The Washington Association of Black Journalists and the Washington Scholastic Press Association are initiating a pilot program to expose students to the communications field and train them in skills that may lead to careers in journalism.

The six-step program begins with the 10-year-old Washington Scholastic Press Association Open Door Series, in which students meet during lunch with working media professionals.

Students will attend the various conventions of communications organizations such as the fall convention of the Washington Scholastic Press Association, the spring meeting of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and the annual gathering of the Washington Association of Black Journalists.

Students who have demonstrated their ability to work on their own will be certified by the Washington Scholastic Press Association and allowed to accompany a reporter for a day. Then, the students will graduate to the Scholastic Circle, a section of the Washington Afro-American, that allows students, under the direction of Cynthia Price Rawlings, to work independently on stories in the metropolitan area.

Eastern High School and Ballou Senior High School have been selected for the initial project. Each school will submit students from the junior high that feeds it and from one elementary school that feeds that junior high.