Welcome to the June alumni e-newsletter
The Oglethorpe Echo earns awards and recognition
Over the past several months, The Oglethorpe Echo has been profiled in several national and local news publications, received grants to support readership growth, joined a group of independent and nonprofit news organizations and won numerous awards. The 149-year-old newspaper in nearby Oglethorpe County was saved in 2021 through a partnership with Grady College.
On June 9, The Echo earned nine section and individual awards in the Georgia Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest. The Grady student journalists who won the awards competed against full-time, professional journalists from around the state, many of whom have been covering their cities and counties for years.
Students to work on WWII documentary production crew
A new experiential learning partnership with The World War II Foundation will send five Grady students and Sanghoon Lee of the MFA Film, Television and Digital Media faculty to France this summer to serve as production assistants for a World War II documentary that will be filmed for PBS.
The opportunity was introduced to the college by Bryan Harris (MA ’03), part-time faculty member in Advertising & Public Relations and Board of Trust member, and Glen Jackson, co-founder of Jackson Spalding Public Relations, who serves on the Board of Directors for the World War II Foundation. The experience for students will be partially funded by Jackson and his brother, Clay, in honor of their father, Edward Jackson (ABJ '47), whose 70th tank division landed on Utah Beach on June 6, 1944.
Spring and summer graduates celebrated
More than 450 graduates were recognized at Spring Convocation. Victoria Marsha (AB '23) served as the student speaker for the May 10 event. Graduates, family and friends gathered with faculty and staff on the Schnitzer Family Media Lawn for graduation celebrations on May 11 and 12.
Video and photos from the festivities are available through links on our webpage.
83rd annual Peabody Award winners announced
The Peabody Awards Board of Jurors selected 35 winners to represent the most compelling and empowering stories released in broadcasting, streaming and interactive media during 2022. The winners were chosen by a unanimous vote of 32 jurors from more than 1,400 entries from television, podcasts/radio and the web/digital in entertainment, news, documentary, arts, children’s/youth, public service and interactive programming.
Lynsey Addario has been named the recipient of the 2023 McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage. Addario is an American photojournalist who has been covering conflict, humanitarian crises and women’s issues around the Middle East and Africa on assignment for The New York Times and National Geographic for more than two decades.
Nominations for the medal came from journalists and journalism educators from across the country. The 2023 class of McGill Fellows, 12 students chosen for academic achievement, practical experience and leadership, researched the nominees and made the selection.
The fellows will present the McGill medal on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 4 p.m. in the Special Collections Libraries Auditorium. Following the presentation, Addario will deliver the 43rd McGill Lecture. The event is free and open to the public.
Fall Semester begins
Wednesday, Aug. 16