UGA’s Grady College to host Digital News Bluejeans Workshop

The University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication will host the Digital News Bluejeans Workshop March 18 and 19, 2016, in Studio 100 at the college. Workshops are scheudled 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 18 and from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 19. See the Digital New Blujeans agenda for details.

The workshop is open to alumni, students and members of the general public, and is created to provide helpful, practical information for improving coverage and digital news storytelling.

“Each year the bluejeans workshop looks at current trends or issues in the profession. This year we have expanded this year’s program to include some Friday sessions for no additional fee and developed a track for managers,” said David Hazinski, a Jim Kennedy New Media Professor at Grady College. “Many industry folks have told us their managers need more advice on leadership and how to make decisions. We’ve tailored this year’s session to just that issue.”

This year's workshop includes the following topics and speakers:


• Richard Griffiths, vice-president and senior editorial director for CNN Worldwide


• Tony Maddox, executive vice president and managing director, CNN International

Managing millennials – a listening session with student journalists

• Ellen Crooke, vice president of news, Tegna Media

Managing the current media landscape

• Ellen Crooke, vice president of news, Tegna Media; Mike Dreaden, vice president of news and market for Cox Stations; Steve Ackermann, vice president of news, Raycom Media

Video storytelling

• John Hendon, assistant chief photographer, WYFF – Greenville, S.C.

Resume Reel Review

•David Hazinski

The Digital News Bluejeans Workshop is sponsored by the Grady College, CNN and CNN Newsource. Registration is $35 prior to March 12, or $50 after and at the door. The price includes lunch. Registration can be completed at

“CNN’s sponsorship has been a tremendous help in keeping costs down for young journalists while allowing us to bring in some of the top trainers in the world,” said Hazinski. “We’ve had experts from network presidents to the head of news gathering for Al Jazeera to a prominent Egyptian anchor reporting on the Arab Spring. We try to open young journalist’s minds to some of the diversity in digital journalism as well as give them additional intellectual skills.”

Participants are also encouraged to bring their resume reels for a personal critique from panelists and Grady College faculty during the final session of the workshop.

Date: February 16, 2016

Contact:  Diane Murray,