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About The Harvard Crimson's
Summer Journalism Academy

The Harvard Crimson's Summer Journalism Academy offers high school students the opportunity to learn from current Crimson staff and dive deep into the ins and outs of running an independent newspaper. SJA teaches students the fundamentals of journalism—article writing, best reporting practices, and even revenue generation—while providing insight on college journalism through current Crimson editors.
Over the course of the program, attendees will have exclusive access to presentations and workshops led by all the different Crimson Boards, from News and Editorial to Art and Multimedia. At the end of this highly interactive program, students will have developed a comprehensive journalism portfolio, which can then be submitted for consideration to competitions or as part of their college applications. Students will also get to hear from current Harvard undergraduates about the college applications process and ask for help as they navigate their own admissions journey.



For the first week, virtual attendees will participate in presentations, seminars, and panels from both Crimson Editors and professional journalists. The week will culminate in a group presentation of a pitch for an original journalistic piece. 


Hybrid attendees will participate in all virtual content for the first week. Over the course of the second week, they will develop their pitch idea into a finished journalistic article. Participants will have the opportunity to shadow Crimson Editors in the historical 14P building, practice their in-person reporting skills around the Cambridge area, and collaborate with talented peers to produce a polished, publishable article. 


Summer Journalism Academy is always one of the most exciting times of the year here at the Crimson, and we encourage all passionate writers to apply for this transformative educational experience! 



It was an amazing experience, and I learned so many skills that I will bring back to my school paper. The panels were so wonderful in getting to know the professional world of journalism and providing us with exposure to many different forms of writing.

—  SJA 2021

What You Will Do

  • Gain in-depth knowledge and insight into the journalism industry through highly interactive workshops and panels

  • Hear from distinguished professional working journalists

  • Learn essential writing and reporting skills from every content board of The Harvard Crimson, and then apply these skills to your own articles

  • Work one-on-one with Crimson mentors and receive detailed feedback on your work

  • Meet other enthusiastic, motivated students interested in journalism

  • Receive a certificate for completing the Summer Journalism Academy

What You Will Gain

  • Foundational knowledge on the inner workings of journalism

  • Increased confidence in your reporting and research skills 

  • A highly engaged community full of students that share your passions and interests

  • Invaluable mentorship from The Harvard Crimson network

  • A series of finished works and articles to include in your portfolio

  • The chance to have a piece published by The Harvard Crimson!



Applications for SJA 2022 are Closed.
We're looking forward to meeting everyone who registered!

Two weeks packed full of learning, discovery, and fun. 

Join us from July 18 - July 29, 2022! 

Applications Closed
Program Fees

Early Bird Timeline


Apply by May 10th

Regular Timeline


Apply by June 10th



Apply by July 15th


Early Bird Timeline


Apply by May 10th

Regular Timeline


Apply by June 10th



Apply by July 10th

In all cases, applicants will hear back from us regarding admissions decisions within the two weeks following application submission. Tuition fees for SJA will be based on the date that the application was received. If you are in need of financial aid, submit the normal SJA application and then email for our financial aid application.

Cancellations must be requested by emailing by June 20th, 2022 to receive a 100% refund. Cancellations requested before July 4th will incur a 50% fee. Any cancellations requested after July 4th will not be refunded. In the event of unexpected illnesses or emergencies, hybrid students may email up to 24 hours before and switch to the virtual SJA format. These students will receive a partial refund equal to the difference in prices between hybrid and virtual SJA.

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