Become a Backpack Reporter

During the workshop students will receive hands-on instruction from NYU faculty and visiting professionals and get the opportunity to report and produce their own multimedia stories.

Below is a list of what to expect at the Urban Journalism Workshop:

  • Experience life away from home, living in the East Village in one of the NYU dorms.
  • Produce stories to be published in the program’s website: The Spectrum.
  • Visit some of New York most prestigious newsrooms, and meet with top journalists.
  • Gain valuable insight into the college admissions process from NYU admission counselors.

Alumni of the program, now in its 25th year, work at major newspapers, magazines, online publications and in TV and radio.

How do I apply?

Apply Today!

Students must be at least 16 years of age and live in the New York City metropolitan area to be eligible. Applications for 2015 are being accepted. Click here to apply online for NYU's Urban Journalism Workshop.

The application deadline is May 1, 2015. Students who are accepted into the program will be notified by May 15, 2015. For admitted students, the program is free.

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