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For six weeks, Teens in Print’s Summer Journalism Institute brings curious high school students together for a virtual journalism experience.


From Snapchat, to Twitter, to Buzzfeed, news is everywhere you look. Your generation is the first to have 24/7 access to everything going on in the world—but that comes with a unique set of challenges. With social media amplifying misinformation and the president calling everything “fake news,” it can be tempting to tune out the noise completely.

However, in the age of the internet, journalism is more important than ever. Journalists are gatekeepers— they determine which stories deserve attention, and whose voices get heard. As a journalist this summer, you’ll get to test out that power—and you’ll leave with sharpened media skills, something you’ll be able to apply in the future whether you’re a reporter on the White House beat, or simply reading your news app on the T.

At Teens in Print’s Summer Journalism Institute (SJI), you’ll learn everything you need to know to critically analyze today’s news stories and create your own. Our team of professional journalists will teach you to interview government officials and find a story anywhere. You’ll learn about journalism’s checkered history, from the heroic reporters who helped impeach a president, to the not-so-ethical journalists who were fired for publishing lies. By the end of the six week program, you will walk away with a deep understanding of journalism, plus an all-important byline in the form of a print article.

SJI is a dynamic program, and every day looks a little different. Here’s a sample of what you might experience:

SJI Summer Journalism Institute The day will begin with a virtual group check-in and a conversation about the writing activity you’re working on. After that, you’ll participate in a media literacy or journalism writing workshop to sharpen your skills.

SJI Summer Journalism Institute

After an break, you’ll take some independent time to tackle an afternoon writing assignment. You’ll have a dedicated mentor and small group check-ins to discuss your writing, ask for and offer feedback, and discuss challenges. The full group will come back together to share and debrief at the end of each day.

SJI Summer Journalism Institute Throughout the summer, you’ll participate in virtual career exploration experiences. You’ll hear from seasoned journalists, speak to professionals of color about navigating race and equity issues in the workplace, and network with adults in fields like marketing, law, and the arts.

SJI Summer Journalism Institute Instructor Carla GualdronCarla Gualdrón | Bilingual Journalist 

Carla is Teen in Print’s Program Director. She facilitates SJI’s day-to-day workshops and provides one-on-one writing mentorship. Her story with WriteBoston is a quintessential one of things coming full circle. As a sophomore in high school, she joined the Teens in Print newspaper as a staff writer. That feeling of accomplishment in seeing her name in print sent her on a quest to become to journalist. Carla attended Emerson College where she earned her degree in print journalism. Since then, Carla has been published in the Boston Herald, El Mundo newspaper, and The Enterprise.

Jasmine Heyward headshotJasmine Heyward | Advocate, Journalist, Designer, Researcher

Jasmine is TiP’s Senior Associate. At SJI, they’ll be facilitating journalism and multimedia design workshops, revising student writing, and supporting students’ digital storytelling projects. Jasmine discovered their love for reporting as a high schooler covering DECA conferences, and they joined Teens in Print after earning a journalism degree at Northeastern University. Their articles have appeared in The Boston Globe, Boston.com, The Christian Science Monitor, ProSoccer USA, and more. 

Applications for SJI 2020 are currently closed. Join us next summer!

SJI is proud to be part of the City of Boston’s summer jobs program. To apply to be paid through the City, you must be legally permitted to work in the US, be between the ages of 15 and 19, and register with BCYF Successlink. All participants hired through Successlink can earn a paycheck of up to $318.75 a week. Full details about application requirements can be found on the BCYF website. 

Once you have registered (or updated your existing student profile) on Successlink, you must select Teen in Print’s Summer Journalism Institute as your desired work site. All Successlink candidates who select SJI as their desired placement will then be invited to the WriteBoston office for an in-person interview.  

After a successful interview, students will be notified by BCYF with an offer and will then be required to complete onboarding paperwork at the BCYF office in Mission Hill. Required documentation to receive a paycheck include the following: proof of US citizenship or alien resident status; presentation of original social security card; MA youth employment permit for students under 18; proof of school enrollment and proof of Boston residency. 

Students who do not meet the BCFY Successlink requirements but are still interested in applying to the program may receive community service hours in place of a paycheck for their attendance at SJI. If you are interested in joining but do not meet the Sucesslink eligibility requirements, please email program director Carla Gualdron at carlagualdron@writeboston.org

Who participates in SJI?
Each year, we welcome 35 to 40 teens who lives in Boston and will be attending high school in September. These teens come from a vast array of neighborhoods and attend dozens of different schools across the city. Approximately 40% of our participants speak a language other than English at home.

When does SJI take place? 
The Institute runs for six weeks, July 6 to August 14, Monday – Thursday. We ask that all participants are able to commit to attending all six weeks of programming.

Where is SJI held? 
SJI will be virtual this year. A combination of virtual video meetings and online chat check-ins will ensure that we maintain our community even at a distance. 

Why should I join? 
Earning a byline is hard, even for adult professional journalists. But after just six weeks in the Summer Journalism Institute, you’ll be published in Boston’s only citywide high school newspaper, with a circulation of 15,000 copies across the city. When you write with Teens in Print, your articles are also featured and archived on our website, meaning what you produce with us stays online forever. Having a publication on your resume will help you stand out for other professional opportunities—like college and internship applications. Past participants have talked about their experience with SJI in job interviews, asked SJI mentors for feedback on their college essays and requested recommendation letters.

How do I get paid? 
Participants will receive a bi-weekly paycheck of up to $318.75 per week through the City’s Summer Jobs program. Direct deposit is not available.

Do I need to have experience in journalism to join? 
No. We do not expect participants to have experience in journalism prior to joining our program. We look for participants who are curious about the world, passionate about something and ready to learn.  

What if I don’t have a laptop computer that I can use? 
While students are free to use their own computer, we have laptops available for students to borrow during the summer. Students who borrow technology will be asked to sign a contract along with their parent/guardian.

If I don’t have a lot of writing experience, is SJI for me?
Whether you’re a published poet or you’ve never written a word, our mentor team at SJI will meet you where you are. Our job is to push you to grow as a writer – you just need to be excited about telling your story, and willing to practice writing every day.

While everyone will be required to write in some capacity, we’re open to having students work on products that aren’t explicitly writing, such as a photojournalism series.

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