POLITICO Journalism Institute marks 10th anniversary with the launch of PJI-Junior and expansion into Europe


POLITICO today announced the expansion of the POLITICO Journalism Institute (PJI), an intensive training program designed to advance newsroom diversity. The 10-day program offers hands-on training for students interested in sharpening their skills and learning best practices from seasoned journalists in the largest politics- and policy-focused newsroom in the nation.

As the program marks its 10th anniversary, the 2023 cohort will grow to include two high school students as a part of the launch of PJI-Junior, and four young journalists from Europe as the first PJI-EU participants.

“For the past 10 years, PJI has had an undeniable impact on diversifying the pipeline of journalists in Washington,” said Matt Kaminski, editor-in-chief of POLITICO. “We are as strongly committed to developing the next generation of talent today as we were a decade ago. We are thrilled to be expanding our impact with PJI-Junior and PJI- EU as POLITICO continues to grow as a transatlantic media powerhouse."

POLITICO partnered with the Washington Association of Black Journalists to select two high school students as the inaugural participants of PJI-Junior. They are Savanah Grooms, who graduated this month from Bowie High School in Bowie, Maryland, and Marianela Rivas, a senior at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, D.C. Leaders from POLITICO’s headquarters in Brussels and Axel Springer’s FreeTech Academy in Berlin, have been deeply involved in selecting the first-ever PJI-EU participants Joena Wohlenberg from Hamburg, Michael Bassewitz from Berlin, Méwaine Petard from Paris, and Archie Earle from London.

“As a PJI alumnus, I am thrilled about this groundbreaking partnership with POLITICO, which will further expose our students to various career options in journalism and help them build lasting connections with some of the industry’s movers and shakers," said Khorri Atkinson, WABJ president.

PJI, which has trained hundreds of emerging journalists since its inception a decade ago, is offered in partnership with the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and American University. Programming for PJI includes interactive workshops, sessions with industry leaders and mentor pairings.

“The aim of this program has always been to foster more diverse voices in news," said Lynne Perri, co-creator of the PJI program and a journalism professor at American University. “Politico's additional efforts this year to add both younger students and those from Europe means we are training students who can take their skills and energy to newsrooms across the world.”

“The Maynard Institute is proud to be a founding partner of this groundbreaking program and to have contributed significantly to its design, development and curriculum,” said Evelyn Hsu, institute co-executive director. “The program has shown its value repeatedly over this decade as it launched the successful careers of dozens of young journalists of all races, ethnicities and backgrounds and inspired other organizations to develop similar efforts.”

This unique opportunity provides various participants to gain on the ground reporting experience in political power centers including California, New York and Washington, D.C. All costs related to the program are covered by POLITICO.


POLITICO is the global authority on the intersection of politics, policy and power. It is the most robust news operation and information service in the world specializing in politics and policy, which informs the most influential audience in the world with insight, edge and authority. Founded in 2007, POLITICO has grown to a team of more than 1,000 across North America and Europe. In October 2021, POLITICO was acquired by, and is subsidiary of, Axel Springer SE.


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