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Each year, the top 40 incoming communication majors are granted membership into High Point University’s Media Fellows Program under the direction of Kristina Bell. 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. The Media Fellows Program application is available to students who plan to specialize in journalism, electronic media, strategic communication, games and interactive design and media and popular culture studies.
Media Fellows receive a $3,000 scholarship renewable annually based on academic performance and continued participation in the program. This is in addition to any Presidential or High Point Scholarship.
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 Production, Strategic Communication, Game and Interactive Media Design, Sport Communication, Sport and Event Management, or Media and Popular Culture Studies.
If you would like to be considered for HPU’s Media Fellows Program, please complete your application through Slideroom by March 1.
Extraordinary Experience in Media Education
High Point University Media Fellows recently became 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 more. The Media Fellows have the opportunity to work with HRTS, giving them unprecedented access to how the business works, and gives students 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.
Exclusive access to Television Critics Association
There’s no business like show business, and when it comes to preparing for a career in Hollywood, New York or London, there’s no place like High Point University.
Last year, a group of 11 students gained a career-defining experience as part of HPU’s exclusive Media Fellows Program. The annual trip took students behind the scenes at television networks and production studios, including NBC, USA, BRAVO and more, all in preparation for future careers in the media industry.
This one-of-a-kind trip proved invaluable in getting students “feet in the door” – the HPU Media Fellows became the very first group of students to ever be allowed into the Television Critics Association’s (TCA’s) NBC University Press Tour, where they were invited to sit in while executive producers and stars from all different networks pitched their new and returning shows to the TCA.
While in Los Angeles, the group enjoyed many experiences that cannot be duplicated in a classroom. They: met Bruce Evans, Vice President of Dramatic Programming at NBC; Scot Chastain, Vice President of Advertising and Marketing at NBC; and attended live tapings of Chelsea Lately and Conan.
The Four-Year Program
Fellows live together at HPU
Fellows take two courses together as a cohort
Fellows have options to travel abroad and learn more about the global media landscape
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
Led by industry professionals
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.
Joe Michaels, director of the NBC “Today Show” for 23 years, recently joined the faculty of the HPU Nido R. Qubein School of Communication. Michaels is a seven-time Emmy award-winning director and a two-time Director’s Guild of America Honoree. He began his career in television as an associate director and director for NBC Sports. Millions of fans watch his work on other Emmy winning telecasts including The World Series, The Super Bowl, Wimbledon Tennis, Olympics, NBC Game of the Week, Orange Bowl, Hula Bowl and NBC SportsWorld.
“I am excited to be a part of the HPU family. It has always been a dream of mine to help to develop world-class leaders in the media space. The opportunity to work with such a diverse group of students and professionals makes this challenge a perfect fit. In my own career, I have always reached out for total excellence, and High Point University is an institution devoted to being extraordinary.”