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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

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Sunday, June 6 (4:00 - 8:00 pm): Orientation & mixer
Monday, June 7 (9:00 am - 5:00 pm): Sessions in writing, photography and videography
Tuesday, June 8 (9:00 am - 5:00 pm): Coverage of Lipscomb-HCA/TriStar Health Care Academy; interview and record students participating in another summer program for a mock newscast
Wednesday, June 9 (9:00 am - 5:00 pm): Sessions in podcasting & trip to a local television station
Thursday, June 10 (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
  • Aerial Ellis

    Aerial Ellis

    Assistant Professor

    Emerging among the brightest in the industry, Dr. Aerial Ellis is a gifted strategist and storyteller who nurtured an entrepreneurial spirit early in her career by launching her first public...

    Meet Aerial Ellis
  • Sarah Gibson

    Sarah Gibson

    Associate Professor

    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

    Chair, Communications and Journalism

    Alan Griggs is a senior manager of communications with diverse experience including television news reporting and management, political and corporate communications and teaching. In his role as a media consultant,...

    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