Due to COVID-19, Klein College will be postponing the 2020 summer program to ensure the safety of all our faculty, staff, and students. We are currently working on a revised version of the program, and we would like your feedback regarding a Saturday workshop series hosted on Temple's University's main North Philadelphia campus during the upcoming Fall of Spring semesters. Please take a moment to fill out this short survey to let us know your thoughts about creating a Saturday workshop program to replace this year's summer program.

Klein College of Media and Communication is offering a summer High School Media Workshop in 2021 to prepare the next generation of digitally and urban-trained journalists through hands-on training, field reporting and experiential trips within Philadelphia.

Five two-week summer workshops are designed for students entering grades 11 and 12. Special consideration will be given to students in the Philadelphia public and parochial schools. Scholarships will be available. The workshops will be offered for both commuters or campus residency.   Registration, which will be limited to 25 students per workshop, can be accessed at the pre-college Temple University site.  Admissions will be on a rolling process.

The workshops are designed to engage, inspire and teach high school students who are interested in attending one of the various undergraduate media programs at Klein.  Majors include journalism, media studies and production, advertising, public relations, communication for social influence and communication studies. 

Working closely with Klein faculty, students and industry professionals, participants will learn the basics in reporting, writing and broadcasting, along with digital and visual arts. A variety of workshop courses and activities over the two-week session will give students an understanding about life at Klein and on the Temple campus. 

Program Components

  • Explore potential majors or minors by taking non-credit workshops taught by enthusiastic and knowledgeable Temple faculty
  • Experience Temple University’s vibrant, urban campus
  • Learn about and use Temple University’s resources for student success

Residency signups, course fees and registration for the workshops will be available at the Temple University pre-college site.

For information specific to the Klein program, please contact Professor Saleem Ahmed at Saleem@Temple.edu or Assistant Dean Arlene Morgan at tud06812@Temple.edu.

The 2021 summer agenda at Klein:

Workshop 1:  Basic Journalism Techniques
                        June 27 – July 11 (off July 4 & 5) 

Faculty: Assistant Professor of Practice Saleem Ahmed and visiting lecturers

This is a fundamental journalism course, offering a window into the way news is produced as it gives students skills and experience with writing, editing, photography and producing news for publication. Students will receive reporting assignments in the community, along with field trips to news media outlets and activities around the city.

Workshops 2 & 3: July 12 – July 24: (Choice of two during these dates)

  • Telling The Community’s Public Health Story  

Faculty: Susan FitzGerald, former medical writer, The Philadelphia Inquirer

The course will offer the fundamentals on reporting and writing a medical story with emphasis on understanding important public health issues, from Covid-19 to gun violence, hunger, poverty and chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes.  Students will take field trips involving interviews with health experts from Temple’s Katz Medical School and Temple’s Public Health programs. Assignments will be based on people and medical facilities in the North Philadelphia communities that surround Temple.  


  • Broadcast News: Finding Community Stories

Faculty: Klein’s broadcast faculty, led by Steve Butler, former general manager of KYW in Philadelphia. 

Students will be assigned to cultivate and produce stories in accessible neighborhoods near the Temple University campus with an emphasis on sports reporting. Students will receive instruction in reporting, writing, photography, videography, podcasting and editing.

Workshops July 27 – Aug. 7: (Choice of two during these dates)

  • The Fundamentals of Sports Reporting

Faculty: John DiCarlo, managing director of Temple’s student media programs and a sports professor at Klein and St. Joseph’s University, assisted by various guest lecturers 

The course is designed to cover a variety of sports topics, both at Temple and in the Philadelphia region. Students will learn traditional game play-by-play and locker room interviewing as well as features about sports figures in the area. Students will take field trips to various neighborhoods to unearth and report on under-reported sports stories. 


  • The Advertising Boot Camp        

Faculty:  Klein advertising Faculty, led by Assistant Professor of Instruction David Brown, supplemented with field trips and guest lecturers. 

This hands-on introduction to the world of advertising and branding will show students that the industry is so much more than TikTok and Twitter beefs. Students will sample all parts of the process, from research and strategy to creative development and media options. Amanda Stankiewicz, director of communications for Klein’s Marketing and Communications Department, will lead small teams on the challenges facing advertising in the digital age. 

If you select the residency program, you will move to a Temple dorm after the Klein workshop ends daily at 3:30 p.m.  Residency involves:

  • Living in a campus residence hall with other high school students
  • Eating your meals in campus dining facilities or using a food stipend for campus food facilities, including the food trucks.
  • Participating in after-school and weekend activities, including field trips.