Maddie Fiorante is a junior on the UGA Equestrian team and is currently majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Communication Studies. The following article was written for the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication’s website. To view the original article, click here.
Grady College has named two Yarbrough-Grady Fellows for the spring 2019 semester: Maddie Fiorante from Portland, Oregon, and Allison Miller from Sandy Springs, Georgia. Fiorante will focus on public relations while Miller focuses on graphic design.
The fellowship, funded through Grady College alumnus Dick Yarbrough (ABJ ’59), is an experiential work program in which Grady College students work alongside the office of communications to produce content for the college website, social media messages and public relations strategy for the semester.
Fiorante is a junior working toward her public relations degree and communication studies minor while participating on Georgia’s NCAA Division 1 equestrian team. She served as Tigard High School’s newspaper editor her senior year, Class of 2016, which sparked her love for journalism and PR. She attended the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity on a study abroad program last summer, and is a member of Public Relations Student Society of America.
Currently, Fiorante is searching for summer internships within the public relations industry.
Miller is a fifth-year honors student at the University of Georgia finishing a bachelor’s degree in art education, a bachelor’s degree in public relations and minor in design and media. She has experience designing for on-campus organizations (Student Government Association, University Union and the Office of International Education), and off campus for Lenz Marketing (Decatur, Georgia) and its clients (Emory University, Georgia Urology, SouthCoast Health, PT Solutions).
Miller plans to complete her degrees this spring, and is pursuing a career in graphic design and public relations.
Yarbrough has funded the fellowship since 2010, offering students a chance to get hands-on experience in the journalism and public relations field.
“I can never repay my alma mater for what it has meant to me,” Yarbrough said. “I am so impressed with the quality of the students there today and hope that perhaps the fellowship will give the recipients a learning opportunity they might not have been able to receive otherwise. The only thing I ask in return is that when they are able that they give back to the next generation that will succeed them.”