Reporting and Writing

Students will examine the role of the media, develop both a sense of news and news judgment, and practice their own writing, decision-making and editing skills. Participants will learn to edit the work of others, explore basic principles of design and discuss staff motivation.

Other topics covered include organizing effective news beats, generating story ideas, developing good staff relationships and organization and learning legal and ethical issues.

2023 Session: July 10-14

For which lab should I register?

  • News: for newcomers to journalism, fundamentals of news.
  • Feature: must have at least one semester of journalism; feature editors welcome.
  • Sports: sports reporting, writing and editing for newspaper and yearbook staff members.
  • Opinion: will cover judgments made in selecting editorial topics, researching editorials and columns, writing opinion pieces of various kinds and setting up policies for the op/ed pages.

Typical Daily Schedule

While no two days are alike, they are designed to give you the best journalistic experience you can have while at IU.

  • Day 1
    • Noon to 2:30 p.m.: Check in at residence hall
    • 3-5 p.m.: Instructional sessions
    • 5-7 p.m.: Tour of instructional areas, dinner with floormates and counselors
    • 7-9:30 p.m.: Instructional sessions and residence hall orientation
    • 11:30 p.m.: Lights out
  • Days 2-4
    • 8:30-11:30 a.m.: Large and small group sessions
    • 1:30-4 p.m.: Large and small group sessions
    • 4-5:30 p.m.: Recreational programs led by counselors
    • 7-9 p.m.: Enrichment sessions, one-on-one meetings with instructors
  • Day 5
    • 8:30-10:30 a.m.: Publication Day
    • 11 a.m. to noon: Awards ceremony (friends and family welcome)
    • Noon: Check out and workshop departure



  • Contact HSJI Administrative Services Coordinator Linda J. Johnson at 812- 855-0895 or e-mail her.