Hofstra University

From the Director

Dear Aspiring Journalist,

We are delighted that you are interested in participating in the annual Hofstra High School Journalism Institute (formerly J-DIV Summer Workshop) at Hofstra University, offered at no cost to selected students.

The Institute brings together students from diverse social and ethnic backgrounds to teach them journalistic methods to examine the world around them and to communicate the results through print and online media.  Each participant will be paired with another to work as a reporting team.  This aspect of the program will help participants learn different points of view about the communities they live in and the lives they lead. These collaborations will result in both solidly reported stories and firm friendships.

Participants will attend reporting, writing and Internet production workshops. They will learn how to gather information, how to conduct interviews, how to record, edit and upload their stories using the latest equipment in state-of-the-art facilities, and to create their own web pages. Faculty and student mentors from Hofstra University will assist them. The completed work will be put online and presented at a community roundtable.

Our objective is to teach students how to look at the world around them with an open mind and a curious eye, and for some, this will be an important step along their path to becoming full-fledged journalists.

We welcome applications from a broad representation of students, but please remember that space in the program is limited.  Once we’ve reviewed applications, finalists will be contacted for an interview.   

Peter W. Goodman
Program Director