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Connect: The NLGJA Student Journalism Training Project

Students participating in the project will produce portfolio-quality journalism, network with media professionals and receive feedback on their resumes and career plans. They will work with mentors from organizations including NPR, the Associated Press and The New York Times to report, edit, photograph, design and produce the news of NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists' National Convention and the host city, while helping to ensure fair and accurate coverage of LGBTQ issues at the event.

Examples of projects by last year’s students can been seen at

The application deadline has been has been extended to noon ET on June 5, 2020.

All application materials must be submitted electronically following the guidelines below. Materials can be submitted here or via email to:

Applicants must be a NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists member in good standing.

Application Requirements

  1. A one-page resume. Please be certain that your resume includes:
    • Contact information for where you can be reached this spring and summer.
    • A list of what media programs you have used and your proficiency with each.
  2. A cover letter (WORD or PDF) that answers the following questions in narrative form:
    • Why do you want to become a journalist?
    • What motivates your commitment to NLGJA's mission of fair and accurate coverage of the LGBTQ community?
    • What do you hope to contribute to the Student Project?
    • What do you hope to learn from the Student Project?
    • What multimedia skills do you possess and/or wish to learn?
  3. Electronic copy of your transcripts
    • (scanned copies will be accepted)
  4. A one-paragraph pitch of a story you would like to work on while attending the convention.
    • The story pitch should not be focused on a convention panel or plenary session.
  5. Three Work Samples - Please submit three samples of your best work in your specialty and/or multimedia work. Students should note that they are not applying for a specific media platform so these samples should reflect their reporting or storytelling skills. Areas of specialty include:
    • Print: WORD, PDF or link to online content
    • Audio: Please submit links to your work
    • Video: Please upload to YouTube and provide links to your work
    • Photography: Please submit .jpg files or submit a link to your work online
    • Web sites: Please submit links to your work

Should you have any questions or problems with your application contact or call the National Office at (202) 588-9888.

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