The Summer Journalism Workshop at Northeastern University’s College of Arts, Media and Design offers an intensive one-week program in reporting and writing, taught by award-winning journalists, for high school and early college students interested in exploring careers in journalism. The workshop is offered as part of the CAMD Summer Program, which provides academic programming in the summer term across a number of creative disciplines.
Lisa Chedekel and Lynne DeLucia are award-winning journalists who specialize in in-depth reporting on health and safety. They shared in a Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News awarded to The Hartford Courant in 1999. After careers in Connecticut newspapers, they launched an online news service, the Connecticut Health Investigative Team in December 2010, which now produces stories for 16 newspapers and media outlets in Connecticut, as well as for national media partners. C-HIT runs summer journalism programs on the campuses of three Connecticut universities.
Senior writer and co-founder of the Conn Health I-Team, Lisa is an award-winning investigative reporter who wrote for the Hartford Courant for 15 years, covering a wide range of beats, from politics to healthcare. In 1999, she was among a team of reporters awarded the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting. In 2002, she was among a handful of U.S. journalists who visited Saudi Arabia in the year after 9/11 to report on the aftermath of the terrorist attacks. More recently, she co-authored a series on mental health in the military that won a George Polk Award, the Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting, and was a 2007 finalist for the Pulitzer in Investigative Reporting. She is an adjunct instructor of journalism at Northeastern University. Before writing for The Courant, she was a staff writer and columnist for the New Haven Register.
Editor and co-founder of the Conn Health I-Team, Lynne is a former assistant managing editor of The Hartford Courant, with more than 35 years’ experience in journalism. In 1999, she oversaw breaking news coverage that won The Courant a Pulitzer Prize in that category. As an editor at The Courant, and previously at the New Haven Register, she oversaw coverage of state and local politics, crime, education and health, as well as special projects. Her staff won numerous state and national awards. She serves as a board member of the New England First Amendment Center. As part of her leadership of C-HIT, she mentors and trains high school and college interns throughout the year.
Kate Farrish spent 23 years at The Hartford Courant, where she worked as a higher education writer, bureau chief and city editor and won several state and national awards. She is a Connecticut election coordinator for the Associated Press and has taught news writing at the University of Connecticut since 2009.
The Summer Journalism Workshop will also feature guest presenters from a wide range of reporting and media backgrounds, including:
- Walter Robinson, a Distinguished Professor of Journalism at Northeastern who spent more than 30 years at The Boston Globe, where his leadership on a series of stories about the Roman Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. From 2000 through 2006, Robinson was assistant managing editor for investigations and editor of the newspaper’s investigative unit, the Spotlight Team. At Northeastern, he teaches investigative reporting.
- Sacha Pfeiffer, a senior reporter and host of radio station WBUR’s All Things Considered, as well as a fill-in host on the nationally syndicated Here & Now. She was previously host of Radio Boston, the station’s weekday show highlighting interesting people, places and issues in Boston and beyond. Pfeiffer joined WBUR in 2008 after more than a decade as a reporter for the Boston Globe, where she was on the Spotlight investigative team that won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. At WBUR, she initially covered health, science, medicine and the environment. She has received numerous honors from the Associated Press and the Radio and Television News Directors Association, as well as a national Edward R. Murrow Award for broadcast reporting.
How is the Summer Journalism Workshop different from other writing programs?
The Summer Journalism Workshop for high school students is taught by working journalists who are excited about careers in writing and reporting and who want to train the ‘next generation’ of journalists in practical skills that can help move the profession forward. Program instructors work with students to report and write their own stories, on topics of interest to them, offering a unique opportunity to practice what they learn throughout the week and produce a publishable story. Students also get an inside look at Boston area media, including the Boston Globe. Instructors stay in touch with students after the summer session and are available as mentors, advisors, and editors.
Do I have to have experience with my school newspaper?
There’s no requirement that participants have experience writing for their school publications, although past writing or editing experience is useful. Similarly, students who enroll in the workshop may use the experience to pursue fields of study outside journalism, as the in-depth reporting skills that are taught are useful in a variety of fields that combine research and writing, such as advertising, public relations, marketing, law, medicine, and many other pursuits.
What opportunities will I have to explore Boston?
Students will get to know Boston by spending a week on the Northeastern University campus and visiting the Boston Globe newsroom. They will also join with students in other Northeastern summer programs for social outings around the city in the evenings.
Will this program help me get into college?
Students interested in pursuing further studies in journalism or writing will leave the Summer Journalism Workshop with publishable stories and a skill set that is useful to any kind of research and writing. Because the workshop is unique and taught by award-winning writers, completion of our program has helped to distinguish college applicants by showing a special commitment to the ‘art’ of in-depth reporting. Personal contact with Northeastern journalism faculty and veteran reporters allows participants to request letters of recommendation from instructors who will know your work first-hand.
Are scholarships available?
The Summer Journalism Workshop is not able to offer scholarships at this time.
Are visas available for international students?
Though we hope to provide visas for international students in coming years, they are not currently available for Summer 2014 Summer Journalism Workshop students. If you are an international student interested in our program, we encourage you to contact us so that we can add you to our mailing list. We will let you know as soon as visas become available and will hope to welcome you to campus soon.
Each morning, students in the Summer Journalism Workshop participate in seminars led by working journalists from the Boston Globe, the Hartford Courant, WBUR, and other media outlets (many of whom are Pulitzer Prize winners), who discuss their stories and teach them in-depth reporting skills. In the afternoons, students work with award-winning program faculty to research and report their own in-depth stories, which are edited for publication on the web and in school and local publications. The week culminates in a visit to the Boston Globe newsroom.
As news shifts from print to the web, journalism is undergoing an unprecedented transformation that will require a new generation of reporters who are able to delve below the surface of breaking news events to produce compelling, in-depth stories on high-impact topics. Readers and viewers bombarded with sound bytes and Twitter feeds will look to writers who can synthesize complex information into clear and compelling stories that expose trends, problems, and innovations.
The weeklong Summer Journalism Workshop gives students a crash course in in-depth reporting techniques, including:
- mining data
- accessing documents
- using social media in reporting
- cultivating an effective writer’s voice
Accepted students will receive notification via email, at which point they will be required to submit a deposit of $500 to hold their place in the program. For more information, email the program director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014 Program Dates
Move in: Sunday, June 29
Program begins: Monday, June 30
Program ends: Friday, July 4
Move out: Friday, July 4
$1275 includes tuition, housing, and meals
$725 includes tuition and lunches
The Summer Journalism Workshop offers admission through a competitive application process. Interested students are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible, as submissions are reviewed in the order that they are received. Applicants are required to submit a completed application form, the names of three references, and a non-refundable application fee of $50.
Application deadline: May 15, 2014