Grady College accepting applications for annual journalism camp

The Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication is now accepting applications from high school students for the Georgia Journalism Academy, to be held at the University of Georgia June 5-10.

The Georgia Journalism Academy is a weeklong program for high school students interested in journalism or advertising. Students who attend the program will receive an intense training in a specific area of journalism. They will conduct interviews and research around UGA and the Athens community, and by the end of the week have their work published.  

 “The Georgia Journalism Academy is the most immersive hands-on learning experience for high school journalists available — it’s a living, breathing learning laboratory,” said Charles Davis, Dean of Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. “Academy participants learn from some of the best in the business, right here at Grady College, making friends for life along the way.”

The residential program also offers students a chance to experience college life for a week. Students live in one of UGA’s residence halls, eat in the dining halls and participate in activities in and around campus.

The cost of the weeklong program begins at $595; this includes tuition, housing, meals and supplies. Thanks to a gracious donation from CNN, we are able to offer a limited number of full or partial scholarships.

Classes offered include journalistic writing, with the opportunity to specialize in writing 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 or a comprehensive advertising campaign. In addition, students partake in afternoon seminars focusing on a variety of topics including leadership development and college admissions.

In addition to providing an academic experience, the camp also offers activities to encourage bonding among the participants.

“I truly enjoyed my experience, while attending the Academy” said Srishti Mishra, former 2012 participant and 2015 counselor. “This experience provided me with the opportunity to network with other high school journalism students from the southeast area, some who I still call friends to this day.”

For more information about the program, including application materials, visit

Early application deadline is May 6, and the deadline to apply for scholarships is May 1. Email Roxanna Gandia at or call 706-542-5022 for more information or questions.

Date: March 1, 2016
Author:  Roxanna Gandia,
Contact:  Roxanna Gandia,