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.


SMI ’21 will be held June 20 to 25 in Gainesville.


Take part in an assortment of electives and specializations, and learn from award-winning UF instructors and industry stalwarts. Seize the hands-on opportunity to spend time in state-of-the-art university facilities – and to begin preparing for careers in the rapidly changing media environment – at the home of one of the largest and most comprehensive journalism and communications programs in the nation. Students with a passion and talent for storytelling and communication are especially invited.


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.

Alumni Testimonials: Are you or your parent(s) a CJC alumnus who attended the Summer Media Institute prior to 2020? If so, we want to hear from you/them. Want to help inspire a future Gator to register for this once in a lifetime experience? Please contact us at cjcalumni@jou.ufl.edu.

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