Students and teachers are invited each year to enroll in the North Carolina Scholastic Media Institute on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. The 2020 Institute will be June 15-18.


Important Update as of March 16, 2020: Early bird registration has been extended until May 15.

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 Hussman School of Journalism and Media 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. To access division descriptions, click here. 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.

The registration fee is only $250 ($200 before May 15 April 15; $300 after May 15) for a top-notch journalism workshop featuring award-winning speakers and instructors. Deadline to register is June 1.

We invite you to attend our annual Summer Institute, which offers a variety of events and opportunities, such as:

  • Courses in design, literary magazine, news, online news, photojournalism, broadcast news and yearbook.
  • Networking opportunities with student media across the state.
  • Immersive classes in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media.
  • An awards brunch celebrating the best in N.C. student journalism.


Students will stay in a residence hall on UNC’s campus. They will need to bring their own pillows, towels, washcloths and bed linens. Check-in June 15 will be in the residence hall lobby from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Check-out will follow the Awards Brunch on June 18.

Advisers will be housed together in rooms near their students.

Advisers must duplicate the code of conduct form, have each participating student and a parent or guardian sign them, collect the signed forms and bring them to registration. Advisers should also prepare, have signed and keep with them permission forms and medical (including insurance) information.

Parking passes for the Institute will be distributed to each school requesting parking on the basis of one per every increment of four people coming by car, a distribution that will take place at the registration desk June 15. (See parking request on the enrollment form.)

Each workshop participant will pay a $250 individual fee ($200 before April 15). This fee covers registration costs, faculty, lodging for three nights in the residence hall, entertainment events, awards and the Awards Brunch. Except for the pizza party, meals are not included. Students may secure meals on campus in Lenoir Hall, or in the many restaurants on nearby Franklin Street. Commuters will pay a $150 fee. Full payment is due May 15. Late registration after May 15 is $300. If a participant has to cancel before June 1, a 50 percent refund will be made. No refund can be made after June 1 because of budgetary obligations.

For Advisers:

Have questions about the the Institute? Check out our Summer Institute Guide:

For Parents and Guardians:

The following provides information for parents and guardians:

School Groups:

Those interested in attending as a school group may access the resident form here:


Those interested in attending within driving distance of the event may commute. Access the commuting form here:


Individual Students:

Individual students not attending as part of a school group or as a commuter may apply (by May 15) to participate through the NCSMI Academy:

Code of Conduct and Release Form (Everyone):

Everyone attending the Institute must also complete a Code of Conduct and Release form.

Those attending as a school group with a teacher chaperone should fill out this form:

Teachers, please collect and submit your forms online below, and bring the original copies with you to Institute check-in on June 15:

Consent/Release Form Submission

  • Please submit your release forms below.

    Scan and upload your students' forms below. Please remember to bring the originals with you to check-in on June 15.
  • Drop files here or

A student attending as a commuter without a teacher chaperone or a student attending through the NCSMI Academy should fill out this form and upload it using the submission process above:

Please notify the NCSMA office of accommodation requests 14 days prior to the start of the event.



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.



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