Calling Black Youth Media Makers: Join the Newsroom!

A Learn & Earn Opportunity for South Side Residents ages 15-18.

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Are you always on social media? Do your friends turn to you to stay informed? Have you dreamed of building a following? Then the Sisters in Cinema Newsroom is the program for you, and we want you to apply!

The Sisters in Cinema Newsroom Summer Bootcamp is a two-week intensive program for six to ten young high school students ages 15 through 18, who live on Chicago’s South Side. While the application is open to all, priority will be given to residents of South Shore. In the program, participants will be paid to learn the basic fundamentals in journalism, mass communications, & media making that could be the foundation for a career in social media management, reporting, or documentary filmmaking. 

While the fall program/pilot program focused on the basic foundations of journalism and the spring session highlighted writing and reporting for social media, the intensive summer Bootcamp will be a hybrid of the two. By the end of the two weeks, participants will become adaptable communicators who can transition fluidly from one medium to the next. Here are a few of the skills the participants will master:

  1. The basic foundations of journalism
  2. How to write and report for different platforms such as social media, websites, newspapers, magazines, etc.
  3. How to create a multimedia package
  4. How to overall use social media to enhance their reporting, build their personal brand, and drive traffic to their stories.

The program uses a broad-based approach, including theory and practical experience, and will meet in person at the University of Chicago  from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM for two-weeks on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. A stipend of $250 will be paid to participants upon successful completion of all six sessions.

Applications can be found using the following link: and are due on or before 11:59 PM on July 07, 2021. The top ten candidates will be contacted to schedule a Zoom interview by July, 08, 2021. Applicants will be notified on or before July 14, 2021, if accepted into the program. We encourage those interested to  visit www. to learn more about the program or or email us to schedule a virtual Newsroom information session.

Thanks, and we look forward to reviewing your application!