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Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists

Discover what it means to be an SBU journalism student before you apply to college

Important note: In response to concerns over the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), the 2021 Greene Summer Institute - July 18-24 - will take place virtually. Under the guidance of professional journalists, students will  work remotely from home to report on important stories and create content for the web.

The Greene Institute is a one-week residential program for aspiring reporters in their sophomore or junior year of high school. The program accepts students from across Long Island and NYC.

As a Greene scholar, you will live on campus, report from campus, and develop stories using the School of Communication and Journalism’s state-of-the-art newsroom and television studio. You will work closely with staff and faculty from the School of Journalism and hone your reporting skills while you learn to shoot and edit video, produce a news show, and write for a variety of media platforms.


Become a Greene Scholar

Every year, the Greene Institute accepts approximately 25 high school students to the program.  The 2021 Institute will take place virtually.

JULY 18-24, 2021 

The weeklong program costs $500. The fee is due upon a student’s acceptance into the program. To learn more, contact  Zach Dowdy, journalism professor and co-coordinator of the Greene Institute.


Click on the link below to see the 2020 Greene Team's work.

The Greene Gazette 2020




History of the Greene Institute

greene The Greene Institute was one of the final dreams of Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Robert W. Greene. Before he died in 2008, he envisioned a journalism bootcamp for aspiring reporters to explore the possibilities of a career in journalism and to hone their reporting skills. In his honor, Greene’s family worked with Stony Brook to establish the Greene Institute, which was established in 2009.

Greene, a pioneering investigative reporter, worked for Newsday for nearly 40 years as a reporter and editor. After he left the newspaper, he taught journalism at Hofstra University and Stony Brook.  

The program is supported by the Dolan Family Foundation, New York Community Bank Foundation, Newsday, the Press Club of Long Island, Friends of Bob Greene, and The Schneider Family Foundation.