Princeton senior Azza Cohen has shared a nice summary of her school’s latest New York-visiting Summer Journalism Program (SJP), a 10-day yearly intensive offered to qualifying low-income high school students. But for the real skinny, we turned to the blog posts of participating students.
Sharon Bayantemur, who attends East Side Community High School in Brooklyn, was able through SJP to confirm that nothing “makes her laugh more” than Donald Trump. Meanwhile, Atlanta’s Kaleb Anderson confesses (with plenty of tongue-in-cheek) that he was relieved at the caliber of fellow participants:
I arrived thinking I would meet total buttholes (just like me) who I would have to compete to the death for stories and quotes. Sadly, I was wrong. Instead, I met charismatic, aspiring journalists. These teens traveled from across the United States to be a part of SJP with me.
So far, I have worked on pieces that talk about Chris Christie, expired products in convenient stores and visited huge media corporations like Bloomberg and New York Times.
P.S. To see a great group photo of the 2015 SJP students, posed in front of The New York Times building, click here. It will give you hope for the future of print, digital and (?) brain-implant journalism.