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Summer Journalism Program: Building Skills & Community
The Pace Center for Civic Engagement, Princeton University
August 7, 2014
It’s the weekend and the hurricane of the century is set to strike. Are you bummed it will ruin your plans, or are you clamoring for your editor to pick you to go into the heart of the storm? “If it’s the latter, you know you’re a journalist,” said Brian Rokus ’99 of CNN as he addressed a classroom of high school journalists as part of a workshop on breaking news with the Summer Journalism Program (SJP) at Princeton University. ... Read More.
 
SJP Alum Jeanne Li wins New York Times Scholarship
The New York Times
March 5, 2014
Because Jeanne Li’s aunt and uncle, whom she lives with, do not speak English, she serves as the family’s scribe and interpreter. She said she began thinking about studying statistics or math in college after volunteering to comb through data at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Above all, she wants to continue writing, maybe as a journalist. … Read more.
 
SJP Alum Andrew Boryga wins Cornell Award
The Cornell Chronicle Online
March 7, 2013
Described by Cornell faculty in English as a major literary talent with great career potential, Andrew Boryga '13 has been selected the Undergraduate Artist of the Year for 2012-13, the Cornell Council for the Arts has announced. ... Read More.
 
SJP Alum Eboni Boykin featured on MSNBC
The Melissa Harris-Perry Blog on MSNBC
September 29, 2012
Perhaps the highlight of Sunday's Education Nation Student Town Hall -- hosted by Melissa, naturally -- came when Eboni Boykin, a freshman at Columbia University, was profiled in the first hour. Eboni's story is unique because she grew up in St. Louis with hardships almost no student (let alone future Ivy Leaguer) has to endure. ... Read More.
 
Journalism crash course in Jersey
Columbia Journalism Review
August 28, 2012
Imagine that it is days after the shootings at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, WI, earlier this month, and you ask 260 people around New York City’s Central Park to “name a salient fact” about the Sikh religion. How many of those people do you think might come up with an answer? ... Read More.
 
High school students learn journalism and more in Princeton summer program
Princeton.edu
August 20, 2012
For 11 intense and enlightening days in August, a select group of high school seniors came to the Princeton campus to explore the craft of journalism and be introduced to the intellectual rigors of college life. ... Read More.
 
LA High School Students Complete 2012 Princeton Summer Journalism Program
Fishbowl LA
August 20, 2012
Check it out. The just-published 2012 edition of The Princeton Summer Journal includes the bylines of three LA area high school students: Angela Kim (Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies), Laura Nunez (Animo Leadership High School) and Marco Rivas (Bishop Mora Salesian High School). ... Read More.
 
Summer Journalism Program Alum Eboni Boykin Realizes Career Choice From Program
November 1, 2011
Eboni Boykin, a 2011 graduate of the Summer Journalism Program,  was one of 21 students from across the country chosen to participate. Because of her experience in the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program, she is now applying to colleges in preparation of a career in print journalism. Eboni encourages other Normandy students to set their sights high and not let anyone deter them from reaching their goals. ... Read more.
 
From small beginnings: how a program for young journalists changed lives
Princeton Alumni Weekly
October 5, 2011
by Richard Just
This summer, our 10th, was as amazing as any other. As in past summers, our friends from Princeton and from the journalism world — reporters and editors from The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Politico, and CNN — served as volunteer counselors or taught classes. ... Read More.

Princeton giving teen journalists a taste of 'real' reporting for 10 years
NewsWorks
August 31, 2011
by Vanessa Martinez (Summer Journalism Program Class of 2005)
Good journalists distinguish themselves with their drive to discover the truth, but too few students have a chance to practice that skill early in their lives. I'm lucky enough to have helped a team of wide-eyed high school journalists discover the tenacity they will need to be successful reporters. ... Read More.

Heart-pounding Baby Food
The Harvard Crimson
August 24, 2011
by Katie Zavadski (Summer Journalism Program Class of 2008)
I could hear my heart pounding as we approached the cash register. Surrounded by three teenagers and my fellow counselor, Walter, I imagined that this was how a bank robber must feel in the moments before he raises a gun and demands all the money. ... Read More.

Summer Journalism Program Alum Elizabeth Gonzalez wins NAHJ Soledad O'Brien Scholarship
August 19, 2011
Elizabeth Gonzalez, a 2010 graduate of the Summer Journalism Program, was selected as a recipient of the National Association of Hispanic Journalist's 2011 Soledad O'Brien Scholarship in the amount of $2,500. Elizabeth will attend Bowdoin College's Class of 2015 in the fall. 

Exposing expired meds on the shelves
MSNBC
August 12, 2011
Investigative journalism doesn't necessarily take months, particularly if you have a good idea and a number of reporters who can share the workload.
Case in point: 21 students in a Princeton University summer journalism program visited more than 20 drugstores in four New York City boroughs this week and found dozens of expired over-the-counter medications on the shelves. And these weren't just mom-and-pop operations. ... Read more.

High School Journalists Find Expired Meds in NY Stores
Poynter
August 11, 2011
High school students in the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program visited more than 20 New York stores — including CVS, Duane Reade, Rite Aid and Walgreens — and found that they’re stocking and selling expired over-the-counter medications. The teen journalists note: “New York law prohibits the sale of any over-the-counter medications after the date ‘marked upon the label as indicative of the date beyond which the contents cannot be expected beyond reasonable doubt to be safe and effective.’” Last summer, students in program investigated cabs and buses that violate New York’s anti-idling laws. ...Read more.

Expired medicine sold in New York City store
Propublica
August 8, 2011
Despite several recent high-profile lawsuits by New York State authorities, some New York City drug stores and pharmacies continue to stock expired medications, a Summer Journal investigation has found. ... Read more.

Summer Journalism Program Alum Tammy Chan Named Emma Bowen Foundation Scholar
July 26, 2011
Tammy Chan, a 2010 graduate of the Summer Journalism Program, was named an Emma Bowen Foundation Scholar and was matched with WNBC-TV for a four year internship. The program prepares minority youth for careers in the media industry by placing them with partner companies during summers and school breaks following their junior year in high school until they graduate from college. Students earn an hourly salary and matching funds for college expenses. Tammy will attend Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication's Class of 2015 in the fall. ... Read more.

Summer Journalism Program Alum Mariya Ilyas Receives Davis Projects for Peace Award 
The Bowdoin Orient
April 8, 2011
Mariya Ilyas, a 2008 graduate of the Summer Journalism Program and member of the Class of 2013 at Bowdoin College, was selected to receive a $10,000 grant from the Davis Projects for Peace initiative to create a high school journalism program at Al-Imtiaz Academy in Abottabad, Pakistan. Ilyas is the Arts and Entertainment editor at her college newspaper and said she will be modeling the program after the Summer Journalism Program in an interview with The Bowdoin Orient:

"Ilyas based much of her curriculum on what she learned as a high school student during the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program (SJP), a 10-day program. 'SJP changed my life, and I owe the counselors and directors there for encouraging me to continue journalism in college,' said Ilyas." ... Read more.

Summer Journalism Program Alum Amanda Cormier Named Editor-in-Chief of The Columbia Spectator's The Eye 
The Columbia Spectator
December 5, 2010
Amanda Cormier, a 2007 graduate of the Summer Journalism Program and member of the Class of 2012 at Columbia University, was elected to the 135th Managing Board of The Columbia Spectator as the editor-in-chief of The Eye magazine. ... Read more.

Summer Journalism Program Alum Elizabeth Gonzalez Thanks the Program in The El Paso Times
The El Paso Times
October 17, 2010
Elizabeth Gonzalez, a 2010 graduate of the Summer Journalism Program, thanked the Summer Journalism Program in a guest column in The El Paso Times:

"The Ysleta Independent School District is one of five national finalists for the 2010 Broad Prize for Urban Education, a prominent education prize awarded to the school district with the most improvement in student achievement among low-income and minority students. ... I wouldn't have had mentors like Mrs. Sanchez, my Valle Verde English teacher, who helped me apply to the Princeton Summer Journalism Program. This program provided me with the most vibrant educational experience of my life." ... Read more

High School Students Shed Light on New York City's Failure to Enforce Environmental Law
The Nation
August 11, 2010
In sweltering August heat, the sight of buses and cars idling on New York City street corners while drivers sit in their air-conditioned interiors isn't all that noteworthy. But a group of high school students, after watching a number of Brooklyn MTA buses idle well past the legal three-minute limit, turned the commonplace sight into an investigation and ultimately, a published investigative report... Read more.

Double-Parked With Engines Running: Illegal But In Fashion
The New York Daily News
August 11, 2010
Mayor Bloomberg's PlaNYC environmental push calls for reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from taxis and black cars idling on the street by the end of this year. He has even ordered his police detail to turn off their engines while parked -- and bragged about doing so. But when an enterprising team of Princeton student journalists hit the streets this summer to measure compliance, they found -- shock! -- MTA buses, NYPD squad cars, and lots and lots of black cars idling on city streets... Read more. 

Investigation: Town Cars Idle Outside Conde Nast Building
Columbia Journalism Review
August 11, 2010
For an investigation of MTA buses and livery cabs idling in violation of New York City law (there is a three-minute idling limit) and “causing adverse health effects and untold damage to the environment,” the student reporters at Princeton University’s Summer Journalism Program, smartly, headed to 4 Times Square. From their resulting report ... Read more.

Glamour Editor's Environmental Hypocrisy
Gawker
August 10, 2010
Some high school kids in a Princeton summer journalism camp came to NYC to report a storyabout scofflaw cars and buses idling illegally on the city streets, damaging the environment. Caught red-handed: Conde "F*** the Ozone Layer" Nast. ... Read more.

Students Publish Investigative Report on Idling Cars in Manhattan and Brooklyn
Romenesko
August 10, 2010
High school students in the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program published their report today. "I thought this reporting might be of interest to you at a time when many are questioning the future of the industry," writes counselor Melisa Gao in a letter to Romenesko. ... Read more.

Young Journalists Get Hands-on Lessons
The Princeton University Bulletin
August 9, 2010
High school student Shawdae Harrison got a one-of-a-kind seminar in astrophysics this summer when she spent an hour one afternoon talking with Princeton scientists Lyman Page and David Spergel about the makeup of the universe. "It was a new experience -- I've never interviewed a scientist before," said Harrison, a Baltimore native, who is one of 21 high school students participating in 10 days of intense, hands-on journalism study as part of the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program. Now in its ninth year, the program offers rising high school seniors from under-resourced financial backgrounds an immersion in journalism with workshops on the First Amendment, trips to New York City to visit news organizations, and practice reporting stories with high-profile sources such as Page and Spergel. The program also offers in-depth assistance with applying to college. ... Read more.

Summer Journalism Program Alum Andrew Boryga Writes for The New York Times
The Bronx News Network
July 9, 2010
Andrew Boryga, a 2008 graduate of the Summer Journalism Program, was recognized for his contributions to The New York Times. He was one of 12 students to win a New York Times scholarship last year. Andrew is also a member of Cornell's Class of 2013 and a staff writer for The Cornell Daily Sun. ... Read more.

Summer Journalism Program Alum Hojung Lee Wins Al Neuharth Free Spirit Journalism Scholarship
January 22, 2010 
Hojung Lee, a 2008 graduate of the Summer Journalism Program, is one of two students from Maryland selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship and attend the Al Neuharth Free Spirit Journalism Conference in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Freedom Forum.

Summer Journalism Program Alum Tasnim Shamma Wins Chips Quinn Journalism Scholarship
January 15, 2010 
Tasnim Shamma, a 2006 graduate of the Summer Journalism Program, has received a Chips Quinn Scholar award for a summer internship at Newsweek magazine. The scholarship includes a $500 travel stipend and requires completion of an intensive multimedia training program in Nashville, Tennessee before the start of the internship. Tasnim was named a National Press Club Scholar in 2007 and is currently a junior at Princeton University. ... Read more.

Summer Journalism Program Directors Recognized as Tigers of the Week
The Princeton Alumni Weekly
November 11, 2009 
This fall, in the peak season for college applications, several high school seniors who attended Princeton’s Summer Journalism Program (SJP) will be getting a little extra help as they try to earn admission to some of the nation’s best universities. SJP staff remain in contact to assist students in the college application process, and if history is a guide, the SJP graduates should fare well: Four program alumni currently are enrolled at Princeton, and others have gone on to elite schools like Harvard, Yale, and Stanford. ... Read more.

Magnet Student Attends Princeton University Summer Journalism Program
Laredo Buzz
September 2009 
Valerie Briseno, a senior at the Vidal M. Trevino School of Communications and Fine Arts and Martin High School attended The Princeton University Summer Journalism Program (PSJP) over the summer. Briseno was among 23 high school juniors nationwide on the Princeton University campus in Princeton, New Jersey. ... Read more.

Summer Journalism Program Alum Viviana Benjumea Wins National Press Club Scholarship
June 2009 
Viviana Benjumea, a 2008 graduate of the Summer Journalism Program, has won a scholarship from the National Press Club. Viviana will be a freshman at Williams College this fall. From the National Press Club's press release announcing the award:

Benjumea, who hopes to become a foreign correspondent for a major newspaper or TV network, is awarded $5,000 a year for four years toward her university tuition. Already Benjumea is enthusiastically pursuing journalism opportunities. She has attended the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program, reported for school newspaper and finally served as its managing editor. ... Read more. 

Summer Journalism Program Alum Gladys Reyes Receives Fulbright Fellowship  
June 2009 
Gladys Reyes, a 2003 graduate of the Summer Journalism Program, has received a Fulbright fellowship to Madrid. She will be teaching English to high school students, researching immigration and education, and volunteering for an organization, Madrid Puerta Abierta, which provides services to Asian, African and Latin American immigrants. In 2005, Gladys won a $3000 journalism award from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. She graduated from Pomona College this year. 

Summer Journalism Program Alum Mariya Ilyas Wins Journalism Award From Washington Post Young Journalist Development Program
June 2009 
Mariya Ilyas, a 2008 graduate of the Summer Journalism Program, has won a $2,500 scholarship from the Washington Post Young Journalist Development Program. The judges, in a unanimous decision, selected her essay about the future of journalism as the winner. She will be attending Bowdoin College in the fall. Read Mariya’s essay here.

Summer Journalism Program Alum Sabienne Brutus Featured in New York Daily News 
June 9, 2009
Call them Brooklyn's fantastic five. Among the thousands of 2009 public high school graduates getting ready to don robes and toss their caps in the air are a handful who will get their diplomas despite what some might consider insurmountable odds. ... Read more

Summer Journalism Program Prospective AJ Kazlowski featured in Colorado Springs Gazette as a "Great Kid"
May 2009
Phylicia Kecskes wrote in to nominate her friend A.J. as a Great Kid. Phylicia said A.J., who's finishing his junior year, has been writing for The Sentinel, Sierra High School's newspaper, since he was a sophomore. "He found a passion for newspaper. This passion helped him to get accepted to the Princeton Summer Journalism Program,"  Phylicia wrote. ... Read more. 

Summer Journalism Program Alum Laura Herrera Wins Journalism Award From Hispanic Heritage Foundation
May 2009
Laura Herrera, a 2008 graduate of the Summer Journalism Program, has won a journalism award from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. As a gold medallion recipient, Laura will receive a $3,000 scholarship. In September, Laura will enroll at Harvard University. Ruben Gaytan, a 2007 Summer Journalism Program graduate who is currently a freshman at Yale University and Gladys Reyes, a 2003 Summer Journalism Program graduate who is currently a senior at Pomona College, received the same award in 2007 and 2005, respectively. 

Summer Journalism Program Alum Andrew Boryga Wins New York Times Scholarship
April 7, 2009
Andrew Boryga, a 2008 graduate of the Summer Journalism Program, is one of 12 students to win a New York Times scholarship this year. Andrew is also a member of Cornell's Class of 2013. From The New York Times article announcing the award:
 
Sylvia Boryga, the mother of one of the scholars, Andrew Boryga, came to New York from Puerto Rico when she was 17, becoming the first person in her family to attend college. Two of her five siblings died in drug-related violence. “Now, my own firstborn, he is going to college,” she said in an interview in the family’s Bronx apartment. Andrew Boryga’s father left when Ms. Boryga was pregnant with twins, leaving Andrew at 5 years old with adult-level responsibilities. By age 10, he picked up his younger sisters from school and even attended parent-teacher conferences. “It had its down sides,” Mr. Boryga said, “but I actually, I like it. It helped me because it made me independent. In the long run, it really helped out.” ... Read more.

Admission Rated rises to 9.79 percent for Class of 2013
The Daily Princetonian
April 1, 2008
Fabiola Vega, a student at Sergestrom High School in Orange County, Calif., said she was “completely shocked and excited” to be accepted to the Class of 2013. Vega, who also got into Harvard, Yale, Brown, Columbia and Dartmouth, said her top three choices were currently Princeton, Harvard and Yale. “I went to Princeton last summer for the [Summer] Journalism Program, and I liked the campus, and I liked the undergraduate focus,” she said. “I knew a lot of people who went there from the program, and they all have a lot of good things to say.” ... Read more.

Mount Vernon student attending Princeton University Summer Journalism Program
The Mount Vernon Inquirer
June 8, 2008
Aliyyah Camp, a junior at Thornton High School, will be attending the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program [PSJP] from July 25th to August 4th. The PSJP is an all-expense paid program for aspiring journalists in the 11th and 12th grade. The program lasts for ten days at the Princeton University campus in Princeton, NJ. This program exposes its participants to first-hand journalism . ... Read more.

Summer Journalism Program Alum Ruben Gaytan Wins Journalism Award From Hispanic Heritage Foundation
May 2008
Ruben Gaytan, a 2007 graduate of the Summer Journalism Program, has won a journalism award from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. As a gold medallion recipient, Ruben will receive a $3,000 scholarship. In September, Ruben will enroll at Yale. Gladys Reyes, a 2003 graduate of the Summer Journalism Program and a junior at Pomona, received the same award in 2005. ... Read more. 
 
Summer Journalism Program Alum Amanda Cormier Wins First Place in Society of Professional Journalists Essay Contest
May 2008
Amanda Cormier, a 2007 graduate of the Summer Journalism Program, has won first place in a high school essay contest sponsored by the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. In September, Amanda will enroll at Middlebury.
 
Summer Journalism Program Alum Marion Smallwood Wins Al Neuharth Free Spirit Journalism Scholarship
March 2008
Marion Smallwood, a 2007 graduate of the Summer Journalism Program, is one of two students from Maryland selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship and attend the Al Neuharth Free Spirit Journalism Conference in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Freedom Forum. In September, Marion will enroll at the University of Pennsylvania. ... Read more.

Unmuzzling High School Journalists
The Washington Post
January 12, 2008
My own experiences have convinced me that today, the vast majority of students are unable to practice true journalism at their high school papers. For the past six summers, I have directed a program for about 20 high school journalists at Princeton University. All the students are talented writers and thoughtful intellectuals. Yet, by and large, they work for newspapers that are either explicitly censored or restrained by the looming threat of official disapproval -- newspapers that read more like school-sponsored news releases than true journalism. Many have been taught to write fluffy profiles of teachers and to celebrate the achievements of their sports teams; fewer have been encouraged to challenge, to criticize or to investigate. Perhaps the most important part of our program's curriculum is to help students unlearn the instincts they have acquired at their high school newspapers. ... Read more.

Message from the Chair
Princeton University Class of 1969 Community Service Fund: Community Connections
Fall 2007
While we have many nice stories regarding the participants in our program as this newsletter attests, there is a particularly appealing one I'd like to share with you. Around 5 years ago, one of our former interns, Richard Just '01, and three of his classmates started a summer journalism program for economically underprivileged aspiring high school journalists. We helped them get their program started and have provided an intern to them every year. Their program is now part of the University and this year they received over 800 applicants for their 20 or so positions. This past Reunions weekend Richard and his classmates were given the Alumni Award for Community Service. Moreover, this year our intern to the program was Walter Griffin '10. Walter was a high school journalist in that program in 2005 and is now one of the Daily Princetonian's featured columnists. It is extremely gratifying for those of us who have been involved with the CSF to witness outcomes like this. With your support we can have many more of them. ... Read more.

The Racial Politics of College Newspapers: Why College Newsrooms Are Often Neither Diverse Nor Racially Sensitive
Campus Progress (a publication of the Center for American Progress)
September 6, 2007
Richard Just, who was editor-in-chief of The Daily Princetonian in 2001, runs the Princeton Summer Journalism Program, probably the most ambitious program of its kind in the country. After grappling with the familiar racial disparities in staffing and coverage, Just and three Princetonian colleagues resolved to increase the pool of potential minority and low-income student journalists. The result is a 10-day, all-expenses-paid journalism camp for high school students from under-resourced high schools that has met at Princeton for the past six summers. About 20 participants a year hear from a star-studded cast of professional journalists (this year's camp included New Yorker and Washington Post reporters) and produce their own paper. ... Read more.

Journalism Program at University Aimed at Inner-City Youth: Trying to Attract an Under-Represented Group to Journalistic Careers

The Princeton Packet
August 10, 2007
Only genuine commitment and a love for spreading truth could make a group of exhausted teenagers sacrifice even more sleep in order to make deadline. This phenomenon has occurred at Princeton University every summer since 2002. Founded by Richard Just, deputy editor of The New Republic and a 2001 Princeton University graduate, the Princeton Summer Journalism Program is co-directed by Mr. Just and three of his fellow 2001 graduates--Michael Koike, Greg Mancini and Rich Tucker. The program, in its sixth year, took place from July 27 to Monday. ...

Program Coaches Teens in Journalism
The Philadelphia Inquirer
August 9, 2007
Deciding to venture into the shallow waters of the journalism job market is a risky decision to make nowadays. With print media dealing with the steep decline in circulation, and broadcast news battling the fragmenting of its audience, and everyone blaming the Internet, even the well-to-do and well-connected aren't guaranteed success upon entering the biz. But don't tell any of that to Ruben Gaytan. ...

Warren Student Gets a Taste of Princeton: Elite Journalism Workshop Admits Only 22 Students
The Detroit Free Press
August 5, 2007
This past year, Princeton University accepted fewer than 10% of its undergraduate applicants. The university runs a summer journalism program that accepts even fewer. The program takes just 2.6% of its applicants; Angelica Terhune, 16, was one who was accepted. ... Read more.

Zillah Student Attends Princeton Journalism Program
The Yakima Herald-Republic
July 31, 2007
Jordie Ricigliano is at Princeton this week. The Zillah High School senior is attending the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program, a 10-day intensive seminar for high school students. She was the only student from Washington state selected to participate. ...

Lee Student Selected for Journalism Program
The Baytown Sun
July 29, 2007
As Lee High School senior-to-be Stephanie Perez rubs elbows this summer with some of the most prestigious names in journalism, she'll be well on her way to joining that crowd. Perez, 17, is one of 22 high school students from around the country that was selected to attend the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program, which began last week in New Jersey. ... Read more.

Teen Selected for Princeton Program

The San Diego Union-Tribune
July 28, 2007
Amanda Cormier, 17, of Westview High School is one of 22 students nationwide selected to attend the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program. The 10-day, intensive seminar, which started yesterday, is aimed at inspiring young people from low-income backgrounds to pursue careers in journalism. Nearly 900 students applied for the all-expenses-paid seminar, which also is intended to encourage participants to apply to universities they may not have considered. ... Read more.

Summer Journalism Program Alum Tasnim Shamma Wins National Press Club Scholarship

May 2, 2007
Tasnim Shamma, a 2006 graduate of the Summer Journalism Program, is one of two students to win a scholarship from the National Press Club this year. Tasnim is also a member of Princeton's Class of 2011. From the National Press Club's press release announcing the award:

The first winner, Tasnim Shamma of Jamaica, N.Y., is the daughter of a cab driver who left Bangladesh to raise his family in the United States. Shamma, who has been accepted at Princeton University, was editor of the newspaper at Brooklyn Technical High School, where she earned almost all A's. 

Summer Journalism Program Alum Feruz Erizku Wins New York Times Scholarship
March 12, 2007
Feruz Erizku, a 2006 graduate of the Summer Journalism Program, is one of 20 students to win a New York Times scholarship this year. Feruz is also a member of Princeton's Class of 2011. From The New York Times article announcing the award:

To Feruz Erizku, the grimness of the Andrew Jackson Houses in the South Bronx has been a source of both despair and drive. In the morning, as she makes her way to school, Ms. Erizku stares at the cigarette butts on the elevator floor, smells the marijuana that wafts from some apartment doors, strolls past young men who seem void of purpose. She wonders: Is this the end of the road? "If I want to get out of this place," Ms. Erizku said one recent morning, "I have to do well in school." Ms. Erizku, 17, moved here from Ethiopia with her mother and two siblings in 1997, unable to speak English but full of expectations for a better life. She has gone on to earn a place in the National Honor Society at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, join a program for aspiring scientists sponsored by the University of Vermont, log 100 hours of community service at the Park Slope Senior Center, where her father works, and earn early admission to Princeton University, which she will attend this fall. She also scored 630, out of a possible 800, on her verbal SAT and earned a 96.1 cumulative grade-point average, the second highest in a graduating class of 763. Ms. Erizku has capped her impressive resume with another achievement: winning a college scholarship from The New York Times. ... Read more.

The Princeton University Summer Journalism Program: Alumni Making a Difference
Princeton University Alumni Association
In 2002, four Daily Princetonian alumni from the Class of 2001 decided to address a need they saw in the world of college journalism. They established the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program to bring students from under-resourced financial backgrounds to Princeton for a 10-day, all-expenses-paid, intensive summer journalism camp. They hoped to open these students to the possibility of attending competitive universities and working for their college newspapers. ... Read more.

Aspiring Journalists Learn the Ropes from Princeton Mentors
The Princeton University Bulletin
August 14, 2006
The four rows of seats in the Blue Room, where New York City mayors hold press conferences at City Hall, were occupied. Spotlights in the corners illuminated the lectern where deputy mayor Edward Skyler stood. He surveyed the outstretched hands in the audience and pointed to Gloria Medina. "I was wondering how old you are and how it feels to be the youngest deputy mayor in history," she asked. "Could you explain what your relationship with Mayor Bloomberg is like?" said Onyebuchi Chilaka when he was called on for the next question. "What political party do you belong to?" Angela Fabunan asked later. Those posing the questions were not members of the New York media. They were students attending the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program, a 10-day camp that offers high school students from underresourced financial backgrounds an opportunity to gain intensive, hands-on experience in journalism. Participants pay nothing to attend. ... Read more.

Student Journalists Grow With Program
The Princeton University Bulletin
August 15, 2005
Born in the summer of 2002, the Daily Princetonian Class of 2001 Summer Journalism Program has diversified and matured into a working partnership between its founders and the former high school students they have helped. "I came back to share my experiences," said Dotan Johnson, an inaugural participant in the program who has returned from college to be a counselor this year. "I'm the first African-American general manager of the Bowdoin Cable Network, and the (Princetonian) program made me believe it was possible, especially at a predominantly white college." ... Read more.

From Princeton University President Shirley Tilghman
Princeton Alumni Weekly
October 20, 2004
It would take an entire issue of the PAW to do justice to all the activities on our campus this summer, so I will limit myself to three that I know well. The first is The Daily Princetonian Class of 2001 Summer Journalism Program. Founded and directed by four former editors of the Prince, Richard Just, Rich Tucker, Michael Koike, and Greg Mancini, all members of '01, the program is designed to encourage gifted high school students from some of the East Coast's and Chicago's poorest neighborhoods to develop their journalistic skills and acquire the mindset and tools they need to apply to selective colleges and universities. In August, 20 young men and women spent 10 intense days producing a newspaper from a temporary newsroom in the Friend Center, attending workshops on journalistic writing and news production, and even taking a practice SAT. I had dinner with these fledgling journalists, whose curiosity about the world was impressive. In the course of one meal we discussed primate evolution, global warming, the war in Iraq, the relative merits of the Yankees and Mets, and how to choose the right college! ... Read more. 

Learning the Ropes of Journalism
The Trenton Times
August 16, 2004
When her high school lost funding for its journalism program, 16-year-old Grace Akinrinade might have lost an early chance to learn about the trade. She didn’t. Over the past two weeks, the young Staten Island writer joined other young urban students at Princeton University for training in the Daily Princetonian Summer Journalism Program. The intensive program brought 20 students from high schools with limited resources for an active, nine-day training program of newspaper production and college preparation. "The overall mission is to get students fired up about journalism and help get them into elite schools," said Richard Just, who thought up the idea for the program as a Princeton senior in 2001. ...

Princetonian Program Offers Insights Into Journalism: Goal is to Inspire Kids from ‘Under-Resourced’ Schools
The Princeton Packet
August 15, 2003
A man, strangely dressed with shorts over his pants and a plastic bag over his head, throws open the door of the Blair Hall seminar room, steals a notebook and says, "Hasta la vista, Davis." And then he leaves as quickly as he came. The 23 high school students sitting around the conference table at Princeton University are stunned. Some giggle, others laugh at the odd occurrence. But the joke is on them. Richard Tucker, a former editor at The Daily Princetonian and a former reporter for The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, Fla., who is starting law school this fall, gives them their assignment. They are to write a seven-paragraph news story about the incident. Mr. Tucker is a tough editor--he gives the students a 20-minute deadline. This is just one of the rigorous hands-on exercises during The Daily Princetonian Class of 2001 Summer Journalism Program, which began Monday and will end August 20. ...

Daily Princetonian to Host Annual Journalism "Camp"
The Town Topics
July 30, 2003
The Daily Princetonian Summer Journalism Program will hold its second year of educational programming for high school students from under-resourced urban schools, from August 11 to August 20 on the campus of Princeton University. Founded by alumni from the 2001 editorial board of The Daily Princetonian, Princeton University's independent student newspaper, the program invites high school seniors to participate in ten days of writing seminars and reporting workshops. The program also invites guest speakers to describe their experiences in journalism, and sponsors field trips to the offices of leading media outlets in New York City. ...

Budding Journalists Report Successful Experience
The Princeton University Bulletin
September 30, 2002
It was three weeks before the first game of the season for the Princeton men's soccer team, and three young reporters were huddled in coach Jim Barlow's office, peppering him with questions. "How are you preparing for the game against Fairleigh Dickinson?" asked Tamara Fisher. Dotan Johnson was interested in the team's off-season. "What kind of fitness workout do you give the players to stay in shape (over the summer)?" he asked. Celene Sanchez was busy observing the coach's office, taking note of the jerseys pinned to the wall of former players who went on to play for professional teams. The three reporters are not on the staff of The Daily Princetonian. They are high school students who were invited to campus for a week of intensive journalism instruction in the inaugural year of a new program. ... Read more.

Summer Journalism Program Draws Minorities to Campus
The Daily Princetonian
September 12, 2002
Looking around the room at an Ivy League newspaper editors conference at Brown in the spring of his senior year, Richard Just '01 noticed something. "It was a sea of white faces," he said. Just was already familiar with the problems college newspapers had attracting minority writers. As editor-in-chief of The Daily Princetonian, he had run a series on race, including an editorial about the problems with diversity at the 'Prince.' After the conference, Just was inspired to do something about the underrepresentation of black and Latino writers on college papers. With fellow Class of 2001 'Prince' editors Rich Tucker, Michael Koike and Greg Mancini, he discussed the idea of a journalism program for minority high school students. ... Read more.

Program to teach minority students about journalism
The Daily Princetonian
July 3, 2002
This summer, 20 alumni and current staffers of the Daily Princetonian are launching The Daily Princetonian Class of 2001 Summer Journalism Program specifically for minorities. Twenty-two Latino and African-American high school students, mostly juniors, will spend a week at Princeton learning the ins and outs of working at a college newspaper, including reporting stories, taking pictures, and laying out pages, said former Prince editor-in-chief Richard Just '01. ... Read more.


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