Center for Collaborative Journalism

Welcome to Mercer University’s Center for Collaborative Journalism

The Center for Collaborative Journalism (CCJ) is a unique partnership between Mercer University, The Telegraph, Georgia Public Broadcasting and 13WMAZ, with generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Peyton Anderson Foundation.

Our groundbreaking collaboration has students, faculty and veteran journalists working together in a joint newsroom. Learning in a “teaching hospital” model, our students engage the community using the latest digital tools and leave with a portfolio of published work that gives them an edge in a rapidly changing, but never more important, field.

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Major in Journalism

Mercer University’s Journalism program teaches you how to investigate the world and document your findings with the stroke of a pen, camera lens, voice recorder and more. Our journalism students discover the importance of gathering, interpreting and disseminating truth in a variety of formats, allowing your work to impact as many people as possible.

Scholarships and Fellowships

Media Changemaker Scholarship

CCJ offers dedicated scholarships for students interested in journalism or media studies. Our Media Changemaker Scholars receive four-year scholarships to Mercer — up to and including full-tuition.

John M. Couric Media Fellowships

At the Changemakers scholarship competition, CCJ also selects incoming John M. Couric Media Fellowships. These fellowships provide paying summer jobs at leading media organizations throughout the country.

I used the skills taught to me in Mercer journalism classes every day as a Couric Fellow at The Telegraph & macon.com. From writing hard news to posting social media content, I know that Mercer has provided me with the expertise to complete the task at hand. In the ever-changing world of journalism, the CCJ has helped shape me into a well-rounded and multi-skilled journalist.

Mitch Jaugstetter, '19, Journalism

Mitch Jaugstetter

Both my digital audio class and practicum experience at Georgia Public Broadcasting prepared me to step into an audio production role at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center the summer after my junior year. The skills I gained at the Center for Collaborative Journalism set me apart, and gave me the tools necessary to help NASA design, produce and launch its first audio storytelling project.

Katie Atkinson, '19, Journalism

Katie Atkinson

I spent the summer before my senior year interning in Washington for Congressman Jimmy Gomez of California. While I plan to pursue a career in politics, my education in journalism has helped me to value storytelling and the impact it can have on policy. Journalism is a reminder of the people behind the motives for policy change, and it is necessary to able to both tell stories and listen to them.

Vanessa Alva, '19, Journalism and Political Science

Vanessa Alva

Contact us

For more information about the Center for Collaborative Journalism,
please contact Meg Donahue, project specialist, at (478) 301-2907 or donahue_am@mercer.edu.