Grady College accepting applications for annual journalism camp

The Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication is accepting applications from high school students for the Georgia Journalism Academy, to be held at the University of Georgia June 7-12.

“The Georgia Journalism Academy is one of the premier training opportunities for high school students interested in journalism or advertising,” said Joe Dennis, director of the annual Academy. “For one week, students get intense training in a specific area of journalism, step outside the classroom to conduct interviews and research, and have their work published by the end of the week.”

The residential camp also offers students a chance to “be a college student for the week,” Dennis said. Students live in a UGA dorm, eat in the dining halls and participate in activities around campus.

The cost of the weeklong camp is $595 and includes tuition, housing, meals and supplies. Thanks to a donation from CNN, a limited number of full or partial scholarships are available.

Classes offered include journalistic writing, with specializations in features, opinions or sports; broadcast news; photojournalism; and advertising. Students are involved in the final publication of a product: a news website, a broadcast news show and a comprehensive advertising campaign. In addition, all students partake in seminars focusing on leadership, public relations and college admissions.

“Unlike many other academic camps, the Academy is a hands-on experience,” Dennis said. “Our instructors don’t just teach. They guide the students as they produce a tangible piece of journalism.”

More information about the camp, including application materials, is available at

The early application deadline is May 8, and the deadline to apply for scholarships is May 1. For more information, email Joe Dennis at or call 706-542-5022.

Date: April 9, 2015
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