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The mission of the Youth Arts Journalism Initiative (YAJI) is to use The Arts Paper to train 9th-12th grade students from New Haven Public Schools (NHPS) to independently research, report, draft, and publish articles about hyperlocal visual, performing, and culinary arts. Many YAJI alumni stay on as freelance writers after the program.

Welcome to the application for the fourth cohort (and first fall session) of the Youth Arts Journalism Initiative. If you are a high schooler attending a New Haven Public School and have an interest in journalism, read on. Applications are open through Sept. 28, 2020.

The mission of the Youth Arts Journalism Initiative (YAJI) is to introduce New Haven high schoolers to grassroots journalism through The Arts Paper, the daily publication of the Arts Council of Greater New Haven. Students independently research, report, draft, and publish articles covering the arts, culture, and community in New Haven and the greater New Haven region. Many YAJI alumni stay on as freelance reporters after the program ends.

The next semester starts this October with a multi-day Zoom “intensive” followed by eight weeks of pitch meetings and 1:1 professional mentorship after school. We ask students to produce 4 publishable articles over the course of the program.

The fall session will be held entirely on Zoom. This year, students are allowed and encouraged to substitute one of their first three articles with a written assignment with which they are seeking help. The fourth and final article is a capstone project. Students are compensated $250 for their participation and work.

Students are compensated $250 for their participation and work, in what we hope will be a path to creative economic empowerment.

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