Davis and Middleton class gives pre-Grady students a view of ‘the real world’

It is the first day of Thursday classes on a cool January afternoon at the heart of the University of Georgia’s campus. Students are filling stadium style seats on the second floor of a Miller Learning Center classroom. One co-instructor is troubleshooting inevitable first-day-of-class technology plagues as late arrivals scan the room for an available seat which will be their accustomed space on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the following eight weeks.

Chatter is scarce. Nothing is familiar. That is the very reason this particular one-hour course exists­.

A friendly greeting breaks the silence.

“Hello and welcome,” says Charles N. Davis, dean of Grady College.

Dean Charles N. Davis teaches pre-Grady students.

The same inviting pleasantry used in conversation with communications icons like Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Ernie Johnson Jr., Carolyn Tieger, Dick Yarbrough and thousands of members of Grady College’s legacy now addresses a group of pre-Grady students embarking on a journey to become communications leaders. This is their first look at their future home.

Davis co-teaches the course with Parker Middleton, Grady College’s executive senior director of strategy and engagement. Between them, they have more than 50 years of experience in journalism and academia.

“The name of the class is career explorations, but we like to call it the real world,” Davis continues with his opening remarks to the students. “It is the real world of Grady College.”

This is students’ first interaction with two of the chief administrators who will be helping them become the next generation of dynamic storytellers.

“Connecting with students at this stage is so important,” Middleton said. “We want them to feel a part of Grady and eagerly jump in.”

“Everybody remembers the fear of not knowing where to go or even who to ask,” said Davis. “We have demystified the place.”

Parker Middleton helps prepare students for the semester ahead.

Enrollment for the course has grown every semester and is up to 117 in spring 2019. It has also been a catalyst for increased volunteer involvement at Grady.

“The earlier we can give people these opportunities, the earlier they will develop,” Middleton said. “They show leadership, join clubs, volunteer at Newsource, write for the Red & Black and more.”

For two months, students learn about the operations behind one of America’s most prestigious journalism and mass communication programs and meet passionate alumni eager to offer their time and expertise.

The face time with pre-Grady students is also a valuable resource for Davis and Middleton as they help connect a new era of young professionals to employers.

“Companies come to us and say they want to get close to this demographic,” Middleton said. “They want to know Gen Z, they want to know Gen Y and millennials. This is a way to be really close to them and hear what they are thinking. The learning goes both ways.”

In a field that foreshadows through teases, ledes, hooks and headlines, Davis smiles and expresses a weighty statement intended to energize the students on the semester ahead, years upcoming and career awaiting.

“I think this is one of the most fun classes that I have ever been involved in.”

Davis and Middleton pose for a photo with their class.

Grady Intern Diaries: Stanley D. Miller III

This is part of a series where we ask Grady College students to describe their summer internship experience.

For others in the series, please see:
Connor Foarde, The Washington Time
Kendall Lake, New America’s Open Technology Institute
Christopher Mays, Citi
Charlotte Norsworthy, NPR
Brittany Paris, Dateline NBC
Maxime Tamsett, CNN

Name: Stanley D. Miller III
Major: Journalism and Political Science
Minor: Communication Studies
Title of Internship: “Early Start” and “New Day” Intern at CNN
Location: New York, New York

Stanley on the set of “New Day” at CNN.

Grady College: Briefly describe your internship and responsibilities:
Stanley Miller: For this internship I often pulled POVs, SOTs, alerted guests in guestbook, updated contact lists in INEWS, booked cars, crews and flash studios, printed and distributed scripts and transcribed clips.

GC: What is the biggest challenge you faced during your internship?
S.M.: The biggest challenge was adjusting my sleep patterns. Since “Early Start” and “New Day” are morning shows, my shifts switched every two weeks. During the shift when I worked with the segment producers and bookers, I had to be at work at 3:30 p.m. However, for the shift where I worked on set, I had to be at work at 1:30 a.m.

GC: What was the best part about your summer internship?
S.M.: The best part about my summer internship was getting the chance to work with and learn from some of the greatest writers, producers, cameramen and anchors in this industry.

GC: What is the most memorable experience you had during your internship?
S.M.: There were so many but my most memorable experience was attending an intern town hall with the president of CNN Worldwide, Jeff Zucker. Getting the opportunity to ask him questions about the industry and hearing his insight on its direction and the political climate as it relates to news was an experience I’ll never forget.

GC: What is the most valuable lesson or skill you learned during your internship?
S.M.: The most valuable lesson I learned is the importance of understanding the company you work at and forming relationships with your colleagues. During my internship I was able to get to know many of my colleagues and they were always willing to help me. I also had the exciting opportunity to shadow our anchor producers, writers and cameramen. I have to thank them for being open to show me what they do and how it contributes to the execution of each show.

GC: What advice would you give to a student looking for an internship?
S.M.: My advice is to start looking and apply early. Also, reach out to the Career Center, professors or anyone who can give you feedback regarding your applications, writing samples and resume.

GC: How did your internship help confirm your desired career path or make you re-evaluate what you want to do in the future?
S.M.: This internship fueled me to continue being persistent in attaining my journalism career goals. Since CNN is a global news network, as an intern I noted all the work it takes to execute coverage worldwide. Therefore, witnessing this has inspired me to continue working hard so that one day I can also be a key player in this industry.

“Stanley with Alisyn Camerota and John Berman, the anchors of “New Day”

GC: When you look back on your internship 10 years from now, what part of your summer internship do you expect to be most thankful for?
S.M.: I will be most thankful for the exposure this internship provided me. Having the chance to meet so many wonderful people from all different backgrounds who share the same passion for news was unforgettable. Furthermore, it was exciting to intern at a global news network that is recognized anywhere in the world due to its coverage and wide-reach. I learned so much and interning at CNN allowed me to be a witness to history in a time where the political landscape is changing and will be talked about for generations to come. Therefore, as a journalism student and history buff, having the chance to be in the midst of this all will be unforgettable, even sixty years from now. Interning on “New Day” allowed me to witness some of the world’s most notable political analysts, anchors and correspondents talk about the biggest topics in news. For example, I assisted with the execution of interviews with high profile guests by alerting former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and escorting interviewees such as Maggie Haberman and Alex Burns of the New York Times, Laura Coates and CNN anchors such as Bill Weir and Mayor Rudi Giuliani to set.  I also followed the coverage of the stories each guest discussed on our show. Therefore, having the chance to assist with executing these interviews in any capacity whether through research, escorting or alerting was a very fulfilling experience.


Grady Intern Diaries: Connor Foarde

This is part of a series where we ask Grady College students to describe their summer internship experience.

For others in the series, please see:
Kendall Lake, New America’s Open Technology Institute
Christopher Mays, Citi
Stanley D. Miller III, CNN
Charlotte Norsworthy, NPR
Brittany Paris, Dateline NBC
Maxime Tamsett, CNN


Name: Connor Foarde
Major: Journalism
Title of Internship: Newsroom Intern, Foreign Desk at The Washington Times 
Location: Washington, D.C.

Grady College: Briefly describe your internship and responsibilities:
Connor Foarde: My responsibilities included researching and writing stories about international politics and elections. I am also responsible for getting out of the newsroom to cover various events around Washington such as protests, congressional hearings, speeches and think tank events. I aim to put out at least two print articles a week along with however many “fast files” (which are essentially short summary stories using wire reports) I can get done during the day for the website.

GC: What is the biggest challenge you faced during your internship?
C.F.: The biggest challenge I’ve faced during my internship so far is trying to make and keep in contact with sources. I always try to follow up with a thank you email after talking with them. I’ve learned that it makes a huge difference on how sources perceive you.

When gathering information for stories, Foarde calls experts that finds online and hopes that they are willing to help.

GC: What was the best part about your summer internship?
C.F.: The best part about my summer internship is learning the fast-paced media arena in Washington D.C. This town is ideal for young, driven professionals and there is always something newsworthy going on. The connections you make in the city are invaluable as well. I’ve met members of Congress, television hosts and other professional journalists at mixers or just walking down the street. A handshake with someone you meet today could be an opened door down the road, so it’s good to keep your eyes peeled.

GC: What is the most memorable experience you had during your internship? 
C.F.: The most memorable experience during my internship was having the chance to interview Wang Dan, an exiled Chinese dissident who helped lead the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. Dan is an unsung hero of history who was imprisoned for more than 10 years for standing up to the Communist Party in China. I never thought that I would get to interview figures from history like Dan as a young intern, but it was a truly humbling experience and I am grateful for it.

GC: What was the biggest surprise in your internship (ie: is there anything you didn’t expect?)
C.F.: I personally did not expect to enjoy dressing professionally every day. I am usually a t-shirt and shorts kind of guy, so the idea of suits and ties every day was a little daunting. At first, you think “Well this is going to be a hassle,” but once you get into a routine of doing it you start to gain confidence in looking your best at all times. People notice a sharply dressed individual.

GC: What is the most valuable lesson or skill you learned during your internship?
C.F.: The most valuable skill I’ve learned from my internship is how to connect with experts on a certain topic. There is a vast realm of knowledgeable individuals at think tanks and universities across the country who are eager to share their insights to any journalist willing to reach out to their press team. It is an excellent resource for adding diverse perspectives to your reporting/writing.

GC: What advice would you give to a student looking for an internship? 
C.F.: I would tell them to start looking and apply early. If you find an internship that is potentially up your alley, set a goal to complete the application and submit it within a reasonable period. Internships are always competitive and no opportunity will fall in your lap.
GC: What part of your Grady education did you find most valuable during your internship? 
C.F.: The news writing class with Dr. Tom Hudson was especially helpful in giving me a sense of how media outlets want materials written. Developing your writing skills is a lifelong process, so any sort of leg up you can get in college is essential. Dr. Jonathan Peter’s communication law class helped teach me the basics about The Freedom of Information Act requests, rights of access and video/photo taking laws – the importance of which cannot be emphasized enough for people who want to enter media.

GC: How will your summer internship affect the way you approach the rest of your time at UGA?
C.F.: I believe I will return to UGA not only with an enhanced global perspective from working on a foreign news desk but also a revitalized sense of self-confidence. Being pushed into the media world as an intern, one really needs to learn how to network and make professional introductions quickly and effectively. From my experience at my internship, I’ve learned that every hand I shake is not just a hand, but an opportunity chock full of potential.

GC: When you look back on your internship 10 years from now, what part of your summer internship do you expect to be most thankful for?
C.F.: Wherever I am in 10 years, I will always look back at my internship as my first venture into the professional career world. They told us at The Washington Times to never introduce ourselves as interns, and that one piece of advice helped me develop a professional persona early on during the summer. Overall, the insights and experience I’ve gained during my time in Washington, D.C. will linger in my mind as I go on to future endeavors.

Grady Intern Diaries: Christopher Mays

This is part of a series where we ask Grady College students to describe their summer internship experience.

For others in the series, please see:

Connor Foarde, The Washington Times

Kendall Lake, New America’s Open Technology Institute

Stanley D. Miller III, CNN

Charlotte Norsworthy, NPR

Brittany Paris, Dateline NBC

Maxime Tamsett, CNN


Name: Christopher Mays
Major: Public Relations
Minor: Public Policy and Management
Title of Internship: Citi Summer Analyst at Citi
Location: New York, NY

Grady College: Briefly describe your internship and responsibilities:
Christopher Mays: In my role, I act as an agile Product Owner. My main task for the summer is building a strategy around a feature that will better enhance overall digital experiences. In order to accomplish this, I collaborate with various teams across the business to conduct competitive analysis, research and user testing.

GC: What was the best part about your summer internship?
C.M.: Having the opportunity to live in New York City. Living in the city has been one of the greatest experiences I’ve had to date. Each day is filled with new people, things to do and places to see.

GC: What was the biggest surprise in your internship (ie: is there anything you didn’t expect?)
C.M.: The biggest surprise in my internship has been how open everyone is to sit down with you to talk about your summer project, their career path and offer advice on succeeding with the company.

GC: What is the most valuable lesson or skill you learned during your internship?
C.M.: The most valuable skill that I have learned throughout my internship is adaptability. Each new day is full of new challenges and goals to work towards. Being adaptable allows you to succeed in new and unfamiliar situations.

GC: What advice would you give to a student looking for an internship?
C.M.: Be persistent. Be bold. Don’t be afraid to take risk. Outside of these things I would encourage students to get involved early, go to the career center, and attend networking events when possible.

GC: When you look back on your internship 10 years from now, what part of your summer internship do you expect to be most thankful for?
C.M.: I believe it will be the people that I have met here at Citi. Everyone that I have interacted with has been eager to assist me in any possible way. The people at this company love what they do and that is reflected in their interactions and day to day work.

Five Grady Journalists Training This Summer as Newsy Fellows

Five Grady journalists are training this summer in a program developed by Newsy and sponsored by the James M. Cox Jr. Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management & Leadership.

Recent Grady graduate Alec Larson (AB ’18) is joined by current Grady journalism majors Mauli Desai, Maycee Dukes, Blanca Lopez-Olmedo and Alex Marchante in the eight-week program. The students spent the first week of June at the Newsy training facility in Columbia, Missouri, before moving into seven weeks of online training.

Marchante said the program is helping him understand what it will be like working professionally. “Being able to learn from the people at Newsy in Columbia as well as those working in Chicago in all levels of the Newsy chain helped me appreciate how many hands need to be on deck and synchronized to create content,” Marchante said.

Newsy is a next-generation national news network with content available on cable television, over-the-top services including Hulu, Roku, Apple TV, Sling TV, Watchable from Comcast, Pluto TV, Amazon Fire TV and Google Chromecast and on connected television including Xumo. Newsy is also available through its mobile apps and at newsy.com.

“Training someone in our brand of journalism requires pushing them to look at the craft in ways they haven’t thought of before. From story selection to writing to the visuals we choose, it’s so important to learn how to shed the default modes we all slip into,” said Nathan Byrne, supervising editor of academic partnerships at Newsy. “We hope to equip these fellows not just with new skills, but a new mindset around journalism that they can take out into the world as eventual newsroom leaders of the future.”

Keith Herndon, director of the Cox Institute, said it is important for Grady students to have experiential learning opportunities such as the Newsy Training Fellowship. Herndon explained the opportunity with Newsy grew from conversations started with Newsy CEO Blake Sabatinelli, who was the keynote speaker last fall at the Grady Mobile News Lab project showcase. The relationship with Newsy and the Cox Institute is expected to continue with Sabatinelli returning for the Mobile News Lab product showcase in October and an expansion of the Newsy Training Fellowship next summer.

“Partnering with Grady College, and particularly the Cox Institute, makes sense for us because of the strong push for innovation and developing new leaders there,” said Byrne. “We’ve been working toward diversifying the pool of students that come through our program and it’s really great to have that expansion start with the likes of the Grady College.”

EMST student short film wins state award

An original scripted short film written, directed and produced by Department of Entertainment and Media Studies student Paige Marogil was recognized as the Best College Story in the 2018 Middle Georgia Film Festival.

The comedy, titled “Four Five Nine,” takes place in the near future, in which people are unfairly ranked in a social caste system according to their DNA ranking of 1-9. The film features Oliver, whose DNA rank has him at the bottom of the social caste system, but he and his friend, Bo, don’t let that stop him from sharing one last dance with the girl of his dreams.

Four Five Nine” can be viewed online.

“This film is a culmination of work done in Advanced Production taken this spring, and Screenwriting taken last fall,” said Marogil’s professor and faculty mentor Booker T. Mattison, who is an assistant professor in the EMST department. “She applied the skills that she developed in Screenwriting to write a compelling story that she crafted and then directed the film in Advanced Production.”

“Pulling together an original scripted short film is already a big job,” said James Hamilton, professor and head of the Department of Entertainment and Media Studies. “It’s great to be recognized by this award for doing it with such skill.”

“I learned to trust the process and let the story take on a life of its own,” said Marogil. “I’m proud that we succeeded in creating not only good entertainment, but a film that also comments on social issues that are prevalent in our society today.”

Marogil also served as lead editor, casting director, and dance choreographer. Other EMST students serving on the crew included Caitlin Guffin, director of photography; Shelby Cerniglia, sound mixer, boom operator; Caleb Moss, boom operator; Anna Wing, assistant editor, 2nd assistant camera); Sean Carruthers, 2nd assistant camera; and Tori Hunter, 2nd assistant camera.

“This is only the beginning for Paige,” Mattison continued. “Her best films are yet to come.”

Spring 2018 graduates hear messages of adapting through change

Pictures from the Spring 2018 Grady Convocation can be viewed on the UGAGrady Flickr galleries:

       Spring 2018 convocation graduates:

More than 500 students were eligible for graduation from Grady College this semester, many of whom were recognized at the Spring 2018 Convocation ceremony on April 26, 2018, at the Classic Center.

Forty graduate students graduated from Grady College, include three Ph.D. graduates. Undergraduates who were recognized included 142 students with an advertising degree, 130 with a degree in public relations, 114 from the journalism program and 81 from the entertainment and media studies department.

Dean Charles Davis presided over the ceremony, giving an overview of Grady’s accomplishments this past year and commending the students for their hard work, passion and academic excellence.

Bonnie Arnold (ABJ ’77), a producer at DreamWorks with production credits including “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Toy Story,” delivered the charge to the candidates and focused on making change work in their favor.

Four lessons in her address included:

  1. Be flexible and take advantage of every opportunity. “Focus on building a track record of success and people will keep betting on you,” Arnold advised, pulling from a quote from Kim Lubel. Arnold illustrated this advice among stories of how she got her start driving Harrison Ford as a production assistant, and serving as a body guard for Kevin Costner for a movie called, “Revenge,” which led to her start producing credit for “Dancing with Wolves.”
  2. Seek out a mentor…or even better, a sponsor. “Mentors open the door, sponsors help you walk through them,” Arnold said.
  3. Be brave. “It takes courage to deal with change,” Arnold said, recalling stories of getting “Toy Story” into production through the creation of computer-generated animation.
  4. “The quicker you realize this, the better,” she concluded.

The distinguished senior speaker, a student chosen based on an audition among the graduates for the spot, was Noelle Lashley, a journalism major from Cartersville, Georgia.

Near the conclusion of her speech, Lashley talks about why Grady is special to her: “I walked into Grady as a terrified student who didn’t even know how to set up a camera tripod. Now, I leave Grady as a journalist who has found a second family and a second home. This college has given us all the skills to move forward in the future…as who we ARE, not who we think we SHOULD be.”

Dana Todd (ABJ ‘91), chair of the Grady Society Alumni Board, concluded the platform of speakers by welcoming the students to the alumni ranks of the college.

Todd encouraged graduates to connect with the Grady alumni family by thinking outside the box about ways to give back…through networking, mentoring, supporting current students with new educational opportunities and encouraging other alumni.

“Don’t forget to reach back while you are reaching for the stars,” Todd concluded.

Tour Stop: Nashville Was a Resounding Success

UGA’s inaugural music business networking event brought professionals to students


The planning committee for Tour Stop UGA included students from Grady College and Terry College.
The planning committee for Tour Stop UGA included students from Grady College and Terry College.

Tour Stop: Nashville was held on March 23, 2018, providing University of Georgia students with a platform to learn and network with industry professionals and UGA alumni without stepping foot off campus.

The event was hosted in Studio 100 of Grady College, and all UGA students were invited to purchase a ticket and join in on the opportunity. Attendees of the event were provided with breakfast, lunch and an inside look into several aspects of the ever-changing landscape of the music business in Nashville.

“I am thrilled that we were able to offer this opportunity to students,” said Kim Landrum, lecturer in advertising at Grady College and the event’s primary organizer. “We knew the concept was different but hoped that by bringing Nashville to Athens, we could provide students with a meaningful experience free from travel and expense.”

Tour Stop: Nashville consisted of four informational panels led by professionals from a diverse set of careers in the music industry. These panels covered entertainment law, technology, student networking and promotion. John King, a country music singer/songwriter and UGA graduate of the music business program, was featured as a keynote speaker to present his tale of climbing the music industry ladder.

More than 100 student attendees were given the chance to interact and network with the professionals at the conclusion of each panel. Live music was provided between panels by music business students. As Landrum put it, “As an organizer, the best part of Tour Stop was watching and listening to the organic dialogue between students and professionals that took place in between panels. The energy in the room was palpable and I feel certain students left with a better understanding of the industry as a whole.”

Tour Stop: Nashville is a student-oriented forum designed to bridge the gap between students and the music industry.

Grady students present at 2018 CURO Symposium

The Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities invites students to be involved in the annual CURO Symposium, an event that highlights excellence in undergraduate research at UGA. At this year’s Symposium, 14 Grady College students will present their research.

The CURO Symposium allows undergraduates to showcase their research and creative works through oral and poster presentations. The presentations will take place at the Classic Center on Monday, April 9 and Tuesday, April 10.

This year’s Grady students have been mentored by the following Grady faculty: María Len-Ríos, Juan Meng, Taylor Cole Miller, Ivanka Pjesivac, Leara Rhodes and John Weatherford.

“For my undergraduate students, designing and conducting research pushes them to develop problem-solving skills at a practical level,” Meng said. “It is critical for students to understand how to use research to solve communication problems, improve the effectiveness of communication or open up new opportunities for future communication. Attending the CURO Symposium to showcase their original research helps them understand the role of research in developing communication strategies and see that their research efforts have been valued.”

The Symposium begins April 9 with four concurrent oral sessions at 11:15 a.m. followed by a welcome and keynote address. The Monday session ends with the poster session and reception. On Tuesday, the Symposium concludes with five concurrent oral sessions.

Olivia Tompkins, a fourth-year public relations major, will showcase her work at the poster presentation.

“I am very appreciative of being selected and thank CURO for giving research opportunities to every college at UGA and giving undergraduates a chance to showcase their work on a higher platform, not limiting us to just the classroom,” Tompkins said. “Sometimes people’s attention gets caught up in scientific research and they forget that there are so many more types of research out there. Research feeds into the reason why UGA prides itself in being an institution representative of higher education. I enjoy being able to represent the effort of hard working Grady undergraduate students.”

The Symposium includes presentations from 575 undergraduate students who are conducting research with 330 faculty members from 78 departments.

UGA buses marked “Special Event” and with a “CURO Symposium” signs in the front window will provide transportation to the Classic Center with stops at the Georgia Center, the Tate Student Center and the Arch.

Below is a list of Grady College students and when they present their oral and poster presentations.

 Oral Presentations

Presenter Title Date/Time Location
Mauli Desai Preventing the Arbitrary Killing and Kidnapping of Journalists Tuesday


Room A
*Shannon Duffy Reese-Hancock Housing Research Collaboration: Documenting Displacement in the Reese-Hancock Corridor




Room A
Allison Krausman (primary presenter)

Wellie Delmer (secondary presenter)

Who’s We: A Documentary Study on Gentrification in Atlanta Tuesday


Room A


*Noelle Lashley

(primary presenter)

Brandon Janeway Eryka Johnson (secondary presenters)


Examining the Impacts of Virtual Reality Journalism




Room A
*Reilly Megee JODD: The Creation of the Journal of Digital Design




Room A
Charlotte Norsworthy Building the Language: Analyzing the Development of Virtual Reality as a Journalistic Medium




Room A
* Emma Protis


No Longer Used: Designing Non-Exploitative Communication Methods to Represent Survivors of Human Trafficking Monday


 Room I


Poster Presentations

(all poster presentations will be on Monday, April 9, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.)

Presenter Title Poster Number
*Lyndsey Jackson


The Effects of Corporate Social Responsibility on Purchase Habits of College Consumers Poster 25


*Jillian Jones


The Impact of Beauty Vloggers on the Purchasing Decisions of Millennial and Generation Z Female Consumers


Poster 26
Lacey O’Brien


Shop ‘til You Drop: A Closer Look at Millennial Shopping Habits Online vs. In-Store


Poster 27


Emily Starling


Let’s Make it a Popularity Contest: University Health Centers or Outside Health Services


Poster 28


Caroline Tompkins


A Major Decision: The Decision-Making Process of Choosing an Undergraduate Major


Poster 29


Olivia Tompkins


We Can’t Get No Satisfaction From Instagram… Or Can We? Poster 30


Hannah Weeg A Study of the Consequences of Social Media on the Mental Health of College-Aged Millennials


Poster 31


*Names noted are CURO research assistants

Grady students recognized as 2017 Cox-SABEW Fellows

Six Grady College students were recognized in New York City during the fall conference of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) through a fellowship organized and sponsored by the college’s Cox Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership.

The students recognized as Cox-SABEW Fellows for 2017 were: Denver Ellison, Lisa Fu, Zachary Hansen, Reann Huber, Mollie Simon and Alex Soderstrom. The conference was held at the City University of New York on October 12 and 13.

This Cox-SABEW Fellowship was created to honor students who have taken the initiative to engage in business journalism through class assignments, student media and professional internships, explained Dr. Keith Herndon, director of the Cox Institute. This year’s group marked the fifth year of the partnership with SABEW, which was created in 2013 and has included 20 students to date.

“I’m incredibly thankful for the opportunity being selected as a Cox-SABEW Fellow has given me,” said Soderstrom. “After being introduced to business reporting during my summer internship at the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the SABEW conference has allowed me to delve even further into the world of business journalism.”

Fu, who interned at Fortune magazine, called the Fellowship “a fantastic opportunity for me to network, learn and to explore the field of business journalism with my peers.” Simon, who interned in business news at NPR, said the Fellowship extended her training in an important aspect of news. “Business journalism cuts across so many fields that I know it will touch any topic I have the opportunity to cover in the future,” she said.

In addition to attending the conference, the Cox-SABEW Fellows met with working reporters and editors in the newsrooms of Fortune magazine, Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal. They also networked with Grady alumni and supporters currently working in business news and other news media organizations.