Discover journalism. Develop your future. Dive into Boston.

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 it can be tempting to tune out the noise completely.

However, in the age of the internet, journalism is more important than ever. 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.

By the end of this virtual six week program, you will walk away with a deeper understanding of journalism, plus several published pieces of writing and multimedia content.

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

  • The day will begin with a virtual check-in with a group of 30 of your peers.  
  • Next, you’ll break into small writing modules to talk about the piece you’re working on.
  • After a break, you’ll take some independent time to work on your piece.
  • You’ll have a dedicated mentor and small group check-ins to talk about 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.

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

Carla Gualdron headshot
Program Director, Teens in Print
Carla Gualdrón | Bilingual Journalist 

Carla is Teens 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 a 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.

Applications for SJI 2021 are closed. Join us next summer!

SJI is proud to be part of the City of Boston’s summer jobs program. To apply, you must be currently living in Boston, be legally permitted to work in the US, and be between the ages of 15 and 18 for the entire program duration. All participants can earn a paycheck of up to $637.50 every other week.

After you’ve completed the initial application, candidates must sign up for a virtual interview with Teens in Print staff. After a successful interview, students will be sent an offer and will then be required to complete digital onboarding paperwork.

Who participates in SJI?
Each year, we welcome 35 to 40 teens who live 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?
SJI runs for six weeks, July 5 to August 13, Monday – Friday. 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. You’ll join our Discord server and we’ll use a combination of video calls (group meetings) and text and audio channels (check-ins and chat with peers and mentors).

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 on the Teens in Print website. Having a publication on your resume will help you stand out for other professional opportunities—like college and internships. 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 paycheck of up to $637.50 every other week. Checks will be mailed to participants’ homes. 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.

Read articles published on the Teens in Print website.

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