2020 Media and Leadership Academy June 7-12! Applications open Dec. 1.

The Media & Leadership Academy at Grady College is an intensive residential one-week program focused on experiential learning. This program is open to rising high school sophomores to seniors interested in the mass communication field. Incoming UGA freshmen who intend to pursue a Grady College major also are eligible to attend.

Participants will choose from one of the three offered tracks: Journalism, Advertising & Public Relations or Entertainment. Participants will spend the first half of the week learning about their chosen track. In the second half of the week, they will develop more specific skill sets based on their interests by working on teams to complete a class project. 

A taste of college life

The academy is a residential program and participants will stay in a residence hall during the week. Accepted students can choose their roommate or a roommate will be assigned. Academy counselors (current UGA students) will stay with the students and will respond to needs and make sure students are in their rooms by the curfew. Please visit the UGA Residence Halls website for details about the accommodations. 

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

Highlights from Grady Things June 3-8, 2018

Applications Open Dec. 1.

General Applications:

  • A completed application is required by May 1, 2020, in order to be accepted into the Media & Leadership Academy at UGA’s Grady College. Space is limited in each track and only 60 students will be accepted into the Academy. Rolling admissions until May 1 OR until program is full.

  • General application materials include an application form and a brief statement of interest (250-word maximum).

  • Please send the completed application to journalismacademy@uga.edu.

  • The program fee is $595 per student. Once accepted into the M&L Academy, fees can be paid via an online system or by check.

  • A separate form and additional materials will be needed in order to apply for financial aid. See below.

Financial Assistance—Application packet due by APRIL 17, 2020:

Limited financial assistance will be available. To apply for full or partial financial assistance, applicants will need to follow the steps below. Completed applications must be submitted all at once, except for the reference letter.

  • Complete General Application

  • Financial Assistance form

  • 500-word statement of need

  • 1 work sample

  • 1 reference letter

  • Recipients of financial assistance will be notified after the April 17 deadline and on or before May 8, 2020. If space permits, financial assistant applicants who are not awarded assistance will have until May 22, 2020, to reserve a space in the Academy with payment.

Questions? Contact us at 706-542-5022 or journalismacademy@uga.edu

2018 Grady Things

Check out The Upside Down Daily, a publication of all of the work produced by the 2018 Media & Leadership Academy. 

Photos from the week are available here.

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2016 Grady Games

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

  • Check out the photo highlights on the Flickr page.

2014 & 2015 Academy News

  • 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.

2013 Academy News

2012 Academy News

2011 Academy News 

2010 Academy News

2009 Academy News

2008 Academy News

2007 Academy News