News 2004-2005 Academic Year
Despite their specialized training, graduates of university journalism and mass communication programs in the United States are not absolutists in terms of media rights, a study by researchers at the University of Georgia has revealed. The findings of the study were released at a public opinion conference in November in Chicago.
Journalists who participated in a public health training program were more likely to write health stories but less likely to use individual doctors or patients as sources of stories they wrote after they participated in the program, researchers from the University of Georgia reported at a meeting at Stanford University in July.
Audrey Greeson, a native of Elberton, joined the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research at the University of Georgia in July as administrative specialist, where she oversees domestic and international accounts, manages payroll and plans travel for Center staff.
Stefan Candea, director of the Center for Investigative Journalism in Bucharest, Romania, spent three weeks in July and August in the United States learning about American investigative reporting and journalism and mass communication education.
Dr. Tudor Vlad was appointed research scientist by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia in late May. Dr. Vlad is assistant director of the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research at the University of Georgia.
Collaboration between health experts and professional communicators can lead to successful health campaigns and to a better informed public a health communication expert told two Romanian journalists and eight representatives of the Carter Center Mental Health Program during their visit to the University of Georgia in June.
Three days of discussions in May among faculty members teaching journalism at the University of Belgrade in Serbia and Clark Atlanta University and the University of Georgia in the United States underscored similarities in the approaches to journalism education in the two countries as well as differences.
The 2004 United States presidential election leaves “unsettled” many issues in the United States, Dr. Lee B. Becker from the University of Georgia told about 130 participants in a symposium on Ukrainian Political Journalism Before and After Elections at Lutsk Liberal Arts University in Ukraine in May.
Sixteen Filipino and Indonesian journalists gathered in Cebu in the central Philippines in April for a workshop on Alternative Approaches to Covering Conflict organized by the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research in collaboration with the Konrad Adenauer Center for Journalism at Ateneo de Manila University and the Gaston Z. Ortigas Peace Institute.
The debate regarding Turkey’s accession to the European Union reflects differences in political and historical views of the meaning of Europe, a Turkish expert on the European Union told University of Georgia students and faculty in March in a lecture organized by the Cox Center.
During a meeting with University of Georgia faculty and graduate students in February, two Serbian professors participating in a faculty exchange program said journalism education in their Home country is more theoretical than in the United States, but they said market forces are bringing about change.
Researchers in the Cox Center at the University of Georgia have launched a new project to integrate existing research on the impact of journalism training programs on working journalists. The project is being funded by a grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Representatives of the three organizations collaborating on a program to improve media coverage of conflict agreed at a meeting in Manila in late December to hold the first workshop for journalists April of 2005, in Cebu City. The project is funded by a United States Institute of Peace grant to the University of Georgia.
News organizations have strategic approaches to the coverage of news, and these approaches have impact on the story ideas that journalists generate and on the structures and techniques used to tell those stories, researchers from the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research at the University of Georgia reported in November.
Representatives of the University of Georgia and of the University of Belgrade plotted out a three-year plan of academic exchange in a meeting in Belgrade in November and agreed to begin faculty visits early in 2005 and to hold a workshop in Belgrade in early spring of that year.
Experts from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia presented an overview of communication law and media coverage of the elections in the United States to eight journalists and NGO leaders from Moldova during a one-day program organized by the Cox Center in October.
Two Chinese editors from Jiefang Daily Group began a two-month visit to the University of Georgia in October to learn about management of media groups and about newspaper distribution systems. They will use this new expertise to improve the operation of their newspaper group in Shanghai and to develop an alternative distribution system for their publications.
Public Broadcasting is susceptible to political pressure, almost regardless of the setting, Dr. Hollifield warned four journalists and media experts from Azerbaijan visiting the University of Georgia in September.
Jennifer Sudduth, a native Georgian and a graduate of the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business, has joined the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research as program coordinator with responsibility for the financial management.