Journalism - A.B.

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Degree & Major: Journalism - A.B.
College Name: Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
Department Name: Journalism
Dr. Janice Hume
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. Grady 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.

The Grady College Career Services office, located in 239C Journalism Building, and the UGA Career Center partner to help students and alumni in their career planning and development. The Grady College Career Services office distributes a weekly listserv of job and internship postings.

The Grady College Career Services office and the UGA Career Center offer individual counseling sessions for students to discuss career options, job and internship search strategies, resumes and cover letters and interviewing skills. They also provide workshops on topics related to career planning and development.

Contact Director of Experiential Learning, Samantha Meyer, at (706) 542-5032 or, or Grady Career Consultant, Whitney Denney, at (706) 542-3375 or
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The academic program for the A.B. degree consists of two parts: Areas I-V of the General Education Curriculum (which includes foreign language at the second and third levels and micro or macro economics) 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. A maximum number of spaces in each major is determined by the availability of teaching staff, classroom space, lab facilities and other resources. In reaching its decisions on how many students may be admitted each semester, the Admissions Committee is governed by the number already enrolled in each major, the number expected to graduate and the number applying. See Entrance Requirements.

Applications must be submitted online at The deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Friday of the second full week of classes.

Scholarships: The Grady College administers about 130 undergraduate scholarships. A general application assures consideration for any of the scholarships for which the applicant is qualified. Application forms may be obtained early in the spring semester from the Office of Undergraduate Services, Room 312, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, or online at
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
Choose China advertising and public relations study in Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shanghai
Travel Writing course and cultural experience in Prague, Czech Republic; Zagreb, Croatia; and Dublin, Ireland
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in Cannes, France
Cannes Film Festival international studies in film, advertising and media 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
Summer at the Circus, advertising and public relations studies in creativity with The Creative Circus in Atlanta, GA
Grady @ LA, studies in Entertainment and Media Studies and summer internships in the entertainment industry
Grady @ NYC, studies in the communications industry and tour of major firms in a major U.S. city
Grady @ DC, travel to Washington D.C. for an agency/government/nonprofit tour

Contact: Rebekah Ryan,
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 greatly 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. A written request must be submitted that includes a job description, length of internship, name of supervisor. Also, a letter verifying the internship offer must be submitted by the employer prior to the first day of the semester in which the internship is served.

2. Certain basic courses as determined by the department have been completed.

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

4. 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.

5. An online survey 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.

6. A final, written report of week-by-week activities is submitted by the student to the department prior to the last day of the semester in which the internship is served.
Service Learning: Journalism majors have a variety of opportunities to learn professional skills in journalism, advertising and public relations through service learning. Service learning classes collaborate with public school teachers, community health officials, businesses and community organizations to address the needs of underserved populations. Students in service learning courses advance their multimedia communication skills while promoting environmentalism, combating drug use, advancing tourism and encouraging students to stay in school.
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 Grady’s 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 innovative Mobile News Lab.
Contact: Keith Herndon,

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 Grady 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: Nsenga Burton,

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,

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.

The International Association of Business Communicators provides networking opportunities and services to enhance business communication skills. Members come from a variety of majors.

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.
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