Program Schedule 2019

The Summer 2020 program runs from Friday, July 31 - Monday, Aug 10, 2020. The schedule will become available in August. If you would like to see a sample itinerary, please review last year's program schedule below.

Group of students entering a Press Box

FRIDAY, AUGUST 2

Afternoon [Yoseloff]: Students arrive and move into rooms 

3:30 - 5:30 PM [Depart from Yoseloff]: Person on the street reporting: Who are Princeton residents voting for in 2020?

5:30 - 7:00 PM [Wilcox PDR]: Dinner (Speaker: Michele Minter, Princeton University Vice Provost)

7:00 - 9:30 PM [Friend 008]: Introduction to SJP; discussion of why this program exists; go over schedule for the rest of the week

9:30 - 11:00 PM [Friend 005 & 007]: Write 2020 stories

11:20 PM: Lights out


SATURDAY, AUGUST 3

8:00 AM: Wake-up 

8:45 AM: Meet to walk to breakfast 

9:00 - 9:45 AM [Wilcox PDR]: Breakfast 

10:00 - 11:15 AM [Friend 108 & 109]: Workshop: What is Journalism? (Speaker: Richard Just of The Washington Post Magazine) // Workshop: Introduction to Reporting (Speaker: Ashley Powers of California Sunday Magazine)

11:15  - 12:30 PM: Switch above workshops

12:30 - 2:00 PM [Friend 008]: Lunch Workshop: Food Journalism (Speaker: Lesley Tellez, author of “Eat Mexico”)

2:00 - 2:30 PM [Friend 008]: Prepare for press conference 

2:30 - 3:30 PM: [Friend 008] Press conference with New Jersey state assemblyman Andrew Zwicker 

3:30 - 5:30 PM [Friend 005 & 007]: Write profiles of Zwicker

5:30 - 7:00 PM [Wilcox PDR]: Dinner in discussion groups

7:00 - 8:30 PM: [Friend 008]: Workshop: Breaking News (Speaker: Brian Rokus of CNN)

8:30 - 11:00 PM [Friend 008]: Watch “The Insider” 

11:00 - 11:30 PM [Friend 008]: Discuss journalistic issues raised by “The Insider” 

11:50 PM: Lights out 


SUNDAY, AUGUST 4

8:00 AM: Wake-up

8:45 AM: Meet to walk to breakfast 

9:00 - 9:45 AM [Wilcox PDR]: Breakfast

10:00 - 11:15 AM: [Friend 108 & 109]: Workshop: Writing About Politics (Speaker: Mike Mishak of ProPublica) // Workshop: Interviewing 101 (Speaker: Rebecca Nelson of ELLE and The Washington Post Magazine)

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM: Switch above workshops

12:30 - 2:00 PM [Wilcox PDR]: Lunch (Speaker: Prachi Gupta, formerly of Jezebel)

2:00 - 6:00 PM [Friend 008]: Workshop: Documentary Filmmaking (Documentary filmmaker Jonathan Schienberg & Kimberly Cionca SJP 2012)

6:00 - 7:30 PM [Wilcox PDR]: Dinner (Speaker: Eric Garcia of Roll Call) 

7:30 - 8:45PM [Friend 108 & 109]: Workshop: Feature Writing (Marin Cogan of Pop-Up Magazine) // Workshop: Opinion Journalism (Jamal Burns SJP 2016, Jada Fitzpatrick SJP 2015, Katie Okumu SJP 2016, Mirna Rodriguez SJP 2016)

8:45 - 10:00 PM: Switch above workshops

10:00 - 11:30 [Friend 008]: Ethical Dilemmas

11:50 PM: Lights out


MONDAY, AUGUST 5

8:00 AM: Wake-up 

8:45 AM: Meet to walk to breakfast 

9:00 - 10:00 AM [Wilcox PDR]: Breakfast

10:00 - 11:30 AM [Friend 008]: Workshop: Crime Reporting (Speaker: Cheryl Thompson of NPR) 

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM [Wilcox PDR]: Lunch 

1:00 - 6:00 PM: Report and write feature stories 

  • Affordable Childcare at Princeton
  • CHOOSE 
  • Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert 
  • The Eviction Lab  
  • Wendy Kopp’s Senior Thesis and Teach for America
  • Princeton Police Department
  • Black History in Princeton 

6:00 - 7:30 PM [Friend 008]: Dinner (Speaker: Patricia Fernandez-Kelly, Princeton University Professor of Sociology) 

7:30 - 8:45 PM [Friend 108 & 109]: Workshop: Using Social Media to Inform Your Reporting (Katie Zavadski of ProPublica) // Workshop: How to Be a Journalist and a Human Being (Whitney Joiner of The Washington Post Magazine)

8:45 - 10:00 PM: Switch above workshops

10:20 PM: Lights out


TUESDAY, AUGUST 6

5:30 AM: Wake-up

6:30 AM: Bus departs for NYC 

9:00 AM: Bloomberg  

11:00 AM: NBC

1:00 PM: New York Times

3:00 PM: Sports Illustrated

4:30 - 6:30 PM: Group reporting project: What do New Yorkers think of Bill de Blasio’s campaign for president?

6:30 PM: Bus departs for Princeton 

8:30 - 10:00 PM: Compile Bill de Blasio reporting result

10:20 PM: Lights out


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7

8:00 AM: Wake-up 

8:45 AM: Meet to walk to breakfast 

9:00 - 10:30 AM [Wilcox PDR]: Breakfast (Speaker: Rochelle Calhoun, Princeton University Vice President for Campus Life)

11:00 - 11:45 AM: [Friend 008]: Q&A with Princeton University President Chris Eisgruber 

12:00 - 1:30 PM [Wilcox PDR]: Lunch Workshop: Introduction to Investigative Reporting (Journalism Professor Joe Stephens)

1:30 - 2:00 PM: Prepare for investigative project

2:00 - 2:30 PM: Head to Trenton / New Brunswick

2:30 - 4:30 PM: Investigative Project: Are stores in central New Jersey stocking expired products?

4:30 - 5:00 PM: Head back to campus

5:00 - 6:00 PM: Compile investigative reporting results

6:00 - 7:30 PM [Wilcox PDR]: Dinner (Speaker: Adriana Gallardo of ProPublica)

7:30 - 8:45 PM [Friend 108 & 109]: Workshop: Photojournalism (Lyne Lucien of New York Magazine & The Daily Beast) // Workshop: Writing About Arts and Culture (Speaker: Zak Stone)

8:45 - 10:00 PM: Switch above workshops

10:00 - 11:30PM [Friend 005 & 007]: Writing time: Begin writing investigative story; finish writing 2020 stories, feature stories, and Bill de Blasio stories.

11:50 PM: Lights out


THURSDAY, AUGUST 8

8:00 AM: Wake-up 

8:45 AM: Meet to walk to breakfast 

9:00 - 10:30 AM [Wilcox PDR]: Breakfast: Discussion Groups

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM [Friend 008]: Workshop: Intro to College Admissions (Speaker: Kevin Hudson, Princeton University Assistant Director for College Opportunity)

12:00 - 1:30 PM [Wilcox PDR] Lunch (Speaker: Sociology Professor Miguel Centeno)

1:30 - 2:45 PM [Friend 108 & 109]: Workshop: The Art of Editing (Speaker: Megan Greenwell of Deadspin) // Workshop: Sports Journalism (Speaker: Stanley Kay of Sports Illustrated)

2:45 - 4:00 PM: Switch above workshops

4:00 PM: Depart for Eagles vs. Titans preseason game

7:30 PM - 10:30 PM: Cover Eagles vs. Titans

10:30 PM - 11:30 PM: Travel back to campus

11:50 AM: Lights out


FRIDAY, AUGUST 9

8:00 AM: Wake-up 

8:45 AM: Meet to walk to breakfast

9:00 - 10:30 AM [Friend 008]: Breakfast (Speaker: Kathleen Crown, Executive Director, Princeton Council on the Humanities)

10:30 - 12:00 PM [Friend 008]: Workshop: Finding Story Ideas (Speaker: Bill Duryea of Politico)

12:00 - 1:30 PM [Friend 008]: Working Lunch: Writing time

1:30 - 2:30 PM [Friend 008]: College Admissions Workshop: Financial Aid (Speaker: Vance Stephens, Princeton University Financial Aid Officer)

2:30 - 3:45 PM [Friend 008]: Workshop: How to Find an Internship (Speaker: Michael Koike, PSJP Co-Founder)

3:45 - 6:00PM [Friend 005 & 007]: Writing time: Write sports stories; continue writing news, feature, sports, and opinion stories.

6:00 - 7:15 PM [Friend 008]: Dinner (Speaker: Classics Professor Dan-el Padilla Peralta)

7:15 - 8:30 PM [Friend 008]: College Admissions Workshop: Application Case Study (Speaker: Tieisha M. Tift, Program Associate & Stacey Menjivar, former Harvard admissions officer, SJP 2009)

8:30 - 11:00PM [Friend 108 & 109]: Workshop: Reporting on Extremists (Speaker: Ashley Powers) // Workshop: Reporting on Totalitarian Countries (Speaker: Brian Rokus)

11:20: Lights out


SATURDAY, AUGUST 10

8:00: Wake-up 

8:45 AM: Meet to walk to breakfast 

9:00 - 10:00 AM [Friend 008]: Breakfast

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM [Friend 008]: Journalism and the Law (Speaker: Adrian Alvarez of American University & Chan Sethi of Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz)

12:00 - 1:30 PM [Friend 008]: Lunch: Discussion Groups (Life in College According to SJP Alums)

1:30 - 2:30 PM [Friend 008]: Brainstorm group editorial

2:30 - 6:00 PM [Friend 005 & 007]: Writing time: Write and edit stories for the newspaper

6:00 - 7:30 PM [Friend 008]: Dinner: Foreign Correspondence (Speaker: Griff Witte of The Washington Post)

7:30 - 10:00 PM: Review movies or play

  • 8:00 PM: Review “Green Book”
  • 8:00 PM: Review “Topdog/Underdog” at Princeton Summer Theater

10:00 PM - 12:00 AM [Friend 005 & 007]: Writing time: Write movie or play reviews, and finish editing stories for the newspaper.

12:20: Lights out


SUNDAY, AUGUST 11

8:30 AM: Wake-up

9:00 AM: Meet to walk to breakfast

9:30 - 10:30 AM [Friend 008]: Breakfast: (Speaker: Mirna Rodriguez SJP 2016)

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM [Friend 008]: Workshop: Public Relations (Speaker: Katie Okumu SJP 2016)

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM [Friend 005 & 007]: Final copy-editing of paper

12:00 - 1:30 PM [Friend]: Lunch: Meetings with college counselors

1:30 - 3:00 PM [Friend 008]: Liberal arts panel

3:10 - 5:00 PM: College information sessions

  • Mariesa Negosanti, Amherst College
  • Alex Faye, Brandeis University
  • Kaila Hamdani, Bryn Mawr College
  • Niki Barron, Hamilton College
  • Windsor Jordan, Swarthmore College
  • Sulgi Lim, Williams College

5:00 - 8:00 PM [Friend Lawn]: Alumni BBQ

8:30 - 10:30 PM [Friend 008]: College Admissions Workshop: The PSJP Plan for College (Speakers: Megan Greenwell, Tieisha Tift, Katie Zavadski)

11:00 PM- 12:30 AM [Friend 008]: Journalism Games


MONDAY, AUGUST 12

8:00 AM: Wake-up

9:00 - 10:00 AM: Program evaluations 

10:00 AM - 10:45AM: Visit to University Store

10:45AM - 11:00AM: Headshots

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM [Friend Convocation Room]: Graduation Banquet 

1:00 PM: Check-out

1:30PM: Departure