The Journalism major prepares students for jobs in news organizations including broadcast and multimedia reporting, writing, editing, and producing. Journalism majors work in photojournalism, video journalism, social media, web and publication design, media innovation and entrepreneurship, and news management.

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.

Internationally acclaimed alumni include print and broadcast journalist Charlayne Hunter Gault and Tom Johnson, former publisher of the Los Angeles Times and former head of CNN. Journalism graduates edit, report, publish and produce at major news organizations, including ABC, NBC, Barrons, Financial Times, Hearst magazines, The Washington Post, USA Today, and the New York Times.

Other graduates have leading positions as publishers, photographers, videographers, presentation editors, freelancers, bloggers and creators of online media. Some have found careers producing nonfiction entertainment programming such as documentaries and program series for cable networks and other digital distributors in sports, science, animals, food and travel. Graduates also attain success in public relations, law and business.

Journalism students participate in experiential learning as part of their degree program and through internships, study abroad, and work at campus media. Each Journalism major graduates with a digital portfolio that highlights work done at Grady Newsource (the daily newscast) and, and in extracurricular work at UGA’s independent newspaper The Red & Black, the campus magazine UGAzine and a variety of media organizations both on and off campus.

Students enrolled in the Grady master’s program pursue careers as working journalists, media analysts, and researchers. They can specialize in Health and Medical Journalism. They can earn a certificate in media industry research.

Students enrolled in Grady’s new and unique Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program in Narrative Media Writing learn to write nonfiction books for national and international audiences.

The Faculty

Award-winning teachers, researchers, authors and journalists teach Grady's journalism courses and mentor students.

Named chairs in the department include the Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism, the Carter Chair for Journalism Excellence, the Morris Chair in Newspaper Management Strategy, the John Huland Carmical Distinguished Professor in Sports Journalism, and the Charlayne Hunter Gault Distinguished Writer in Residence.

Members of the journalism faculty direct the Cox Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research and the Cox Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership.

Journalism faculty conduct research on a wide array of domestic and international topics, including media management, journalism labor markets, journalism and nation building, international communications, and public memory. Journalism scholars focus on media and religion and political communication. Journalism faculty publish books and articles about media management, Haitian and ethnic media, media history and media law.

Faculty members train professional journalists to cover health and medicine, poverty, and the management of urban and community journalism properties. Faculty also train journalists and develop training programs abroad, including in Romania, Serbia, Russia and the Philippines.

Academic Program

Students accepted for Spring 2016 and beyond will earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism with a major in Journalism. Students enrolled before Spring 2016 will find information about their emphases here.

For information on journalism courses and degree requirements, see the UGA Bulletin, or contact the journalism adviser, Maria Cooper,