Grady relaunches the Georgia Funder campaign for photojournalism students

Grady College is launching a Georgia Funder campaign again this fall benefiting students enrolled in the advanced photojournalism course. After the immense popularity from the 2014-2015 academic year, the photojournalism students are returning to Georgia’s National Fair in Perry, Georgia.

The students will be charged with showing what the fair means to the state of Georgia during a 16-hour-long workshop that will take place in October. Participants will arrive at the fairgrounds before the gates open and stay until the closing fireworks, looking for moments to share the experiences of the attendees.

Jasper Cameron, 6, 45 lbs., rides a sheep at the Georgia National Fair in Perry, Ga., on Saturday, October 11, 2014. (Photo/Lauren Maldonado)

Due to the length of the day and the distance from Athens, the funding will be used for housing in area hotels as well as to cover some of the students’ expenses while on the road. The goal is to cover all students financially in order for them to concentrate on making images and growing as visual storytellers. Contributions will be collected until Oct. 1. 

Mark E. Johnson is a senior lecturer in at Grady, teaching photojournalism, multimedia and video journalism courses. He also serves as the education chair for the National Press Photographers Association, headquartered at Grady.

“The workshops are a key component of the Visual Journalism program for a number of reasons,” Johnson said.  “First is the opportunity to experience something many of them never have before, but in a way that contributes to their education about both photojournalism and the larger community of Georgia. It also allows them to work with regional professionals and hear a different view on how to tell compelling stories.”

The students will also participate in critique sessions throughout the day at the Perry Area Convention and Visitors Bureau with one of Grady’s professional mentors. The workshop is partnered with Macon Telegraph, which last year published more than 250 photographs taken by UGA students.

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Date: September 1, 2015
Author:  Glenda Dowdy,
Contact:  Mark Johnson,