Charlotte Norsworthy (ABJ ’19, MA ’20) is a part-time instructor at Grady College and serves as program coordinator for the Cox Institute’s News Literacy Certificate. Norsworthy is also newsroom adviser for The Red & Black Publishing, Co., an independent student media nonprofit that publishes the largest student newspaper in Georgia, provides journalism training, produces year-round daily online news and publishes a family of specialty publications including “UGA 101” and the 50,000-circulation “University of Georgia Visitors Guide.” Prior to joining The Red & Black in 2021, Norsworthy worked for journalistic outfits such as The Outlaw Ocean Project, Bloomberg TV & Radio, National Public Radio and Turner. Norsworthy earned bachelor of arts degrees in journalism and political science in 2019, and her master’s degree in journalism in 2020.


Johnston has covered sporting events on every level in his 33 years as a writer and editor for daily newspapers and websites. He was recognized as one of the country’s top sports columnists in 2004. He and his wife Lori started Fast Copy Communications, a freelance writing/editing/marketing company that contributed more than 1,000 articles a year to publications and websites across the country. His clients have included the NCAA, The Associated Press,, DawgNation, SEC Country, CNN and the AJC, among others.

  • MA, Emerging Media, University of Georgia, 2021
  • ABJ, University of Georgia, 1988



Nick Chiles is the Industry Fellow with the Cox Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership at Grady. In his second year as an instructor at Grady, Chiles teaches Feature Writing. Previously he was the writing coach at the Grady Writing Lab for journalism students.

  • M.F.A., Narrative Nonfiction, Grady College at University of Georgia (expected in 2022)
  • B.A., Yale University
Research Interests and Activities

Chiles is the author or co-author of 20 books, including three New York Times bestsellers he wrote with R&B icon Bobby Brown, civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton and gospel legend Kirk Franklin. He is the co-author with Academy Award-winning actor Jamie Foxx of the parenting memoir, Act Like You Got Some Sense, to be published in October 2021, and the co-author with Atlanta attorney Robbin Shipp of Justice While Black: Helping African-American Families Navigate and Survive the Criminal Justice System, which was a finalist for a 2015 NAACP Image Award.

He is the co-author of Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge with retired NBA center Etan Thomas, who was a member of President Obama’s Fatherhood Initiative. Chiles was a co-writer with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick of his 2012 book, Faith in the Dream, and he co-wrote the 2019 book Engage Connect Protect: Empowering Diverse Youth as Environmental Leaders with environmental activist Angelou Ezeilo.

Chiles co-wrote four novels and wrote a fifth novel as a celebrity ghostwriter.

Teaching Specialties

Chiles’s teaching interests include narrative nonfiction, education reporting, cultural reporting, and magazine and feature writing.


Chiles served as a newspaper reporter for the Dallas Morning News, the Star-Ledger of New Jersey and New York Newsday. He has also written for magazines such as The Atlantic, The Christian Science Monitor, Essence and Ebony. He was also a magazine and a website editor-in-chief. He has served as a professor at Columbia Journalism School, and at Princeton University. He is a consultant for the William Julius Wilson Institute at the Harlem Children’s Zone.

Awards and Fellowships

Chiles has won nearly 20 major journalism awards, including a 1992 Pulitzer Prize as part of a New York Newsday team. He has won a Green Eyeshade Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, several National Association of Black Journalists awards, an NAACP Image Award, and two National Education Reporting Awards presented by the Education Writers Association. He was the recipient of the Spencer Education Fellowship at Columbia University and the Ferris Fellowship at Princeton.



Ph.D., Yale Law School
J.D., University of Michigan Law School
M.A., University of St. Andrews

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Thomas E. Kadri joined the University of Georgia School of Law faculty in the fall of 2020 as an assistant professor. He also holds a courtesy appointment at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and serves as an affiliate faculty member at the Institute for Women’s Studies.

Kadri’s research focuses on torts, cybercrime, privacy and how law regulates technology and information. His scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in journals including the UCLA Law ReviewTexas Law ReviewUtah Law ReviewMaryland Law Review, and Michigan Law Review. He has also been published in media outlets including The New York Times and Slate.

Before entering academia, Kadri served as a judicial clerk for Judge M. Margaret McKeown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge Thomas Griesa of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He has also worked as a visiting scholar at Insper São Paulo and an adjunct professor at New York Law School.

Born and raised in England, Kadri received his Ph.D. in Law from Yale Law School, where he was a Mellon Fellow. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of St Andrews and his J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School. While in law school, he served as executive editor of the Michigan Law Review, was inducted into the Order of the Coif, and received the Henry M. Bates Award—the school’s highest honor. He also attended Emory University as a Bobby Jones Scholar.


About: Dr. Lough studies visual communication and solutions journalism, with an emphasis on photojournalism. He teaches graduate-level visual communication method & theory, as well as undergraduate photography and journalism ethics & diversity courses.

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Ph.D., Journalism, The University of Texas at Austin

M.A., Mass Communication, Murray State University

B.A., Public Relations, Murray State University

Research Interests and Activities

Dr. Lough researches visual communication and solutions journalism, both with an emphasis on photojournalism. He aims to advance the field of visual journalism further by incorporating his work into professional, research and classroom spaces.

His research explores questions of power, access and boundaries. Within visual communication, he studies how news images are made, selected and interpreted, as well as the photographers themselves in how they define and operate within their field as they fight for legitimacy and job security. His solutions journalism work investigates how it is conceptualized/created, audience effects and the interplay of words and images. Solutions journalism, a growing field of interest within journalism studies, compels journalists to go beyond just reporting about problems in a community by also covering what people are doing about it.

Dr. Lough has presented his research at both national and regional AEJMC conferences, as well as at ICA and specialty conferences. His research is published in peer-reviewed journals such as Journalism, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism Practice, Visual Communication Quarterly, Digital Journalism and The Agenda Setting Journal.

Teaching Specialties

Dr. Lough’s teaching specialties include visual communication, specifically photojournalism, graphic design and visual method/theory, as well as general newswriting, ethics and related journalism courses.


Prior to pursuing his Ph.D., Dr. Lough spent 10 years as a photojournalist, reporter and public relations practitioner. His work has appeared for the Associated Press and NCAA and in the Austin American-Statesman, Lexington Herald-Leader, Louisville Courier-Journal, Murray Ledger & Times and American Hunter Magazine among others. He continues to freelance as a photographer in Athens and specializes in concert and sports photography.


Special Collections Libraries Faculty Fellow, University of Georgia, 2021

Rock Star Reviewer, International Communication Association, Visual Communication Studies division, 2020

Selected participant, Solutions Journalism Educators Academy, 2019

Graduate School Summer Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin, 2019

Jesse H. Jones Fellowship, Moody College of Communication, University of Texas at Austin, 2018

Inclusive Classrooms Leadership Certificate Seminar, 2018


About: Karin Assmann is the former U.S. correspondent for Spiegel television and has written, reported and produced for radio, broadcast and online publications before turning to academia. She teaches Introduction to Video Journalism and Information Gathering.

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Ph.D., Journalism Studies, University of Maryland, Philip Merrill College of Journalism
M.Sc., History of Political Thought, London School of Economics and Political Science
B.S., School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Research Interests and Activities

Dr. Assmann’s research focuses on newsroom sociology. She studies issues such as the effects of audience engagement practices on journalists, affirmative action initiatives and their impact on work culture and institutional responses to attacks on news media organizations. Other interests include press freedom, censorship and cybersecurity.

From liberal bias to ‘fake news’: Sean Hannity’s election season media-bashing from 2012-2020 Karin Assmann

Abstract: Fox News navigates Sean Hannity’s complicated status as a member of the news media by describing him as a political commentator and talk show host. His self-assigned role as media critic […]

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Fuzzy Boundaries: Journalists telling branded stories Karin Assmann and Alexander Pfeuffer

Abstract: Brand Studios have become ubiquitous in news outlets across the United States. Situated in news organizations with the attention of audiences that brands hope to reach, these in-house creative studios […]

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From Liberal Bias to Fake News: Sean Hannity’s election-time media bashing from 2016 – 2020) Karin Assmann

William Newlin, a Double Dawg, presented the paper “From Liberal Bias to Fake News: Sean Hannity’s election-time media bashing from 2016 – 2020),” co-authored with Karin Assman, at the AEJMC […]

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Change comes from the top: bringing diversity into newsroom leadership Karin Assmann

Panel proposal accepted for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) annual conference, August 2022.

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Pushing Fuzzy Boundaries: Advertising, Journalism Ethics and Professional Identities in Branded Newsrooms Karin Assmann and Alexander Pfeuffer

Panel proposal accepted for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) annual conference, August 2022. Panelists: Alexander Pfeuffer, Ava Sirrah, Columbia University (PhD candidate).

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Enemies of the Press: Global harassment, abuse and violence against journalists Karin Assmann

Panelists: Florence Namasinga Selnes, Oslo Metropolitan University; Celeste Gonzáles de Bustamente and Jeannine E. Relly, Arizona State University; Kaitlin Miller, University of Alabama; Kalyani Chadha, Northwestern; Prashanth Bhat, Eastern Connecticut […]

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From liberal bias to ‘fake news’: Sean Hannity’s election- season media-bashing from 2012-2020 Karin Assmann

Abstract: This study analyzes Sean Hannity’s rhetoric about the news media before, during and after the three most recent presidential elections. We treat Hannity’s discourse as metajournalistic discourse (Carlson, 2016) that […]

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Judging Oprah Karin Assmann

Abstract: When viewers tuned in to watch Oprah Winfrey’s interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex earlier this year, they celebrated Winfrey’s interview style on Twitter. All but crowning […]

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Women in editorial leadership: A West German Domain? Karin Assmann

Karin Assmann and Stine Eckert presented their study “Women in editorial leadership: A West German Domain?” on September 24, 2021, in Magdeburg, Germany. Dr. Eckert was present and Dr. Assmann […]

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Understanding and building communication and information needs in rural Georgia Karin Assmann

Karin Assmann presented “Understanding and building communication and information needs in rural Georgia” at the 2021 Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) Annual Conference at Penn State (held virtually) on September 15, […]

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Vice Head of AEJMC’s Cultural and Critical Studies Division Karin Assmann

Karin Assman started her tenure as Vice Head of AEJMC’s Cultural and Critical Studies Division.

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AmeriCorps’ for Student Journalists in Georgia:  A Program to Bring News Coverage to Rural Communities Karin Assmann

The 2021 Baskett Mosse Award for Faculty Development has been awarded to Karin Assmann, Georgia, for her proposed project, “‘AmeriCorps’ for Student Journalists in Georgia:  A Program to Bring News Coverage to Rural […]

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Communication rituals, alternative media regimes and enactments of participatory journalism in rural ‘news deserts’ in Georgia Karin Assmann

Abstract: “News deserts’ are defined as communities with inadequate access to news sources (Abernathy, 2018; Stites, 2011). In an environment increasingly polarized, with social media platforms that support the spread […]

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The “ProQuote” initiative: Women journalists in Germany push to revolutionize newsroom leadership Karin Assmann

Abstract: Using standpoint epistemology and critical mass theories this study examines outcomes of the 2012 ProQuote [ProQuota] initiative in Germany demanding at least 30% women in leadership per newsroom. In-depth […]

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Communication rituals, alternative media regimes and enactments of participatory journalism in rural ‘news deserts’ in Georgia Karin Assmann

Karin Assmann and Ev Andrews.(Grady MA student). “Communication rituals, alternative media regimes and enactments of participatory journalism in rural ‘news deserts’ in Georgia.” Accepted for presentation at AEJMC’s 2021 Midwinter […]

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Whistleblowers and their faith in journalism: The (d)evolution of trust among the sources that journalists need most Karin Assmann

Abstract: Using in-depth interviews conducted with 12 U.S. whistleblowers  who contacted the press in the 1970s through the 2010s, this paper examines changing perceptions of the news media and journalists […]

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We are the People: Audience Engagement as Catalyst for Newsroom Unionization? Karin Assmann

Abstract: This study explores the tension between management, journalists and their audience around audience engagement with a focus on the role of newsroom unionization. Ethnographic work in three U.S. newsrooms […]

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Lügenpresse: The lying press and German journalists’ responses to a stigma. Karin Assmann

Abstract: The term Lügenpresse, ‘lying press’, was used by the German National Socialist Party before and during the Third Reich to discredit the news media and to undermine public trust. […]

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Awards and Fellowships

  • Mary Ann Yodelis Smith Award for Feminist Scholarship for: “A quota for women in online newsroom leadership? Lessons from the ProQuote initiative in Germany;” Commission on the Status of Women, AEJMC 2019
  • Stevenson open research competition; top paper award (third place) for “ProQuote: A German woman journalists’ initiative to revolutionize newsroom leadership” InternationalCommunication Division, AEJMC 2018


About: Ralitsa Vassileva teaches undergraduate Newsource and Multiplatform Newsroom Projects courses. Her Newsource class learns how to report, produce, and present newscasts that go live on local cable. Her Multiplatform Newsroom Projects students produce in-depth Multimedia reporting about Sustainability for student online and social media dissemination. Vassileva has 20+ years experience as CNN anchor & correspondent handling daily and breaking news for diverse audiences. Her work helped CNN win awards for covering major international events like the Arab Spring, the Tsunami disaster and September 11,2001. Vassileva has worked in various media roles including news director, multi-platform writer and consultant.  

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Vassileva’s work on sustainability issues started at CNN, then continued at a think tank in Denmark, and now continues at UGA. She has developed The Sustainable Reporter website, a tool for her students and others to use to better communicate this vital but complex issue to the public.


MA., Political Science/International Relations, Georgia State University
MA., English Language & Literature, Sofia University, Bulgaria

Research Interests and Activities

Vassileva grew up in Bulgaria and, as a young journalist helped introduce freedom of the press after the Berlin Wall fell. Later her reporting on Bulgaria’s transition gave her an opportunity to work in the U.S as an anchor for CNN International. She reported from spots around the world in both daily, breaking news and in depth formats like CNN’s Autumn of Change documentary. She wrote her MA thesis on how fears towards minorities can support the rise of right-wing extremism, even where there is an open discussion of ideas in a democratic environment. Later she used her skills to explain sustainability at think tank Sustainia in publications like Global Opportunity Explorer. Vassileva is a popular speaker/moderator on sustainability, women’s issues and digital change for the U.N, WHO, World Bank and E.U. She presented the European Press Prize Awards in 2019. As journalism lecturer her focus is on using solutions journalism methods in reporting. In the fall 2020 semester, her students will cover the topic of sustainability.

Awards and Fellowships

  • Doctor of Humane Letters, American University in Bulgaria, for contributions to journalism.
  • Peabody: Coverage of the Arab Spring 2011 (shared award)
  • Peabody:  Coverage of the Gulf Oil Spill 2011 (shared award)
  • Peabody: Coverage of the 2008 US Election (shared award)
  • Peabody: Coverage of the Tsunami Disaster in South Asia, 2005 (shared award)
  • DuPont Columbia University Award and The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences: Coverage of September 11, 2001 (shared award)


About: Ms. Rice has more than 15 years of experience working as a health and medical journalist at some of the nation’s top news organizations. She now directs a professional master’s degree program that prepares students to cover health and medicine, and helps them to get hands-on experience creating digital content for Grady’s news services as well as for professional media organizations.


M.A., Communication Studies, University of Miami
B.A., Film and Television, University of Notre Dame


Prior to joining the Grady College, Ms. Rice was the business of health care reporter for The Dallas Morning News. She has previously reported on health, science and medicine for Modern Healthcare magazine, the Cable News Network medical unit and The Blue Zones (a National Geographic project focused on longevity), and served as director of media relations for the American Cancer Society. She is currently a board member for the Association of Health Care Journalists, and is vice chair of AHCJ’s Right to Know committee, which advocates for transparency.


Mayo Clinic-Walter Cronkite Medical Journalism Fellow, May 2018
Kaiser Family Foundation Health Policy Fellow, November 2017
National Press Club Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellow on Public Health, July 2017
Association of Health Care Journalist Comparative-Effectiveness Research Fellow, 2015
Mental Health America Media Award, June 2011
Jacque Minnotte Health Reporting Fellowship from RTDNA, September 2011
NABJ, Health Journalism Award (African Americans & Bone Marrow Transplants), 2008
Columbia University Let’s Do it Better Award (Asian American Mental Health), 2008
Positively Outstanding Programming Award from Cable Positive (World Aid’s Day), 2008


About: Amanda Bright teaches classes in multiplatform journalism and projects, as well as graphics. She also serves as the managing editor for the Grady Newsource digital presence.

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Ph.D., Curriculum, Instruction, and Media Technology, Indiana State University
M.A., English with Teacher Certification, Eastern Illinois University
B.S., News-Editorial Journalism, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


Dr. Bright’s research focuses on digital journalism along with post-secondary curriculum and instruction. Her dissertation, “Adaptation of Journalism Curricula in the Age of Digital Media: A Qualitative Multiple Case Study of Small Programs,” identified both roadblocks and possible action steps for college journalism programs to pivot to digital within their curricular frameworks. Her other research interest is digital storytelling and platforms, particularly as they continue to evolve how news is both crafted and delivered.


Dr. Bright’s primary teaching interests are design thinking within the context of journalistic products, emerging digital tools for storytelling, along with web development and design for news media. She enjoys juxtaposing the essential ideals of journalism’s role in society with pragmatic training for journalists through new tools, techniques and strategies.


Prior to joining the Grady College, Dr. Bright spent 15 years in print and online journalism as a reporter, photographer, copy editor/designer, page one editor and news editor. She also spent 10 years teaching journalism and advising high school newspapers and yearbooks, as well as speaking and writing about trends in journalism education. At Eastern Illinois University, Bright taught news writing and design, advised the Warbler yearbook, and taught online courses for journalism advisers. Recently, she was media content coordinator for Indiana State Online, website co-administrator and social media director for the Illinois Journalism Education Association, and education editor for MediaShift.


• Journalism Teacher of the Year, Grady College (2019-2020)

• PhDigital Bootcamp inaugural class, Knight Foundation and Texas State University (2018)

• Kopenhaver Center Fellow, Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication at Florida International University (2017)

• Teaching News Terrifically in the 21st Century competition adjunct faculty winner, AEJMC’s Newspaper & Online News Division (2017)

• Master Journalism Educator, Journalism Education Association (2016)

• Distinguished Secondary Teachers, Northwestern University (2012)