The New Orleans Junior Journalism Program, JRNOLA, empowers underserved youth ages 14 through 18 for careers in media–print, photography, and broadcast. We offer lessons and opportunities for real-world experience covering local news and live events while creating original content under the guidance of media professionals. We provide pathways to literacy, professional development, and civic engagement.
JRNOLA was officially formed in 2017 to change the face of journalism, addressing the underrepresentation of women and people of color in professional media. JRNOLA empowers high school students by positioning them as credentialed media members and teaching journalism through live event reporting. Our students aren’t just learning about journalaren’they ARE journalists.
Students get on-the-ground training in a fast-paced environment by getting the opportunity to act as and interact with media professionals. Our students have interviewed Gayle Benson, mayoral candidates, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Rickey Jackson, and other notable figures. They have worked in the press box at the Superdome and taken sideline photos. Gambit, Geaux Girl! Magazine and even Teen Vogue have published JRNOLA students’ work!
If you are a student passionate about writing, we can help find a coverage angle for you. Students pick a coverage beat (like sports, music, or movies), and JRNOLA works to get opportunities within that framework. You will strengthen your voice and get published while attending cultural, sporting, and music events throughout the city. Want to make your voice heard? Join us today!
All students are admitted into the program based on an application and submission of writing samples.
Every student, regardless of discipline or skill level, must submit a writing sample for acceptance, and each is required to write regularly for continued participation in the program.
The New Orleans Junior Journalism Program is a Louisiana Non-Profit Corporation founded in 2017. The organization is legally referred to as the New Orleans Junior Journalism Program and is a registered 501(c)(3).
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