ATHENS, Ga. – Monday, February 10, 2014 – Last week, 16 seniors from the University of Georgia and PRSSA members traveled to Atlanta to tour six communications agencies. This tour was the second year that the Grady School of Journalism took students to Atlanta on tours, with a long-standing history of a Washington D.C. Agency Tour. Both tours are proving to be more successful than the former.
Day one of this trip entailed visits to Jackson Spalding, MSLGroup and Coca-Cola. Day two visits included stops at Delta Air Lines, Porter Novelli and Ketchum. All agencies generously offered students a look into their offices, unique insight into the communications industry and advice on the internship and job search. The trip also juxtaposed both corporate and agency settings for students to get a feel for where they could see themselves after graduation in May 2014.
While the tour was originally planned as a consecutive two day trip, inclement weather pushed the Thursday, Jan. 30 tour to the following Thursday, Feb. 6. The agencies affected were extremely accommodating and welcomed the switch. Friday, Jan. 31 was able to go on as scheduled. Each day began at an early 9:00 a.m. and ended at 4:30 p.m.
Senior Lecturer and PRSSA Faculty Advisor, Betty Jones, Professor and Department Head, Tom Reichert, Professor and Department Head, Bryan Reber, along with students, Julie Holkeboer, Tana Bosshard, Annalise Coronel, Sammy Slappey, Stephanie Pham, Christine Boddy, Whitney Jinks, Julia Hemingway, Morgan Sinclair, Joy Glaze, Lauren Schuster, Hadley Dreibelbis, Megan Arnold, Martina Kloss, Alex Prather and Sabrina Lewis were all in attendance.
ABOUT THE JOHN E. DREWRY CHAPTER
With more than 250 active members, the John E. Drewry Chapter of PRSSA at the University of Georgia is the largest chapter in the world. It was named after Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication’s first dean and was founded at The University of Georgia in 1969. Dr. Betty Jones is the current faculty advisor, and Jessica Rossi serves as the professional advisor.