LSPA Summer Institute | LSU Manship School of Mass Communication

LSPA Summer Institute



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The Louisiana Scholastic Press Association (LSPA) Summer Institute provides an intensive one-week training program for high school sophomores, juniors, seniors and incoming college freshmen. The mission of the Summer Institute, which is sponsored by the Manship School, is to provide students with the skills needed to produce top-notch scholastic media, including newspapers, broadcast, yearbooks, multimedia and social  media.

Students work closely with faculty and media professionals utilizing Manship’s state-of-the-art production facilities. They build strong journalism skills and receive a taste of college life, while spending four nights under supervision in one of LSU’s residential facilities. The LSPA Summer Institute is recognized as the Southeast’s No. 1 high school media-learning program.

Build your skills in:

  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Design
  • Photography
  • Videography
  • Multimedia Production
  • Social Media
  • Digital Journalism

The LSPA Summer Institute helps you explore and experiment, bringing to class your own journalistic skills and unique point of view. The program gives you an understanding of where journalism and journalists are headed in the digital world.

What will I be doing?

You will use the Manship School’s advanced broadcast studios and writing laboratories to learn the fundamentals of media: writing, editing, design, videography, photography and more. You’ll discover new techniques and tools to improve your skills as well as the quality of your school’s publications and broadcasts. Activities include workshops, production projects and guest speakers.

Who can attend?High school students behind the Tiger TV desk

High school sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in journalism and mass communication and/or those involved in the school newspaper, yearbook or broadcast news program.

Where will I stay?

You will stay in residence facilities located on the LSU campus. Most meals will be in LSU dining halls. Faculty members and graduate students closely supervise all activities.

What is the cost?

The program fee is $450, which covers overnight housing, meals, snacks, educational materials, T-shirt and activities. Participants are responsible for travel to and from the LSU campus. Payment must be in the form of a check or money order, payable to LSPA. Credit cards cannot be accepted.

How do I apply?

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