About: Amanda Bright teaches capstone journalism classes and digital design. She serves as the managing editor for Newsource’s eight digital products and as the instructor and assistant editor for The Oglethorpe Echo. She is also the director of the Journalism Innovation Lab for the James M. Cox Jr. Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership.

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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 community journalism, design thinking within the context of journalistic products, emerging digital tools for storytelling, along with web development and design for news organizations. She enjoys juxtaposing the essential ideals of local 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)


About: Chris Shumway teaches classes in Video Journalism and manages Grady’s video production facilities, which include a digital newsroom, TV studio and field equipment supply room.

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M.A., Media Studies, New School University, 2003
Certificate in Broadcast Meteorology, Mississippi State University, 1995
B.A., Jacksonville State University, 1988

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Chris explores new technologies and trends in video journalism including: smartphone videography, DSLR videography, Ultra HD (4K) video, 360-degree video and non-linear editing workflows. Chris is also the co-author of Digital Dilemmas: Ethical Issues for Online Media Professionals (2003), a book that examines a wide range of ethical problems facing journalists working for digital news outlets.


Chris has 15 years of experience in television news. He worked at TV stations in Ohio, Texas, Alabama and Georgia. He held a variety of positions including meteorologist, anchor, reporter and videographer. Chris earned the American Meteorological Society’s Seal of Approval for broadcast meteorology in 1997. He also won several Associated Press broadcasting awards and a regional Emmy nomination during his career. Before coming to UGA, Chris taught courses in electronic media at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio from 2004 to 2011.