Hollifield, Hudson retire
Grady College is honoring the retirement of two of its journalism professors, Ann Hollifield, the former Thomas C. Dowden Professor of Media research, and Tom Hudson, a senior lecturer in journalism. “Both Ann and Tom leave holes in Grady, but also a lasting legacy of excellence and dedication to students,” said Janice Hume, the Carolyn McKenzie and […]
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Grace Ahn named 2019 Krieghbaum Under-40 Award recipient
Sun Joo “Grace” Ahn, associate professor of advertising at Grady College, has been named the recipient of the 2019 Krieghbaum Under-40 Award by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The award is one of the highest honors given by AEJMC, and will be presented during the annual AEJMC conference in Toronto. “This […]
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Trends and challenges revealed in first North American Communication Monitor
The first study to examine the state of public relations in Canada and the United States found that building and maintaining trust is the most crucial issue facing the profession. The North American Communication Monitor (NACM), conducted by The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations, was led by two Grady College faculty: Bryan Reber, […]
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2019 Grady College faculty and staff recognitions
Grady College celebrated excellent work from faculty and staff with a May 1 reception and awards announcement. Kate Fortmueller, Kim Landrum, Jonathan Peters and Kirsten Strausbaugh were named outstanding teaching faculty for their respective departments. “Winning departmental teacher of the year is no small feat at Grady College, which abounds with excellent instructors,” said Grady […]
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Himelboim named the Thomas C. Dowden Professor of Media Analytics
Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication has named Itai Himelboim the Thomas C. Dowden Professor of Media Analytics. Himelboim is an associate professor of advertising and director of the SEE Suite, the Social media Engagement & Evaluation lab. “Dr. Himelboim, one of the world’s leading experts on social media analysis, will take the Media […]
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Grady College faculty member studies media consumption
The following was written for UGA Columns and UGA Today. As a faculty member, Bart ­Wojdynski derives satisfaction from seeing the switch flipped within the minds of his students. “I love watching students develop interests they didn’t know they had,” he said. “My goal is to try to meet students at the intersection of what they […]
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Keith Herndon and Grace Ahn awarded by UGA Office of Instruction
Grady College faculty members Keith Herndon and Grace Ahn have been honored by the UGA Office of Instruction for incorporating innovation in their teaching. Keith Herndon, William S. Morris Chair in News Strategy and Management, Director of the James M. Cox Jr. Institute and Professor of Practice in Journalism, is one of four professors campus-wide […]
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Grady College’s Yan Jin selected by WhatsApp to research spread of misinformation
WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging platform, has selected a research team including Yan Jin, Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Grady College and assistant department head of advertising and public relations, to analyze how misinformation spreads and its impact on elderly during disease outbreaks. WhatsApp selected 20 global research projects out of nearly 600 proposals and invested […]
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Juan Meng added to Plank Center National Board of Advisors
Juan Meng, associate professor of public relations and director of AdPR Choose China Program, has been elected to the board of advisors for The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations. For more than 10 years, Meng has collaborated with the Center on various research projects to address current and future leadership issues, including the largest […]
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Focus on Faculty: Juan Meng
(Editor’s note: This feature was originally written by UGA Marketing and Communications)  Juan Meng, an associate professor in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, gives students hands-on learning experiences that help them develop into leaders in public relations. Where did you earn degrees and what are your current responsibilities at UGA? I earned […]
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More Grady Faculty News

  • Congratulations to Dean Charles Davis (MA ’92), on the publication of the second edition of “Art of Access: Strategies for Acquiring Public Records,” with co-author Dan Cullier.
  • Andy Kavoori has been selected for a Fulbright award. He will serve as the Garcia-Robles-Fulbright Distinguished Chair in U.S. Studies at the Universidad Veracruzana, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico for the Spring 2020 academic term.  He will teach courses on American Media, Culture and Politics, plus conduct ethnographic research on Son Jarocho, a regional and diasporic entertainment media form.
  • Taylor Cole Miller, assistant professor, Entertainment and Media Studies, will be the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts and UGA nominee for a Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship from the Whiting Foundation. This is a national and very prestigious competition. The Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship celebrates and supports faculty in the humanities who embrace public engagement as part of the scholarly vocation.
  • Congratulations to Lori Johnston (ABJ ’95, MFA ’17), of our Department of Journalism, for being named a finalist in the Religion Reporting Excellence Awards presented by Religion News Association. Johnston is being recognized for for her writing for The Washington Post.
  • Glen Nowak, director of the Center for Health & Risk Communication and professor of advertising, will participate in a panel session on vaccination hesitancy at the June 4, 2019, meeting of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) in Washington, D.C.  NVAC is a Department of Health and Human Services advisory committee. He will present research that Michael Cacciatore, Nate Evans, and Nowak completed regarding vaccination confidence and hesitancy.
  • Congratulations to Juan Meng, associate professor of public relations, for receiving the Most Dedicated Reviewer recognition from the International Communication Association Public Relations Division.
  • Jeffrey P. Jones, Executive Director Peabody Awards, Lambdin Kay Professor, Entertainment & Media Studies, talks about the 78th annual Peabody winners in Variety, May 17, 2019. “We look for stories that are very connected to the sociopolitical world, or the moment that we’re in as a society,” Jones said.
  • Congratulations to John Weatherford, lecturer in the New Media Institute, on being selected to participate in the 2019 UGA Active Learning Summer Institute. Hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Institute is a three-week intensive program for 12 faculty to redesign courses and implement evidence-based instructional strategies that engage students in the learning process.
  • Shira Chess, assistant professor in EMST, leads students through board game creations in First-Year Odyssey seminar, via Red & Black, May 8, 2019.
  • Bryan Reber, the C. Richard Yarbrough Professor in Crisis Communication Leadership and AdPR department head, and Juan Meng, associate professor of public relations, publish the North American Communication Monitor, addressing topics including “fake news” and how to tackle it, how communicators provide insights for decision-making and leadership performance. The survey is sponsored by the Plank Center at the University of Alabama.

Wojdynski studies media consumption

As a faculty member, Bart ­Wojdynski derives satisfaction from seeing the switch flipped within the minds of his students.

“I love watching students develop interests they didn’t know they had,” he said. “My goal is to try to meet students at the intersection of what they want out of a class and where they might want to go in the future.”

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Focus on the Faculty: Booker T. Mattison

Booker T. Mattison, an assistant professor at Grady College, is an author, filmmaker and educator who prepares students for careers in the state’s booming film and television industry.

What are your favorite courses and why?

My favorite course is “Advanced Production” because I am able to midwife compelling and diverse narrative short films from our supremely talented entertainment and media studies students. Since this is a capstone course, I have the opportunity to work with content creators who are about to graduate and make their mark in the world.

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