The Washington Post Young Journalists Development Program (YJDP)

The Washington Post Young Journalists Development Program (YJDP)

The Washington Post Young Journalists Development Program (YJDP) offers journalism training and education to local high school journalists and media advisors, and promotes diversity in the media industry through career guidance and mentoring. Join YJDP on Facebook: and follow us on Twitter/Instagram: @WashPostYJDP. To receive updates on YJDP programs, scholarship details or information about volunteer opportunities (professional reporters only), call Jaye Linnen at 202-334-4917 or send an email to

Current Programs

The Washington Post Opens Nominations for the 2014 YJDP Awards

The nomination period has opened for the 2014 YJDP Awards, a program acknowledging significant achievements and contributions made by Washington area high school journalists and advisors.  All high school journalists and advisors that meet the award criteria are encouraged to apply and are eligible to be nominated. The nomination period will run through Wednesday, May 14.

Tech-It Out Seminar: The Future of Journalism

The intensive half-day seminar offers an introduction to the many ways social media has changed the journalism landscape. Students will walk away with a ‘digital tool-kit’ for sourcing, reporting, and publishing great stories. Registration is closed.

Spring Narrative Writing Workshop

Spring Narrative Writing Workshop

Fourteen local students joined Press Pass Mentors and reporters from The Post including Eli Saslow, Monica Hesse and Roman Stubbs for a half-day narrative writing seminar.

YJDP Correspondents

The program offers local high school juniors and seniors training, mentoring, and a chance to be published on Follow us @WashPostYJDP and tweet using #yjdpFeatures.

Sports Writing Mentorship Program

Sports Writing Mentorship Program

Ten students have been selected for the mentorship program and will function as YJDP Sports Writers. Follow us @WashPostYJDP and tweet using #yjdpSports.

Theater Critics Showcase with The Cappies -NCA

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YJDP and the Cappies of the National Capital Area partner to showcase the work of talented student theater critics. Questions? Contact

Student Articles - Features

Redefining Beauty… Through Selfies

Virginia mom, Laura Goyer encourages local mothers and daughters to embrace their natural beauty with the launch of ‘My Beautiful Selfie’ project.

Covenant House hosts Sleep Out event to raise awarness of homeless youth

Covenant House and nearly 100 volunteers shed light on the plight of homeless and disinfranchised youth during the 2nd Annual Sleep Out: Young Professional Edition.

Student Articles - Sports

Maret Frogs Prepare to Defend MAC and DCSAA Banners

The Maret Frogs baseball team, led by a group of focused and talented upperclassmen, is primed to capture another MAC title and DCSAA championship.

Focus In with Kendziora: March

Focus In with Kendziora features a monthly review of his picks for the top five sporting events, rivalries, big ticket matchups, and more.  Check out his picks for March.

Student critics hone narrative writing skills during annual theater critics workshops

Student critics hone narrative writing skills during annual theater critics workshops

Thirty-five of the highest ranking Cappies student critics where invited to join The Post’s Nelson Pressley for an interactive theater critics and narrative writing workshop. During the half-day seminar, students practiced writing narrative statements that were then turned into compelling narrative essays. Ten student narratives where selected to be featured online