2021 in Review: Research & Grants
Editor’s Note: This is part of our  five-part series highlighting stories produced by Grady College in 2021. The features includes three stories in each of the following subjects: Student Successes Faculty Honors College Headlines Research & Grants Service & Partnerships This is not intended to be a comprehensive list, but instead highlight a sample of […]
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Words matter most when responding to a crisis
When responding to crisis situations, what is said matters more than nonverbal cues, according to new research by the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. The study, “(In)Sincere Demeanor and (In)Sincere Language in Crisis Communication,” evaluated the perceived sincerity of messages during a crisis, examining company spokespersons’ use of language and non-verbal […]
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UGA and UMD researchers partner to explore strategies for combatting misinformation during health crises
Yan Jin and Brooke Fisher Liu lead FDA sponsored research to gather evidence to guide future messaging. In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, researchers at the University of Maryland (UMD) and the University of Georgia (UGA) are collaborating with researchers at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and […]
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Keith Wilson awarded Sundance documentary grant
Keith Wilson, a lecturer in the Department of Entertainment and Media Studies, was named recipient of a grant from the nonprofit Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program. The fund offers non-recoupable support for nonfiction projects that continue to elevate and advance cultural dialogue and break new ground in creativity and innovation from filmmakers with a distinct […]
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Jeong-Yeob Han partners in grant funded by Office on Violence Against Women
Jeong-Yeob Han, director of the Strategic Health and Risk Communication certificate, joins Joon Choi, an associate professor at the School of Social Work, in receiving a two-year, $477,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women to address domestic violence in the Asian immigrant community. Known as Korean Americans for Healthy […]
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Remembering Robert Willett
It is with sadness that we announce the death of Robert Willett (ABJ ’66, MFA ’73) on Oct. 16, 2021. Willett was an advertising professor emeritus and alumnus of Grady College. “Robert was the epitome of a gentleman and a scholar,” said Tom Russell, dean of Grady College from 1983 to 2000. “He took pride […]
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Ahn leads VR project with grant from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association
Sun Joo “Grace” Ahn and a team of researchers are recipients of a nearly $500,000 grant funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. The grant will fund a project called “Salient, Interactive, Relevant, Confidence, and Action (SIRCA): Using Virtual Reality Storm Surge Simulations to Increase Risk Perception and Prevention Behaviors.” The project uses VR […]
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EMST’s Matthew Evans workshops TV pilot through prestigious Stowe Story Labs
Matthew Evans, Assistant Professor of Entertainment and Media Studies, recently had the honor of collaborating with some of the finest writers in the country through the Sidewalk Narrative Lab from Stowe Story Labs. The lab is typically hosted in conjunction with the Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham, Alabama, though it was a virtual event this […]
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Study finds Grady College Advertising/Public Relations excels in advertising research productivity
Faculty and doctoral graduates in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations in Grady College were the most visible authors or co-authors in the three leading peer-reviewed advertising research journals from 2008-2019, according to a study in Journal of Business Research that was published July 27. The study, “A Decade (2008-2019) of Advertising Research Productivity: […]
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Cox Institute adds new directors, initiatives to benefit students and industry
A new organizational and leadership structure will expand the training mission of the James M. Cox Jr. Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership. The Cox Institute, which operates as a unit of the Journalism Department at the University of Georgia’s College of Journalism and Mass Communication, will offer expanded skills development and training opportunities […]
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More Grady Faculty News


Jonathan Peters joined the College faculty in 2017 teaching media law classes. He is an affiliate professor with the School of Law. (Photo: Peter Frey/UGA Marketing & Communication)

Peters award Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Jonathan Peters, associate professor of journalism, is one of three University of Georgia faculty members named a recipient of the Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. The award recognizes outstanding instruction by faculty members early in their academic careers.

Peters teaches communication law courses to undergraduate and graduate students and has a courtesy appointment with the School of Law.

“Recipients of the Russell Awards exemplify the commitment to innovative and engaging instruction that makes the University of Georgia one of America’s leading public universities,” said S. Jack Hu, the university’s senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “I congratulate this year’s honorees and appreciate their dedication to our students.”

Faculty Spotlight: Amanda Bright

Amanda Bright has always wanted to make an impact on her community, but over the years the impact—and the community—have expanded.

“I have always craved to have more impact,” Bright said. “I want to change people’s lives in a tangible way, and I want to do something to forward my community and not just be in my community.”

It’s for this reason that Bright started out as a community journalist, pivoted to teaching community college and high school journalism classes and now teaches digital journalism at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Amanda Bright joined the Grady faculty three years ago to bring together the various platforms of Grady Newsource. (Photos: Dorothy Kozlowski (ABJ '10)/UGA Marketing & Communications)