The Detroit Writing Room

Are you a high school student interested in expanding your writing, reporting, and journalism skills?

The Detroit Writing Room’s Summer Journalism Camp is for you!

This two-week virtual camp is taught by Detroit Writing Room coaches. The coaches are all award-winning journalists who have worked at publications from The New York Times and Wall Street Journal to The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press. 

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Each day, students will learn a different topic from a Detroit Writing Room coach. For example, one day will be focused on news reporting with former New York Times Detroit bureau chief Bill Vlasic. Another day will be column writing with former Detroit News columnist Laura Berman. Model D Managing Editor Dorothy Hernandez will teach food writing, while New York Times freelance photographer Erin Kirkland will share how to capture the best photo with your iPhone. The students will have access to the top editors, journalists, and photographers in Metro Detroit and gain mentors who can guide them to future internship and job opportunities. 

Over the two weeks, students will report and write their own story on a topic of their choice. At the end, each student will receive editing from coaches and share their stories with the group. Their stories will be published on The Detroit Writing Room’s website, and students who complete the program will receive a certificate.

To attend the camp, students must be in high school and have access to a computer to join the sessions via Zoom.

Coaches Include:

    • Krishnan Anantharaman, former Wall Street Journal & Automotive News editor
    • Laura Berman, former Detroit News columnist
    • Anna Clark, “The Poisoned City” author and freelance journalist
    • Patrick Dunn, Concentrate managing editor
    • Ron Fournier, former Crain’s Detroit publisher
    • Dorothy Hernandez, Model D managing editor
    • Erin Kirkland, New York Times freelance photojournalist
    • Walter T. Middlebrook, former Detroit News editor
    • Stephanie Steinberg, Detroit Writing Room founder & former U.S. News & World Report editor
    • Bill Vlasic, former New York Times Detroit bureau chief
    • Jeff Waraniak, former Hour Magazine editor
    • Ashley Woods Branch, Detour Detroit founder

Scholarship Opportunity:

Thanks to the support of the Society of Professional Journalists Detroit chapter, Detroit high school students in need of financial assistance are eligible to apply for a scholarship to attend the camp free of charge.

Contact: Detroit Writing Room

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