Lori Johnston

Lecturer; Director, Cox Institute Journalism Writing Lab, Journalism

About: Lori Johnston teaches a variety of journalism classes, including reporting and writing across platforms and investigative reporting.

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MFA, Narrative Media Writing, University of Georgia
ABJ, Journalism, University of Georgia

Teaching Specialties

Johnston’s teaching specialities are journalism classes with an emphasis on providing relevant, real-world experiences to help students develop foundational reporting, interviewing and writing skills in today’s fast-paced media landscape.


Johnston (ABJ ’95, MFA ’17) is a former Associated Press writer and magazine editor. She is co-founder of Fast Copy News Service with her husband, Andy (ABJ ’88). Fast Copy is a writing and editing business whose work has been published by Cox Media Group/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, CNN, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Scripps Networks (HGTV.comDIYNetwork.com and TravelChannel.com), Atlanta Magazine and Georgia Trend, among numerous other media outlets. Lori is a Double Dawg; she graduated from Grady College in 1995 with a journalism degree and in the inaugural class of the Master of Fine Arts in Narrative Media Writing program in 2017.

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In the News

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MFA in Narrative Media Writing

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"Trump’s evangelical advisory board violates the law, advocacy group argues in new filing" via The Washington Post

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"This former gymnast raised an army to take on Larry Nassar. Can she take on sex abuse in churches next?" via The Washington Post

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"Chef Hugh Acheson on Eating on the Road" via the Wall Street Journal

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