Second-year student Lacey Avery earned a B.S. in forestry from Auburn University in 2009. She has worked in outreach, communication, and governmental affairs for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for the past two years, and as a grad student will focus on sharpening her environmental communication and journalism skills. She has a graduate assistantship with Georgia Sea Grant, a program that promotes research, education and outreach on the Georgia Coast.
April Bailey has a bachelor of science degree in print journalism from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN. With an HMJ concentration April plans to translate medical jargon into information the general public can not only understand, but also use. She wants to tell stories that matter -- and health matters.
Katie Ball is a 2010 graduate of Valdosta State University who received a B.F.A. in speech communication with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in sociology. After graduation she worked in medically related fields in Vail, Colorado, which led her to focus on HMJ at UGA. As a grad student she will pursue her interests in medical technology research and sustainable environmental practices.
Ian Branam graduated from the University of Georgia in 2012 with degrees in history and psychology. This fall he'll begin the HMJ program while working as an intern for the East Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross, helping to expand their social media presence. Ian is especially interested in epidemiology, and in using findings from this type of research to raise public awareness about prevention and treatment of disease.
Dian Cai is a second-year master's student who earned a bachelor's degree in international Journalism at United International College in China. As a journalist who is interested in television and video, she plans to focus on public health-related documentary production as a graduate student. She will be pursuing a certificate in global public health at the College of Public Health along with her concentration in HMJ.
Deborah Chasteen (B.A., English, U. South Carolina) spent years creating advertising design and copy for many publications, but coveted editorial space. Thus she began freelancing. The Knight Health program supports Deb's goals: sharing science's benefits and wonder through accessible writing, and working for social justice.
Carolyn Crist graduated from the University of Georgia in 2010 with degrees in newspapers and English and worked at The Times in Gainesville, Ga., as an education and political reporter. As an HMJ student this fall, she'll write for the Office of the Vice President for Research, focusing on UGA's initiative to address adult and childhood obesity and its related diseases.
Amanda Dickey is a second-year graduate student who obtained her bachelor's degree in English from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA, in 2010. Before coming to Athens, Amanda interned for six months at South Magazine, an award-winning publication based in Savannah. She is an avid reader and her passion for writing brought her to the health and medical journalism program at Grady College.
Jessica Luton spent three years as a reporter, photographer and web guru at a small, community newspaper in central Georgia. There, she learned the power of journalism as a force for good. She wrote often about poverty, both its devastating effects on community and about the positive actions of people helping one another. Yearning to cover stories with a bigger reach, and to master new storytelling techniques including video and other multimedia tools, she returned to Grady College (where she earned her undergraduate degree) and found a new home in the Health and Medical Journalism program.
Jodi Murphy graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in English and minors in Spanish and Environmental Law. Time spent in growing up in the backwoods of North Central Florida and volunteering in Guatemala lead to a love of the environment and an interest in global environmental health, respectively. She is a contributing writer and former intern at Flagpole magazine in Athens, GA, as well as a former intern at the Mother Nature Network in Atlanta, GA.
Kathleen Raven completed an assistantship as a science writer for the University of Georgia News Service during the 2011-2012 academic year. She is currently an editorial news intern for Nature Medicinein New York City. Kathleen earned her undergraduate degree in journalism and master's of science degree in ecology from UGA. Before returning to graduate school, she worked as a general assignment reporter for daily newspapers in Atlanta and North Carolina.
Alicia Smith graduated from Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina in 2012, earning a degree in English/Writing and a minor in business administration. As a journalist, she hopes to raise awareness about the treatment and rights of children with special needs and teens who suffer from mood disorders.
Julianne Wyrick graduated from Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky in 2012. There, she earned a B.A. in biochemistry and served as the senior news writer for Asbury's newspaper. Following graduation she worked as a science-writing intern for Alltech, a global animal health and nutrition company. As a journalist, Julianne is interested in telling stories that explore the interrelationship of biochemistry, nutrition, and health.
The Grady Journal
What happens when a medical school opens a new campus within a major state university? What if that state university is the flagship institution for a state in desperate need of more medical professionals?
From the dean down through the first students, from a temporary location into a brand new campus, the new MCG-UGA Medical Partnership will affect all aspects of life in Athens - the students, the faculty, the administration, the hospitals and the residents.
Through a series of documentaries, students in the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication’s Health and Medical Journalism program are exposing what the new school will mean to the community and the state.