Center for Collaborative Journalism Accepting Applications for New Scholarship Competition


MACON – Mercer University's Center for Collaborative Journalism (CCJ) is now offering dedicated scholarships for students interested in journalism and media studies.

CCJ will host its first-ever Media Innovation Prize and Scholarship Competition on Jan. 30-31, 2015, on the Macon campus. The invitation-only event will see a number of high school students compete to become Media Innovation Scholars and receive four-year, full-tuition scholarships to Mercer, a value of over $135,000.

To receive an invitation to the competition and be eligible to become a Media Innovation Scholar, current high school seniors must first apply and be fully accepted to Mercer.

Next, students must complete the Media Innovation Scholar Competition form by Dec. 31. This form requires either links to samples of the applicant's best work in media or an essay.

Finally, applicants are required to attend the Media Innovation Scholars Competition on Jan. 31 and be interviewed by a panel of CCJ representatives.

In addition to scholarships, CCJ is in the process of developing a program to provide select Media Innovation Scholars with paid summer jobs and internships at some of the country's leading media organizations.

During the scholarship competition, CCJ will also honor a media professional with the Media Innovation Prize. The prize recognizes a journalist, technologist or entrepreneur who has developed innovative approaches in media. Students and guests will have the opportunity to meet and learn from the prize winner, guest speakers and members of CCJ's National Journalism Advisory Board.

“I am very excited about these new endeavors,” said Tim Regan-Porter, director of CCJ. “The Media Innovation Scholarship illustrates Mercer's commitment to attracting the brightest students to CCJ. The Media Innovation Prize, recognizing a professional who is pushing the boundaries in the field, further signals CCJ's commitment to experimenting with new solutions and ensuring that our students are trained for the jobs of tomorrow.”

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About the Center for Collaborative Journalism

The Center for Collaborative Journalism (CCJ) is a unique partnership between Mercer University, The Telegraph and Georgia Public Broadcasting, with generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Peyton Anderson Foundation. The Center's groundbreaking collaboration has students, faculty and veteran journalists working together in a joint newsroom. Learning in a “teaching hospital” model, students engage the community using the latest digital tools and leave with a strong portfolio of published work.

Kyle is the director of media relations at Mercer. In addition to being the primary media contact for most academic and administrative units of the university, he coordinates hometown and university news releases and serves as editor of the News@Mercer e-newsletter and Reach magazine.​