Public Service and Outreach

As part of the public service mission of the University of Georgia, the Grady College works to brings its knowledge and resources to the people of Georgia and beyond to enhance their quality of life.

Adobe/Avid Training Center

The Adobe/Avid Authorized Training Center offers certified instruction on Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere. With a facility featuring the latest versions of each software, lead trainer Professor James Biddle provides basic and advanced level courses for professionals, as well as UGA staff, students, professors, seeking a new or advanced skill set on one or more of these NLE (Non-Linear Editing Systems).

Covering Poverty: A toolkit for Journalists

Covering Poverty is a toolkit for journalists who want to know how to incorporate poverty coverage in their reporting in various beats — health, housing, financial services and more.

Crisis Communication Think Tank

The Crisis Communication Think Tank (CCTT) is a yearly event, sponsored by the C. Yarbrough Professorship in Crisis Communication Leadership, the Center for Health and Risk Communication, the Georgia Athletic Association Professorship in Grady College and the Hearst Visiting Professionals Fund at the University of Georgia. The CCTT attendees are invited members of a crisis communication coalition, selected as thought leaders in the field. The CCTT aims to build collaborations among researchers, practitioners, and educators, in and outside the U.S., in advancing crisis communication science and practice through dialogue on emerging topics and co-creation of evidence-based advice for next-generation crisis research and practice.

Digital Natives

Grady College and the Georgia Press Education Foundation have joined forces for Grady Digital Natives, a new and innovative program that connects college students and Georgia news organizations. The online Grady Digital Natives program will connect UGA journalism students with digital news expertise with Georgia newsrooms to help local journalists accomplish specific digital goals.

Georgia Scholastic Press Association

Founded in 1928 by Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, promotes the understanding and practice of journalism. Over the past 90 years, GSPA has evolved to encompass all forms of scholastic media, including broadcast, literary magazine, newsmagazine, newspaper and yearbook. GSPA’s goal is to help publications progress by providing networking and skill development opportunities.

High School Discovery

The Media & Leadership Academy at Grady College is an intensive residential one-week program focused on experiential learning. This program is open to rising high school sophomores to seniors interested in the mass communication field.

Grady Productions

Grady Productions is a student-staffed video production service for the University of Georgia and Athens, Georgia, area. Our function is to provide quality video services while giving Grady College students the opportunity to gain real-world experience.

Health & Medical Journalism Outreach

HMJ graduate students have exceptional access to national and international leaders in journalism, public health, health policy and biomedical research – due to the strong public service mission of UGA’s Knight Chair.

McGill Lecture, Symposium and Medal

For nearly 40 years, the McGill Lecture has brought significant figures in journalism to the University of Georgia to help us honor Ralph McGill’s courage as an editor. In 2007, we added the McGill Symposium, bringing together students, faculty and leading journalists to consider what journalistic courage means and how it is exemplified by reporters and editors. In 2009, we awarded the first McGill Medal to a U.S. journalist whose career has exemplified journalistic courage.


More than 50 college journalists from across the U.S. learn leadership, management and content development skills at Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the annual Management Seminar for College News Editors (MSCNE).‬

Service Learning

Service-learning at the University of Georgia is the application of academic skills and knowledge to address a community need, issue, or problem and to enhance student learning.

Trusting News

Grady College is a partner of Trusting News, a project intended to empower journalists to earn consumers’ trust. The Trusting News project, which was founded at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, has worked with more than 50 news outlets since 2016 to find out what news consumers trust and to test strategies intended to build trust.

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Diane Murray

Director, Alumni Relations and Outreach

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Clarke County students visit UGA, explore Grady College
Rick Dunn excitedly turns to a group of nearly 15 Athens-Clarke County students at the conclusion of a short introductory film about Grady College narrated by college Dean Charles Davis. “Dean Davis is a Clarke Central grad,” Dunn says with pride in his voice. The message delivered by Dunn and emphasized throughout the students’ visit to the University […]
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Campaigns class tackles DEI initiatives in the public relations industry
While many public relations campaigns classes focus on creating programs for corporate or non-profit clients, Dr. Karen Russell’s course this semester tackled a much larger topic: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the public relations industry. “Like many people, I was pretty appalled at the responses I was seeing as the result of the social unrest […]
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Digital Natives program to connect digitally-native students with Georgia newsrooms
The deadline for student applications has been extended to Nov. 8, 2020. Grady College and the Georgia Press Education Foundation have joined forces for Grady Digital Natives, a new and innovative program that connects college students and Georgia news organizations. The online Grady Digital Natives program will connect UGA journalism students with digital news expertise […]
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Scripps Howard Foundation awards grant to fund Cox Institute’s reporting project
The Scripps Howard Foundation has awarded a grant to the James M. Cox Jr. Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership for a poverty reporting initiative. The grant of $7,500 will fund the Cox Institute’s plans to use reporting on poverty as the topic for its student projects in the Fall 2020 Journalism Innovation Lab. […]
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Fourth annual AdPR Academy connects diverse students from nine universities
Students from Albany State University, Clark Atlanta University, Clayton State University, Fort Valley State University, Kennesaw State University, Morehouse College, Tuskegee University, and the Universities of Georgia and South Carolina spent their spring breaks getting job ready.  The Department of Advertising and Public Relations in The University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass […]
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Bateman team changes course in competition to promote Census 2020
Editor’s Note: to complete the Census 2020 online, please visit Census 2020 is just one of the many events that is in turmoil because of the coronavirus. Generating ideas that will help organizations out of this crisis is one reason why projects like the Bateman team competition is so important. The Bateman competition is […]
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Health and Medical Journalism students report on coronavirus
When four Introduction to Health and Medical Journalism students sat around a table with several intensive care unit nurses, infection preventionists and public relations professionals at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center on February 27, 2020, they were discussing the possibility of coronavirus coming to the area. The discussion at the time was hypothetical. Little did […]
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Talking Dog gives students an immersive communications agency experience
It is one of the first questions posed to Grady College advertising and public relations alumni when interviewing for jobs: “Do you have any agency experience?” Hiring managers seek a diverse skillset and the collaborative experience creating when working in an agency environment. In its third year, Talking Dog continues to grow and develop as […]
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Washington Post writer Rana Ayyub awarded with McGill Medal for journalistic courage
Rana Ayyub, global opinions writer at the Washington Post, who has reported on religious violence and extrajudicial killings by the state in India, will receive the 2020 McGill Medal for journalistic courage. The medal ceremony will take place in the Peyton Anderson Forum at Grady College on Wednesday, April 22 at 3:30 p.m. In a […]
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Deputy general counsel for The New York Times to give the 41st McGill Lecture
The New York Times top newsroom lawyer, David McCraw, will address fake news at the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication’s 41st McGill Lecture. McCraw will deliver “Fake, Fake News: The Press, The President and the Future of the First Amendment,” Nov. 13, 2019, at 4 p.m. in room 150 of […]
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The NPPA is the leading voice advocating for the work of visual journalists today. Founded in the days of sheet film box cameras and newsreels, our organization fights for the working news photographer, videographer and multimedia journalist in the Internet age.

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The New Media Institute is an interdisciplinary teaching and research unit exploring the critical, creative, and commercial components of digital media technology. The NMI offers the New Media Interdisciplinary Certificate, a credential certifying the student’s understanding of and proficiency in new media. Students earn the certificate while completing degrees in their chosen fields of study. Earning the certificate guarantees that a graduate is expert in the application of technology within a given profession.

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Peabody Media Center

The Peabody Media Center creates public programming that spotlights the yearly award winners and finalists, as well as critical scholarly engagement that addresses today’s changing media industry landscape. Resources unique to the center include the Peabody Archive, the third largest collection of audiovisual materials in the United States, and the Peabody Academy, which focuses on inspiring storytellers of the future. Peabody Fellows are a distinguished group of television and media studies scholars from across the country who provide fresh perspectives and commentary on how and why stories matter and their impact on media, culture and society.

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