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NCSMI 2021 registration is closed.

Students and teachers are invited each year to enroll in the North Carolina Scholastic Media Institute offered through the UNC-Chapel Hill Hussman School of Journalism and Media. The 2021 Institute will be offered online June 14-16.

The Institute is open to journalism teachers and media advisers and to students who are rising ninth-graders through 12th-graders.

  • The 2021 Summer Institute will feature the following divisions:
    • Design
    • Literary Magazine
    • News (Newspaper and Online News)
    • Photojournalism
    • The Rush Staff
    • Broadcast News
    • Yearbook
    • Advising Student Media

Students will enroll in one of seven divisions. Advisers may enroll in any of those divisions, or they may enroll in the advising division. The Rush staff of up to 12 advanced students will produce the Institute’s official news site, The Rush. Students who participate in broadcast news will produce the Institute’s newscast. The schedule will include instructional sessions for each division, along with additional sessions featuring special guest speakers, award ceremonies, creativity, investigative reporting and leadership boot camps, a trivia challenge and more.

  • The 2021 Summer Institute will begin at 9 a.m. on June 14 and end at 5 p.m. on June 16 with classes, breaks, special topics, planning sessions, guest speakers and award ceremonies scheduled at various times throughout each day:
    • June 14, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • June 15, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • June 16, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will host the virtual Institute, designed to teach innovative and effective ways of communicating through scholastic media. Instructional sessions and guest speaker sessions will be offered online via password-protected Zoom under the guidance of the UNC Office for the Protection of Minors. Students and teachers may attend by phone or laptop. Detailed instructions will be sent to enrolled students on June 11.

The registration fee for the virtual event is $50 per person. Enrollment will be capped at 250, with priority enrollment for North Carolina schools. North Carolina student media staffs that enter the 2021 NCSMA statewide contests are eligible to receive free NCSMI registration for one adviser and two students. Deadline to register is June 1, but registration will close early if enrollment reaches 250.

Each workshop participant will pay a $50 individual fee. Full payment is due June 1. Publication and broadcast staffs that submit entries in the 2021 Statewide Media Contests may have the $50 registration fee waived for one adviser and two students. For payment submission instructions, visit

Advisers should download the 2021 NCSMI code of conduct form for students and the release form for parents/guardians. Then have each participating student and parent/guardian sign. Collect and upload them to NCSMA using our submission portal on our Forms and Registration tab. Digital signatures are allowed this year. See more information on our Forms and Registration tab, where you register your students.

Ready to Join Us?
Teachers, register your students online through the Forms and Registration tab on this Institute page. The form will direct you to pay online. You may upload your students’ code of conduct and release forms on this Forms and Registration page, as well. 

Refer to the Summer Institute Guide below. Email us at NCSMA@UNC.EDU.

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:

Register Here:

Teachers, register your group for NCSMI 2021 here:

Registration for #NCSMI2021 opens on March 1 and closes on June 1. No registrations will be accepted after June 1. Enrollment will be capped at 250, with priority enrollment for North Carolina schools. Registration will close before June 1 if capacity is reached.

Required Forms:

All students attending our 2021 Virtual Institute must read and digitally sign the Code of Conduct and have their parents/guardians read and digitally sign the Release Form.

Both forms are due June 1. Students will not receive an NCSMI schedule or Zoom password until the forms are submitted.

NEW THIS YEAR: Both forms may be completed online with digital signatures.

Teachers, please direct your students to the link to the two required forms: code of conduct and release. Students and parents/guardians should complete both required forms on this one link. Reminder: We must receive all digitally signed forms by June 1.

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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