Brackenridge student to learn from top journalists

Guadalupe Barrientos w newspaper PSBrackenridge student to learn from top journalists

By SAISD Communications

Guadalupe Barrientos signed up for newspaper class for the first time this year because it was an elective that fit well into her schedule. Little did the Brackenridge High School junior know that she would love reporting and that her talent and passion would land her a two-week trip to Princeton University this summer to learn from editors and reporters from some of the top news outlets in the country.

Barrientos was one of only 22 high school students selected for the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program to be held in early August at the university, in Princeton, New Jersey. The program blends intense hands-on journalism with college awareness, with students learning about the college admissions process.

“It’s mind-blowing to me,” said Barrientos, who is News Editor for the school newspaper, the Brackenridge Times. “Getting told that I am good enough to go to a prestigious college and get everything paid for 10 days, it’s inspiring.”

Program classes will be taught by editors and reporters from some of the top news outlets in the country, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The New Yorker, CNN and ABC News. With a host of projects and activities, there will be little down time. According to program materials, participants will tour the Times, CNN and the Daily Beast; cover a professional sports event; cover news events in the Princeton area; film and produce a TV segment; conduct an investigative project; author a group blog and report, write, edit and design their own newspaper, which will published on the program’s last day.

“It doesn’t surprise me at all that they selected her,” Brackenridge newspaper adviser Bryan Adams said. “She’s a real go-getter. Lupe is the kind that, if she wants something, she’s going to go out and get it.”

In addition to the heavy workload, students will have an opportunity to meet with top Princeton professors, the school’s president and its dean of admissions. They will attend seminars about every aspect of the college admissions process, take a practice SAT and attend an SAT class taught by the Princeton Review. When students return home from their stay at the university, program staff will remain in touch and help them through the college application process.

The Princeton University Summer Journalism Program aims to help diversify colleges and professional newsrooms by encouraging outstanding students from low-income backgrounds to pursue careers in journalism, according to the program literature.