Research Projects 1998-2004

The Cox Center conducts research in support of its general mission of understanding and enhancing the performance of free and independent media systems around the world.


Research on the role of the media in democratization
  • In 1998 and 1999, the Cox Center examined the impact of the Knight International Press Fellowship Program on journalists, media organizations, journalistic practice and nonmedia institutions in the societies served.
  • In 2000 the Cox Center completed an evaluation for the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors of internal assessment programs used by BBG.
  • In 2001 the Cox Center initiated a review of the existent literature in the social sciences that examine the role played by the mass media in the development of democracy.
Research on how media organizations structure news coverage, with particular focus on the coverage of international news
Research on copyright and its consequences
Research on the U.S. labor market in journalism and mass communication
  • The Annual Survey of Journalism & Mass Communication Enrollments and the Annual Survey of Journalism & Mass Communication Graduates and a series of companion surveys are housed in the Cox Center and used extensively in Cox Center programs.
  • In 2002, Cox Center researchers confirmed a major assumption about hiring in the daily newspaper industry, namely that large daily newspapers hire few students directly from college, preferring to hire instead experienced journalists. Click here to download this paper.
  • Hugh J. Martin, Lee B. Becker, and Tudor Vlad released a report on communication professionals and their attitudes on unions and workplace rights at the MAPOR Conference in 2002. Click here to download this paper.
Research on the impact of midcareer training on the work of journalists
Research on the role of the media in transmitting information about health
  • In 2002, Dr. Becker and Jisu Huh presented a paper on direct-to-consumer prescription drug advertising and the impact this has among various demographics and exposure to new prescription drugs. Click here to download this paper.