Service-learning at the University of Georgia is the application of academic skills and knowledge to address a community need, issue, or problem and to enhance student learning. Service-learning helps integrate two core aspects of UGA’s mission—teaching and service. Students at the Grady College have the opportunity to take part in classes with real world clients including non-profit organizations, small businesses and campus organizations. Their contributions to these organizations help build a stronger community.
Recent service learning work includes:
Members of the UGA PRSSA Bateman joined forces with UGA’s Student Veterans of America to plan the first annual Student Veteran Appreciation Week Feb. 22-26.
In October, Mark Johnson’s advanced photojournalism students attended the Georgia National Fair in Perry, Ga., for a second year, to gain in-the-field experience capturing sights and sounds of scenes away from Athens.
In a true example of experiential learning, Grady College students are making a difference in the local community by having class projects used in real life. One student is applying graphic design skills for a local non-profit, while a group of Grady public relations students had their campaign materials selected to use for the Clarke County Seamless Summer food program.
Thirteen teams of New Media Institute students presented their capstone projects at Terrapin Brewery in Athens on May 2, 2015.
In fall 2014, two news writing classes and an editing class worked together to create “Connected to Athens” www.connectedtoathens.com, features 32 profile stories written and edited by students. Each story focuses on an individual who is connected to Athens through his/her community service and 15 organization stories written and edited by students about local Athens organizations doing good for the community. The students also worked on multimedia stories featured on the site.
Students in a joint Public Relations and Advertising campaigns class worked with the Archway Partnership in Habersham County, GA to develop a public relations campaign designed to brand the county. Students were divided into four groups. Each group’s campaign involved unifying the seven municipalities of the county through “branding” with a logo and slogan; increased online presence, including a better website and social media efforts; new events and festivals; increased tourism for youth and other demographic groups; and keeping younger people and recent graduates in the county after college. More information on the project here and here.
Events planned by UGA’s Office of Emergency Preparedness to commemorate “National Preparedness Month” this September reflect the work of 44 PR Campaigns students from Grady College during the past two years.
Each semester New Media Institute students work on capstone projects focusing on a variety of issues. Fall semester projects included Georgia Bikes, Georgia River Project, Centers for Disease Control and reducing tobacco use. Read more about the projects here.
Graduate students in the Health and Medical Journalism program learn to cover health and medicine for any market or audience in this professional masters program endowed by the Knight Foundation. A rigorous academic program, hands-on experience, and flexible electives prepare students to understand health issues during changing times. View student portfolios here.
Public Relations campaigns classes work with a variety of clients; recent campaigns include:
“Guard Dawgs” an emergency preparedness campaign for the University of Georgia
“Breaking Silence” a campaign for the teen dating violence program of Project Safe
Magazine students have developed magazines for a variety of clients including P.L.A.C.E. (local foods), UGA’s Fanning Institute, Coile Middle School with international students in the classroom, Girls and Boys Club of Athens, UGA International Programs and UGA’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences.