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Summer Journalism Institute

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For two weeks every summer, the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication provides top-performing high school students with two weeks of intensive, hands-on experiences in broadcast and digital journalism. For health and safety reasons related to the pandemic, this program is going virtual for the summer of 2021.

Camp Dates: June 6-18, 2021
Application Deadline: April 10, at 5 p.m. AZ
Acceptance Notifications: Week of April 26
Location: Virtual
Cost: Programming paid for by The Arizona Broadcasters Association, Tom Chauncey and RIESTER.

SJI Experience

  • Getting hands-on experience in reporting, social media, web production, shooting and editing video and photos, and remotely producing a student newscast
  • Getting to know student journalists from other high schools in Arizona and around the country
  • Learning from award-winning Cronkite faculty and staff
  • Interacting with journalism professionals from around the Valley who serve as guest teachers and speakers
  • Being mentored by Cronkite students

Students report and produce original stories and create an SJI website or news broadcast.


"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.

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