Tracy Coley (ABJ ’90, MFA ’19) worked for nearly 30 years as a writer, editor, graphic designer, and student mentor in marketing and communications for the University of Georgia. She is former editor and digital marketing specialist for Boom Magazine, and currently freelances her writing, editing and graphic design craft in magazine and book publishing. Tracy earned both her degrees from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, including an undergraduate degree in advertising and an MFA in narrative nonfiction. In her spare time, she writes about family, faith, grief, resilience and the human spirit, and enjoys deep diving into genealogical and historical research. Tracy has taught Graphics for Journalists and currently teaches Writing and Reporting Across Platforms at Grady.

Samples of her writing can be found on her website



Keith Wilson is a director, creative producer, and visual artist whose work has been exhibited at Sundance, Berlinale, South by Southwest, Hot Docs, the U.S. National Gallery of Art, documenta14, and the Museum of Modern Art. He is a 2021 Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellow as the producer for the feature-length documentary “I Didn’t See You There.” For his in-progress feature film, the “Untitled Frank Moore Project,” he was a 2019 North Points Fellow and a 2018 BAVC Mediamakers Fellow. Wilson’s short documentary film “The Tree” premiered at the 2017 DOC NYC Film Festival and screened at MoMA’s 2019 Doc Fortnight program. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Film Production from the University of Texas-Austin, where he was a University and Jesse Jones Fellow.

  • MFA, Film Production, University of Texas-Austin
  • BA, History and Sociology, Texas Christian University

Wilson teaches introduction to production and cinematography courses.

  • 2021 Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Production Grant
  • 2021 Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellowship
  • 2021 CNN & Points North Institute American Stories Grant
  • 2021  Points North Institute Fellowship
  • 2020 California Humanities Documentary Project Grant
  • 2020 NBCUniversal Original Storytellers Fellowship
  • 2020 Doc Society New Perspectives Fund Development Grant, Doc Society
  • 2019 Points North Institute Fellowship
  • 2018 Monroe Research Fellowship, New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, Tulane University
  • 2018 National Mediamaker Fellowship, Bay Area Video Coalition
  • 2015 Canon Filmmaker Award, Film Independent
  • 2014 SFFILM Kennith Ranin Filmmaking Grant


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)


Dr. Trude earned his PhD in May 2022. His research interest is on the utilization and evolution of new and emergent forms of media, and how the changing uses of media affect society and the world at large, along with the people who use media every day. Bryan has a secondary research interest into the uses and utilization of new communications technologies, including virtual and augmented reality technologies.

Before becoming a scholar and instructor, Bryan was a multimedia journalist for newspapers with experience working for small and medium-circulation publications. Prior to his education as a journalist, Bryan was a 911 operator.

Educational Background

PhD Mass Communications, University of Georgia
BA Mass Communications — Journalism, University of Central Oklahoma
MS Mass Communications – Media Management, Oklahoma State University



Andrea Hudson teaches a variety of journalism classes, including photojournalism and reporting and writing across platforms. Her research is grounded in women’s studies and visual communication.

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PhD, Mass Communication, University of Georgia
MMC, Mass Communication, Louisiana State University
ABJ, Journalism, University of Georgia
BA, Political Science, University of Georgia

Teaching Specialities

As a journalism instructor, Hudson feels a moral obligation that her students understand how journalists construct narratives about culture. She values classroom conversations that encourage dialogue, critical thinking, and diversity of thought. She was honored to receive recognition for her journalism instruction as a graduate student during the 2019-2020 school year.


Hudson has spent more than a decade working as a reporter, photojournalist, and public relations practitioner, specializing in the areas of government and politics. From 2021 to 2022, she served as the spokeswoman for the Jackson County School System. Here, she was recognized at the state and national levels for excellence in the following areas: web page design, newsletter distribution, event planning, and branding packages. Hudson also served as the official photographer for Governor Nathan Deal where she used documentary photography to cover the daily life of Georgia’s 82nd governor. She has also covered local, state, and national politics as a reporter and photographer for the Commerce News, the Banks County News, the Jackson Herald, and Hudson also owns and operates a freelance photography business where she provides environmental portraits and documentary photography for clients.


About: Lori Johnston teaches a variety of journalism classes, including reporting and writing across platforms, religion reporting, home and garden reporting, critical writing, feature writing 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.

As director of the Cox Institute’s Journalism Writing Lab, she leads its cornerstone project, Covering Poverty, an online toolkit for journalists and professionals. Covering Poverty provides an extracurricular outlet for undergraduate and graduate students to write about poverty and people-related matters for the site and media outlets including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution/, Athens Banner-Herald/ and The Current, a nonprofit outlet in coastal Georgia.

She also provides multiplatform materials with tips on journalistic writing and editing for faculty and students through the Cox Institute’s site and her YouTube channel, Skills for Storytelling and Reporting.


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 ( and, 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.


About: Deal teaches Graphic Communication and Advertising Message Strategy. She works with undergraduate students to develop an understanding of basic design concepts, common design challenges, idea generation, brainstorming, and content writing and editing using Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign).

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MFA, Graphic Design, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
MA, Mass Media Communication, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
BS, Communications: Graphic Design, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA

Research Interests and Activities

Deal is interested in using strategic communication to support the efforts of justice based non-profit organizations specifically relating to sex trafficking. She is also an assistant editor at RPA Journal. Her conference presentation topics have revolved around social media campaigns and teaching with technology integration.

Teaching Specialties

Deal has taught visual communication courses such as: Digital Photography, Digital Imaging, Desktop Publishing, Introduction to Web Design, Digital Illustration, Design Fundamentals, Visual Communication Theory, and Publication Design. She currently teaches Graphic Communication and Advertising Message Strategy in the Advertising & Public Relations department.


Deal has more than 15 years of experience in art direction and print design. Her publication design work has garnered several national best in print awards. She owns and operates a wedding and lifestyle photography company which has served over 150 couples and families over the past 9 years. She also works in the CrossFit community providing competition photography and CrossFit Inc. Regionals media coverage.


About: Emuel Aldridge is a graduate of UGA and has worked in the NMI since 2006. He currently teaches three courses at the NMI: New Media Production, teaching students how to code and build websites; Capstone, overseeing the creation of a functional project; and Rich Media Production, teaching students how to produce native iOS applications. He is fluent in Spanish, and has worked extensively in research aimed at developing strategies for supporting the transition of Hispanic Adults into post secondary education.

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Teaching Specialties

Teach undergraduate students how to acquire and implement multiple forms of media into interactive environments such as games, educational exercises, and websites.