Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

UGA Wins Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

UGA Wins Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism

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ATHENS, GA.

The University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication won a major endowment grant to create an innovative Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism.

The grant will allow the Grady College to develop and teach undergraduate and master's courses in health and medical journalism and create an outreach program aimed at improving the flow of health news to the Southern Black Belt, a rural strip of more than 600 counties winding through 11 states, home to a third of the nation's 34.6 million poor.

Trustees of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation awarded the $1.5 million chair to Georgia at its June board meeting. The university has pledged $1.9 million to support the chair activities.

"To live as long as they might, Americans need access to the best health news and information," said Eric Newton, director of Journalism Initiatives at the Knight Foundation.

The Knight endowment enables the Grady College to hire a renowned working journalist who will be a tenured classroom innovator and news industry leader in health and medical journalism.

"The Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism is a magnificent contribution to journalism and mass communication education for Georgia students and journalists across the country," said UGA President Michael E Adams. "This will add immeasurably to the already strong health communication program at the Grady College and to UGA's commitment to improving the health of all Georgians. …

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