News 2014-2015 Academic Year



High Levels of Competition Are Found to be Associated With Low Levels of Journalistic Performance

A research team from the University of Georgia and from two Swedish universities has found added support for their earlier findings that, contrary to traditional economic theory, high levels of competition can be detrimental to the production of high quality journalism.



Egyptian Journalists Discuss Media and Democracy During Grady Visit

Four Egyptian journalists spent a day in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication in early August to learn about the relationship between media and the process of democratization and the impact of new technologies on the U.S. mass communication landscape.



Media Need More Than Financial Resources to be Viable

Media in a country need more than just financial resources to be viable, University of Georgia researcher Dr. C. Ann Hollifield told a gathering of international scholars at the University Lyon 2 in late June.



Easy to Overstate Problems of Measurement of Media Freedom, Researcher Says

Researchers should be careful not to overstate the problems of measuring media freedom at the level of the nation state, University of Georgia's Dr. Lee B. Becker told a group of scholars at the conference of the International Communication Association in late May.



Conference on the Role of Education in Regional Security in Europe

Powell A. Moore, an expert in national security and international relations, said Russia should not fear the proposed U.S. missile shield during his keynote speech at a conference in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, in May.



Social Media Central Topic in Workshop in Romania on Public Participation

The social media have made a big difference in bringing about public participation, Ismail Radwan, a specialist at the World Bank, told the gathering at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration in Bucharest, Romania, in May.



Zambian Television Executives Discuss Digital Transition During Visit in May

The five representatives of Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) were on a mission. They pledged to meet a deadline for migration from analogue to digital, and they wanted to learn from their American counterparts.



German Reporter Learns About U.S. Politics and Media at the University of Georgia

German journalist Matthais Kolb spent four days at the University of Georgia in March studying the effects of new information technologies on the media and society, examining the monitoring programs of U.S. intelligence agencies, and exploring political, economic, and social trends in America.



Swiss Journalist Studies Effects of Global Economy on Smaller Communities

Swiss journalist Romina Spina spent five days at the University of Georgia in March learning about teaching ethics in the era of new communication technologies and about the impact of globalization on smaller communities.



Associate Director Lectures in China on Corporate Communication

Learning how to communicate in a different culture and how to deal with foreign media is crucial for companies that plan to work in international environments, Dr. Tudor Vlad, associate director of the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research, told a group of 50 Chinese managers in Beijing in March.



Tieger Joins Cox Center Board

Carolyn Tieger, an independent communications consultant living in Naples, Florida, has joined the Board of Visitors of the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research.



Mexican Graduate Student Conducts Research in Grady College

Carlos Alberto Diaz, a graduate student at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, spent a month at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia one month working on his master's thesis on gender and advertising.



Swedish Journalist and Chief Foreign Analyst Visits the University of Georgia

Swedish journalist Therese Larsson Hultin spent four days at the University of Georgia in early December learning about the U.S. Media system and about politics and religion in the state of Georgia.



Cox Center Associate Director Is Keynote Speaker At International Conference In Prague

The media market in Central and Eastern Europe has been oversaturated since the 1989 fall of communism in the region, Dr. Tudor Vlad told a group of international journalists, scholars and politicians at a conference in Prague in November.



Elite Evaluators and Public Differ In Some Assessments Of Media Freedom, And That Is Informative, Research Team Reports

While evaluators at Freedom House and Reporters Without Borders largely agree with the general public in their assessments of media freedom in countries around the world, the discrepancies are informative, a research team reported at a meeting of public opinion researchers in November.



Fourteen French-Speaking Journalists Visit Georgia As Murrow Fellows

Fourteen journalists from French-speaking countries came to the United States in October and November to examine the rights and responsibilities of a free press in a democracy and to observe operational practices and standards of U.S. media coverage of elections.


UGA Delegation Discusses Multi-Disciplinary Partnership With Babes-Bolyai University, Romania

A delegation from the University of Georgia traveled to Cluj-Napoca, Romania, in late September to present a renewed memorandum of agreement between the university and Babes-Bolyai University.



Panelists Offer Advice On Relations Between Government Press Officers and Journalists For Kenyan Delegation

Dr. C. Ann Hollifield told a delegation of nine high-level government information officers from Kenya visiting the University of Georgia in late September that the key to reducing conflict between journalists and public relations practitioners is for each side to understand the motivations and goals of the other.



Fulbright Scholar From Romania Joins Cox Center For Academic Year 2014-2015

Oana Stefanita, a doctoral student at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration in Bucharest, Romania, joined the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research in August as a visiting scholar.