A Snapshot of Your Future

The University of Florida Summer Media Institute is a five-night, six-day workshop in which high school students are immersed in journalism and communications.


The SMI team learned March 27 that because of the coronavirus outbreak UF will not house any conferences on campus through June 30. This means we must cancel SMI ’20.


One hundred twenty high school students from across the country learned new things about communications and storytelling at SMI ‘19. This year, our numbers were ahead of normal pace. We will refund registration fees to those families who had already paid.


Thanks to all of the CJC friends who were to serve as instructors or provide much needed help. Thinking also of the CJC students – many of them SMI alumni – poised to serve as resident and teaching assistants. And even more so, all of the high schoolers who would have brought joy and energy to our campus and especially Weimer Hall.


Hoping many of you will do so next year. Registration for SMI ’21 will begin in December.


~ The SMI Team

Experience College: Preview college life by living and dining in a UF residence hall and touring campus. Participants will also engage with college admission and financial aid experts, and join 3,000 program alumni – all of whom took advantage of this head start on their collegiate experience and career in journalism and communications.

Keynotes and Panels: Hear from keynoters and panelists focusing on broad and important topics such as leadership, diversity and the future of journalism and media.

Morning Electives: Choose from a variety of courses focusing across print, online and broadcast disciplines.

Specializations: Select a specialization in which to broaden skills in writing; multimedia storytelling; online, broadcast or sports reporting; photojournalism; magazine production; podcasting, on-air performance, etc.

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