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Land Grant Films, a documentary production program housed in the UT School of Journalism and Electronic Media, will receive a $10,000 grant from East Tennessee Public Broadcast Stations (ETPBS) to produce a series of microdocumentaries telling the stories of local post-9/11 veterans.

“This project provides us a great opportunity to work with our students to produce important stories that will shine a light on the positive ways East Tennessee organizations are working with recent veterans to ensure successful reintegration and rehabilitation,” said Nick Geidner, associate professor of journalism and electronic media and director of Land Grant Films.

The grant is part of a $25,000 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to be shared by Land Grant Films, East Tennessee PBS, and WUOT, the National Public Radio station licensed to UT. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting announced the grant May 1, along with grants to 13 other public television stations.

The grants serve to support CPB’s Veterans Coming Home: Finding What Works initiative. The initiative focuses on creating digital-first, solutions-based content highlighting examples of veterans “finding what works” as they transition to civilian life. The nationwide projects will culminate in a digital series premiering on Veterans’ Day, November 11, 2018.

Land Grant Films was launched several years ago by Nick Geidner, a professor in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media, as a way to give students hands-on experience in documentary storytelling while providing video assets for local nonprofit organizations.


Donna Silvey (865-974-6727,