High School Insider is a cornerstone of the Los Angeles Times’ commitment to advancing media literacy and empowering the next generation of storytellers. The program includes a content platform that publishes student work on LATimes.com, as well as classroom resources, conferences, contests, and paid internships. High School Insider works to amplify student voices around the issues that matter to them, with a focus on underserved schools and communities.
High School Insider IRL is a quarterly event that gives Los Angeles Insiders the opportunity to mingle with other young storytellers. Each IRL will be centered around a topic chosen by students. The focuses will range from immigration to gender equality. Reporters from the LA Times newsroom will make special appearances to meet and talk with students in a casual setting.
Paid summer internship
HS Insider offers immersive paid summer internships at the Times. In 2015 and 2016, High School Insider partnered with the L.A. Department of Cultural Affairs to offer 16 paid positions covering local arts organizations and their importance to the fabric of the city.
High School Journalism Day
Over 150 students from 37 schools across Southern California attend our annual fall conference held on a college campus in the Los Angeles area. Students participate in reporting contests and workshops on topics including sports, education, data and Spanish-language reporting. Conferences have been held at California State University, Northridge and the University of Southern California. HS Insider co-sponsors the conference, along with the host university, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Southern California Journalism Education Association.
Wango Tango Music News Challenge
Two students are chosen to cover Wango Tango at the StubHub Center each spring from all angles including red carpet access and official media credentials, courtesy of the Times’ media partner KIIS FM. Students apply for the opportunity and Ryan Seacrest features winners on his morning radio show.
Discover Asia Correspondent Contest
Two students each receive an expenses-paid five-day, six-night trip to Asia courtesy of Korean Air to explore a topic of personal interest. A team of newsroom judges and Asia correspondents at the L.A. Times select from over 100 high schools across Southern California. Check out last year’s winners here.
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
Every April, students volunteer to help run a High School Insider area of the Young Adult section, introducing festival goers to the program and helping with Times’ editorial coverage.