WriteBoston’s Teens in Print Summer Journalism Institute is a summer job opportunity for Boston teens. This six-week program offers young people the opportunity to gain in-depth experience in the field of journalism. In addition to receiving expert adult mentoring, teens learn how to interview, fact check, write news stories, meet other teens across the city, and attend weekly field trips.

To help count down to the start of this year’s Summer Journalism Institute, we’ve been re-visiting old photos, memories, and #DidYouKnow factoids from the past 14 years on our Facebook and Twitter. Let’s keep the party rolling with…


1. This past year Teens in Print updated its style guide to include “normie,” “esports,” and “3-point champion.”


2. 70% of SJI students hailed from the Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan neighborhoods.


3. Despite their highlighter appearance, last summer’s t-shirts were supposed to be a soothing green. Oops!


4. Last summer students shadowed professionals in diverse industries including a PR and events firm, a global real estate agency, and the Boston Business Journal.


5. SJI isn’t all journalism all the time. Last year, SJI participants got to build robots, play kickball, and take a drumming class.


6. Student headshots last summer were taken in front of Northeastern University’s Latino Cultural Center mural.


7. Many students stay in contact with new friends they never would have met without SJI.


8. 40% of SJI students speak a language other than English at home. Last summer we published our first article in Spanish!


9. For her story last summer on the modern dictionary, Masha L. interviewed Manuel Da Luz Goncalves, the creator of the first Cape Verde Creole-to-English dictionary!


10. For the past two years, SJI has expanded into video, adding multimedia journalism. Last year, students produced video stories on gentrification, fashion, and the Lawn on D.


11. You can help support SJI by attending our upcoming fundraiser at Bella Luna! Tickets are only $50, and you’ll have access to a mouth-watering pizza buffet and the chance to challenge some alumni of the program in trivia. What better way to do some good while having a great time? Find out more info here.