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Summer Journalism Institute

The Cronkite School has cancelled summer high school camps summer due to the Covid-19 virus.

Students who already have submitted their applications to the three Cronkite Camp programs — Summer Journalism Institute, High School Media Innovation Camp and the Cronkite Sports Broadcast Boot Camp — will be given first review for program opportunities in 2021.

Questions may be directed to Anita Luera, director of high school outreach programs, at anita.luera@asu.edu.

2019 Summer Journalism Institute

For two weeks every summer, the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication brings top-performing high school students to ASU for two weeks of intensive, hands-on experiences in broadcast and digital journalism.

Camp Dates: early June 2021
Application Deadline: TBD
Notifications: TBD
Location: Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus, 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Residence: ASU Taylor Place, 120 E. Taylor St., Phoenix
Cost: Programming, food and housing paid for by The Arizona Broadcasters Association, Tom Chauncey and RIESTER.

SJI Experience

  • Living in a college residence hall on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus
  • Getting to know student journalists from other high schools in Arizona and around the country
  • Getting hands-on experience in reporting, social media, web production, shooting and editing video and photos, and producing and directing a student newscast
  • Learning from award-winning Cronkite faculty and staff
  • Interacting with journalism professionals from around the Valley who serve as guest teachers and speakers
  • Visiting television, radio and print newsrooms around the Valley
  • Working in state-of-the-art Cronkite newsrooms, studios and labs
  • Being mentored by Cronkite students

Students report and produce original stories and create an SJI website or news broadcast. They are housed in an ASU Downtown Phoenix campus residence hall under the supervision of ASU students who serve as counselors.


"I learned how to conduct interviews, set up the camera equipment, edit video for the package and audio for podcasts and so much more! This experience allowed me to get a head start into my career as a future journalist, and I could not be more grateful for the opportunity I was given." -- Alexis, Garibay, Ironwood High School, Glendale Ariz.

"At SJI, I genuinely learned a lot and had an amazing experience! In high school, I was chosen to be the Editor-in-Chief for our broadcast class, but I felt a little bit unprepared. After going to SJI, I felt so much more capable to bring my knowledge to my class and teach them some of the things I learned over the summer." -- Cameron Salas, Lake Havasu High School, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

The 2021 Summer Journalism Institute is made possible, in part, by contributions from Tom Chauncey, RIESTER, the Arizona Broadcasters Association and several generous alumni, board members and friends of the Cronkite School.

Students are expected to provide their own transportation to and from ASU and cover the cost of incidentals.

Selection into the program is competitive. For questions, email CronkiteCamps@asu.edu.