Experience journalism and discover the power of the media at the NSLC on Journalism.

Breaking news stories emerge from Washington D.C. every day, and the NSLC on Journalism brings you straight to the source! With trips to internationally recognized media outlets and access to professional studio equipment, you’ll build fundamental journalism skills and learn the importance of accurate writing and reporting through a fast-paced newsroom simulation.

Individualized Tracks

Journalism is divided into the specialty tracks below. Choose one before starting your NSLC application:

High School Newswriting

Newswriting & Investigative Reporting

Explore the emerging news landscape and discover the history of investigating powerful people and organizations. Learn about the importance of the Freedom of Information Act, how to file a FOIA request, and the core techniques essential for successful multimedia reporting.

High School Broadcast Journalism

Broadcast Journalism

Establish the cornerstones needed to develop a great news story. Learn the elements of a news show, how to capture broadcast quality film and audio, and how to use your images to deliver your message. Craft a field report, ensure the accuracy of your sources, and experience reading from a teleprompter to create a broadcast.

Meet the Experts

While at the NSLC’s high school Journalism program, you will meet with and learn from experts in the those fields.

Examples of past guest speakers include:

Mr. Walter Mears
Political Correspondent/Pulitzer Prize Winner, AP

Mr. Ron Edmonds
Photographer/Pulitzer Prize Winner, AP

Mr. Jim Morin
Cartoonist/Pulitzer Prize Winner, Miami Herald

Ms. Stu Seidel
Senior Editor, National Public Radio, Weekend Edition Sunday

Mr. Tim Kurkjian
Reporter & Analyst, ESPN

Mr. Linton Weeks
Staff Writer, Washington Post

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

An important part of the NSLC high school summer journalism program is seeing the sites around some of our nation’s greatest cities. These trips are designed as both sightseeing tours and exclusive educational trips specifically tailored to the area of Journalism.

Trips may include:

American University

Newswriting & Investigative Reporting: The National Press Club • National Public Radio (NPR) • CNN • C-SPAN | Broadcast Journalim: The National Press Club • ESPN Radio • NBC • The Washington Post

Leadership Training

At the heart of the NSLC is a leadership curriculum designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help you succeed. Interactive lectures and small-group workshops will give you an opportunity to build upon your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.

Leadership topics tailored to the Journalism program include:

  • Personality Styles and Group Dynamics
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Negotiation
  • Public Speaking
  • Intrapersonal Communication

College Credit Option

American University (AU) and NSLC have a unique partnership that enables you to earn college credit by enrolling in a supplemental online course designed to correlate with your NSLC program’s area of study. By enrolling in this credit course, you will enjoy a stimulating, innovative, and personalized college-level learning experience that builds on your NSLC accomplishments. The course is for one credit and is taught in a self-paced, asynchronous format across six weeks, allowing ample time to complete assignments. The course is designed to work within the framework of NSLC; students are not expected to complete coursework while on campus. Students may register for college credit via their personal student portal (myNSLC) once they have enrolled in an NSLC session.

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Program tuition includes housing, all on-campus meals, course materials, academic expenses, and activities. Tuition also includes chartered, air-conditioned motor coaches for off-campus briefings and tours. Note: Students are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the program as well as individual spending money for souvenirs, laundry, and a few off-campus meals during fields trips and tours.

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