Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication

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Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication logo.jpg
Established 1915
Dean Charles Davis ( July 1, 2013)
Students 1,300+
Location Athens, Georgia, USA
Website Grady College - The University of Georgia

The Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication is a college within the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, United States. Established in 1915, the Grady College is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.[1][2]

Journalism program[edit]

A marker for the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication in Athens, Georgia

The Grady College consists of three departments: Advertising and Public Relations, Journalism, and Mass Media Arts. The college provides instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels in public relations, advertising, broadcast news, magazines, newspapers, new services, photojournalism, publication management, telecommunications, and new media. Since 1935 the students at Grady College have produced the student written, student edited magazine the UGAzine, which is printed in the UGA printshop. The student magazine is solely self-sufficient and sustains itself by advertising revenue. Due to the increase in advertising revenue in the past years and the subsequent evolution into a 4 color publication, the UGAzine has become a prominent and respected fixture on the UGA campus.

Degrees offered by the college include:

Research programs[edit]

The college houses the following centers and institutes for research and education:

  • George Foster Peabody Awards
  • Center for Health and Risk Communication
  • The James M. Cox, Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research
  • Cox Institute/The James M. Cox, Jr. Institute for Newspaper Management
  • James M. Cox Jr. Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership
  • The Michael J. Faherty Broadcast Management Laboratory
  • Dowden Center for New Media

The school also has research foci in Health and Risk Communication, Political and Policy Communication, Narrative Storytelling and Critical Studies, Advertising, Public Relations, Telecommunications, Sports Communication, as well as Journalism.


The college was named after alumnus Henry Woodfin Grady. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in 1868, he left Athens and worked for several different newspapers. The combination of Henry W. Grady's alumni status, his editorial position and his Athens birth, motivated the renaming of the journalism school at the University of Georgia.[3]


Steadman V. Sanford taught the first journalism course at UGA in 1913, established the University's journalism school in 1921, and served as the journalism school’s director until becoming the president of Franklin College and later dean of the University in 1926.[citation needed] John E. Drewry, the second graduate of the journalism program in 1922, succeeded founder S. V. Sanford as director of the journalism school and accepted the position of dean when it was created in 1940.[citation needed] That same year Sanford helped create the Peabody Awards.

  • John E. Drewry (1922-1969)
  • Warren K. Agee (1969–1975)
  • Scott M. Cutlip (1975–1983)
  • J. Thomas Russell (1983–2000)
  • E. Culpepper "Cully" Clark (2005-2012)
  • Charles Davis (2013)[4]


Grady College established the George Foster Peabody Awards Program in 1940 and has since administered the award to recognize outstanding achievements in electronic media.[5] In 1980, the college began giving out the Atrium Award, an award for excellent in journalism coverage of the garment industry.[6]

Notable alumni[edit]



Clark, E. Culpepper. 2015. Centennial: A History of Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Georgia. Mercer University Press.

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