Since 1977, the National Journalism Center has trained aspiring journalists in the values of responsible, balanced, and accurate reporting. Weekly seminars and on-the-job experience provide participants with the tools to become leaders in combating bias in the mainstream media.
Seminars include talks with prominent journalists and public policy experts, writing exercises, training in investigative reporting, audio and video training, and current events and policy discussions. Students are also provided a $1200 monthly stipend to put towards rent and transportation to their internship. The balance between hands-on experience and academic training gives students a competitive edge in the workplace after graduation.
Outside of class, students receive the opportunity to participate in two additional programs: investigative team, and video bootcamp.
- Investigative team, or “I-team” is a six-week voluntary program designed to teach the ins and outs of writing an investigative piece. Staff writer for the Washington Free Beacon Bill McMorris takes students from finding a story idea, to cultivating sources and publishing a piece.
- Video bootcamp is a weekend-long program designed to teach basic broadcast techniques with the use of Adobe Premiere Pro. Students will cover an event, bring the footage to the seminar, and discuss how to string together the various components to tell a compelling story. Director Elizabeth Donatelli’s background in broadcast journalism gives her the tools to teach the program to those both proficient in video editing, and those just starting out.
“I had an incredibly formative summer with NJC both professionally and ideologically. I really appreciated both the opportunities to research and publish at my placement and the Friday sessions and trips that developed and strengthened my conservative knowledge and values.” ~Michael Johns, intern at Media Research Center, Summer 2017
“NJC was one of the best experiences I had in D.C., and it has continued to be a great resource moving forward. As Bill McMorris said, NJC really is one of the best programs out there, and it’s helped me far beyond just the summer.” ~Kelly McDonald, intern at the Daily Caller, Summer 2016
“NJC has provided me a wealth of opportunities to learn from D.C.’s best and brightest, from my editors at CQ Roll Call to the stars of local news teams. If you want to break into journalism––if you’re looking for any way in, like I was––you’d be hard-pressed to find better guides to get you there.” ~Griffin Connolly, intern at Roll Call, Summer 2017
“Taking part in the National Journalism Center gave me opportunities to network and establish myself as a journalist. It pushed me out of my comfort zone, and I am grateful for it.” ~Alex Grubbs, intern at CNS News, Summer 2016