We’ve tried to answer some of the most common questions about the Emerging Journalists Program here. Need more information? Email Kelly Furnas, curriculum coordinator, at kfurnas@elon.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why host the Emerging Journalists Program at Elon?

Elon’s School of Communications envisioned the program as a way to inspire high school students to pursue a career in journalism. The grant from the Scripps Howard Foundation continued our collective commitment to advance equity, diversity and inclusion in the communications industries.

Is the Emerging Journalists Program only for students of color?

The virtual Exposure experience is open to anyone high school age or above who wishes to apply. While we hope to accept as many participants as possible, if we reach capacity we will prioritize participants based on application order and responses to the short essay prompt.

Students who are juniors in high school who successfully complete the assessments in the Exposure experience will be invited to apply for the on-campus Immersion experience. The Immersion experience is specifically for students of diverse socio-economic, racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Can international students apply to the Emerging Journalists Program?

We welcome international participants for the Exposure experience. Unfortunately because of limited funds we are unable to accommodate travel expenses for international students to take part in the on-campus Immersion experience.

I have a conflict during some of the live virtual Exposure sessions. Can I still take part in the program?

Yes. While we certainly encourage attending each session live so that you can ask questions and interact with the instructor, we also understand that conflicts might arise. Each session is recorded so that you can watch the videos to complete the required assessments.

Some of the Exposure sessions have already passed. Can I still apply to the program?

Yes. We will leave the Exposure application open until December 2021 so that you can still join the program. You will need to watch the videos of the sessions you missed and complete the assessments as quickly as possible to catch up.

What is involved with the Exposure assessments?

Each session in the Exposure experience will have a very short activity you need to complete to showcase your proficiency in that area. These assessments will not be overly time consuming — you’ll be able to complete each one in less than a half an hour. But they will require that you paid attention and engaged in the instructional session.

What equipment do I need for the Exposure experience?

You will need a device with an Internet connection that can handle downloading live video. We will use Zoom for our live sessions.

Some assessments might require that you are able to submit a piece of writing or a photograph or a video. A phone camera should suffice, and any additional software or websites you are asked to use will not have a cost associated.

What equipment do I need for the Immersion experience?

Elon University will supply all of the curricular equipment — computers, software, cameras, etc. — that you need to take part in the on-campus Immersion experience. We do ask that all participants bring a mobile phone to the workshop simply for communication purposes.

Students who complete the Immersion experience earn Elon academic credit. Do I have to plan to attend Elon University to take part in the Emerging Journalists Program?

Not at all. The goal of this program is to encourage you to consider a collegiate and professional career in journalism, whether that’s at Elon University, at another institution represented at our virtual college fair, or any other communications program.

We want to recognize the rigorous practicum experience of the Emerging Journalists Program, and so EJP graduates who are accepted and choose to attend Elon University will automatically earn one semester hour of credit in COM3800 Media Workshop.

How can I learn more about Elon University?

You can learn more about communications majors and curriculum on the School of Communications’ website. The Office of Admissions has information about applications, in-person and virtual events, as well as financial aid resources.

How can I learn more about The LAGRANT Foundation?

The mission of The LAGRANT Foundation is to increase the number of ethnic minorities in the fields of advertising, marketing and public relations by providing scholarships, career & professional development workshops, mentors and internships to African American/Black, Alaska Native/Native American, Asian American/Pacific Islander and Hispanic/Latino undergraduate and graduate students. You can learn more about TLF’s programs and scholarships on its website.

What is Boldly Elon?

Communications Dean Rochelle Ford said the new Scripps Howard-funded program envelopes cleanly into the university’s Boldly Elon strategic plan, which is organized around the themes of Learn, Thrive, Connect and Rise.

“The Boldly Elon plan embraces our university’s history as an academic community intensely focused on student success and recognizes a need to support and inspire others from different nations, perspectives, backgrounds and experiences,” Ford said. “The plan calls on us to be innovative and to engage in partnerships that create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive community – and that’s what the Scripps Howard Emerging Journalists Program at Elon will do. We hope to inspire high school students to embark on journalism careers and build an industry that better reflects the make-up of today’s diverse communities.”