UGA’s Grady College named one of top three journalism schools in the country

December 19, 2013

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Athens, Ga. - The University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication was named one of the top three journalism schools in the country according to a survey by the Radio Television Digital News Association.

Grady College was named the third top school behind the University of Missouri at Columbia School of Journalism and Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism. Dean Charles Davis accepted the leadership position of the Grady College in July 2013 after spending nearly 14 years at Missouri's journalism school.

The annual survey sponsored by the Radio Television Digital News Association garnered 1,321 votes. Approximately 43 percent of the respondents were professionals, 28 percent were students, 19 percent were non-news professionals and 11 percent were educators.

"I'm delighted that our program has been recognized by such an important organization," said Ann Hollifield, telecommunications department head. "Our faculty is deeply committed to preparing the next generation of journalists for the challenges and opportunities that await them, and it's wonderful to have their work acknowledged. It also reflects the incredible talent and success of our alumni and students. We are so proud of their accomplishments and contributions to digital and broadcast journalism."

According to the release about the rankings, comments submitted by voters about UGA's Grady College stated, "Grady is a dynamic program that produces well-rounded graduates who are prepared to work in journalism from the get-go. The professors are dedicated and diligent to crafting these individuals and guide them to becoming independent professionals."

"It's nice to be recognized," said Janice Hume, journalism department head. "But what has been really gratifying is to see our alumni share the news on social media and talk about how proud they are of the Grady College. That makes me happy."

For more information about the top journalism school survey, see

The Radio Television Digital News Association is the world's largest professional organization exclusively serving the electronic news profession. Association members include local and network news executives, news directors, producers, reporters, digital news professionals, as well as educators and students.

UGA Grady College
Established in 1915, the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication offers undergraduate majors in journalism, advertising, public relations, digital and broadcast journalism and mass media arts. The college offers two graduate degrees, and is home to the Peabody Awards, internationally recognized as one of the most prestigious prizes for excellence in electronic media. For more information, see or follow @UGAGrady on Twitter.


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