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The Princeton University Summer Journalism Program

The Princeton Summer Journalism Program application for the summer of 2019 will become available in early December 2018. Please note, PSJP is for current juniors only. Students in other grades will not be considered. No exceptions.

If you would like to be contacted when the application opens, please sign-up for more information using this form.

In the meantime, see below for a look at what our students accomplished in August 2018!

August 2018: Summer Journalism Program students found expired drugs in local stores, in violation of state law. Read their investigative report here.

Student journalists interviewed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Republican opponent. Read their accounts here, here, here, and here.

Student journalists analyzed Robert Mueller’s senior thesis and interviewed his thesis adviser. Read their stories here and here.

Read the rest of this year’s Princeton Summer Journal here. Read more pieces by this year’s students—and watch their short documentaries—on the SJP blog.

About the Princeton Summer Journalism Program (PSJP)

The Princeton Summer Journalism Program welcomes 40 high school juniors (rising seniors) from low-income backgrounds every summer to Princeton's campus for an intensive, 10-day seminar on journalism. The program's goal is to diversify college and professional newsrooms by encouraging outstanding students from low-income backgrounds to pursue careers in journalism. All expenses, including students' travel costs to and from Princeton, are paid for by the program. Students who attend the program come from across the country.

The 2019 program dates are Friday, August 2 - Monday, August 12, 2019. Students must be able to attend all 10 days to be eligible.

Who is eligible? This program is intended for low-income students with excellent academic records who are committed to pursuing a career in journalism. To apply for the program, you must meet the following qualifications.

You must:

  • Be a junior in high school at the time of application. No exceptions.

  • Live in the United States and intend to attend college here. Students living and attending school abroad, including U.S. citizens, will not be considered under any circumstances .

  • Have a minimum unweighted grade point average of 3.5 out of 4.0 (roughly an A- average).

  • Have an interest in journalism.

  • Meet at least one of the socioeconomic conditions below:

    • The combined income of your custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) plus child support payments, if any, must not exceed $60,000.

    • You qualify for free or reduced-price lunch in your high school.

    • You qualify for a SAT or ACT fee waiver

What is the program like? Classes at the program are taught by reporters and editors from The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, The Daily Beast, Politico, Sports Illustrated and CNN, among other media outlets. Students tour The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Daily Beast and Bloomberg; cover a professional sports event; cover news events in the Princeton area; film and produce a TV segment; conduct an investigative project; author a group blog; and report, write, edit and design their own newspaper, The Princeton Summer Journal, which is published on the program's last day. The program is also designed to give students a taste of what life is like at one of the best colleges in the country—students live on campus and eat in one of the university's cafeterias—and to prepare them to apply to top schools. Students meet with Princeton's top professors as well as the school's president and its dean of admissions. Students attend seminars on every aspect of the college admissions process. SJP administers a diagnostic SAT or ACT exam provided by Kaplan Test Prep. The program's 2017 schedule can be found here. After students return home, program staff remain in contact with them, assisting them during the college application process and helping them to apply for journalism internships once they are in college.

What have our students accomplished? Approximately 380 students have graduated from our program during the past sixteen years, and many return each summer to serve as mentors to our current students. We are proud of their academic and journalistic accomplishments. Since 2008, 61 of our students have gone on to Ivy League schools—plus, four have gone to Stanford, five to Swarthmore, seven to Georgetown, three to Wesleyan, eight to Berkeley, five to Barnard, three to Bowdoin, and three to Bard.

Our students have gone on to write for college newspapers across the country, including The Daily Princetonian, The Harvard Crimson, The Yale Daily News, The Brown Daily Herald, The Columbia Spectator, The Cornell Daily Sun, The Daily Pennsylvanian, The Amherst Student, The Wesleyan Argus, The Middlebury Campus, The Bowdoin Orient and The Georgetown Hoya. Our alumni have also landed jobs or internships at The New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, The Daily Beast, Foreign Policy, National Journal, The Huffington Post, The New Republic, The American Prospect, Newsweek, The New York Observer, Sports Illustrated, Huffington Post, Architectural Digest, The Star-Ledger, NPR, MSNBC and NBC, among other outlets.

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Photos by Brian Rokus