Summer Institute

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2018 Forms and information


Students and teachers are invited each year to enroll in the North Carolina Scholastic Media Institute on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. The 2018 Institute will be June 18-21.

Instructors travel from across the state and nation to offer their expertise in newspaper, yearbook, online, magazine and broadcast journalism.

The four-day Institute is open to journalism and media advisers and to students who are rising ninth-graders through 12th-graders. The schedule includes 20 hours of instruction, plus time for a pizza party and awards presentations.

The School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill sponsors the Institute. The intensive workshop is designed to teach innovative and effective ways of communicating through scholastic media.

Students may enroll in one of the following divisions: newspaper, yearbook, literary magazine, online, photojournalism, design or broadcast news. Advisers may enroll in any of those seven divisions, or they may enroll in the advising division. Students may also sign up for staff positions on the Rush, the Institute newspaper. The Rush staff will produce the Institute’s official newspaper in three days. Students who participate in broadcast news produce the Institute’s official newscast.


NCSMI News is the annual recap of the institute written, shot and edited by students. Taking part in the production teaches students involved about writing for broadcast news, programming and basic production and editing.

Photo Show

The NCSMI Photo Show displays the photography shot by students in the photojournalism course to document the institute.

The Rush

The Rush helps students gain hands-on experience by writing, editing, designing and producing the institute’s student newspaper as well as telling other stories of the institute via digital media platforms.

The Rush Online

The Rush Online combines classroom instruction and hands-on production. Students will learn WordPress basics and how to write for the web. They will collect, aggregate and post online content produced by students in other NCSMI divisions.