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Research indicates policing videos contribute to trauma symptoms among Black Americans

Viewing violent police videos can result in trouble sleeping, symptoms of PTSD and feelings of being on guard, especially among Black Americans, according to research published in the Fall 2023 […]

SEE Suite benefits from Brazil PR agency partnership

The week of November 5, a team representing the Department of Advertising and Public Relations at Grady College visited Brazil to exchange practices and continue research collaboration. Itai Himelboim, Michael […]

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NaYoung Song takes on Crisis Communication

After completing her bachelor’s degree at Korea University, NaYoung Song decided to attend the University of Georgia to receive her master’s, becoming the inaugural scholar in a partnership between the […]

Profiles of Tenacity: LaDania Dean

Third-year advertising student LaDania Dean enjoys sharing her creativity and making a positive impact. She is interested in sports, videography, design and more. Why did you choose your major? I […]

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Profiles of Tenacity: Eli Banzon

Fourth-year public relations student Eli Banzon is interested in working in Washington D.C. as a public affairs practitioner. He wants to make a positive impact through his work, and he’s […]

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CCTT hosts Alumni Lecture Series

The University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication welcomed Jason Anthoine (ABJ ’89) and Dr. Taylor Voges (PhD ’23) back on Tuesday, Oct. 3, for an alumni […]

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Yarbrough Distinguished Lecture Series: Crisis Communications on Wall Street

The University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication hosted a visit by Steve Frankel (ABJ ’83) for the inaugural Yarbrough Distinguished Lecture Series on Oct. 19. Frankel […]

40 Under 40 honoree profile: Kim Gebbia Chappell

Congratulations to Kim Gebbia Chappell (’06), VP of marketing and communications at Bobbie, an organic infant formula company, on being named an honoree in this year’s UGA Alumni Association 40 […]

The Department of Advertising and Public Relations hosts AdPR Week 2023

The Department of Advertising and Public Relations at Grady College will celebrate its ninth annual AdPR Week on Oct. 16-20. This year, AdPR Week will feature an impressive lineup of […]

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Juan Meng named UGA Athletic Association Endowed Professor, recipient of IPR Pathfinder Award

Juan Meng, professor of public relations and head of the Department of Advertising and Public Relations at Grady College, has been named a University of Georgia Athletic Association Endowed Professor […]

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Using virtual reality to address real-world problems, with Dr. Sun Joo (Grace) Ahn

  Listen to the full episode of Grady Research Radio on Anchor/Apple Podcasts/Spotify/Stitcher Professor of Advertising Dr. Sun Joo (Grace) Ahn is the director of the Center for Advanced Computer-Human […]



Hosted every semester, SLAM features New Media Certificate Capstone creations. Everyone is invited to this day dedicated to student projects that takes innovation and creativity to the next level.This semester, the NMI is doing things a bit differently. Faculty and students will head to Atlanta for the day. Once there, they’ll kick off SLAM with networking and snacks, followed by the student showcase. After presentations, the NMI will share student certificates and awards, and then cap off the evening with Xpo Encore—an opportunity to celebrate the students’ impressive achievements over delectable hors d’oeuvres, refreshing drinks and wonderful company. RSVP:

Fall 2023 Grady Graduation Celebration

Graduates and their guests are invited to celebrate with other graduates and faculty/staff at this drop-in celebration. Guests will enjoy light refreshments, opportunities to connect with fellow parents, faculty and staff, plenty of photo opportunities and an inside look at your student’s academic home. Tickets are not required for the celebration at Grady.

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Fall 2023 Convocation

Congratulations to our fall 2023 graduates! Convocation will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m. at Hodgson Hall. More details will be released closer to the date.

Fall 2023 Commencement Ceremony

Friday, December 15, 2023 Undergraduate: 10:00 a.m., Stegeman Coliseum Graduate: 2:00 p.m., Stegeman Coliseum

Grady College Applications Deadline

Grady College’s current application cycle closes on Jan. 19 at 5 p.m. This application deadline is for those seeking to start at Grady in fall 2024.

Grady College Career Day

This day-long event connects companies and organizations with students seeking careers in digital, print and broadcast journalism, creative mass media, media sales, advertising and public relations. Internships and full-time positions will be available. All majors and pre-Grady students are encouraged to attend. It’s never too early to start building your network. More information will become available closer to the date.

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Catch up on the latest news in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations.

AdPR Academy continues to grow in 7th year

In late October, a diverse group of 30 students from colleges and universities across the Southeast gathered in Atlanta for just under a week of training to advance their skills […]

Profiles of Tenacity: Elisa Fontanillas

Advertising student Elisa Fontanillas found the intersection of her passions at Grady College. Self-described as bright, bold and full of color, Fontanillas seeks creativity in all aspects of her life. Why […]

Grady’s Inaugural Chicago Field Study and Internship Program introduces students to a unique market

This summer, thirteen Grady students participated in the inaugural Chicago Field Study and Internship Program, securing internships in the media and communications industries. Dr. Jennifer Griffith served as the faculty […]

Former Coca-Cola executive to teach new course on corporate communications

The Department of Advertising and Public Relations at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication is excited to offer a new course this spring that will give advertising and […]

AdPR Academy renamed, revamped after gift from Myra Blackmon

AdPR Academy of Grady College’s Department of Advertising and Public Relations has changed its name to the Myra Blackmon AdPR Academy for Diversity and Inclusion. The six-year-old educational outreach program […]

Yan Jin named C. Richard Yarbrough Professor in Crisis Communication Leadership

Yan Jin, a professor of public relations, director of the Crisis Communication Think Tank and assistant head of the Department of Advertising and Public Relations, has been named the C. […]

Juan Meng named Department of Advertising and Public Relations Head

Juan Meng, an associate professor of public relations and founder and director of the Choose China Study Abroad program, has been tapped to direct the Department of Advertising and Public […]


“The classes I’ve taken at Grady prepared me by teaching me how to look at problems, specifically in the media space, through an analytical lens. My classes taught me to think beneath the surface problem and instead, identify the root of the issue.”

Caleb Smathers


“Grady introduced me to the professional side of graphic design. I have begun creating posters, show announcements, and even cover art for local musicians!”

Smera Dhal

(AB ‘23)


“Grady classes helped me prepare for this internship by teaching me about target audiences, brand voices and social media analytics – all of which are critical for successful social media engagement.”

Kathryn Miller

(AB ‘22)


“One of my biggest accomplishments this past year is becoming an Innovation Fellow here at the University of Georgia. I have gotten to work with Cox Enterprises, Delta and Worldstrides and tackle issues of tech, sustainability, and culture.”

Chiamaka Uwagerikpe


“Winning the inaugural AdPR Vision Award means the world! I cannot wait to continue contributing to the advertising industry.”

Jonina Bullock


“My Brand Storytelling and Media Activation and Strategy courses taught me how to really get familiar with a brand, including their values.”

Deborah Yoon

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