We look forward to mentoring and guiding students attending the Washington Journalism and Media Conference for what many alumni claim is a life changing experience. As a highly qualified student, your son or daughter will be among the top high school students across the U.S. who are interested in the fields of journalism and the media. A large portion of the Conference program features explorations of the exciting and varied careers available in journalism and the media, as well as valuable meetings and networking opportunities with experts, educators and leaders in these fields.

Students who attend WJMC will:

  • Gain different perspectives from student peers from across the country.
  • Connect and network with nationally-recognized journalists and communications professionals.
  • Explore careers in journalism and the media.
  • Experience the excitement of our Nation’s capital.
  • Draw on professional and personal resources for future opportunities.
  • Hone their networking and public speaking skills through group reports and speaker introductions.
  • Prepare for college by living and learning in a campus community.

For full details of the Conference, including a daily schedule, tuition, fundraising and scholarship information, follow the links in the menu above or contact the program director directly at or (703) 993-5010.

Safety & Supervision

The safety of our students is at the forefront of all conference activities. National Youth Correspondents will be led in small groups. The resident staff/ (adult) faculty to student ratio will be approximately 1:10. Students will be supervised both on campus and during all excursions and off-site activities. While National Youth Correspondents do have opportunities for independent time, all students will remain in small groups with adult staff at designated meeting spots. The conference faculty comprises two dedicated program directors, the Washington Scholars Program content team, and a team of trained educators at the secondary and collegiate levels. All National Youth Correspondents reside in Mason’s secure residence halls that are monitored at all times by adult faculty members. Parents and guardians can reach a member of our team at any time during the conference.

WJMC staff will conduct extensive pre-conference outreach to obtain students’ health and wellness information.


Tuition to attend the Washington Journalism and Media Conference includes the following:

  • One week of journalism and leadership skills development, including hands-on activities and distinguished speakers
  • A dedicated Faculty Advisor/Mentor for the week
  • On-campus residence in state-of-the-art college dorms and facilities
  • Transportation to and from the Washington, DC-metro area’s two main airports: Dulles International (IAD) and Ronald Reagan National (DCA).
  • Deluxe motor coach transportation between program locations
  • Breakfasts and dinners (students bring approximately $15/ day for lunch and snacks)
  • National Youth Correspondent Dinner and Gala with distinguished guests
  • All activities, admissions, and fees
  • Certificate of completion
  • Night chaperone staff to monitor dormitories during the night
  • 24-hour staff to address emergencies
  • Full-time, adult, conference counselor to assist students with sensitive issues, away from home adjustments, or private matters.
  • One college credit*

Tuition to attend the Conference is $2100. A deposit of $250 is due when students register, and a tuition payment plan is also available.

*College credit is issued by George Mason University. Upon successful completion of WJMC, student will earn one general elective, college credit. This credit is issued on a pass/fail basis. The transferability of this credit is the determination of the college/university to be attended.

Attending students, and his/her parent/guardian agree to abide by the WJMC Student Code of Conduct. Should the Code be violated, students may be sent home immediately at the student’s expense.