In the 10-day program, 35 to 40 students learn reporting skills from top journalists, cover news and sports events, produce a TV segment and their own newspaper, and are paired with a counselor who oversees their college admissions process. The program includes a diagnostic SAT or ACT exam.
The program is in its 16th year. Its website says it is "the country's only high-school program that seeks to propel low-income students into professional newsrooms by combining journalism education with intensive college admissions preparation — and pays all the expenses of students who attend. Of the program's approximately 350 alumni, 61 have gone to Ivy League schools, and alumni have gone on to jobs and internships at The New York Times, The New Yorker, NPR and many other news outlets.
To apply, students must have a grade-point average of 3.5 of a 4.0 scale. In most cases, the combined income of their custodial parents or guardians plus child support payments, if any, must not exceed $45,000. Students from households with higher incomes may apply, if they attach a statement explaining why they believe their family qualifies as financially under-resourced. The application and more information about the program can be found at www.princeton.edu/sjp and is due at 11:59 p.m. EST Friday, February 24. The program will be held at Princeton Aug. 4-14.