News 2007-2008 Academic Year
The job market for graduates of U.S. journalism and mass communication university programs remained largely unchanged in the second half of 2007 and the first half of 2008 from a year earlier, according to a report released August 7 by researchers at the University of Georgia.
The associate director of the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research received the W. Lee Arrendale Award for Vocational Excellence from the Rotary Club of the Classic City of Athens in a ceremony in June.
A University of Georgia scientist said in a keynote address at a meeting in Sarajevo in early June that research shows that there has been little coordination among international media assistance funders and implementers
A journalism professor at the University of Georgia told three journalists from Panama during their visit to the university in June that investigative reporting tries to determine the actual truth about events by going beyond the accounts provided by different sources.
A team of Swedish and U.S. researchers told an international gathering of media scholars at the University of Stockholm in late August that they found no evidence that media markets with high levels of competition were those that also had better journalism. In fact, there was some evidence that higher levels of competition were actually associated with lower levels of journalistic performance.
No one has come with a perfect methodology to measure press freedom, because the concept itself has been defined in very different ways, University of Georgia media researcher Dr. Tudor Vlad told to a group of faculty and graduate students at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary, in early May.
The introduction of the Internet has not yet had dramatic impact on the entry-level job market in the communication field in the United States, University of Georgia researchers told a meeting at a business school in Sweden in late May.
Despite the expectation on the part of the media trainers and academics, the empirical evidence that media provide the information societies need to become democratic has not yet been assembled, the Cox Center Director at the University of Georgia said in a presentation before the BBC World Service Trust in April.
The director of the School of Business and Accountancy at the Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore and two of his colleagues spent a day in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia in April to discuss opportunities for collaboration in the area of advertising and public relations.
The Vice President for International Relations of Zeppelin University, Germany, spent two days at the University of Georgia in February discussing student and faculty exchanges involving the two universities.
The manager of European Radio for Belarus was quick to seize the opportunity to explain the operation of her station during a brief visit to the University of Georgia in December. Clearly she had practiced the description during her three-week visit to the United States.
Three faculty members from the Department of Mass Communication at Saudi Arabia’s King Saud University spent two days at the University of Georgia in February discussing curricular reform in mass communication education and the operation of specialized units that foster research and provide outreach to the media communities.
The James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research at the University of Georgia has launched two new projects focused on the training of journalists for coverage of global issues with $232,000 in support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Dr. Lee B. Becker, director of the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research, has been named to the Advisory Board of the McCormick Tribune New Media Women Entrepreneurs Initiative. The Board held its first meeting in January.
The associate dean of the College of Humanities at the Capital University of Economics and Business in Beijng, spent two days in January at the University of Georgia identifying opportunities for a collaboration between the mass communication programs of the two universities.
Dr. Tudor Vlad , who joined the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research at the University of Georgia in 1999, became associate director of the Center on January 1, 2008.
While the media played a role in informing the U.S. public about the controversy over the proposed purchase by a company from the United Arab Emirates of a company that operated U.S. ports, how members of the public interpreted the facts they received varied, University of Georgia researchers found.
Dr. Lee B. Becker, director of the James J. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research at the University of Georgia, received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the College of Communications and Information Studies at the University of Kentucky at an awards and recognition dinner on November 30.
The assistant director of the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research called for more coordination of journalism assistance projects and for increased knowledge of the local culture on the part of those delivering journalism training at a conference in Baku, Azerbaijan, in November.
The Chinese managers from Jiangxi Province took a break in their busy schedule of visits with governmental officials to learn about the challenges facing members of the journalistic occupation.
Thirteen South Korean journalists came to Athens in November to learn about the University of Georgia student newspaper, the local daily commercial newspaper, and the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.
The U.S. public evaluates individual Arab countries differently, and some of the differences in evaluation may reflect differences in the ways the U.S. media report on these countries, a research team reported at a conference in Chicago in November.
University of Georgia researchers said at a workshop in November that progress in measuring press freedom and related concepts has not been matched by progress in understanding the relationship of press freedom to the broader process of democratization.
A Serbian graduate student spent a month at the University of Georgia learning how the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication teaches students about visual communication, new media and other related areas..
Three German broadcast journalists spent a week in Georgia attending classes at the University of Georgia, touring media and cultural sites in Atlanta and relaxing in a long weekend on the coast.
A public relations specialist with managerial experience in retail has joined the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research at the University of Georgia as an Administrative Specialist.
Journalists meeting in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in late September formed an association to promote professional development, facilitate the exchange of regional news and provide support to members. Training was a top goal of the journalists.
A senior writer at The Hankook Ilbo (The Korean Times) joined the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research at the University of Georgia in mid August, where he will spend a year as a visiting scholar.