Summer Journalism Program 2024

About the Yale Daily News Summer Journalism Program

The Yale Daily News Summer Journalism Program is a three-day intensive course in journalism for high school students. The program is run entirely by undergraduate staff members of the Yale Daily News. During the program, high school students participate in workshops on the fundamentals of reporting and writing, attend lectures by esteemed guest speakers in the journalism industry, and practice real hands-on reporting by producing a story. The students will publish their piece at the end of the program in a special issue produced by the Yale Daily News. 

The 2024 program will be offered in an in-person and online format (tentatively) from August 23rd-25th. Students who are able to participate in-person are encouraged to do so, but housing and transportation costs will not be covered by the News. A typical day would have programming in the late morning, followed by lunch, and conclude with afternoon events. More details regarding the scheduling of these events will be released in August. 

No prior journalism experience whatsoever is required!  We will guide you through all the aspects of journalism and support you with publishing your piece.

The Yale Daily News will waive the program fee for all participants from New Haven Public Schools who would not be able to otherwise participate. Proof of financial need is not necessary; we will rely on the honor system. We ask that all other participants pay $500 for their time spent with the Yale Daily News during the program. Students participating remotely will be charged $180. The News uses this money to help keep our newspaper free for all readers and fund various initiatives within our organization, such as financial stipends for low-income members of the Yale Daily News.

Applying

Please fill out and submit this application by 5 p.m. ET on July 21st.

We will email you by 5 pm ET on August 1st about your acceptance status. Once accepted, you will receive a detailed program itinerary and instructions for payment. 

Contact Us

For questions, contact sjp@yaledailynews.com.

FAQs

What are dates and times of the program? 

We are tentatively setting the dates of the program from August 23rd through August 25th. Students should be dropped off in the morning around 10:00am, with programming to conclude no later than 4:30pm.

 

When is the application deadline? When can I expect to hear back?

The application deadline is July 21st at 5pm EST. We will aim to return decisions by August 1st. 

 

How much does this camp cost? 

The total price for in-person attendees is $500. Online attendees will be charged $180, to account for some parts of the program that cannot be executed over a video-conferencing platform. The Yale Daily News will waive the program fee for all participants from New Haven Public Schools who would not be able to otherwise participate. Proof of financial need is not necessary; we will rely on the honor system.

 

Are there meals provided? 

Students are encouraged to bring their own lunches. The camp will offer some options for on-site lunch purchases, but cannot guarantee to meet all dietary requirements. 

 

Is there financial aid offered? 

Yes! We have a partial need-based scholarship available to students who require financial aid. Details regarding this will be shared after students are notified of acceptance in August. 

 

Is housing offered?

Housing is not offered. That being said, when the summer journalism program was offered in-person before 2020, some students chose to stay in an area hotel, often with family members. If you choose to do so, the News can help coordinate travel and accommodation planning. 

 

Is the program in-person or online?

The 2024 SJP will be in person. However, we will offer the program in an online format that runs concurrently with the in-person programming. 

 

Who can attend the program?

The summer journalism program is geared towards rising high school students interested in journalism. As was the case before Covid-19, the program is mostly geared towards CT-area students; that being said, there was an increase in interest from students located in other parts of the world last year, and to reflect this, a concurrent online program will also be offered. The price of the online program has been adjusted to account for some parts of the program that cannot be executed over a video-conferencing platform. International students are welcome to attend, but must be able to commit to the EDT-oriented schedule of the program. 

 

What is the difference between the online program and in-person program?

Many classrooms at Yale, and those that will be used for the program, offer integrated video conferencing solutions, which will be leveraged to connect remote attendees to programming. Remote attendees might miss out on opportunities to connect with fellow SJP attendees, as well as the experience of being on Yale’s historic campus; that being said, the core content of the program will still be offered, such as the opportunity to receive edits from Yale Daily News editors and t0 be featured in the SJP edition of the news. 

 

Who runs the camp?

The Summer Journalism Program is staffed entirely by members of the Yale Daily News. 

 

I have more questions…

Please direct all inquiries to sjp@yaledailynews.com. Our team will work hard to get back to you as soon as possible.