Current Launches Student Journalists Program

Will select two high school correspondents

The deadline has passed for applications. We will take new applications beginning in the summer.

The Highlands Current has launched a Student Journalists Program to provide an opportunity for students who attend high school in Beacon or Philipstown to be mentored by professional journalists while they serve as paid correspondents for the nonprofit newspaper and website.

The reporting of correspondents selected for the program will appear at and select stories will be printed. Students will primarily cover their high schools and issues related to young people.

The correspondents will be invited to attend editorial meetings and meet individually with editors and reporters to discuss story ideas, potential interview subjects and any issues that may be involved in their stories. (The staff is meeting remotely due to COVID-19 restrictions.) They will be provided with the tools required to do their work, such as access to The Associated Press Stylebook and a journalism textbook.

The staff, when editing stories by our student correspondents, will provide detailed feedback and suggestions to improve and refine their reporting. Students will be expected to submit photos and video (when applicable) as part of their assignments.

Due to the generous support of our members, correspondents will be compensated on a freelance basis for each story and/or photo(s) that we publish online and/or in print.

High school students who are interested in becoming a student correspondent for The Current are asked to complete the online application. Students accepted into the program must agree to guidelines about how they present themselves on social media and how they are expected to represent themselves in their role as correspondents and those who are minors must have a parent or guardian grant permission for them to participate.

The initial program will run from January to September 2021. The application deadline is Dec. 31.

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