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Student-produced ‘Match Madness’ documentary debuts on WUGA-TV next week

Match Day 2014
Student physicians in the 2014 class of the GRU/UGA Medical Partnership participate in Match Day activities at George Hall on the Health Sciences Campus in Athens

Athens, Ga. – “Match Madness,” a half-hour documentary that follows the lives of three students in the Georgia Regents University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership in the time leading up to their residency match day, debuts on WUGA-TV on June 16.

Graduate students in the Grady College Health and Medical Journalism program produced the half-hour documentary.

“This is a terrific, suspense-filled show that leaves you feeling good about the next generation of doctors,” said Patricia Thomas, who supervised this independent study project and directs Grady’s graduate health and medical journalism program.

“Match Madness” follows Brie Berry, Hammad Aslam and Ashley Austin, three members of the medical partnership’s inaugural graduating class, and shows them during the tense and stressful approach to March 21, the day when all graduating medical students throughout the country learn if they have been selected for their desired residency program.

Since 2010, four teams of health and medical journalism students worked on this project and together created more than 80 multimedia stories about the evolution of the GRU/UGA Medical Partnership and how it has changed the students, community care and research at the university.

Producers April Bailey, Katie Ball and Alicia Smith followed the medical students closely during their final semester of school and drew on archival footage shot by earlier teams dating back to August 2010.

This is the fourth half-hour documentary that health and medical journalism students have produced for WUGA-TV over the past three years. Thomas thinks it is also the best.

“All three HMJ students were committed to telling stories of the program’s first graduating class,” said Thomas. “Everyone shot and edited video, Alicia Smith did the lion’s share of script writing, Katie Bell narrated the show and April Bailey kept all the parts in motion. I’m proud of them.”

Melissa Jackson, WUGA-TV executive producer, worked closely with the students to make the show ready for prime time.

“Match Madness shows that this important new partnership not only can survive, it can thrive,” said Thomas. “Members of the first graduating class fared very well on March 21, and they’ll do their residencies at some excellent institutions.”

The show will air on WUGA-TV in North Georgia and western portions of North Carolina and South Carolina at the following times:

June 16 at 1:30 p.m.
June 17 at 10:30 a.m.
June 18 at 7:30 a.m.
June 18 at 11 p.m.
June 19 at 1:30 p.m.
June 22 at 8:30 a.m.
June 23 at 6:30 p.m.
June 23 at 11:30 p.m.
June 24 at 12:30 p.m.
June 25 at midnight
June 30 at 7 a.m.
June 30 at 1 p.m.

For local TV listings, see

Match Madness is also available on the HMJ at UGA YouTube channel.

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.

WUGA-TV is a partnership between the University of Georgia and Georgia Public Television. This effort is bringing quality television programming to North Georgia utilizing the resources of the World Channel. For more information, see