Attention Prospective Journalism Students!
By Molly Cuddy
Attention prospective journalism students!
If any of you are as interested in journalism as I am, you may want to find ways to give your writing more exposure. I have some opportunities for you to see if journalism is really the right path for you.
First of all, become a member of Star Status, the online newspaper you’re reading right now. You can write articles about events at school, conduct an interview of your favorite teacher, or write a review about a movie. Practically anything goes! You can also take pictures or help design the Star Status website, if writing isn’t for you. Meetings are every Monday after school.
Take journalism class! There’s a journalism class here at Nottingham. It’s a half-year "A" level course where you can practice your writing, photography, and analytical skills.
Find a program or summer camp to attend! From my own personal experience, the Hugh N. Boyd Journalism Workshop is a great program for advancing your skills. It’s an intensive 9-day program at Rutgers University (New Brunswick Campus.) Ten (10) students are accepted. And the best part is, all students attend on a full scholarship! During the program, we did several projects, went to Teen Vogue and Bloomsburg, and met with journalists. If you’re truly interested in journalism, or you want to see if journalism is right for you, I highly suggest applying to this workshop. Here’s a better look into the program:
Look for internships. Sometimes it’s hard to find internships for high school students, but even Nottingham offers some through the V.I.P. program. You could become the next Nottingham Communications Intern.
Apply to write for a magazine, specifically, Affinity Magazine, which is written mainly by teenagers! It is composed of two different websites: the main website, which focuses mostly on politics and social issues, and the Arts+Culture website, which is everything about celebs, music, etc. If they accept you, you must submit one article a week. They only accept about 35% of people who apply. It is not a paid position, but it’s a great way to get exposure and get on a writing schedule. It also looks great on college apps! There are, of course, several other magazines that accept teen writers. You can research to find more.
As you can see, there are plenty of opportunities for young students who want to study journalism. Here are just a few for reference!