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CONNECT: Student Journalism Training Project

connect-vertNLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists typically hosts its annual student journalism training project, CONNECT, at the National Convention. This year, the project will begin at our Inaugural Student Conference and will continue virtually through the National Convention. For more information on the Student Conference, please visit the event’s website.

Through the program, NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists chooses students from across the country to participate in its training project, which provides real-world experience to undergraduate and graduate students who are considering a career in journalism. To apply, students fill out an application, attaching the requested items. In 2021, the application is embedded within the registration form for the Student Conference. Visit the registration form to submit the required materials. Applications are currently being accepted.

Program Eligibility & Application Details

Students participating in the project will produce portfolio-quality journalism, network with media professionals and receive feedback on their resumes and career plans. They will work with mentors from organizations including NPR, the Associated Press and The New York Times to report, edit, photograph, design and produce the news of the NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists National Convention and the host city, while helping to ensure fair and accurate coverage of LGBTQ issues at the event.

Examples of projects by last year’s students can be seen at

Applicants do not need to be a member of NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists or identify as LGBTQ to apply. NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists accepts applicants from all disciplines, departments and majors.