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A summer program for high school journalists

Editor’s note:  This website was prepared by students enrolled in the 2019 Medill-Northwestern Journalism Institute (“Medill Cherubs”). The 2020 program was canceled because of COVID-19. In its place the Medill School of Journalism created an online workshop for 103 high school journalists from the United States and abroad.

Click here for more information about the Medill Online Workshop and to learn of contingency plans should concerns about the coronavirus force Northwestern University to cancel the 2021 Institute.

Dates of the 2021 Institute are June 27 to July 30 on the Northwestern University campus in Evanston, Illinois. For a program brochure or application, open the “Apply 2021” link. Application deadline is March 15.


Cherubs is more than a journalism camp. From high schools around the world, we come to Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. We immerse ourselves in media for five weeks. We study writing, reporting and editing for print, digital and broadcast. We take pictures, edit videos, and create websites and podcasts. We make lifelong friends. As our instructors say, “Welcome to the best summer of your life.”