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Hi, I’m Nick Geidner. I’m currently an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee, where I run Land Grant Films, an Emmy-nominated documentary production program. Most recently, we produced The Library That Dolly Built, a feature-length documentary about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

I also serve as the director of graduate studies for the School of Journalism and Electronic Media, where I oversee the journalism concentrations within the college-level masters and doctoral programs. Most recently, I led the redesign of our masters concentration to make it more project-based and professionally-oriented. The program, launching in fall 2022, will focus on community-engaged, solutions-based reporting.

Current Projects

Howard Baker’s America [Tentative Title] – Land Grant Films is partnering with with the Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee to produce a documentary about the late Senator Howard Baker. I’ll be directing and producing the film and will be working with a UT student crew. This project is currently in preproduction with the film expected to premiere in spring of 2023.

TVA Connected Communities Project – Land Grant Films is partnering with East Tennessee PBS and the Tennessee Valley Authority to produce a series of short videos aimed at 7 to 12-year-old children. The videos will introduce students to available jobs and careers in our community and relate those careers to concepts the are learning in school. This project is funded via a grant from TVA for the next two years and is still in development.

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