Our Grady faculty are experts in their fields of research and study, and they are frequently called on by media to apply their knowledge to what is going on in the world today. Below are places where you can find some of our #GradyExperts in the news.
Recent Faculty Research & Accolades
Glen Nowak, director of the Center for Health and Risk Communication, has written about and has been widely quoted about COVID-19 and the race for a vaccine. A sample of the media outlets that have included comments from Nowak include:
- The summer that wasn’t, via Vox (Sept. 20, 2021)
- COVID-19 booster debate rages days before target rollout date — quoted in this story from Roll Call. (September 15, 2021)
- “It looks like there is still confusion, and what people are wanting from the CDC…” quote in Stat (May 11, 2021)
- “As coronavirus infections and vaccinations surge, hope collides with dread,” quote in the Washington Post (April 2, 2021)
- Even after witnessing COVID’s toll, many Georgia health workers balk at vaccine, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
- Co-authored column, “Put the science into COVID communications,” for The Hill.
- Co-authored paper, “When Will We Have a Vaccine,” published in the New England Journal of Medicine
“How long, really, before there’s a COVID-19 vaccine?” published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
- “Pharmacies are bracing for a surge in demand for flu shots amid the Covid-19 pandemic,” StatNews
The Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) has selected Sabriya Rice, Knight Chair for Health and Medical Journalism, to its board of directors for an additional term. Rice will also serve as secretary of the board for this two-year period.
“My affiliation with the nonprofit has definitely made me a stronger, more cautious journalist. It means a lot to be a part of a group that aims to improve the quality of journalism, particularly for those who find themselves on the massive health care beat. I definitely look back at some of the stories I wrote before being introduced to AHCJ and think to myself, ‘I’d totally approach that story differently now!’ And that is a good thing.”
Joseph Watson, Jr., the Carolyn Caudell Tieger Professor of Public Affairs Communications, has been a frequent guest on WXIA-TV, 11Alive news frequently talking with Jerry Carnes (ABJ ’82) about the upcoming election. Some of the topics Watson has talked about include:
- Georgians comprising roles in the Biden administration
- Joe Biden selects Kamala Harris as running mate
- Why do TV stations have to air political ads
- Why politicians are spending so much on TV ads
- Democratic COVID-19 Relief Bill
- Validity of political polls
- Election polls and Georgia as a Battleground state
- Advantages and disadvantages of President Trump endorsing Sens. Perdue and Loeffler
- Negative political ads
- What does impeachment look like when President Trump’s term ends
Congratulations to Tudor Vlad, director of our Cox Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research, on authoring a chapter in the new book, “Global Journalism.”
— UGA Grady College (@UGAGrady) May 27, 2021
New and timely book from EMST's Kate Fortmueller. https://t.co/MHIcNqi2ZZ
— UGA Grady College (@UGAGrady) June 29, 2021
“…this year marks the first time that the state and the clergy have worked together to sponsor a bill to criminalize the existence of LGBTQI people." https://t.co/bssJeZDL2l
— UGA Grady College (@UGAGrady) September 8, 2021
— UGA Grady College (@UGAGrady) March 25, 2021
— UGA Grady College (@UGAGrady) September 24, 2021
.@KyserL, assistant professor of journalism, talks about his research with environmental photojournalism and awards critiques.
— UGA Grady College (@UGAGrady) June 28, 2021
More Grady Faculty News
- Bryan Reber, our C. Richard Yarbrough Professor in Crisis Communication Leadership, talked with @ about the COVID booster shot communications. Raising expectations before the data on boosters was released might have been a “self-inflicted wound.” (Sept. 24, 2021)
- Glen Nowak talks about how people were avoiding the thought of a COVID resurgence this past summer, via Vox (Sept. 20, 2021)
- Jonathan Peters is included in this story from Quartz about a news social media law in Texas and if it violates Constitutional law. (September 14, 202)
- Glen Nowak was quoted in this story from Roll Call: COVID-19 booster debate rages days before target rollout date. (September 15, 2021)
- Wunpini Mohammed of our Department of Entertainment and Media Studies wrote an article published in the Washington Post about an anti-LGBTQI bill in Ghana that is the outcome of institutionalized homophobia; Religious organizations, politicians and the media have worked together to preach bigotry to everyday Ghanaians. (Sept. 8, 2021)
- Joseph Watson, Jr. talks with 11Alive about COVID vaccine mandates. (Aug. 19, 2021)
- Keith Herndon, director of the Cox Institute talks with the Georgia Recorder about the health of Georgia’s news industry following COVID. It is reprinted in the Albany Herald. (July 8, 2021)
- Joe Watson was interviewed by 11 Alive for commentary on recent remarks by Donald Trump about Georgia’s previous and upcoming gubernatorial race. (June 28, 2021)
- María Len-Ríos was quoted in “The Journalist’s Resource” in a story on how journalists can best discuss critical race theory (June 22, 2021)
Peters award Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
Jonathan Peters, associate professor of journalism, is one of three University of Georgia faculty members named a recipient of the Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. The award recognizes outstanding instruction by faculty members early in their academic careers.
Peters teaches communication law courses to undergraduate and graduate students and has a courtesy appointment with the School of Law.
“Recipients of the Russell Awards exemplify the commitment to innovative and engaging instruction that makes the University of Georgia one of America’s leading public universities,” said S. Jack Hu, the university’s senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “I congratulate this year’s honorees and appreciate their dedication to our students.”
Faculty Spotlight: Amanda Bright
Amanda Bright has always wanted to make an impact on her community, but over the years the impact—and the community—have expanded.
“I have always craved to have more impact,” Bright said. “I want to change people’s lives in a tangible way, and I want to do something to forward my community and not just be in my community.”
It’s for this reason that Bright started out as a community journalist, pivoted to teaching community college and high school journalism classes and now teaches digital journalism at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.