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Carolina Journalism Institute

The Carolina Journalism Institute is a four-day summer institute devoted to helping high school students enhance their knowledge of cutting-edge journalism techniques and standards for their publications and productions. 

About CJI

In this residential camp, you’ll stay in USC’s newest dorm, Campus Village, and take classes at the state-of-the-art School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Meals and social activities with other campers are included. This camp runs from Sunday afternoon, June 16 through midday Thursday, June 20.

Choose Your Course

You may choose one of three courses available during CJI 2024. The instructors are experts in their fields who are student focused and excited to help you work hands-on to produce your project and learn new skills.

Multimedia Storytelling

Learn how to report and produce for print, online and broadcast. You’ll work on interviewing, writing, visual storytelling and more. This course is taught by Laura Smith, a national award winner for broadcast instruction. Smith teaches a key multimedia storytelling class for all journalism and broadcast journalism majors at USC. She is an involved and engaging instructor who is a student favorite at SJMC. She brings more than a decade of local television experience to her teaching as well.

Multimedia Sports Storytelling

From the first time they step on the field, athletes are told, “Keep your eye on the ball.” However, sports storytellers must dismiss that adage. They must look beyond scores and stats to identify and craft compelling stories. In this session, students will explore trends and techniques from current sports stories that have captivated audiences and advanced important conversations. Instructor Manie Robinson is a seasoned storyteller, filmmaker, and educator. Before coming to USC, he was a sports reporter, columnist and video producer for The Greenville News and the USA Today Network.

Yearbook Intensive

If you’re a yearbook staffer or editor looking to jumpstart your 2025 book, this is the place to come for inspiration, creativity and strategy. You’ll learn about crafting the best visual and verbal expression of what makes your school unique. This session is appropriate for literary magazine staffers and editors as well. Come with other staff members for a group experience or come alone and get some special ideas and plans to take back to school. Instructor Jenny Proctor is an award-winning veteran high school yearbook adviser who was a 2022 South Carolina Honor Roll Teacher.

Register Now

Registration is open. Reserve your spot now.

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CJI 2018 projects

Check out the projects from the six CJI teams. Each team produced multimedia packages about different topics, ranging from local coffee shops to the SC State Museum to WREN: Women's Rights and Empowerment Network 

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.