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JCal is an all-inclusive, free journalism program that immerses California high school students into the state’s news ecosystem. Students build connections with the journalists covering their communities, learn about the inner workings of newsrooms and gain many of the skills needed to succeed in professional and academic realms. Most importantly, they return home equipped with the knowledge and tools to tell the stories of their communities. Each cohort is carefully selected to reflect the diversity of California residents and serve communities that newsrooms may be overlooking.
For its inaugural year, JCal leaders will select about 25 students who will spend six days together in Sacramento, June 20-25, 2023. Based in the CalMatters newsroom, the students will learn from journalism and civics professionals from all over California. Students will also produce reporting projects focused on Water and Drought, which will be ready to publish locally.
This innovative program is produced through a unique partnership between the Asian American Journalists Association and CalMatters.
The priority deadline is February 1 at 11:59 PT, after which applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.