The Boyd Journalism Workshop
A boot camp for high school journalists!



The Boyd Journalism Diversity Workshop was originally founded in 1979 to
encourage youth to consider journalism careers and to emphasize the newspaper
industry’s efforts to encourage diversity in staffing and content. The workshop was the brainchild of then Home News Editor Hugh N. Boyd, who enlisted the help of the legendary Philadelphia Daily News columnist Chuck Stone to launch the program.


After several years at Rider University, the program moved to Monmouth University where it was based until 2009. In 2016 the program was revived by Karyn D. Collins with the support of the Journalism and Media Studies program in Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information.


The revived program continues the workshop’s original mission: inspiring a
diverse group of talented high school students to pursue careers in journalism,
encouraging them to pursue a course of study that will prepare them for these
goals, and developing and improving skills in writing and editing as well as the
digital skills necessary for the type of multimedia journalism now considered standard in the media world.
The Boyd Workshop is now based at Rutgers University’s Department of
Journalism and Media Studies in the School of Communication and Information in
New Brunswick where students live and work on campus during the workshop.


2017 Boyd Workshop Sponsors:

  • Rutgers University, School of Communication and Information, Department of Journalism and Media Studies
  • Rutgers University, School of Communication and Information, Dean’s Office
  • Jules L. Plangere, Jr. Family Foundation
  • New Jersey Press Foundation
  • Gannett Foundation
  • NJ Advance Media
  • Calkins Media
  • Doherty Enterprises (Applebee’s)
  • Garden State Scholastic Press Association