Journalism - A.B.

General Information

Degree & Major: Journalism - A.B.
College Name: Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
Department Name: Journalism
Dr. Jonathan Peters
Department Head
(706) 542-4668
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Degree Requirements

College-wide Requirements

University-wide Requirements

Description: The journalism major prepares students for jobs in news organizations. Students learn to find and tell stories that matter on multiple platforms for a variety of audiences. They develop storytelling skills in audio, visual and written forms. They learn what makes a story important, how to gather credible information, and how to present it in the most effective way while balancing the ethical and legal needs of news organizations and audiences. Journalism graduates are prepared to be leaders and media entrepreneurs. Our graduates excel at jobs in online media, television, magazines, newspapers, and any career that values ethical, credible communication skills and leadership.

Career Opportunities: Journalism graduates begin their careers as reporters, editors, producers and design specialists in television, newspapers, magazines, radio and online. Journalism graduates are foreign correspondents, news anchors, city editors, photographers, publishers, digital entrepreneurs, critics, and social media strategists. Some journalism majors go on to careers in public relations, business, and law. You can see Career Outcomes data for Journalism graduates here:, including their titles and organizations where they worked in their first post-grad role. View in “Results by Major” section.

Grady College works closely with the UGA Career Center to meet students’ career needs. The Career Center, located in Clark Howell Hall, has a designated Grady College career consultant to meet with Grady College students and intended students. The Grady consultant offers individual counseling sessions to discuss career options, job and internship search strategies, resumes and cover letters, interviewing skills, statement of interest reviews for students applying to a Grady College major, and more. The Career Center also provides workshops on topics related to career planning and development, including their Arch Ready Professionalism Certificate (, and runs the UGA Mentor Program (

The Grady Career Consultant collaborates closely with Grady’s Director of Experiential Programs, who works to connect Grady students with industry employers through recruiting events, job and internship postings, and more. Grady and intended students can add themselves to the Grady Job Leads listserv ( to stay up to date on fresh opportunities and events and follow the @UGAGradyCareers Instagram account. The Director of Experiential Programs also ensures all Grady College students are meeting their experiential learning graduation requirement, and assists with internships for academic credit.

Contact Grady career consultant Laetitia Adelson at (706) 542-3375 or schedule an appointment on Handshake. Laetitia also hosts weekly drop-in hours in the Journalism Building. Please call to confirm the hours for the semester.
of Transfer Students:
The academic program for the A.B. degree consists of two parts: Areas I-V of the General Education Curriculum taken during the first and second years at UGA or another institution and the professional degree program taken after formal admission to the Grady College.

Admission to the University of Georgia does not guarantee admission to the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Prospective students can view more information about the Grady College admissions process here:
Scholarships: Approximately 100 Grady College undergraduate scholarships are awarded each academic year through an application process that opens at the end of each fall semester. Scholarship recipients will be contacted in early May, and scholarship funds are awarded in August and applied to the fall semester. Grady scholarships are made possible through generous contributions to the College that recognize and encourage academic and professional achievement. More information about scholarships and student support can be found here:
Study Abroad: Students in Advertising, Journalism, Public Relations, and Entertainment and Media Studies are encouraged to study abroad and participate in domestic field studies as part of their course of study. A critical understanding of the global scope of journalism and mass communication sets students apart in their fields. From travel writing to industry-leading advertising and entertainment strategies, each travel study program offers students an experience that strengthens their portfolio. While each program offers courses in specific disciplines, students are not limited to enrolling in courses only within their major.

Grady College Study Abroad Programming
Travel Writing course and cultural experience in countries such as: Prague, Czech Republic and Copenhagen, Denmark.
Mass Communication course in Zagreb, Split, and Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in Cannes, France
Cannes Film Festival international studies in film in Cannes, France
Grady at Oxford courses in Journalism, Advertising, PR, and Entertainment and Media Studies at historic Oxford University and networking in London, UK

Domestic Field Studies Programming
Grady @ Chicago, studies and summer internships in advertising and public relations in Chicago, Illinois.
Grady @ LA, studies in Entertainment and Media Studies and summer internships in the entertainment industry.
ADPR NYC Maymester, studies in the Advertising and communications industry and tour of major agencies in a major U.S. city.
Grady @ DC, studies and internships in Washington D.C. in public relations, public policy or communications industries.
AdPR NYC: Experience and Exploration, studies and summer internships in New York City in advertising or public relations agencies.

Contact: Rebekah Seabolt,
Internships: Valuable practical experience is gained by completing internships. Although not required in the degree program, internships are considered essential to a student’s total educational experience and enhance job opportunities upon graduation. Credit hours may be earned for successful completion of an internship if:

1. Advance approval is received from the student’s department. Under no circumstances can non-majors receive internship credit. Students should reach out to their academic advisor upon receiving an internship offer to ensure an internship for credit fits into their plan of study.

2. Certain basic courses as determined by the department have been completed. The student’s academic advisor will determine this.

3. The internship covers a minimum number of weeks of employment as determined by the department.

4. The student submits their department internship packet for approval by the department head. All instructions are listed on the internship packet, which will be sent by the academic advisor upon approval to take the internship course.

The packet includes a written request with internship details, organization name and supervisor contact information. The internship supervisor must also fill out paperwork, outlined in the packet, including a letter verifying the internship offer with detailed description of the major-related internship tasks sent prior to the first day of the semester in which the internship is to be completed.

5. During the semester of the internship the student registers concurrently for JOUR 5010, which is included in the maximum semester hours of journalism and mass communication credit that may be earned toward the major.

6. An online evaluation is submitted by the employer prior to the last day of the semester in which the internship is served describing the intern’s duties and the quality of performance.

7. A final, typed report describing responsibilities, assessing the professional value of the internship and offering suggestions for strengthening the internship (1,000 to 2,000 words) is submitted by the student to the department prior to the last day of the semester in which the internship is served.

Please note that students are also encouraged to complete paid internships that are not for credit. Refer to the Career Opportunities section for information on meeting with the Grady College Career Consultant in the UGA Career Center.
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. Service-learning helps integrate two core aspects of UGA’s mission—teaching and service. Students at the Grady College have the opportunity learn professional skills through service learning in classes with real world clients including non-profit organizations, small businesses and campus units and organizations.
Student Organizations: Journalism students can learn professional mores and practices through a number of campus organizations.

Interested in television and digital journalism? You can volunteer right away for the Newsource TV Newscast Crew, which helps with production of a live daily newscast. No experience is required, and all majors and years are welcome. Organizational meetings are announced on the pre-Grady listserv.
Contact: Dodie Cantrell-Bickley,

Grady’s Online News Association and Society of Professional Journalists have teamed up to help students navigate the world of digital media. This organization sponsors Grady’s Journalism Innovation Lab.
Contact: Amanda Bright,

The Red & Black
Many successful journalists have launched their careers from this award-winning independent student newspaper, which has published at UGA since 1893. The Red & Black welcomes students at any level and any major.

The National Press Photographers Association’s national headquarters is located in the college. The NPPA has an active UGA chapter for students interested in visual storytelling. The NPPA hosts workshops for students and professionals, and leads the discussion on digital photography, video and audio.
Contact: Mark Johnson,

The National Association of Black Journalists is a professional media organization that promotes social justice and equality. The UGA chapter wins national awards for excellence. It builds community and communication between minority and other students, faculty, and administrators.
Contact: Dodie Cantrell-Bickley,

DiGamma Kappa
DiGamma Kappa is the official broadcasting society at the University of Georgia. The group provides networking opportunities, activities and social functions that link students with industry leaders and help them learn about careers in television and multimedia journalism.
Contact: Dodie Cantrell-Bickley,

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) is an educational and charitable association dedicated to the recognition and professional advancement of Hispanic students, professionals and educators in the field of journalism.
Contact: Janice Hume,

WUOG, 90.5 FM
WUOG broadcasts music, news, and sports. It offers a training ground for student volunteers interested in broadcasting careers. It is staffed, operated, and funded by UGA students.

InfUSion Magazine
InfUSion is a quarterly, student-produced news magazine with a multicultural focus that covers sports, politics, fashion and style. It is published through the Office of Multicultural Services and Programs.
Available Graduate Programs: Information on Grady College graduate programs can be found here: