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Welcome to the application for the fifth cohort of the Youth Arts Journalism Initiative. If you are a high schooler attending a New Haven or Hamden public school and have an interest in journalism, read on. Applications are open January 18 through March 5, 2021. 

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 April 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 between one and four publishable articles over the course of the program. Student pay starts at $75 per article.  In addition, all students receive a $250 stipend for participating in the program. 

The spring session will be held entirely on Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Your commitment to the program includes:

• Weekly 1:1 sessions with program mentors
•  Developing story ideas
• Conducting interviews 
• Writing publishable articles

Important dates:

March 5, 2021: Application due
March 12, 2021: Applicants notified
March 19: Applicants accept or decline entry to the program
Programs begins: April 5, 2021
Program ends: June 11, 2021

Mentors plan to hold two afternoon "intensive" sessions the week of April 5 and three similar sessions the week of NHPS spring break (April 12-16). 

For questions, email markeshia@newhavenarts.org or lucy@newhavenarts.org. Fill out the application below to apply.

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