High School Student Invite to CCJ Dedication

High school students,

The Center for Collaborative Journalism (CCJ) at Mercer University opened its doors earlier this month and it is already receiving national attention. In fact, The New York Times was on-site for the first day of class!

You are invited to a special event that we’re hosting on Friday, September 28, for prospective students around the dedication of the Center. This event is free and parents are encouraged to attend. The dedication will provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about this innovative new model of journalism education. You’ll hear from leaders at Mercer University, Georgia Public Broadcasting and The Telegraph; you’ll have lunch with faculty, students, reporters and editors from the Center; and you’ll join a panel discussion on meeting the news and information needs of local communities in the digital age. The panel will feature news leaders from across the country and will be moderated by Eric Newton from the Knight Foundation.

In addition, we’re providing you with an opportunity to stretch your own journalism skills as a member of the press through an essay contest. Your experience at the Center will form the basis for a high school essay contest that answers the question, “Why is local news and information important to the community and how can news organizations meet those needs in the digital age?” The first-place winner will receive $500, second-place will receive $300, and third-place will receive $150. The Center and its media partners will also publish the first-place winner’s entry!

Please register to attend this event by Sunday, September 23. More information on the essay contest will be posted here on the Center’s website in mid-September.


Tim Regan-Porter