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Program Schedule

2017 Schedule

Below is the schedule for our 2017 program. Though the schedule varies from year to year, this will give prospective students a sense of what the program is like.

 

FRIDAY AUGUST 4

Afternoon [Butler]: Students arrive and move into rooms

3:30 – 6:00pm [Friend 008]: Welcome to SJP: Introductions and a discussion of why this program exists

6:00 – 7:00pm [Wilson]: Dinner (Speaker: Princeton University Vice Provost Michele Minter)

7:00 – 7:30pm [Wilson]: Introduction to Reporting, Part 1 (Ashley Powers of California Sunday Magazine & Michael Mishak of the Center for Public Integrity)

7:30 – 9:00pm [Nassau Street]: Cover first news story: Ask Princeton residents: What is your favorite thing and least favorite thing about Donald Trump?

9:00 – 11:00pm [Friend 017 & 005]: Write Princeton-reacts-to-Trump stories

11:00 – 11:30pm [Friend 008]: Go over schedule for rest of the week

11:40pm: Lights out

 

SATURDAY AUGUST 5

7:00am: Wake-up

7:45am: Meet to walk to breakfast

8:00 – 9:00am [Wilson]: Breakfast

9:00 – 10:30am: Two workshops [Friend 108 & 109]

What is Journalism? (Richard Just of The Washington Post Magazine)

Introduction to Reporting, Part 2 (Ashley Powers & Michael Mishak)

10:30am – 12:00pm: Switch above workshops

12:00 – 1:30pm [Friend 008]: Lunch (Speaker: Bill Duryea of Politico)

1:30 – 2:00pm [Friend 008]: Prepare to cover second news story: Democratic General Assembly incumbent Andrew Zwicker runs for reelection.

2:00 - 3:00pm [Friend 008]: Press conference with Zwicker

3:00 - 5:30pm [Friend 017 & 005]: Write profiles of Zwicker

5:30 – 7:00pm [Wilson]: Dinner (Speaker: Sociology Professor Patricia Fernandez-Kelly)

7:00 – 8:30pm: Discussion Groups

8:30 – 11:00pm [Friend 008]: Watch “The Insider”

11:00 – 11:30pm: Discuss journalistic issues raised by “The Insider”

11:40pm: Lights out


SUNDAY AUGUST 6

7:00am: Wake-up

7:45am: Meet to walk to breakfast

8:00 – 9:30am [Friend 008]: Breakfast (Speaker: Prachi Gupta of Jezebel)

9:30 – 10:45am: Two Workshops [Friend 108 & 109]

Reporting on the President (Benjy Sarlin of MSNBC)

Criminal Justice Reporting (Christie Thompson of The Marshall Project)

10:45am – 12:00pm: Switch above workshops

12:00 – 1:30pm [Wilson]: Lunch (Speaker: Richard Lui of MSNBC)

1:30 – 5:30pm [Friend 008]: Workshop: Video Journalism (Jonathan Schienberg of National Geographic; Rajaa Elidrissi SJP ’11 of MSNBC; Kimberly Cionca SJP ’12)

5:30 – 7:00pm [Wilson]: Dinner (Speaker: Eric Garcia of Roll Call)

7:00 – 8:30pm: Discussion Groups

8:30 – 10:00pm: Two Workshops [Friend 108 & 109]

Writing to be Read in a Digital World (Andie Coller of McClatchy Newspapers)

Feature Writing (Marin Cogan, contributor to New York Magazine)

10:00 – 11:30pm: Switch above workshops

11:40pm: Lights out


MONDAY AUGUST 7

7:00am: Wake-up

7:45am: Meet to walk to breakfast

8:00 – 9:00am [Friend 008]: Breakfast (Speaker: History Professor Michael Gordin)

9:00am – 1:30pm [Friend 108 & 109]: Practice SAT & ACT

1:30 – 2:00pm [Friend 108 & 109]: Lunch

2:00 – 5:30pm: Report and write feature stories:

  • Princeton responds to policies of the Trump administration

  • Men’s basketball

  • Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert

  • Princeton Private Prison Divest

  • Gender-inclusive housing at Princeton

  • College Republicans at Princeton

  • Princeton renames West College and auditorium

5:30 – 7:00pm [Wilson]: Dinner (Speaker: History Professor Erika Lorraine Milam)

7:00 - 8:30pm: Two Workshops [Friend 108 & 109]

  • Covering Breaking News (Brian Rokus of CNN)

  • Introduction to Philosophy (Simon Cullen of Princeton’s Philosophy Department )

8:30 - 10:00pm: Switch above workshops

10:00 - 10:20pm: Prepare for investigative story: New York’s subway crisis

10:30pm: Lights out


TUESDAY AUGUST 8

5:15am: Wake-up

6:00am: Bus departs for NYC

9:00 – 10:30am: Bloomberg Businessweek

11:00am – 12:30pm: Hearst

1:00 – 2:30pm: New York Times

3:00 – 4:30pm: HuffPost

4:30 – 8:30pm: Report investigative story

8:30pm: Bus departs for Princeton

10:00 – 11:00pm [Friend 017]: Assemble investigative reporting results

11:10pm: Lights out

 

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 9

8:00am: Wake-up

8:45am: Meet to walk to breakfast

9:00 – 10:00am [Friend 008]: Workshop: The History of Newspapers (History Professor David Bell)

10:00 – 12:00pm: Workshop [Friend 008]: The Art of Pitching (Taffy Brodesser-Akner of The New York Times Magazine)

12:00 – 1:30pm [Wilson]: Lunch (Speaker: English and African-American Studies Professor Kinohi Nishikawa)

1:30 – 2:30pm: Two workshops [Friend 108 & 109]

  • Covering Sports, Part 1 (Scott Price of Sports Illustrated)

  • Reporting on Trauma (Nicole Santa Cruz of the Los Angeles Times)

2:30 – 3:30pm: Switch above workshops

3:30 - 5:30pm [Friend 017 & 005]: Writing time: Continue writing news, feature and investigative stories

5:30 – 7:00pm [Wilson]: Dinner (Speaker: Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib of MTV News)

7:00 – 8:30pm: Introduction to Applying to College (Kevin Hudson of Princeton University)

8:30 – 10:00pm: Discussion Groups

10:00 - 11:20pm: Ethical Dilemmas

11:30pm: Lights out


THURSDAY AUGUST 10

8:00am: Wake-up

8:45am: Meet to walk to breakfast

9:00 – 10:00am [Friend 008]: Breakfast (Discussion: What Should You Trust? Fake News vs. Real News: Marin Cogan)

10:00 – 11:00am: Two Workshops [Friend 005 & 109]

Investigative Reporting (Hannah Levintova of Mother Jones)

Introduction to Fact-Checking (Rachel Poser of Harper’s)

11:00 – 12:00pm: Switch above workshops

12:00 – 1:00pm [Friend 008]: Lunch (Speaker: University Dean of the College Jill Dolan)

1:00 – 2:00pm: Two Workshops [Friend 108 & 109]

  • Journalism and Social Media (Tonya Riley SJP ’10 of New America)

  • Opinion Journalism (Suzy Khimm of NBC News)

2:00 – 3:00pm [Friend 008]: Speaker: University President Christopher Eisgruber

3:00 - 4:00pm: Switch above workshops

4:00 - 5:30pm [Friend 008]: Workshop: Personal Narratives (Franklin Lee SJP ’10, Tashi Shuler-Drakes SJP ’10)

5:30 – 7:00pm [Wilson]: Dinner (Speaker: Sociology Professor Miguel Centeno)

7:00 – 8:15pm: Two Workshops [Friend 108 & 005]

  • Writing About Politics for a General-Interest Audience (Rebecca Nelson of Cosmopolitan)

  • Photojournalism (Lyne Lucien SJP ’08 of The Daily Beast and New York Magazine)

8:15 - 9:30pm: Switch above workshops

9:30pm - 11:50pm [Friend 017 & 005]: Writing time: Continue writing news, feature, investigative and opinion stories

12:00am: Lights out


FRIDAY AUGUST 11

7:00am: Wake-up

7:45am: Meet to walk to breakfast.

8:00 – 9:00am [Wilson]: Breakfast (Speaker: Classics and Latino Studies Professor Dan-el Padilla Peralta)

9:00 – 10:00am [Friend 008]: Speaker: Politics Professor Robert George

10:00am - 11:00am [Friend 008]: Workshop: Introduction to Editing (Megan Greenwell of Esquire)

11:00am – 12:00pm: Writing time: Continue writing and editing news, feature, investigative, and opinion stories

12:00 – 1:30pm [Wilson]: Lunch (Speaker: Humanities Council Executive Director Kathleen Crown)

1:30 – 2:30pm [Friend 008]: Workshop: True Crime Reporting (Ashley Powers)

2:30 - 5:30pm: Writing time: Continue writing and editing news, feature, investigative and opinion stories

5:30 – 7:00pm [Friend 008]: Dinner (Speaker: Jazmine Hughes of The New York Times Magazine)

7:00 - 8:00pm [Friend 108 & 109]: Discussion: Theater and film reviews

8:00 - 10:00pm: Watch movie (Princeton Garden Theatre) or play (Princeton Summer Theatre)

10:00 - 11:30pm [Friend 017 & 005]: Write movie and play reviews

11:40pm: Lights out


SATURDAY AUGUST 12

8:00am: Wake-up

8:45am: Meet to walk to breakfast

9:00 – 10:00am [Friend 008]: Breakfast (Speaker: Griff Witte of The Washington Post)

10:00am – 11:00pm: Two workshops [Friend 108 & 109]

Covering Campaigns (Michael Mishak)

Writing for the New York Times On Campus section (Natalie Shutler of the New York Times)

11:00 - 12:00pm: Switch above workshops

12:00 - 12:30pm: Brainstorm group editorial

12:30 – 1:30pm [Friend 008]: Lunch (Speaker: Matthew Sitman of Commonweal Magazine)

1:30 - 2:30pm: Two workshops [Friend 108 & 109]

Journalism and the Law (Rich Tucker, SJP co-founder & Adrian Alvarez)

Covering Sports, Part 2 (Stanley Kay of Sports Illustrated)

2:30 - 3:30pm: Switch above workshops

3:30pm: Bus departs for MetLife Stadium

7:30 - 10:30pm: Cover Jets vs. Titans Game

11:30 - 1:00am [Friend 017 & 005]: Write sports stories; write group editorial; finish writing and editing other stories; write headlines and captions


SUNDAY AUGUST 13

8:00am: Wake-up

8:45am: Meet to walk to breakfast

9:00 – 10:00am [Friend 008]: Breakfast (Speaker: Princeton University Vice President W. Rochelle Calhoun)

10:00 – 11:15am: Two Workshops [Friend 108 & 109]

Applying for Internships (Michael Koike, SJP co-founder)

Choosing the Right College (Alexandria Sharpe SJP ’09, Najay Greenidge SJP ’14, Katie Zavadski)

11:15am – 12:30pm: Switch above workshops

12:30 – 1:30pm [Friend 008]: Lunch (Speaker: Princeton Admissions Officer Pat Rounds)

1:30 – 5:00pm [Friend]: College information sessions with representatives of:

• Amherst

• Bowdoin

• Bryn Mawr

• Wesleyan

• Williams

5:00 – 6:00pm [Friend 017 & 005]: Meetings with SJP college advisors

6:00 – 7:30pm [Friend Lawn]: Alumni BBQ

7:30 – 8:30pm [Friend 008]: Reporting from War-torn and Totalitarian Countries (Megan Greenwell and Brian Rokus)

8:30 – 9:30pm: Switch above workshops

9:30 – 10:30pm: Two Workshops [Friend 108 & 109]

Financial Aid (Jada Fitzpatrick SJP ’15, Caroline Lippman, Katie Zavadski)

Introduction to College Counseling (Ashley Powers & Mike Mishak)

10:30 – 11:30pm: Switch above workshops

11:30 – 1:30am [Friend 008]: Journalism Games


MONDAY AUGUST 14

8:00am: Wake-up

8:30 – 11:30am [Butler]: Exit interviews and evaluations

11:30am – 1:00pm [Friend Convocation Room]: Graduation Banquet

1:30pm: Departure