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Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
Established 1921
Type Journalism school of the University of Georgia
Dean Dr. E. Culpepper "Cully" Clark
Faculty 54
Students 1300+
Location Athens, Georgia, USA
Nickname Grady College

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 1921, the Grady College is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.[1]


Journalism program

The Grady College consists of three departments: Advertising and Public Relations, Journalism, and Telecommunications. The college provides instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels in advertising, broadcast news, magazines, newspapers, new services, photojournalism, publication management, public relations, telecommunications, and new media.

Degrees offered by the college include:

Research programs

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

  • The James M. Cox, Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research
  • CoxInstitute/The James M. Cox, Jr. Institute for Newspaper Management
  • The Michael J. Faherty Broadcast Management Laboratory
  • Dowden Center for New Media

The school also operates WNEG-TV, which UGA acquired on Oct. 15, 2008.


The college was named after one of its alumni, Henry Woodfin Grady. Shortly after gradutaing from the University of Georgia, with a bachelors 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. [2]


Steadman V. Sanford taught the first journalism course at UGA in 1913.[citation needed] Sanford eventually went on to establish the college’s journalism school in 1921 and served as the journalism school’s director until becoming the president of Franklin College and 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 he helped create the Peabody Awards.

Since Drewry's retirement in 1969, the school has had five deans: Warren K. Agee (1969-1975), Scott M. Cutlip (1975-1983), J. Thomas Russell (1983-2000), John Soloski (2001 -2005) and E. Culpepper "Cully" Clark in 2005.[3]

Peabody Awards

Grady College established the George Foster Peabody Awards Program in 1940 and has since administered the award to recognize outstanding achievements in electronic media.[4]

Notable alumni


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