High school students attend Georgia Journalism Academy

More than 60 high school students from throughout country will participate in the Georgia Scholastic Press Association’s annual Georgia Journalism Academy at the University of Georgia June 5-10, 2016. The Academy is a weeklong camp and a public service outreach of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

In addition to journalism, other communication topics including advertising and web design are covered.

“This is one of the biggest events for potential journalism students to grow and develop skills prior to college,” said Roxana Gandia, academy director and director of diversity and high school outreach at Grady College.

Throughout the week, the high school students will gain knowledge from experienced instructors in one of the following core curriculums: TV News Broadcasting, Photojournalism, Advertising, Feature Writing, Editorial Writings or Sports Writing. The students will further improve their skills in publication design, web design or broadcast production by producing the Academy newspaper, website, broadcast news TV show or advertising campaign. Awards based on project excellence and outstanding work ethic will be presented at the end of the camp.

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. Skill development sessions in leadership, new media, public relations and a mock news conference will also be included in the curriculum.

In addition to Georgia, students are expected to attend from Texas, Florida, Indiana, Colorado, California, Louisiana, North Carolina and South Carolina.

CNN sponsors several scholarships for the Georgia Journalism Academy. For more details about the camp, please contact Roxana Gandia or visit the GSPA website.

Date: June 3, 2016
Author:  Sarah Freeman, freemans@uga.edu
Contact:  Roxana Gandia, rmgandia@uga.edu