News 2017-2018 Academic Year
Dr. Leara Rhodes, journalism professor in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, told an audience of 30 faculty, students and friends on March 26, 2018, that her book Peace Through Media is in part the result of her experiences while conducting mass communication research and teaching abroad.
Twenty-four journalists from countries all over the world visited the United States in May to examine the rights and responsibilities of a free press in a democracy and the principles and laws governing the press in the United States, to discuss best practices in correcting misinformation reports and ensuring that reports are fact checked, and to assess the impact of social media, new communication technologies, citizen journalism, and alternative forms of investigative reporting.
"Some people see movies as fiction works - 'Reality ends here,' as the motto of a famous cinematic school says - while others tend to perceive them as mirrors of the real world," said Dr. Tudor Vlad, director of the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research, at a film festival in Chicago in April."
"President Trump's communication strategy has affected media coverage of politics and even how and what we define as news," CNN Vice President Tim Langmaid told a group of four Business and Public Communication Fellows and two Grady College faculty.
Swedish journalist Frida Wallnor spent three days at the University of Georgia in mid-March, discussing the future of the Democratic Party following the November 2016 presidential elections and President Trump's first year in the White House, and examining how journalism and mass communication education has been impacted by the technological revolution and by the economic crisis.
Economist magazine editor Leo Mirani spent three days at the University of Georgia in late February discussing journalism education and media economics in the United States.
Dr. Charles Davis, dean of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, told a group of five members of the Parliament of the country of Georgia, "We are living in an era of dramatic changes in the media industry, in an unprecedented rhythm, and we want our journalism and mass communication curriculum not only to reflect those changes, but to anticipate them, if possible."
A group of seven executives of Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, visited the University of Georgia in mid November. Their program was organized by the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research at the University of Georgia. The Center is an international outreach unit of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Italian journalist Lidia Catalano spent three days at the University of Georgia in early November talking with Grady College faculty about journalism and mass communication education and about the U.S. labor market.
Mayor Emil Boc told about 150 participants in the Transylvanian International Conference in Public Administration, "We have developed here in Cluj-Napoca an excellent relationship between the City Hall and Babes-Bolyai University. We have common projects and plans that benefit students, faculty and citizens of the city."
Dr. Charles Davis, dean of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, said that issues related to immunization that had been raised by Romanian speakers also exist in the United States.
Powell A. Moore told a group of forty government officials and journalists who participated in a two-day workshop in Chisinau, capital of the Republic of Moldova, "The 24-hour news channels have changed the way politicians work in Washington."
Journalism and mass communication schools in the United States have tried to adapt their curricula to better prepare their students for communication jobs, Dr. Tudor Vlad, director of the Cox International Center, told a group of Korean and Chinese communication experts in September.
Drs. Stefan Bratosin and Mihaela Tudor of the Paul Valery University of Montpellier, France, visited the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication in September to talk about joint research in communication.