Summer Journalism Institute
Who Should Attend:
- Incoming sophomores through seniors in high school
- Students with a passion for storytelling
- Newspaper and yearbook staffs (not required to be in either)
2013 Application (Wait List):
If you would like to apply for the summer 2013 camp, please click here to be wait listed.
Thank you to everyone who applied to this year’s program. If you are applying to be wait listed, you will receive information on or before May 31 about this summer’s camp.
Additional Application Material:
- E-mail a one page statement to Steve Johnson, director, at firstname.lastname@example.org describing your involvement in journalism and why you are interested in attending SJI.
- E-mail the recommendation form to Steve Johnson, director, at email@example.com
- Dates: June 22-27
- Housing will be in the Keys Complex from Saturday night through Thursday afternoon.
- The workshop costs $550. That includes all instruction, housing and meals. (Payment will be online by credit card)
- Applications will be online and up by mid-February.
Storytelling: From crafting the right lead to combining the basics of audio and photography, this class will tackle a variety of storytelling and newsgathering methods. Students will examine news and feature writing; learn how to use social media tools; and produce textual-based and include multimedia elements in their news stories. Students will contribute to a class blog and leave with clips of their hands-on storytelling experience.
Editing: The SJI newspaper editors class is tailored to the needs of student journalists who are the leaders of their respective publications. Subjects covered include copy editing, page design, editorial writing, journalism law, ethical decision-making, advertising, team-building and leadership skills. Students also have opportunities to exchange publications and share best practices. As well, on-site publication critiques are available.
Design: The design class will cover basic design principles, inspiration, resources and practical applications. Students will learn helpful tricks and techniques in both InDesign and Photoshop to help elevate their publications and will create a sample yearbook or newspaper spread as their final project. We will also discuss best practices for photos and design, color theory, font usage and the process of turning ideas into finished products. A basic knowledge of InDesign and Photoshop is preferred, but fast learners are also welcome.
Photography: In this class, we’ll go over the basics of how to tell a story through images. You’ll use DSLR cameras provided by the college to shoot, edit and caption your own story from SJI. Students will leave with photos to add to their portfolios and learn how to get their foot in the door to become a news and feature photographer.
Multimedia: How do we tell stories to the next generation of news consumers? We’ll go over the newest multimedia storytelling techniques in this class to teach you how to shoot and edit video. We’ll also dig deep into social media practices in journalism and show you how to use it to reach an even bigger audience.
It’s our pleasure to offer this workshop once a year. It gives us a chance to get to know the best and brightest young journalists and show you around our state-of-the-art journalism and communications building.
Typical SJI schedule
Saturday: Opening session at 4, class at 4:30, dinner at 6, followed by recreation at the residence hall.
Sunday: Morning free. Lunch at noon, speaker at 1, class 2-5, dinner at 5, speaker at 7.
Monday-Wednesday: Breakfast, class and speakers, lunch, class and speakers, dinner, recreational activity at the residence halls.
Thursday: Breakfast, classes, closing assembly at 11, then checkout.
The best way to contact the Institute is via e-mail to the Assistant Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After you have been accepted, you will receive notification by e-mail and mail of your acceptance. You should read all of the information in the files below and fill out the necessary forms. Bring the forms with you when you register at Beaty Towers.
One exception: The Travel Information form must be faxed before the workshop starts to (352) 846-2673. The mailing address, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses are in the what to bring letter (below)
- What to bring
- Map to the residence hall
- Behavior contract (read first)
- Behavior contract (form to sign and bring to Gainesville)
- Travel form (return only if using bus or airplane or if ordering a vegetarian meal for the opening night)
- Liability form (must be signed and notarized; bring to Gainesville)
- Medical form (must be signed; bring to Gainesville)
We hope to see you on campus this summer.