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Apply for the inaugural Rise and Shine workshop, a free summer camp for students interested in journalism

We want to encourage young Coloradans to pursue future careers in journalism and media, especially students from underrepresented backgrounds.

Update: The Colorado Sun has extended the application deadline to June 25 to give Colorado middle school and high school students more time to apply.

Welcome to The Colorado Sun’s inaugural Rise and Shine Journalism Workshop. This year, the free, five-day virtual summer camp will be held the mornings of July 26 — July 30.

The goal of the program is to encourage young Coloradans to pursue future careers in journalism and media, especially students from underrepresented backgrounds, such as BIPOC and/or LGBTQ youth, rural and those who would be first-generation college students.

Participants will learn from professional journalists about different paths and options for pursuing a journalism career and transferring good writing, artistic, business and digital skills into good news-making. Participants also will learn about the different ethical and professional responsibilities of being a journalist.

This year, the Rise and Shine workshop is open to 15 students who:

  • Live in Colorado
  • Will be in middle or high school in the fall
  • Have a strong interest in journalism or media

Applicants from underrepresented and diverse communities will be given preference. The Colorado Sun will provide assistance to students who may have difficulties accessing a computer or device and reliable internet connection.

The following application is due by 6 p.m. June 25. Participants will be notified July 5.

Submit your application here.

For questions about the workshop, contact reporter Erica Breunlin at erica@coloradosun.com.