Monday, May 20, 2013

Paid Summer Journalism Program for CPS HS Students

Dear Teachers, Counselors, Principals and Friends of Columbia Links:
We are recruiting for the Columbia Links Summer 2013 high school journalism academy and seeking student applicants from grades 9 to 12. 
Columbia Links is a skills-building and news literacy development program for youth and teachers in Chicago Public Schools and Chicago-area schools, housed at Columbia College Chicago. Through workshops, mentoring and the creation of youth-produced media, Links works to build expertise, advance news literacy and develop opportunities that connect students, teachers, parents and volunteers through journalism.
This summer session begins July 9, 2013 and runs for six weeks, three days a week, from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. on Thursdays. 
Students receive a pay rate of $50 a week and bus cards each week to get to and from the college.
The classroom is turned into a teaching and working newsroom. Students will have access to computers, Flip videos, recorders and digital cameras. Students are also paired with a mentor who is professional journalist or a journalism graduate student. 
The only qualification for the reporting academies is that the students attend a CPS school, Chicago-area school or alternative school, commit to doing the work and attend the workshops and mentoring sessions. Students must apply online at; see the link to the Summer 2013 program application on the left-hand side or at the APPLY HERE in the top bar.
The deadline for applying is May 31, 2013. 
Here is a video featuring one of our high school students promoting the program.
Feel free to call or e-mail Brenda Butler (see contact info below) with questions.  
Brenda Butler
Executive Director
Columbia Links
Columbia College Chicago

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