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Media Fellows


Each year the top 16 incoming communication majors are granted membership into High Point University’s Media Fellows Program. The fellows partake in real-world projects in a client/agency model, work together to develop and oversee unique research projects and travel domestically and internationally to examine trends in the media industry.

 Forging Classroom Content With Real-World Context

1Charisse McGhee-Lazarou
The Media Fellows Program is led by Harvard University graduate Charisse McGhee-Lazarou. As former Vice President of Primetime Programming at NBC, she created and managed production for the network’s primetime comedies and dramas. Prior to that, McGhee-Lazarou served three years as Vice President for Scripted Programs at Lifetime Television. As head of the Media Fellows, she provides students with unique perspectives and experiences into the media industry, helping them transition from academic scholars to media professionals.

 An Extraordinary Experience in Media Education

High Point University is honored to have the first academic chapter of the Hollywood Radio and Television Society (HRTS). The society is the entertainment industry’s premier information and networking forum, and is comprised of West Coast executives from the broadcast and cable networks, stations, studios, talent and management companies, advertisers, media companies and much more

Through this partnership, the Media Fellows get unprecedented access to the thoughts and strategies of the CEOs and presidents of major studios, networks, producers and cable networks. HPU and the HRTS are also collaborating on developing a certification program in “The Anatomy of The Industry” to help equip students and industry newcomers with a functional understanding of how the entertainment industry works.

 The Four-Year Plan



  •  Fellows live in a living-learning community
  •  Fellows take three courses together as a cohort
  • Fellows have options to travel abroad to learn more about the global media landscape
  • Fellows engage in meaningful service to the community, developing a relationship with a major nonprofit agency


  • Fellows take special classes together throughout the year
  • Fellows will develop and oversee a research project focused on an aspect of media, strategic communication, gaming or video journalism while working toward publication/presentation
  • Fellows take a July trip to Los Angeles to study in a small group with producers, writers, executives and entrepreneurs


  •  Fellows work together on a real-world project in a client/agency model
  •  Fellows participate in summer internships at national media companies
  •  Fellows have options to travel abroad to learn more about the global media landscape


  •  Fellows use their acquired knowledge, expertise and creativity to produce a Capstone project
  •  Fellows participate in seminars geared toward professional development

How to Apply

To be considered for membership into the Media Fellows Program, you must first submit your High Point University undergraduate admissions application. The Media Fellows Program application is available to students who plan to major in Journalism, Electronic Media, Strategic Communication, Games and Interactive Design or Media and Popular Culture Studies.

To apply for membership, please visit and click on the ‘Media Fellows Scholarship’ link located in the post-app checklist.

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