Cox Institute and Newsy Expand Student Training Relationship

This article was originally posted to the Cox Institute site.

Newsy, a leading cross-platform television news network, has expanded its summer training relationship this year with the Grady College’s James M. Cox Jr. Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management & Leadership.

Two Grady journalism majors – Skylar Nicholson and Alexandra Travis – are interning at Newsy studios in Washington, D.C., and three Grady students – Jada Bowman, Mikaela Cohen and Caroline Windham – spent the first week of June at the Newsy training facility in Columbia, Missouri, before moving into seven weeks of online training.

“We’re really fortunate to have this relationship with the Cox Institute. While Newsy continues to break ground as America’s fastest-growing news network, the opportunity to add to the training of these already very skilled students from the Grady College fits right into where we’re going,” said Nathan Byrne, the supervising editor for academic partnerships at Newsy. “The timing couldn’t be better. I’m eager to see what these students do with the new talents they develop and hone in their time with Newsy.”

Jada Bowman, Caroline Windham and Mikaela Cohen with Nathan Byrne of Newsy at training facilities in Columbia, Missouri.

Nicholson said her summer “has been fantastic,” adding that she is writing two to three headline stories for the show “The Why” each night and helping with longer form packages. She also returned to Georgia with Newsy to help cover a story on the heartbeat bill, HB481, and the impact it is having on the state’s film industry. Nicholson said she has been assigned to some congressional hearings, describing hearings as one of her favorite things to help cover. “I am learning so much from the team here in Washington, D.C.,” she said.

Travis also said working with Newsy has been a great summer experience. “Their dedication to innovation has taught me so much already,” she said. “Interning on the Documentaries team has made me feel more prepared to enter the media field than ever before. The practice I have gained with pitching, and the creative freedom they have given me on my story ideas has taught me so much about topics I am passionate about covering and the best storytelling techniques.”

Newsy, a subsidiary of The E.W. Scripps Company, delivers its content on cable television; on over-the-top services including Hulu, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Sling TV, and Pluto TV; and on connected television including Xumo. Newsy is also available through its mobile apps and at

Keith Herndon, director of the Cox Institute, said it is important to sponsor training programs with organizations that are committed to helping students succeed in their early careers. This year, the Cox Institute supplemented funding for the Newsy program with support from the William S. Morris Chair in News Strategy and Management.

Herndon, who also holds the Morris Chair, said the training programs with Newsy grew from conversations with its CEO Blake Sabatinelli, who has been the keynote speaker for the last two Grady Mobile News Lab project showcases. The Newsy relationship will continue with Sabatinelli returning in October for his third Mobile News Lab product showcase and more Grady journalism students participating in Newsy training next summer.

“Our students benefit so much from the relationship we enjoy with Newsy,” Herndon said. “It is important for them to experience an organization attempting new things and new approaches at a time when so many older models are struggling.”

Windham, who is participating in the Newsy skills training, said the week on site before moving into the remote work was important because it allowed her to experience Newsy firsthand.

“Being able to hear from all levels of company employees, from the CEO to the animation head, really showed me the great culture surrounding Newsy,” she said.


GSPA Spring workshop and awards

Join GSPA and its members from across the state in celebrating the best in high school journalism of the GSPA at the 2019 GSPA Spring Awards. The event will be held at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel on Tuesday, April 9.

This year’s event combines favorite elements from awards celebrations over the years.  It will begin with a morning conference focused on professional development from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and will conclude with a banquet-style awards luncheon, catered by The Georgia Center, starting at noon. Professional dress is suggested.

We hope you’ll join us for this special day honoring all of your hard work and a major milestone for GSPA!

Registration will be open early February. Attendance is free for advisers and $25 per student.

#GradyGrit: Meet Kelly Mayes

Editor’s Note: #GradyGrit is a new series of profiles of Grady College students who show determination, leadership and outreach to the community. Search “#GradyGrit” on the Grady College website for additional profiles. 

Hometown: Woodstock, Georgia

Year: Junior

Degree: Journalism and Ecology major

Activities and Involvement: lab technician and undergraduate researcher in the Structural and Household Entomology Laboratory, Grady Mobile News Lab, executive board member for SPJ/ONA, tutor at Oasis Catolico de Santa Rafaela, former science writer for The Red & Black, former volunteer in a marine ecology lab.

How has Grady influenced your time at UGA?

I have a double major in journalism and ecology, so I’ve spent my time at UGA walking a line between the humanities and the sciences. At times this has proven quite difficult, but Grady has made it a lot easier for me to pursue both dreams. The school has also provided a lot of opportunities for working independently and creatively on projects. I have never been fond of classroom learning, so this was a welcomed experience for me.

What is your most memorable Grady experience?  

My most memorable Grady experience was probably the admit day. I was really excited about the number of opportunities there were and programs to get involved with.

What has had the biggest impact on your life during your time at UGA?

I should probably say something about journalism, but a journalist’s first obligation is to the truth, and the truth is my job working in the entomology lab has had the biggest impact on my life during my time at UGA. It has certainly made me a better journalist. It’s given me this amazing experience and pushed me to think in a million different ways. I get to work with insects, which I think are the most amazing creatures on earth, and travel to places either on fieldwork or for conferences. The people are what has really made it great though. The professor and graduate students I have worked under have taught me a million things not just about insects but college and life in general. The lab is my safe space where I can experiment in countless ways. I really learned how to think there.

What is your best advice for a student taking their first class at Grady College?

My advice for a student taking their first class at Grady College is to write about things that matter to you and get involved. If you care about your story then nothing is going to stop you from doing your best on it. You do have to stay on top of your work though. Just because you think you have everything for a story doesn’t mean you do. It’s a fast-paced business where everything changes in the blink of an eye. That’s also why it’s awesome. My last piece of advice is to not get too stressed out about anything. You can do this, and you’re going to be great.

Kelly Mayes, a journalism major, photographs a man in Athens, Georgia.

What motivates you?

Day to day it’s mostly caffeine that keeps me going. In the grand scheme of things, my motivation comes from my work. I try to pick projects and write articles about things I genuinely care about. Usually, that’s science, but I’ve done a few human rights articles that were really important to me as well.

Last show/favorite show you binge-watched?

My favorite show that I have binge-watched is “Atlanta.” I finished it in two days and then immediately watched it again.

Favorite quote?

My favorite quote is “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.” It’s a quote from Emerson in his essay “Self-Reliance.” I like this quote in spite of Emerson’s tendency to throw shade at those in power because it talks about looking at things in different ways and from different perspectives.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I’m really interested in entomology. I almost chose that as a full career instead of journalism. I currently work as a lab technician in an entomology lab specializing in termites and cockroaches, and I’ve conducted research of my own. One of my jobs is to take care of the cockroaches and rear them for experiments.

Favorite Athens restaurant?

I’m a vegan, so The Grit is the obvious choice. Mama’s Boy is also really good though … and Last Resort. I also like Taqueria del Sol and White Tiger Gourmet. You can’t go wrong with Tlaloc though. Tlaloc is amazing. That’s it. Tlaloc is my favorite Athens restaurant.

Create your own question: What other ways would you recommend students get involved in the Athens community?

Oasis Catolico de Santa Rafaela, commonly referred to just as Oasis, is an organization in the Pinewoods community in Athens that sponsors an afterschool program where university students tutor children ages kindergarten to fifth grade. This gives the Pinewoods students support and help that they might otherwise not be able to access. I have volunteered with them for a semester, and I highly recommend it.


Grady Students Attend National Conference on Ethics in America

Four Grady College students had the distinct privilege to attend the National Conference on Ethics in America (NCEA) at West Point on Oct. 16-17.

The conference is designed to provide a platform for students from around the nation to gather and have meaningful discussions about ethics and ethical leadership.

Kristen Adaway, Nicolette Brown, Maddie Ray and Alex Soderstrom were the Grady students selected to attend. They were nominated by journalism faculty. This is the second consecutive year Grady students have been invited to attend the conference.

“Invitations to NCEA are very exclusive,” said Ann Hollifield, Thomas C. Dowden Professor of Media Research. “It is yet another measure of Grady College’s respected profile in journalism.”

The four Grady College students were among 53 students from 21 institutions who joined 98 West Point cadets, 15 students from other service academies and 52 ROTC cadets to comprise the total 218 students voicing ethical discussions at NCEA.

“The conference this year focused on grit, working hard and sticking to your morals no matter what comes your way,” said Nicolette Brown, a fourth-year journalism student.

Erica Kenner (ABJ ’08), Conference Event Coordinator for the United States Military Academy, says it is important to connect journalism students and West Point cadets through ethical discourse.

“Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia has a distinguished reputation as one of the top journalism schools in the country,” Kenner said. “As with all of the institutions we invite to NCEA, we look to forge strong relationships between West Point cadets, our future Army leaders and civilian students from top programs, who will continue to become leaders in our nation in other capacities.

One of the NCEA speakers was Grady College alumna Charlayne Hunter-Gault (ABJ ’63), decorated journalist and the first female African-American student to enroll at UGA.

“As an African-American female student at the University of Georgia, hearing about her [Charlayne Hunter-Gault] experiences in 1961 deeply impacted me,” said Kristen Adaway, a fourth-year journalism student. “Due to her bravery and courage, I was able to enroll at UGA and pursue a career in journalism.”

This was the 34th annual NCEA. The theme was: ‘Grit: the unyielding determination to prevail.”

“In the current environment as it relates to journalism, politics and citizenship, for our students to participate in a national discussion on ethics is critically important,” Hollifield said.

The student journalists experienced an inside look at how the United States Military Academy develops leaders of character.

#GradyGrit: Meet Myan Patel

Editor’s Note: #GradyGrit is a new series of profiles of Grady College students who show determination, leadership and outreach to the community. Search “#GradyGrit” on the Grady College website for additional profiles. 

Hometown: Knoxville, Tennessee 

Year: Junior 

Degree: Journalism major and Sports Media Certificate 

Activities and Involvement: The Red & Black, WUOG, Grady Ambassadors, Grady Sports, formerly SGA and the Indian Cultural Exchange  

How has Grady influenced your time at UGA?  

MP: Grady has been one the best parts of being here at UGA. It has taught me invaluable lessons both in and out of the classroom. Grady has also provided a large amount of opportunities to learn, listen and network with some of the most successful individuals in the fields of journalism and mass communication. At Grady, your professors have been out in the field, maybe they still are, doing the exact things they’re teaching you about. You know what they’re instilling in you is real and valuable information, but I think best of all, Grady has become my family. When I entered the college, I knew just a handful of people. Now, it’s impossible to walk through the confusing hallways of the journalism building without seeing at least five people I know. It would be tough to envision my time thus far at UGA without Grady. 

What is your most memorable Grady experience?   

MP: So far, my most memorable Grady experience has been through Grady Sports. It was a trip to Tiger, Georgia, to broadcast the 2A football state semifinals last fall. It had a mix of everything — weird, crazy, unique, fun — and is an experience I, and everyone else that went, will never forget.   

What has had the biggest impact on your life during your time at UGA?  

MP: I’m from Knoxville, Tennessee, and when I came to UGA, I knew about seven others that either came from my high school with me or previously graduated from my high school and were already at UGA. So I’d say there have been two things that made a big impact on me. One is living in a high rise my freshman year and meeting some great people who I probably wouldn’t have crossed paths with/befriended if it weren’t for the old, original Russell Hall. I was lucky to find a great group of friends that year and I still live with/next to them today.  Then, I applied to Grady Sports. Luckily, I got into the program, and it is most definitely the best thing that’s happened to me while I’ve been here at UGA. Sports media and sports broadcasting is a passion of mine, so to go to classes for it? I couldn’t ask for more. But as great as the classes are, the friends I have made through Grady Sports are some of the best people I have ever met. From a group of strangers to a nearly inseparable group, we have become so close. Grady Sports, like Grady College, has such a familial feel, and it makes this huge place of 30,000+ feel small and like home.  

What is your best advice for a student taking their first class at Grady College? 

MP: Good luck! If you think it’ll be an ordinary layout where you just go to class, have homework, tests and that’s it … you’re in for a wakeup call. While that may sound scary or intimidating, the assignments you work on in your Grady classes are hands-on. You’re out in the field getting a glimpse at how the professional world works. You learn core concepts in the classroom and then immediately go out and put them to work. Meet your classmates and make friends with them. Trust me, you’ll end up having a lot of your classes together with the same group. Meet your professors and pick their brain! They can give invaluable advice and just want to help you succeed.  

Myan Patel reports outside the classroom for his Sports Media Certificate.

What motivates you? 

MP: There is constantly room to improve. I want to work hard and be the best I can be. It doesn’t matter what time it is, but there are always things I can be doing to get better. I set goals for myself and want to achieve them, and there’s no choice but to work toward them.  

Last show/favorite show you binge watched? 

MP: That’s tough. I love Suits. Hands down it’s one of my favorite shows ever. The quickest show I ever completely binge watched was Entourage. I probably finished the entire show in 3 weeks a few summers ago. I was hooked. The show I finished most recently was New Girl. It’s so good and always makes me laugh.  

Favorite quote? 

MP: I am a huge New York Yankees fan, and Derek Jeter is one of my all-time favorite baseball players. I love this quote by him: “There may be people who have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do — and I believe that.”  

What would people be surprised to know about you? 

MP: Hmm, I’m not really sure to be honest. Maybe I seem shy at first? I like to think I’m pretty outgoing, but sometimes I can be quiet if I don’t know you.  

Favorite Athens restaurant? 

MP: Another tough one. It depends on if I’m craving anything specific. I really like La Fiesta, a Mexican restaurant on College Station Road. Taqueria Tsunami downtown is another favorite of mine. Clocked downtown is high up on the list and so was Transmet before they left. 

Create your own question to answer. What’s your go-to study spot? 

MP: If I really need to hunker down and focus, I grab a cubicle on the east wing of the third floor at the MLC and go to work. I also like the Starbucks on Alps Road to study or get homework done.  

‘’ re-launches as journalism resource for covering community poverty issues

A website packed with resources, curated content and checklists for journalists has been redesigned and relaunched by Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. is an online directory of content related to writing and reporting about poverty in communities, as a service to journalists nationwide.  A weekly newsletter is also generated from the website highlighting new content.

The site, directed by Diane Murray, Grady’s director of alumni relations and outreach, and administered by Carolyn Crist, was created to answer a need in the industry. According to Murray, poverty is intertwined with so many topics covered by media outlets—education, health, crime— but due to shrinking staffs, there are few journalists who specialize in issues of poverty.

“Very few outlets have a poverty beat,” Murray said, “but, covering poverty applies to everyone in journalism.”

The original Covering Poverty website was created in 2009 by Murray; Crist, who was then a student; and John Greenman, professor of journalism, who retired in 2015. The relaunch of, which has returned under a new domain name after a hiatus of about a year, was designed and is maintained by Crist.

“The website is a quick, weekly check-in where journalists from all beats can find a way to report on poverty,” Crist said, summing up the site.

Murray agrees: “When people have limited time and money to do things, I think it provides a good service.”

The website is financially supported through a renewing grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting children, families and communities.

“Covering Poverty is a great resource for journalists because it offers ideas in a thoughtful, practical way.” — Jaclyn Cosgrove, reporter for the Los Angeles Times

Through the years, the website has benefited journalists from around the country including Jaclyn Cosgrove, a metro reporter for the Los Angeles Times, who has used the site in the past.

“Covering Poverty is a great resource for journalists because it offers ideas in a thoughtful, practical way,” Cosgrove said. For reporters new to the topic, it provides a host of ideas to get started. For veterans, Covering Poverty will help you find ideas or angles that you haven’t explored or maybe missed in the hectic world of day-to-day beat reporting.”

The website features easy-to-scan, bulleted content including:

  • Tutorials: eleven topics including education, politics and race to name a few highlight statistics and step-by-step approaches for story ideas in each chapter.
  • Blog: updated regularly, this blog features info-graphics and statistics on issues related to poverty
  • Resources: includes links to key websites and statistics for journalists, tipsheets, case studies and more.

Journalists and other interested citizens are invited to subscribe to the Covering Poverty newsletter, or to view the September 19, 2018, issue of Covering Poverty.


Grady College announces 2018-2019 Grady Ambassadors

Grady College is pleased to welcome its 14th class of Grady Ambassadors, student leaders who present a positive and lasting image of Grady. These positions of service and leadership reflect academic dedication and Grady pride.

Under the leadership of Karen Andrews (ABJ’03, MA ’11), Grady College director of special events and student leadership, the ambassadors lead tours, interact with alumni and potential donors, special guests and prospective Grady College families.

The 2018- 2019 Grady Ambassadors are:


Jazmin Carswell, Macon, GA
Ellie Harding, Marietta, GA
Anna Kate Newall, Alpharetta, GA
Dalena Nguyen , Lilburn, GA
John Wesley, Griffin, GA


Cassidy Chakroun, Johns Creek, GA
Tony Phan, Morrow, GA
Samuel Tingle, Knoxville, TN


Ellie Cash, Roswell GA
Lauren Diaz, Lawrenceville, GA
Mae Eldahshoury, Alpharetta, GA
Jillyan Gillard, McDonough, GA
Vira Halim, Roswell, GA
Cat Hendrick, Orange County, CA
Myan Patel, Knoxville, TN
Maddie Ray, Columbus, GA
Caitlyn Richtman, Effingham, GA
Casey Rose, Snellville, GA
Mallory Thomas, Valparaiso, IN
Erin Valle, Kennesaw, GA

Public Relations

Mereille Bishop, Kwajalein, Marshall Islands
Sehar Ebrahim, Tucker, GA
Kera Felton, Montezuma, GA
Ellie Fields, Cartersville, GA
Marcella Genut, Marietta, GA
Ellie Holt, Albany, GA
Jillian Jones, Monroe, GA
Maya Jones, Cartersville, GA

Grady College faculty, and graduate students participate at 2018 AEJMC conference

Faculty and graduate students from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication will be presenting research findings, participating in panels and receiving awards at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference Aug. 5-9, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

The AEJMC is an educational association of journalism and mass communication educators, students and media professionals.

Below is the Grady College faculty and graduate students who are participating at this year’s conference.

Sunday, Aug. 5

3:30 p.m.— Jonathan Peters. Session: Key Developments in Communication Law, 2017-2018. Moderating/Presiding.

Monday, Aug. 6

10–11:30 a.m.— Lucinda Austin, Brooke Liu, Seoyeon Kim and Yan Jin. Communicating Science, Health, Environment, and Risk Division Scholar-to-Scholar Session. Presenting paper “Exploring Differences in Crisis Literacy and Efficacy on Behavioral Responses During Infectious Disease Outbreaks.”

10-11:30 a.m.— Ruoyu Sun and Juan Meng. Presenting paper “The impact of source credibility and risk attitude on individuals’ risk perception toward GM foods: Comparing young millennials in the U.S. and China.”

10-11:30 a.m.— Hanyoung KimYen-I Lee, and Jeong-Yeob Han. Communicating Science, Health, Environment, and Risk Division Scholar-to-Scholar Session. Presenting paper “Hope in the Depths of Despair: Theorizing about Hope in the Fear Appeal Context.” 

1:30-3:00 p.m.— Sarah Grizzle will serve on a research panel, entitled “Internet Behaving Badly: Evaluating Trolls, Harassment, and Online Antagonisms in the Social Media Landscape.”

3:15-4:45 p.m. — *María E. Len-Ríos, and Moy, P. Presenting paper “The effects of Latino cultural identity and media use on political engagement and vote choice in election 2016. Paper to be presented to the Minorities and Communication Division.

5–6:30 p.m.— Victoria Knight, Ivanka Pjesivac, and Micheal Cacciatore. Presenting paper “Otherization of Africa: How American media framed people with HIV/AIDS in Africa from 1987 to 2017.”

5-6:30p.m.— Ryan Kor and Bartosz Wojdynski. Presenting paper “Overloaded: The Impact of Visual Density on Advertising Recognition within Sponsored News Articles.”

*Third place paper, Latino/Latin American Communication Research Award

Tuesday, Aug. 7

8:15-9:45 a.m.— María E. Len-Ríos. Moderator, Research at the Intersection of Public Relations and Health: Paths for Publishing and Research Opportunities

10 a.m.— Karen Russell. Elected Standing Committee on Research Cornerstone Panel. Panelist on “Manuscript Reviews: Is This the Best We Can Do?”

11:45 – 1:15 p.m.—  Nate Evans. Panelist on the professional freedom and responsibility panel entitled, “Should Digital Partnerships Be Treated Differently Than Traditional Media Buys? The Ethically Blurred Lines & Legal Implications of Native Advertising & Influencer Marketing.”

1:30-3:00 p.m.— Michael Cacciatore and Sara Yeo. Panelist on the JMCQ Special Issue Research Panel Session on Social Media and Political Campaigning Around the World. Will present research on “Is Facebook making us dumber? Exploring social media use as a predictor of political knowledge.”

3:15-4:45 p.m.— Itai Himelboim and Ann HollifieldCommunication Theory and Methodology and Media Management, Economics and Entrepreneurship Divisions Teaching. Presiding during the panel session: Teaching Data Analytics.

5-6:30 p.m.— Yen-I Lee, Bartosz Wojdynski, Katherine Keib, Brittany Jefferson, Jennifer Malson, and Hyoyeun Jun. Scholar-to-Scholar Refereed Paper Poster Session. Presenting paper “All About the Visuals: Image Framing, Emoticons and Sharing Intention for Health News Posts on Facebook.”

5-6:30 p.m.— María E. Len-Ríos. Discussant, PR Division, Scholar-to-Scholar Refereed Paper Poster Session.

6:45 p.m.— Jonathan Peters will preside as the division’s chair of professional freedom and responsibility during the Law & Policy business meeting.

6-8:00 p.m.— Grady College Alumni Reception at Cuba Libre

Wednesday, Aug. 8

12:15-1:30 p.m.— María E. Len-Ríos. Invited Panelist, Communication Science, Health, Environment and Risk Division. Topic: Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in Science and Health Communication.

12:15-1:30p.m.— Bart Wojdynski will serve as discussant for a refereed research session titled, “The Cutting Edge of Communication Technologies.”

12:15-1:30 p.m.— David Isa and Itai Himelboim. Discussant, Scholar-to-Scholar Referred Paper Poster Sessions. Presenting their co-authored paper “Campaign Strategies on Twitter in 2016 U.S. Presidential Election: Real-time Event, Negativity, and Online Engagement.”

3:30- 5:00 p.m.— Janice Hume will moderate a teaching session titled, “Remembering, Forgetting and Nostalgizing 1968: The Year that Rocked Our World.”

Thursday, Aug 9

9:15-10:45 a.m.— Itai Himelboim. Panelist on the Communication Technology and Newspaper and Online News Divisions Teaching Panel Session. Topic: Practical, Theoretical and Ethical Challenges and Strategies of Teaching Digital Analytics.

11:00-12:30 a.m— Bart Wojdynski. Panelist on a teaching panel titled, “Teaching Code: Is it Still Relevant?”

12:45-2:15 p.m.— Ann Hollifield. Panelist on a professional freedom and responsibility panel titled, “Working Conditions for Women in Digital Workplaces.”

12:45 p.m.— Jonathan Peters. Presenting paper “Seeking clarity: European press rights at peaceful assemblies.”


Grady College holds memorial tribute to Don Carter, commemorates Endowment for Journalism Excellence

Grady College faculty, alumni and friends celebrated a memorial tribute to alumnus Don Carter (ABJ ’38) and commemorated the Don E. Carter and Carolyn McKenzie Carter Endowment for Journalism Excellence Oct. 12, 2017, in the Peyton Anderson Forum.

“Today we are privileged to remember Don and gather with people who will testify to his hope for journalism and for the students who will follow him at Grady College,” said Dean Charles Davis.

(l.-rt.) Kent Middleton and Terry Readdick reminisce about their friend, Don Carter.

Kent Middleton, professor emeritus of journalism and friend of the Carters, spoke about Don’s hopes for journalism’s enduring values.

“For Don, excellent journalism was simple. It was truthful, timely information delivered by smart, curious reporters in clear sentences,” said Middleton. “He reminded students and board members regularly about the importance of getting the story right, naming sources and explaining the importance of journalism to the community.”

Continued Middleton: “Don trusted the Grady College to employ his and Carolyn’s gifts to perpetuate factual, ethical and fair journalism. And, of course, there’s never been a time when the public has needed that kind of journalism more.”

Janice Hume shares the vision and plans for the Carter Endowment for Journalism Excellence.

Janice Hume, head of the Department of Journalism and Carolyn McKenzie Carter and Don E. Carter Chair for Journalism Excellence, discussed the vision and plans for the Endowment for Journalism Excellence.

“Our mission is to use this transformative gift to pass those values along to our students and to strengthen our industries,” Hume said.

The Carter gifts have been used to establish a course in journalism credibility, fund faculty research, support an intern at The Brunswick News—Don Carter’s hometown newspaper, launch a “Best Summer Stories” student contest, fund student travel for training and networking, and help to send students to cover the Paralympic Games in Rio, with much more to come, she said.

Terry Readdick, another longtime friend of the Carters, shared some of his fondest memories that illustrated the couple’s shared sense of humor and zest for life.

“(Don) and Carolyn loved life, more than anybody I think I’ve ever met,” Readdick said. “I discovered they traveled to every continent. They traveled to all but a handful of countries…they had so many friends and they did so many things.”

Among those in attendance at the memorial tribute were members of the Grady Board of Trust. Member Jim Zachary devoted a column in the Oct. 15 issue of The Valdosta Daily times to Carter, which he titled “Walking in the shadow of journalism greatness“. The piece is published here with permission.

Don Carter was a truth teller.

He died at the age of 99 and was still telling the truth right up until his death.

He was a journalist.

In fact, Carter was a journalist’s journalist.

At the Grady Board of Trust meeting held on the campus of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia Thursday, we listened to stories about Carter and his love of Grady and for journalism.

A Grady grad, Carter found himself at The Atlanta Journal in the early 1940s and that is how he found the other love of his life, Carolyn McKenzie, who competed with him for coverage while she was reporting for the Atlanta Constitution.

Their rivalry was more than friendly, it became a lifelong love story, and they were married for more than 60 years.

Don was always — and first and foremost — a reporter.

By the end of his illustrious newspaper career, he was vice president of news for Knight-Ridder.

For many years, he sat on the board of directors of The Red & Black newspaper that serves the University of Georgia campus.

As chairman of the board that Carter shaped for so many years, it is impossible not to feel the weight of his shadow and to be humbled by it.

Don Carter is newspaper royalty.

When he spoke, people listened.

Carter believed in the importance of factual and unbiased reporting.

He thought it was absolutely essential that hard news reporting and editorials be clearly separated.

He died at his beloved home on Sea Island and left behind an incredible legacy and large endowment for Grady College and the educating of future journalists.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution quoted President Jimmy Carter at the time of Don Carter’s death, “Rosalynn and I mourn the loss of my cousin and lifelong friend Don Carter. Don and I grew up together in Plains, and he supported me throughout my political career. He will be remembered not only as a superb journalist and newspaper executive, but as an advocate for the important role that journalists play in our democracy.”

Newspapers have a rich tradition as the Fourth Estate, providing a check on government while serving as a public watchdog.

That important role in democracy depends on journalistic integrity.

Journalistic integrity depends on accuracy in reporting, naming sources, correcting mistakes and clearly distinguishing between news and editorials.

Don Carter believed news reporting was about telling readers who, what, when, where, why and sometimes how and not about telling readers what to think.

Opinions are for opinion pages.

News pages are for news — for truth telling — the thing that Don Carter did best.

See more photos from the tribute on the UGA Grady Flickr account.