If you are chosen for the High School Reporters Academy, you will report for assignments as a journalist in The Chronicle’s newsroom for six to eight hours a week. You will be teamed with a writing coach and observe Chronicle coverage in action. You will be paid to write stories and become a published journalist.
In the process, you will learn to produce news stories, news briefs, blog items, Spotted photo galleries and videos. You will receive guidance primarily from education editor Jason Wermers, but other reporters and staff in the newsroom will contribute. You can develop stories from your school or other environments. You may cover events that happen downtown or write a community story that can be reported near your home or by phone or e-mail from the newsroom.
Each academy journalist will work three months and will generally work when school is in session and/or when education editor Jason Wermers is in the office.
What will you get from the academy? You will be immersed in a journalism experience and learn the responsibilities of managing your time. You will have ample opportunity to hone your writing and, should you desire, photography skills. Top work will result in a college application and résumé that will stand out.
Think you have what it takes? Think you might enjoy being a journalist?
Send the following to us: written recommendations from two of your teachers (one of these can be a guidance counselor or a principal, or both can be teachers); written permission from your parents; and a commitment to report to the newsroom two days a week.
E-mail these materials to email@example.com or send them to The Augusta Chronicle, Attn: Jason Wermers, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.