After 32 years, the Georgia Journalism Academy has been redesigned and rebranded to the Media & Leadership Academy in order to closely resemble the communications field. 

The Media & Leadership Academy is an intensive residential one-week program focused on experiential learning. This program is open to rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in the mass communications field. The program will be held at the Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication in Athens, GA from June 4th to June 11th. 

Students will choose one of the three offered tracks: Journalism, Ad&PR, and Entertainment (Video Production). They will spend the first half of the week learning the basics of their chosen track. While in the second half of the week, students will work within a team to complete a class project. All students will work collaboratively in creating the projects, while intertwining them through the tracks.

Through speakers and travel to professional companies or venues, participants will be exposed to real life experiences within their track. One of these visits will be focused around leadership development.

Organized activities throughout the week will provide participants opportunities to network, build connections, and have fun. 

Stay in the newest residence hall, eat in the dinning halls, take classes, meet new friends, go on field trips and experience the college life! 

Download the brochure to learn more about the tracks

Tuition is $550 for the week. Full and partial scholarships are available. Space is limited to 20 students per track. 

Application Deadline is May 12. 

Download the Application form

Application Materials needed: 

  1. Application form
  2. Two recommendation letters
  3. A 750 to 1000 word essay, with an explanation of what your future aspirations are, why you want to attend the academy, what you hope to gain and what you.
  4. 2 original work samples (examples: essays and/or articles written; broadcast or production clips; illustrations/designs)

Download Scholarship Application form

Scholarship Application materials needed: 

    1. Application form
    2. Two recommendation letters
    3. A 750 to 1000 word essay, with an explanation of what your future aspirations are, why you want to attend the academy, what you hope to gain and what you.
    4. 3 original work samples (examples: essays and/or articles written; broadcast or production clips; illustrations/designs)
    5. A 500 word essay, with an explanation of why you need the scholarship. 

    Please email all completed applications to rmgandia@uga.edu.

    For more information, contact Roxanna Gandia at (706)542-5022 or via email at rmgandia@uga.edu

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    Visit the official website produced by the Academy: The Grady Gazette.

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    • Watch "The Grady Bunch"-- the official broadcast production of the Academy
    • Read The 13th District-- the official news website produced by the Academy 
    • Checkout the advertising campaign for Zilopop-- developed by the Academy advertising class. 
    • Check out photo highlights on the camp's official Facebook page or visiting the GSPA Flickr page
    • Download the 2014 official program.

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