Diversifying the Newsroom
The Princeton Summer Journalism Program recognizes that the road to diversifying newsrooms does not end with getting students excited about the field of journalism and leading workshops on the admissions process. Federal data has shown that students from the lowest socioeconomic backgrounds are less likely (approximately 1 in 9) to earn a four-year degree than those from middle-class or upper income backgrounds. They are also more likely to attend attend high schools battling overcrowding, high staff turnover and limited resources, and where there is not a dedicated college counselor. It is also well-documented that first-generation-to-college students face more barriers in the process and that high-touch college counseling programs have a positive effect on aspirations, college success, school choice, and course selection.
Therefore, after PSJP participants return home, program staff remain in contact with them as “counselors,” assisting them during the college application process. Students work one-on-one with their counselor to revise college essays, track application deadlines, build and refine their college list, ensure access to test and application fee waivers, submit financial aid documentation, find scholarships, and much more! Many even stay in touch with their counselors throughout their college experience and as they search for internships and employment in the field of journalism.