News 2011-2012 Academic Year
The job market for graduates of the nation's journalism and mass communication programs showed signs of improvements in 2011 and 2012, continuing the trend from a year earlier, researchers from the University of Georgia told a gathering of journalism educators in Chicago in early August.
University of Georgia researchers coordinated a special issue of the French academic journal, ESSACHESS - Journal for Communication Studies, that was published in July and focused on trends in evaluation of media freedom and the role of the media in the democratization process.
The public is able to provide quite meaningful assessments of the level of media freedom in the country of residence, researchers from the University of Georgia and the Gallup organization reported at a conference of communication scholars in Durban, South Africa, in July.
While Freedom House and Reporters Without Borders use seemingly similar measures of press freedom around the world, important differences between the measures exist, researchers from the University of Georgia and the University of Hamburg told a gathering of international scholars in Lyon, France, in early July.
Cox International Center Director Dr. Lee B. Becker returned in June to an institute in Germany where he has taught twice before to deliver two short courses, one focusing on his research on measurement of media freedom and the other an overview of the changing landscape for journalism in the United States.
Experts from Romania and the United States told about 40 students, faculty and journalists gathered at the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration in Bucharest in early May that political polling is now an integral part of election coverage in both countries.
Swedish journalist Annika Berge spent one week at the University of Georgia in April learning about consumer journalism in the United States and about changes in the U.S. media landscape produced by the new technologies and by the economic crisis.
Laura Schneider, a doctoral student from the University of Hamburg, completed a four-week visit to the Cox International Center at the University of Georgia in late April where she worked on her dissertation research and on a collaborative research project on discrepancies in press freedom indicators.
Dr. Lee B. Becker, director of the Cox International Center at the University of Georgia, was an invited participant at Columbia University in New York in April for a round-table discussion of the future of professional master's level education in journalism.
Austrian Journalist Thomas Frank spent three days at the University of Georgia in April learning about the media and about political, economic and social issues in the state of Georgia.
Dr. Tudor Vlad, the associate director of the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research at the University of Georiga, worked with Romanian faculty in March in Bucharest to redesign the goals and the curriculum of the doctoral program in communication.
University of Georgia researchers told a gathering of experts at the Harriman Institute of Columbia University in early March that they began their investigation of press freedom indicators as skeptics but became confident in the measures as their work progressed.
Dr. Tudor Vlad, associate director of the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research at the University of Georgia, conducted four workshops in the Republic of Moldova in December after having been selected for the project by the European Union Center for Press Freedom and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
When individuals evaluate the media in their country, they incorporate their assessments of other institutions, such as the government itself, as well as their own views about political issues, researchers at the University of Georgia and Gallup told a gathering of public opinion researchers in Chicago in November.
Twenty-five Chinese government officials discussed with Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication faculty the tradition of investigative journalism in the United States and the role of media in combating corruption during their visit at the University of Georgia in November.
Ten journalists from former Soviet countries engaged in an exchange about media in their countries and the U.S. during a pizza lunch with faculty and students at the University of Georgia in early November.
For almost two centuries, the legitimacy of the occupation of a journalist has depended on the printing and distribution of the journalists' products via mass media. Now, the new technologies have changed this situation and are challenging the status of professional journalists.
Citizens around the world are able to make assessments of the amount of freedom of the countries in which they live, but the level of confidence they have in the media is unrelated to the level of freedom they think the media have.