Pre-College Summer Journalism Institute

River Edge, NJ


Q: What was your favorite part of the workshop?

A: How awesome the teachers are. They’re all really concerned about what you can take away from this program — all the opportunities and skills that you can do and apply once you leave here.

Q: The most important thing you learned?

A: The importance of interpreting data properly. It’s definitely good to always double check your data to see where you’re getting it from, how accurate it is and what it means.

Q: Did you have a favorite moment in class?

A: One day, Carey Goldberg, a really highly respected reporter (NYT, LA Times, Boston Globe) came in and talked to us. She talked a lot about the importance of being bilingual in reporting, which is really interesting. She talked about how many job opportunities you can get from that — so that was really refreshing, that was cool.

Hong Kong


Q: What was your favorite part of the workshop?
A: A definite, a-ha, gotcha moment was when I was first looking into the drug statistics for a variety of schools, and I found that Columbia University had high disciplinary actions against drugs, and then I looked at other schools in New York. I looked at NYU, which also had really high drug disciplinary actions, and it’s a bigger school so it can be expected, but proportionally it’s still ridiculously large. I had finally found a lead!

Q: The most important thing you’ve learned?
A: Persistence. I think it’s taught me to be patient and never to take no for an answer — even if things are hard to find, don’t stop looking.

Q: What did you think about the teachers?
A: They’ve been amazingly helpful. They do this for a living so they know so much about it, and they give ridiculously high-level feedback! Also, Joe Pereira, he’s really cool. He lets us choose a variety of topics — a huge variety! And he facilitates all of it.

Irvine, California


Q: What was your favorite part of the workshop?
A: I think I’ve really mastered the journalism technique better than ever before. Now I know how to write a lead, I know how to write news, how to write features, how to do things correctly, how to spell California in a news article. I think before I was just stumbling my way through articles, not knowing exactly how to write it, just crafting it to the best of my abilities, but now I have a whole new skill set, so when I go home to my newspaper I’m going to have a huge advantage over everybody else.

Q: Did you have a favorite moment in class?
A: One day we had a terrific panel with a bunch of journalism college students and they were talking about their experiences in journalism — what kind of day they have, and it was great to see them just sort of living it, still exploring, still learning, to see how much they loved it, to see how much their lives were built into this dream.


Joe Pereira

Q: Describe your role at NECIR Summer Workshop.
A: I’m teaching here with the summer high school workshop in investigative reporting for most of the summer. I teach at Emerson College. I’m also a journalist at The Wall Street Journal.

Q: What can you say about the students?
A: These kids are really a cut above the average level of high school students today. They are here on their own will; he vast majority of them are not here because their parents want to get rid of them for the summer somewhere. These are kids who are driven, so they’re very single-minded. They know what they want to do, and they want to use their brains — they’re very smart, they ask very good questions — and when you try to fool them, they catch you.

Q: Where do you see these kids in the future?
A: This is basically the future leadership of America — it’s going to come from these types of kids.