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AdPR students explore Washington D.C.’s communications industry

The following recount was written by third-year public relations student Margot Murphy. She is involved in Grady College’s Public Affairs Professional Certificate as well as Terry College’s Institute for Leadership […]

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Nicholas Eng studies human emotions in environmental and health message design

Nicholas Eng has long been interested in emotion science and prosocial environmental and health messaging. How people respond emotionally to different sequences of positive and negative environmental messages is the […]

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Esther Kim named PRWeek Outstanding Student of the Year

Esther Kim, a fourth-year public relations major, was named Outstanding Student in the nation by PRWeek, one of the industry’s leading trade publications. Kim was named Outstanding Student at the […]

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Profiles of Tenacity: Johnny Klein

Integrated AdPR graduate student Johnny Klein found community in Grady through involvement in organizations and immersing himself in AdPR’s culture. He encourages other students to try different activities and enjoy […]

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International students thrive in AdPR’s 3+1+1 program

Grady College’s Department of Advertising and Public Relations welcomed the third cohort of 3+1+1 dual degree students in fall 2023. In partnership with Shanghai Normal University and Shanghai International Studies […]

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Profiles of Tenacity: Ireland Ashburn

Fourth-year advertising student Ireland Ashburn is passionate about fashion and creativity. She enjoys the community she has cultivated through campus organizations and Grady College programming. Why did you choose your […]

UGA’s Grady College and Terry College to offer executive education program in crisis communication and management

The University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and Terry College of Business have partnered to offer an executive education program in crisis communication and management. This […]

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The power of humor in advertising, with Dr. Hye Jin Yoon

Listen to the full episode on Spotify or Apple Podcasts. Dr. Hye Jin Yoon (MA ‘06, PhD ‘10) is an associate professor of advertising in the Department of Advertising and […]

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Talking Dog Agency manager mentors younger professionals

Mary Ellen Barto has no problem sharing what she’s learned during her 35 years in agency and client marketing with students. In fact, she’s happy to give back to advertising and […]

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Study shows the impact of environmental corporate social responsibility communication

With the rising threats of climate change and environmental degradation, many companies and organizations have instilled sustainability goals over recent years. But, how can they effectively motivate employees to engage […]

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Profiles of Tenacity: Valeria Valdes

Fourth-year student Valeria Valdes was recently accepted into the American Advertising Federation’s Most Promising Multicultural Students class of 2024. Learn more about her below. Why did you choose your major? […]

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Students named Tieger Fellows in Public Affairs Communications

The University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication announced the selection of three new Tieger Fellows for the 2023-2024 academic year: Sydney Branton, Gracie Englund and Anna […]

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UGA’s Advertising and Public Relations program named top five in nation

The University of Georgia’s Advertising and Public Relations program has been named a top five finalist for Outstanding Education Program in the nation by PRWeek , one of the leading publications […]

Profiles of Tenacity: Jimena Somilleda

Fourth-year public relations major Jimena Somilleda is motivated to be an advocate for her community. In addition to UGA’s AdPR department, she is involved with the Association of Latino Professionals […]

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Cross-institutional collaboration sparks student research on AI, crisis communication

When students from the University of Georgia and Penn State met to kick off a research partnership this past August, they quickly realized they were gaining more than a line […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Events

POLITICALLY GEORGIA ON THE ROAD TOUR: ATHENS

The Politically Georgia team is hitting the road! Georgia’s favorite political insiders are hitting the road! Meet the AJC’s Politically Georgia team Greg Bluestein (ABJ ’04), Tia Mitchell, Patricia Murphy and Bill Nigut for a live-to-tape recording of Politically Georgia hosted by The University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs and Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. From Peachtree Street to Pennsylvania Avenue, the trusted Politically Georgia team reaches a large and engaged audience across the South through AJC.com, a five-day a week radio show on Atlanta’s WABE 90.1FM, newsletters, podcast and social media. Join them, AJC President and Publisher Andrew Morse and new Editor-in-Chief Leroy Chapman as they talk about the AJC’s expanded political reporting and plans to cover the 2024 election. Plus, they will take your questions. Register here.

Spring 2024 Board of Trust and Alumni Board meeting

The Grady College Board of Trust and Alumni Board will meet at Grady College on Friday, April 26.

Grady Salutes

We look forward to recognizing our Alumni Award honorees and Grady Fellowship inductees at Grady Salutes on April 26, 2024, on the Schnitzer Family Media Lawn. Register here.

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Prospective Student Day (Virtual)

Prospective Student Day is an opportunity for prospective high school and transfer students and their parents to learn more about Grady College. In addition to a guided tour, students will hear about admission and eligibility requirements and programs of study. Spring 2024 tour dates are Feb. 23, March 22 (virtual), April 12 and May 3 (virtual). Register here: https://grady.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_enQpNm1Ixq2GGIS For questions or to schedule a private visit, please contact: Marcella Genut, Prospective Student Advisor. Email: gradyprospective@uga.edu.

Spring 2024 Grady College Convocation

Congratulations to our spring 2024 graduates!

Grady College’s Spring 2024 Convocation Celebration will take place in the Grand Hall, Athens Classic Center at 300 N Thomas St. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. for the ceremony that starts at 2 p.m. All students wishing to participate in the ceremony must arrive for check-in before 1:45 p.m. You will receive your name card and wait for the processional to begin. Graduates will have their names read in front of family, friends, faculty and staff as they walk across the stage. Dress is professional; caps and gowns are not worn for Grady Convocation. The ceremony will be live streamed. Tickets are not required for graduates or their guests for the convocation. Please RSVP here before May 1, 2024.
 

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Spring 2024 Grady College Graduation Celebration

Graduates and their parents are invited to celebrate with other graduates and faculty/staff at this drop-in celebration. Guests will enjoy light refreshments and photo opportunities with Dean Davis and others. Tickets are not required for the celebration at Grady.  

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UGA’s Grady College and Terry College to offer executive education program in crisis communication and management

The University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and Terry College of Business have partnered to offer an executive education program in crisis communication and management. This […]

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Study shows the impact of environmental corporate social responsibility communication

With the rising threats of climate change and environmental degradation, many companies and organizations have instilled sustainability goals over recent years. But, how can they effectively motivate employees to engage […]

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Peabody Awards to take place June 9 in Los Angeles

Peabody apppoints new members to its Board of Jurors Peabody announced that its annual ceremony, the Peabody Awards, will be held in Los Angeles at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on […]

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UGA’s Advertising and Public Relations program named top five in nation

The University of Georgia’s Advertising and Public Relations program has been named a top five finalist for Outstanding Education Program in the nation by PRWeek , one of the leading publications […]

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 […]

Perspectives

“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

Perspectives

“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)

Perspectives

“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)

Perspectives

“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

Perspectives

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

Jonina Bullock

Perspectives

“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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Your media career starts here. Choose from four majors: Advertising, Entertainment and Media Studies, Journalism and Public Relations.