ELi Seeks Applicants for Summer Youth Journalism Program
Above: Cody Harrell
The team at East Lansing Info (ELi) is looking to gather the next wave of community journalists from the greater East Lansing area for a two-week summer training program. The two-week course, to be led by journalism educator Cody Harrell and sponsored by ELi, will lead students in the understanding of basic and advanced techniques of journalistic writing and reporting.
The program will be free for participants whose applications are accepted, and students will be paid as ELi reporters when they produce published reports for ELi’s readers.
Topics in the summer educational program are expected to include the basics of First Amendment law, professional journalistic ethics, news hierarchy, interview techniques, concise writing, Associated Press styling, interpreting legal documents, the Freedom of Information Act in theory and practice, photojournalism, and more. At the end of this two-week program, if they’re not already working on the ELi reporting team, students may be phased into the regular team to assist in local investigative journalism and community news reporting.
The program will be led by Cody Harrell, journalism and English teacher at East Lansing High School. Harrell has been working with high school journalists ever since leaving his editorial position as a senior in high school and transitioning into a journalism degree program at Michigan State University. While at MSU, Harrell obtained specializations in graphic design, publication design, and web design.
Harrell has earned accolades from the Journalism Education Association, the Society for News Design and the School of Journalism at MSU. During the last seven summers, he has been a student, adviser, mentor, and teacher at the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association summer journalism camp held on MSU’s campus.
We will be accepting applications from people aged 14-22 who are interested in journalism, whether or not they plan to pursue a career in the field. To learn more about the program, including how to apply, please go to our dedicated page on the program.
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