Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Journalism Initiative

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There are numerous opportunities at Yale to study writing and to write for and edit student publications. The Initiative aims to further support certain students, those selected as Yale Journalism Scholars, with an intensive journalism seminar in the English department; career counseling; support for summer internships; talks by visiting journalists; and access to a network of alumni in journalism.


1. An advanced journalism seminar in the English department. English 467, offered both terms, is limited to students who demonstrate interest in and promise for a future career in journalism. It will be taught by visiting professors selected for their accomplished careers in journalism. Successful completion of this course is a prerequisite for becoming a Yale Journalism Scholar.

2. Career Counseling. In addition to receiving the advice of their teacher in the advanced journalism seminar, Yale Journalism Scholars are encouraged to meet with the program’s coordinator for further advice on summer internships, employment opportunities during the school year, job applications as graduation approaches, and the names of Yale alumni who have expressed interest in talking with graduating students.

3. Special Activities. Yale Journalism Scholars are invited to special luncheons in New Haven and New York to meet with faculty, guest speakers, and alumni of the Initiative.

4. Funding for Internships. The Initiative offers small grants to support Yale Journalism Scholars who take low-paying or unpaid summer internships in journalism.

Finally, upon graduation, qualified students earn the designation of “Yale Journalism Scholar” for their resumes.


Normally, students will join the Yale Journalism Initiative in their sophomore or junior years, although exceptions may be made. Although preference is given to Yale College students, students from the graduate and professional schools are eligible.

The selection process begins with enrollment in the advanced journalism seminar, either in the fall or spring; students may find the application for this seminar by selecting English 467 on the list of creative writing courses. Acceptance into the seminar means preliminary acceptance as a Yale Journalism Scholar.


1. A summer internship, approved by the director of the Journalism Initiative, at a newspaper or magazine.

While students will be responsible for securing the internship, they may seek help from the Initiative director and may be eligible for grants of up to $5,000, depending on need and available resources.

2. Completion of one of the following writing or editing activities:

a. Publication in a non-Yale magazine or newspaper of one full-length feature article or five newspaper articles. (This requirement may be fulfilled during the summer internship.)

b. Completion of two full-length magazine articles in a Yale publication.

c. Holding a senior editorial position at a Yale publication for at least two semesters.

3. One of the following classroom experiences:

a. Completion of a WR course outside of the English Department in Yale College, or a similar course at one of the graduate or professional schools.

b. Participation in at least one other advanced class in writing at Yale, as designated by the Writing Center. In the 2014-2015 school year, this would include every nonfiction class with a number above 400, and other classes by petition.


All students selected to participate in the advanced journalism seminar are pre-accepted into the Journalism Initiative.