High School Discovery

High school students learn, hone skills at 2021 virtual Summer Media Academy at UGA

Thirty-four high school students from around the country studied media and completed specialized portfolio projects during the virtual 2021 Summer Media Academy at the University of Georgia. Three white illustrated images are offset by a teal background. The first is of a megaphone and a globe with the word "ADS." The second is a film script with a pencil. The third image is of a newspaper overlapped on a smart phone.

The program, a partnership between the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Georgia Center for Continuing Education, was divided into three weeks by subject: Journalism, June 14-18; Advertising and Public Relations, June 21-25; and Entertainment and Media Studies, June 28-July 2.

Each course was designed and led by faculty. Alumni guest speakers and other professionals also shared advice and offered participants glimpses into the range of careers available in the industry.

Hands-on learning was a focus of the Academy. Journalism participants wrote articles, made photo essays or produced podcasts for The Post-Covid Post digital publication. Participants in the Advertising and Public Relations Academy collaborated as a group to craft a campaign for a nonprofit organization. Entertainment and Media Studies participants wrote scripts for short films or designed a movie poster. A showcase of all of the student work is available at https://summermediaacademy.wordpress.com/.

Information about 2022 Summer Media Academy opportunities will be available in late Fall at https://www.ugagspa.org/camp.  Learn more about UGA Summer Academy at www.georgiacenter.uga.edu/youth/summer-academy.


See the work that summer camp participants completed in 2018 and 2019.

Journalism: June 14-18, 2021

The journalism field is evolving to encompass multiple platforms. In this course, participants will acquire some of the tools needed to become a multi-skilled journalist in this digital age. They will practice the art of interviewing, multimedia reporting, writing, editing and producing. They also will explore visual journalism and social media storytelling. The class will work together with the instructor to produce a news website. For more details and to register, visit  www.georgiacenter.uga.edu/youth/summer-academy/journalism.

Advertising and Public Relations: June 21-25, 2021

Want to join the ranks of the “Mad Men” or women? In the Advertising and Public Relations course, participants will learn how to become creative problem solvers, writers, decision-makers and persuasive communicators within traditional and new media. Students will study ways to reach target audiences and effectively communicate their messages to the general public. As a class, they will design an integrated campaign for a non-profit organization. For more details and to register, visit www.georgiacenter.uga.edu/youth/summer-academy/advertising-public-relations.

Entertainment and Media Studies: June 28 -July 2, 2021

Are you interested in careers in the film, television, radio, online, mobile and other new media industries? In this course, participants will be introduced to the exciting entertainment field and what it encompasses. They will gain valuable skills for conceiving what stories are worth telling while also gaining an understanding of the implications of visual storytelling in society. They will learn the basics of content production, from screenwriting to digital editing. Over the course of the week, they will work on a project to showcase in their portfolios. For more details and to register, visit https://www.georgiacenter.uga.edu/youth/summer-academy/entertainment-media-studies.

School Visits

Update: Virtual visits are available for 2020-21!

Are you a school teacher in Georgia interested in taking your students on a field trip to learn more about journalism, video production, advertising or public relations? If so, you should come visit us at Grady College!

Depending on your needs, we will develop an agenda where your students can tour our facilities, learn about the school and majors offered, and hear from faculty, staff and students. 

Unable to travel? Let us come to you! We can talk/present on specifics regarding the topic you choose. 

For more information on the high school visits or to schedule one, please email gspa@uga.edu.