About AAJA JCamp

Testimonials from former JCamp students

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AAJA JCamp’s mission
JCamp brings a multicultural group of high school students together for five days of intensive journalism training. Students will learn from professional journalists and get hands-on training in writing, photography, television broadcasting, online media, and reporting. Sessions and workshops will be led by experienced journalists from some of the top media companies in the industry. Students with a strong interest in broadcasting, newspapers, magazines, photojournalism or online media are encouraged to apply. The program is designed for high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Every year, JCamp receives hundreds of applications from all regions of the country. Students selected for the program have all costs covered including airfare, campus housing and meals.

Changing the Face of Media
JCamp was started in 2001 as a response to the industry’s diversity crisis. The program is designed to help assure excellence in the profession for decades to come and to confront the lack of diversity in journalism, not just in race, but also in matters of religious background, political background and other factors. Since the program began, hundreds of the nation’s most talented teenagers have graduated. Early surveys of JCamp students indicated that approximately 75% went on to pursue journalism in college. With a multicultural team, media get more accurate perspectives on stories of Latinos, African Americans, Asian American and Pacific Islanders, and Middle Eastern Americans.

With a diverse team, readers and viewers get different views on city governments, local communities, business, entertainment and recreation, science and medicine, and national and international issues.

Previous JCamp speakers
Tim Russert, managing editor and moderator of “Meet the Press”; Ed Bradley, correspondent for “60 Minutes”; Carl Bernstein, Pulitzer Prize-winning Watergate reporter; Aaron Brown, CNN anchor; James Colton, Sports Illustrated photography editor; Leonard Downie Jr., Washington Post executive editor; Hoda Kotb, “Dateline NBC” correspondent; Atoosa Rubenstein, Seventeen magazine editor-in-chief; Carole Simpson, ABC News senior correspondent; Arthur Sulzberger Jr., New York Times publisher; Helen Thomas, Hearst Newspapers Washington columnist; and Brian Williams, “NBC Nightly News” anchor and managing editor.