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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 immerse themselves in the ins and outs of an independent newspaper. SJA teaches students the fundamentals of journalism—article writing, best reporting practices, and even revenue generation—while providing insight into the workings of one of the leading collegiate journalism publications through current Crimson editors.
From July 10th-19th, attendees will 
participate in workshops, seminars, panels, and in-person reporting opportunities led by all the different boards of The Crimson, from News and Editorial to Art and Multimedia. By the end of the program, students will have developed a comprehensive journalism portfolio that can be submitted to competitions, colleges, and other publications. As they go on to navigate their own college admissions journeys, they will have the advice and support of Harvard undergraduates with a variety of backgrounds and interests.

The program will be held both in person at The Crimson's historic building in Cambridge, and virtually on Zoom. 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!

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