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Testimonials from SJI Graduates

What graduates of the summer Journalism Institute have to say:

“This summer I experienced the most exciting summer of my life. I was honored to be chosen to attend the summer journalism institute hosted by Arizona State University. I, along with 37 fellow high school students, lived and worked for two weeks at the ASU Downtown Campus. We lived in the dorm, Taylor Place, and attend classes taught by ASU professors and local newspaper employees. We learned about the basics we need to know to make it as a Cronkite student from current Cronkite students. I also learned important journalism skills that I'll be able to pass on to my high school journalism classmates. I've wanted to be a journalist my entire life, but this program helped me realize ASU is the college I want to attend and journalism is the career I want to obtain.”
Ashley Lopez
Senior, Miami High School

“The Summer Journalism Institute was the best crash course in real-world journalism that I’ve ever had. Thanks to SJI, I received regional, state and national recognition for my work as a high school journalist. Not only was it one of the most influential programs I experienced during high school, it was a perfect networking opportunity that put me in touch with fellow high school journalists, college professors and professional journalists. And it set a foundation for my college and journalism career; during my freshman year at ASU, I was published more than 100 times in the student newspaper and magazine and I went on to work as an intern reporter that summer at The Arizona Republic, one of the nation's largest newspapers. All of this was made possible by the dedication of everyone involved with SJI, a truly worthwhile and life-changing experience. And I'm not the only one who took something invaluable away from that summer: I continue to keep in touch with fellow SJI alumni who, years later, continue to benefit enormously from the program in their college careers."
Matt Culbertson
Cronkite student

“The Summer Journalism Institute was a great opportunity for me to interact with people who shared my similar interests as well as meet some of today’s most successful and respected journalists. SJI helped me combine foundational skills in reporting with technical skills - which was essential in me becoming a multimedia journalist."
James Schmehl
Cronkite graduate
Online Sports Producer
azcentral.com/arizonarepublic.com

“SJI gave me a head start on my college journalism career. Not only did the program connect me with great journalists who would one day be my professors, but I made several great friends that summer who I still see today. I loved every minute of the Summer Journalism Institute.”
Tara Brite
Cronkite graduate
Assistant Editor, State Press Magazine

“Attending the Summer Journalism Institute helped me become a better high school journalist and also prepared me for journalism school. The instruction on journalism basics and introductions to other high school journalists and media professionals from around the state gave me a leg up on my collegiate career.”
Brian Indrelunas
Cronkite graduate
Cronkite News Service