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.
Applications Open Dec. 1.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Download the 2014 official program.
2013 Academy News
Visit "The 13th District," the news website produced by the writing and photojournalism students of the 2013 Georgia Journalism Academy.
Watch "The Grady Games Report," the TV news show produced by the broadcast students of the 2013 Georgia Journalism Academy.
View the advertising campaign for "Le Whif," prepared by the 2013 Georgia Journalism Academy advertising class.
Read the official UGA press release about Grady Games victor, Chad Rhym of Clarke Central High School.
Like "Grady Games 2013" on Facebook to view photographs from the camp.
2012 Academy News
View the official Academy broadcast, The Glee Report
Download the official Academy newspaper, The Dynamic
View the photojournalism class' slideshow
Check out our 2012 Superstar!
2011 Academy News
UGA Press Release: Dada Named Journalism Academy Superstar
Watch "The Grady Glee Report," the broadcast published by students of the 2011 Academy
Visit the "2011 Grady Glee" Facebook page for photos and more from the 2011 Academy
Download "The Grady Generation," the newspaper published by students of the 2011 Academy. (2 MB)
2010 Academy News
UGA Press Release: Lithonia's Brown Named Journalism Rock Star
2009 Academy News
UGA Press Release: Jones Named Journalism Rock Star
Twenty-two TV broadcast students created a 15-minute TV news show, "The Rock Report," for the 2009 Georgia Journalism Academy. Click here to download this .mov movie (19 MB), or click here to download this show from GSPA's iTune U store page*
* Visit www.apple.com to download either a free Quicktime player or iTunes software to view the "The Rock Report"
2008 Academy News
UGA Press Release: Van Wicklen named Journalism Academy's MVP
2007 Academy News