- Grady students are among the best in the nation: engaged, bright and promising. This year, many students earned industry awards, scholarships and national recognition. Click through the slideshow below to review some of these student accomplishments, as well as stories about the 2017 Grady Ambassadors, Cox Institute Leaders, McGill Fellows, Peabody Student Honor Board members and PHD Creative Collective, among others.
Strength of faculty in teaching and research
- Grady faculty are experts in their fields. Not only do they shape the lives of Grady students but their innovative research greatly impacts industry and academia. Some of the notable faculty honors and research features from 2017 include:
Service and Outreach
- In partnership with other organizations, Grady College helped to take the Northeast Georgia Food Bank's Hunger Bowl to new heights with Stuff the Truck, a daylong food drive that took place outside of four area Walmart locations. Student athletes, including Grady's own Rodrigo Blankenship, and UGA coaches and legends (Vince Dooley!) stopped by to publicize the event. In that ONE DAY ALONE...we netted 10,288 meals! Through monetary and item donations, Grady collected an additional 4,655 meals during the two-week drive for area families in need this holiday season.
- Other service and outreach projects included Grady Newsource helping to relocate people in the path of Hurricane Irma, and the launch of AdPR Academy, which was designed to address the diversity gap in the advertising and public relations industries.
Giving Voice to the Voiceless Fund established
- Award-winning journalist, author and distinguished University of Georgia alumna Charlayne Hunter-Gault (ABJ '63) established a new endowment, Giving Voice to the Voiceless. The endowment, created by Hunter-Gault and her husband, Ronald Gault, will provide grants to university students to promote social justice and global understanding.
Memorial tribute to Don Carter and commemoration of the Endowment for Journalism Excellence
- Grady College faculty, alumni and friends celebrated a memorial tribute to alumnus Don Carter (ABJ ’38) and commemorated the Don E. Carter and Carolyn McKenzie Carter Endowment for Journalism Excellence Oct. 12, 2017, in the Peyton Anderson Forum.
- The Carter gifts have been used to establish a course in journalism credibility, fund faculty research, support an intern at The Brunswick News—Don Carter’s hometown newspaper, launch a “Best Summer Stories” student contest, fund student travel for training and networking, and help to send students to cover the Paralympic Games in Rio, with much more to come, according to Janice Hume, head of the Department of Journalism.
Russell honored as Meigs Professor
- Karen Russell, a Jim Kennedy New Media Professor and associate professor of public relations, was recognized by the University of Georgia community in April as a Meigs Professor, the highest teaching honor at UGA.
Grady Salutes: A Celebration of Achievement, Commitment and Leadership
- 2017 Grady Salutes was held on April 28 in the UGA Tate Grand Hall. Alumni Awards winners included: Bonnie Arnold (ABJ’ 77), John Holliman Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award; Jason Kreher (ABJ ’00), Henry W. Grady Mid-Career Alumni Award; Brooke Beach (ABJ ’11), John E. Drewry Young Alumni Award; and Jane B. Singer (ABJ ’76), Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award. The 2017 Class of Grady Fellows were Deering, Philip Meeks (ABJ ’76), Amy Robach (ABJ ’95), Carla Sacks (ABJ ’88) and Kathleen Trocheck (ABJ ’76). Arnold also was inducted into the Fellowship. Loran Smith (ABJ ’62) received the Dean’s Medal.
Peabody-Facebook Futures of Media Awards and 76th Peabody Awards Ceremony
- The Peabody Media Center and the University of Georgia honored six winners of the Peabody-Facebook Futures of Media Awards at a luncheon May 19 at Hotel Eventi in New York City. The awards, issued to outstanding digital storytelling released in 2016, are made possible through a partnership between Peabody and Facebook. The awards were judged by a group of 16 Peabody honor student fellows, under the guidance of the Peabody Awards program.