Welcome to the application for the seventh cohort of the Youth Arts Journalism Initiative. If you are a high schooler attending a New Haven, Hamden or West Haven public school and have an interest in journalism, read on. Applications are open April 2, 2024 to April 30, 2024. 

The mission of the Youth Arts Journalism Initiative (YAJI) is to introduce 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 June 24-28 with a multi-day "intensive” followed by eight weeks of pitch meetings and 1:1 professional mentorship. We ask students to produce between one and four publishable articles over the course of the program. Student pay starts at $100 per article.  In addition, all students receive a $400 stipend for participating in the program. 

The 2024 summer intensive will be held in person Monday through Friday June 24-28 at the Arts Council, 70 Audubon Street in New Haven. 

Your commitment to the program includes:

  • Weekly 1:1 sessions with program mentors
  • Developing story ideas
  • Conducting interviews 
  • Writing publishable articles
  • Ten hours a week to working on articles independently

NOTE: Participation in YAJI is a tremendous time commitment. If you cannot commit at least 10 hours a week to conducting interviews, writing independently and working with mentors to edit and revise your articles, this program may not be for you. In the past, students have underestimated this time commitment and struggled to complete the program. 

Important dates to remember:

April 30, 2024: Application due
May 26, 2024: Applicants notified
May 31, 2024: Applicants accept or decline entry to the program. Waitlist regrets by June 3.
Program begins: June 24, 2024
Program ends: August 26, 2024

Mentors plan to hold the intensive in-person the fourth week of June (June 24-28) (COVID-19 protocol permitting). 

Participants who successfully complete the summer program may be invited to continue writing stories for The Arts Paper as a freelance writer.

For questions, email Fill out the application below to apply.

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