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Music City New Media Academy

Music City New Media Academy

Program Overview

Program Overview

Join Lipscomb University and the Tennessee High School Press Association this summer for Music City New Media Academy. This five-day intensive program provides opportunities for young journalists to hone crucial media skills, meet with professionals in the field and ultimately prepare for a college journalism degree. 

Through classroom lectures, workshop sessions and hands-on learning, you’ll be trained in the craft of journalism by award-winning faculty. Gain confidence in various writing styles and master the fundamental technical skills required for broadcasting and producing. By the end of the week, you’ll have made an on-site visit to a local television station and produced a newscast covering a mock crisis on Lipscomb’s campus. 

Workshop sessions include:

  • News writing
  • Feature writing
  • Sports writing
  • Design and layout
  • Editing
  • Social media
  • Photography
  • Videography
  • Podcasting



Sunday, June 5 (4:00 - 8:00 pm): Orientation & mixer
Monday, June 6 (9:00 am - 5:00 pm): Sessions in writing, photography and videography
Tuesday, June 7 (9:00 am - 5:00 pm): Sessions in writing, photography and videography
Wednesday, June 8 (9:00 am - 5:00 pm): Sessions in writing, photography and videography
Thursday, June 9 (9:00 am - 12:00 pm): Sessions in social media & a workshop "rewind" event; unveiling of the newscast that students create

Our Faculty

  • Dave Donnelly

    Dave Donnelly

    Adjunct Faculty

    Meet Dave Donnelly
  • Sarah Gibson

    Sarah Gibson

    Professor and Chair, Department of Communication and Journalism

    Sarah Gibson earned her B.S. in Electronic Media from Abilene Christian University and her MFA in Radio, Television and Film from the University of North Texas. While at North Texas...

    Meet Sarah Gibson
  • Paul Gibson

    Paul Gibson

    Radio Assistant

    Meet Paul Gibson
  • Alan Griggs headshot

    Alan Griggs

    Associate Professor

    Associate Professor Alan Griggs is a senior manager of communications with diverse experience including television news reporting and management, political and corporate communications and teaching. He is currently Associate Professor in...

    Meet Alan Griggs
  • Jimmy McCollum headshot

    Jimmy Mccollum


    Dr. Jimmy McCollum graduated from Lipscomb in 1987. He earned his M.S. in journalism at the University of Tennessee and his Ph.D. in mass communication at the University of Alabama....

    Meet Jimmy Mccollum