Journalism in New York

Learn about journalism in the media capital of the world!

Summer Journalism program for teens in New York

Program Highlights

Experience a journalist’s process from idea development and reporting to editing and publishing
Gain hands-on experience in citizen reporting and social media, shooting and editing video and photos, all from your smartphone
Develop skills to interview sources for details, anecdotes, and quotes for feature stories
Learn from experienced professionals about libel laws, censorship, and worldwide press freedom
Create a final project exploring different aspects of the field including blog, video, photo, and podcast reporting
Visit the NBC Today Show

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Session 2:
July 14, 2024 July 26, 2024


Barnard College, Columbia University
New York, New York


  • I was able to have experiences that I would not have gotten otherwise without Summer Springboard. Like visiting real newsrooms and talking to a handful of other journalists of all types.

    Erin B.

  • I learned that journalism requires a lot of communication and talking to strangers. The assignments really helped me get into the right mindset to break out of my comfort zone.

    Emily L.

Course Overview

In week one, students will learn journalism basics such as article structure and AP style formatting, practice writing exercises, and explore interviewing techniques. They will also engage in a course excursion to gain additional insights.

In week two, students will focus on feature writing, vignettes, and journalism in social media, including a dedicated “”TikTok Day”” exercise. The second week will conclude with a final simulation press conference to apply their learning.

Meet your instructor

Max Kalnitz

Journalism Syracuse University

Max Kalnitz is an award-winning multimedia journalist and social media strategist based in Brooklyn, NY, whose work has appeared in Billboard, The Nation, and Insider, among other outlets.

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Topics you'll explore

Hands-On Learning

Participants will explore the ethics of journalism and learn how to pitch stories to editors while honing their skills in real-time reporting on platforms like Twitter and TikTok. Excursion visits, such as last summer's private meeting with Insider Inc, offer exclusive insights into the inner workings of journalism companies. Through practical exercises, including real interviews, students will gain valuable experience and confidence in their abilities, preparing them for future endeavors in the field.

Career Exploration

In previous years, students visited Bloomberg TV, where they learned about the extensive journalistic operations with 2,700 journalists across 100 countries producing over 5,000 stories daily. They also enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour of ABC 7 and even received a rare shout-out on live television. Last summer, students had the opportunity to visit Insider, INC, where they met with editors, toured the newsroom, and engaged with industry professionals. Expectations for this summer's program include meetings with journalists and editors, as well as tours of newsrooms to further enhance their understanding of the field.

ABC 7 journalism excursion

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