch, research and write articles for The Chronicle newspaper and produce multimedia projects for the website.

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  • California

    Mosaic Journalism Workshop
    June 14, 2021 - June 25, 2021 San Jose State University San Jose, California
    Application deadline: March 1, 2021

    The Mosaic journalism program is a reporting, writing, photography and blogging workshop taught by journalism professionals. The program is open to current high school students. We will have sessions on identifying news, reporting, interviewing, news writing, shooting photos, opinion writing and advanced writing. The program is free to attend. Student work appears in a print newspaper, on the Mosaic website and on the Mercury News website.

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  • District Of Columbia

    Howard University Multicultural Media Academy
    June 14, 2021 - June 25, 2021 Howard University Washington, D.C.
    Application deadline: May 28, 2021

    Spend two weeks with us, and we will teach you how to use the power of multimedia journalism to cover health and wellness in underserved communities. You will learn how to write news stories, capture audio, shoot and edit video, take photos and incorporate social media. You will also develop an understanding of interrelated social issues — such as housing and hunger — that contribute to making communities unhealthy. It is open to U.S. high school students of all backgrounds in ninth through 12th grades, including 2021 graduates who will be entering their first year in college. Your work will appear on Voices of Tomorrow, and it will be distributed by the award-winning Howard University News Service. As a bonus, the best work by seniors and recent graduates will be eligible for the Dow Jones News Fund's scholarship competition. That could be you!

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  • Florida

    Journalism Jumpstart
    June 21, 2021 - July 12, 2021 Florida International University Miami, Florida
    Application deadline: June 11, 2021

    Journalism Jumpstart is a free three-week intensive summer journalism program for Miami-Dade and Broward County high school students, hosted by the FIU Communication, Architecture + The Arts department. This program focuses on reporting and writing skills. Participants will work with a writing coach and professional journalists.

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    Poynter High School Journalism Program
    June 14, 2021 - June 25, 2021 Poynter Institute for Media Studies St. Petersburg, Florida
    Application deadline: May 17, 2021

    Who fights to make public COVID-19 data, such as how many cases have been reported in your school district or the infection rate at your grandparent’s nursing home? Who holds politicians accountable for their policies and promises on issues like climate change or gun violence? Who can say what is happening on the ground when bystander and official reports conflict? Journalists! If you want to affect change, shine a light on issues that affect your friends and family, and have a passion for finding facts, journalism might be the path for you. We invite you to apply for the Poynter Institute’s prestigious High School Journalism Program this summer.

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  • Michigan

    Coaching Detroit Forward's Journalism Camp
    July 5, 2021 - May 16, 2021 Coaching Detroit Forward Detroit, Michigan

    A two-week camp taught by Detroit Writing Room and New York Writing Room coaches. Each day, students will learn a different topic from a Writing Room coach. Over the two weeks, students will report and write their own story on a topic of their choice. They will also be paired with an Editing Coach to receive feedback and editing. On the last day, students will share their stories with the group. Their stories will be published on The Detroit Writing Room’s website and in the second edition of Perspectives Magazine, a print publication produced by students in our journalism and photography camps. Students will also have opportunities to pitch their stories to local publications, including Detour Detroit and Model D. There are two sessions, the first is virtual from July 5-16, 2021, the second is in person July 19-30, 2021.    

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  • Minnesota

    ThreeSixty Journalism News Reporter Academy
    July 12, 2021 - July 23, 2021 University of St. Thomas St. Paul, Minnesota

    ThreeSixty Journalism, an intensive multimedia program for high school students, is part of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. Thomas. ThreeSixty trains and supports the next generation of diverse thinkers, communicators and leaders. At ThreeSixty’s two-week News Reporter Academy you’ll learn about the different opportunities in media and communication, engage in related activities, hear from experienced journalists and communicators, and set the stage for writing a reported story that will be published in both the print and digital versions of ThreeSixty Magazine! Week one is July 12-16 and week two is July 19-23.

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  • Tennessee

    Digital Journalism and Health Equities Workshop
    June 7, 2021 - June 25, 2021 Meharry Medical College Nashville, Tennessee
    Application deadline: May 26, 2021

    High school juniors and seniors are invited to apply for a free, digital journalism workshop. You will learn basic digital print, broadcast, photography and technology skills. Your work will be posted on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube and TikTok. You will also learn how journalists use drones, animation and 3-D printing. The workshop topic will focus on oral health equities, specifically, how oral health affects COVID. Researchers report that people with poor oral hygiene have more difficult COVID cases and the cases last longer. The virtual workshop will be held at the Meharry Medical College virtual campus and you will be able to work with some of the top medical people in health equity.

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  • Washington

    WJEA Summer J-Camp
    August 1, 2021 - August 4, 2021 Washington Journalism Education Association Seattle, Washington

    The Washington Journalism Education Association hosts this four-day journalism camp for teens. Each student will be placed on a team that will work together as a "staff" to produce print, video, and audio content. Professionals from The Seattle Times and the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University will serve as coaches. Together, the students and coaches will discuss topics ranging from the evolving field of journalism and developing job opportunities to how journalists are responding to ongoing issues of racial reckoning, the global coronavirus pandemic and the push for equity and social justice on all community fronts.

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