The Washington Journalism and Media Conference

GET CREDIT FOR WJMC

National Youth Correspondents will receive one general elective college credit for attending and participating in the Washington Journalism and Media Conference. The credit is earned on a pass/fail basis from George Mason University and is transferable as determined by the college/university students attend. Credit information is provided to students upon completion of the program and once the student’s transcript is processed by George Mason University’s Registrar.

GET CREDIT FOR WJMC

National Youth Correspondents will receive one general elective college credit for attending and participating in the Washington Journalism and Media Conference. The credit is earned on a pass/fail basis from George Mason University and is transferable as determined by the college/university students attend. Credit information is provided to students upon completion of the program and once the student’s transcript is processed by George Mason University’s Registrar.

CREDIT REQUIREMENTS

Students must attend and be active participants in the full WJMC program to receive college credit from George Mason University. Students must adhere to the WJMC Code of Conduct, be present for all program events and activities, and participate in discussions, simulations, and speaker activities.

CREDIT REQUIREMENTS

Students must attend and be active participants in the full WJMC program to receive college credit from George Mason University. Students must adhere to the WJMC Code of Conduct, be present for all program events and activities, and participate in discussions, simulations, and speaker activities. 

WJMC CODE OF CONDUCT

National Youth Correspondents and their guardians agree to the WJMC Code of Conduct upon registration for the program. The Code of Conduct ensures students remain safe, engaged, and feel a sense of community and foster an atmosphere of respect during the Conference. Students who violate the Code of Conduct are subject to immediate dismissal from the program and will forfeit college credit and tuition paid.

PROGRAM PRESENCE

All students are expected to participate in all scheduled program events and remain with the WJMC students and staff at all times in order to receive college credit. Students should actively participate in site visits, simulations, and speaker events and engage with other students and staff during the Conference for the most rewarding experience.

SIMULATION

The WJMC simulation allows students to take what they have learned at WJMC and develop a project or participate in a role-playing exercise that introduces them to the strategic thinking and decision-making skills of journalists. This is the most important piece of the WJMC curriculum and is how students are able to share their knowledge and understanding with WJMC staff.

WJMC CODE OF CONDUCT​

National Youth Correspondents and their guardians agree to the WJMC Code of Conduct upon registration for the program. The Code of Conduct ensures students remain safe, engaged, and feel a sense of community and foster an atmosphere of respect during the Conference. Students who violate the Code of Conduct are subject to immediate dismissal from the program and will forfeit college credit and tuition paid.

PROGRAM PRESENCE​

All students are expected to participate in all scheduled program events and remain with the WJMC students and staff at all times in order to receive college credit. Students should actively participate in site visits, simulations, and speaker events and engage with other students and staff during the Conference for the most rewarding experience. 

SIMULATION

The WJMC simulation allows students to take what they have learned at WJMC and develop a project or participate in a role-playing exercise that introduces them to the strategic thinking and decision-making skills of journalists. This is the most important piece of the WJMC curriculum and is how students are able to share their knowledge and understanding with WJMC staff. 

PROGRAM PAYMENT

The tuition for WJMC can be paid up front or in equal monthly installments beginning with the day you register for WJMC. The full program tuition is due by the end of May. Many students attend the program through fundraising, and we offer a limited number of partial, need-based scholarships to help cover the cost of tuition. Students who receive a scholarship are guaranteed space in the program.

PROGRAM PAYMENT

The tuition for WJMC can be paid up front or in equal monthly installments beginning with the day you register for WJMC. The full program tuition is due by the end of May. Many students attend the program through fundraising, and we offer a limited number of partial, need-based scholarships to help cover the cost of tuition. Students who receive a scholarship are guaranteed space in the program.

PROGRAM TUITION​

Tuition to attend WJMC is $2,150. The tuition covers the cost of housing, food, staffing, travel while in DC, and college credit. Tuition does not cover travel to the DC area.

FUNDRAISING

Fundraising is an excellent way to help make the trip to WJMC more affordable. To help students with the fundraising process, we have developed a fundraising guide designed to assist students in raising the necessary funds for the conference. The guide can help with timelines, goals, and communication needed to start the fundraising process.

SCHOLARSHIPS

A limited number of partial, need-based scholarships are available for qualified students and are applied as partial tuition waivers. No full scholarships are available for the Conference. Students can apply for a scholarship without registering for the Conference first and will be notified of their funding decision before the registration deadline. All students who receive a scholarship are guaranteed a space at WJMC.

PROGRAM TUITION

Tuition to attend WJMC is $2,150. The tuition covers the cost of housing, food, staffing, travel while in DC, and college credit. Tuition does not cover travel to the DC area. 

FUNDRAISING

Fundraising is an excellent way to help make the trip to WJMC more affordable. To help students with the fundraising process, we have developed a fundraising guide designed to assist students in raising the necessary funds for the conference. The guide can help with timelines, goals, and communication needed to start the fundraising process. 

SCHOLARSHIPS

A limited number of partial, need-based scholarships are available for qualified students and are applied as partial tuition waivers. No full scholarships are available for the Conference. Students can apply for a scholarship without registering for the Conference first and will be notified of their funding decision before the registration deadline. All students who receive a scholarship are guaranteed a space at WJMC.

POLICIES

Planning for the Washington Journalism and Media Conference is a year-round effort by a small, dedicated staff who care deeply about the mission of the program and the students who attend. Policies are designed to keeps students safe and to ensure the ability of the staff to provide a quality program and excellent experience for program participants.

POLICIES

Planning for the Washington Journalism and Media Conference is a year-round effort by a small, dedicated staff who care deeply about the mission of the program and the students who attend. Policies are designed to keeps students safe and to ensure the ability of the staff to provide a quality program and excellent experience for program participants. 

CANCELLATION POLICY

The Washington Journalism and Media Conference requires extensive planning and costs are incurred well before the start of the program. All cancellations and refund requests must be submitted via email to: wjmc@gmu.edu

Accordingly, the following Cancellation and Refund Policy applies:

For cancellations prior to February 1, you will receive a full refund
For cancellations after February 3 – April 1, there is a $250.00 cancellation fee*
There are no refunds issued after April 1

If you have additional questions/concerns, please contact the WJMC program staff at telephone (703) 993-5010 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., ET) or email wjmc@gmu.edu.

CANCELLATION POLICY

The Washington Journalism and Media Conference requires extensive planning and costs are incurred well before the start of the program. All cancellations and refund requests must be submitted via email to: wjmc@gmu.edu

Accordingly, the following Cancellation and Refund Policy applies:

For cancellations prior to February 1, you will receive a full refund
For cancellations after February 3 – April 1, there is a $250.00 cancellation fee*
There are no refunds issued after April 1

If you have additional questions/concerns, please contact the WJMC program staff at telephone (703) 993-5010 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., ET) or email wjmc@gmu.edu.

SAFETY POLICIES

All students must fill out pre-conference surveys in order to attend WJMC. Students must provide travel information for arrival and departure to the Conference, as well as medical and dietary information so staff can make necessary accommodations to meet individual student needs.

The WJMC program schedule is fast-paced and jam-packed. Unfortunately, we will not have time for parents/guardians/friends/anyone outside the program to visit students while in the DC area. If you would like to have another person besides a guardian pick up on departure day, make a note in the travel survey so WJMC staff have that information for check-out.

SAFETY POLICIES

All students must fill out pre-conference surveys in order to attend WJMC. Students must provide travel information for arrival and departure to the Conference, as well as medical and dietary information so staff can make necessary accommodations to meet individual student needs.

The WJMC program schedule is fast-paced and jam-packed. Unfortunately, we will not have time for parents/guardians/friends/anyone outside the program to visit students while in the DC area. If you would like to have another person besides a guardian pick up on departure day, make a note in the travel survey so WJMC staff have that information for check-out.