Frequently Asked Questions

Pre-College Summer Journalism Institute
Our Boston University workshop has three different sessions throughout the summer and is located on BU’s campus in the heart of Boston. At this workshop, students are able to select from several topics for their investigative projects. This is the eighth year of the NECIR workshop at Boston University.

Our collaboration with Boston College is brand new! This workshop will only have one session, from July 18 – 29. Because of Boston College’s commitment to social justice and service to others, the investigative topic for all students at this program will be childhood hunger. The workshop will take place at Boston College’s Chestnut Hill campus and at WGBH News, the local PBS/NPR station in Boston.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2017 workshop! The application deadline is two weeks prior to the start of each workshop, space pending. We encourage interested students to apply as soon as they know they’d like to attend to ensure space in the session of their choice.

We have three sessions each two weeks long.

The dates are:

Session 1: June 27 – July 8, 2017

Session 2: July 11 – July 22, 2017

Session 3: July 25 – August 5, 2017

No. We just need to get a sense of your grades. An unofficial transcript would be fine.

We specifically address broadcast journalism in the Investigative Reporting Workshop. The executive director of our student programs was a TV News investigative reporter for 30 years.

In the past 9-4:30 was reserved for learning and breaks, after that is all time for fun (organized and time off).

We urge everyone to apply. While grades are a way for us to judge skill level, we realize it is not the only way. This is why writing samples and recommendations are very important to us.

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No, if you live close-by boarding is optional.

Due to students arriving at different times at Logan Airport, we are unable to provide transportation for students from Logan Airport to Boston University dorms.

To ensure the safety of our students, especially those traveling alone, we will have a NECIR representative at Logan Airport to greet students and direct them to either public transportation or a taxi/Uber/Lyft. Students are responsible for payment to and from the airport.

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Participants need to be at least 14 years of age to live on campus. Students who are younger can be day students, but should be entering high school by the following September.

In collaboration with Sargent Choice Nutrition Center, Boston University Dining Services offers students with food-related medical conditions a variety of options to accommodate their needs while they are on campus.

For more information please refer to BU’s Sargent Choice Nutrition Center’s website :

Safety is our number one priority while your son or daughter is attending our program. Evening and weekend time is filled with supervised activities. There are only a few hours of free time between the end of class and dinner each day (4-6 p.m.). We set strict limits on where students can walk to on or off-campus during that time. The Boston University police as well as Boston and Brookline police departments both regularly patrol the campus and surrounding neighborhoods. The dormitory where your child will be living is divided by gender with security guards stationed at the building entrance and ground floor elevators. Boys are not allowed in girls’ rooms and vice versa. There is a Resident Assistant as well as a counselor from our program on each floor housing our students. We will supply emergency contact information to students when they arrive. For more information please refer to the BU safety site: