Apply for JCal, AAJA and CalMatters’ program for California high school students

Join the 2024 cohort, applications due Wednesday, Feb. 28

The Asian American Journalists Association is excited to announce our second year of JCal, a program for California high school students, created in partnership with CalMatters. JCal is an all-inclusive, expenses-paid journalism program that immerses high school students from across California into the state’s news ecosystem. This partnership will provide students with hands-on journalism experience in the CalMatters Sacramento newsroom. During the course of a five-day program, students will produce publishable stories and network with journalists and professionals from across California. In 2023, stories were picked up by outlets including The Sacramento Bee and Fresnoland. 

This year’s reporting project theme will be on California’s Next Workforce.

We are seeking students interested in journalism and mentors for the 2024 program. Mentor responsibilities include helping students develop their stories, coaching them through the process and editing the journalism they produce. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact AAJA Director of Special Initiatives Felicia Chanco

The program will take place from June 17-21, 2024.


    • Letter of Recommendation
    • Three Required Short Answer Responses 
    • Reporting Pitch
    • Work Samples (optional)
    • Introduction Video (optional)

The deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 11:59 p.m. PT. Apply for JCal here


The Asian American Journalists Association is a professional membership association founded in 1981. Since its founding, AAJA has been at the forefront of change in the journalism industry, advocating for accurate, comprehensive and fair coverage of the AAPI community. We champion the development of AAPI representation and leadership in journalism through trainings, opportunities and resources for our members as well as through nurturing and maintaining a network and community of AAPI journalists globally. Learn more at or follow us on Twitter @AAJA


CalMatters is a nonpartisan and nonprofit news organization bringing Californians stories that probe, explain and explore solutions to quality of life issues while holding our leaders accountable. They are the only journalism outlet dedicated to covering America’s biggest state, 39 million Californians and the world’s fifth largest economy. Learn more at

Discover other opportunities here.
Support our future AAPI journalists.

You Might Also Like