News 2003-2004 Academic Year


Cox Center Researchers Release Job Market Study at Conference of Educators in Toronto

Graduates of journalism and mass communication programs in the United States had difficulty finding work in 2003 and 2004, and those who did find work received lower salaries and poorer benefits packages than did graduates a year earlier, according to the Annual Survey of Journalism & Mass Communication Graduates.


Cox Center Researchers Release Two Reports at Media Conference in Brazil

Midcareer training programs for journalists have an impact on what the journalists do once they return to work, according to a research by the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research released at a conference in Brazil in July. Another Cox Center report at the Brazil conference reviewed efforts at evaluation of press freedom around the world.


Cox Center Hosts Venezuelan Broadcast Journalist

Broadcast journalist Ana Karina Villalba visited the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication in early July to learn about investigative journalism and media law in the United States and about international media training programs.



Cox Center Director Says Small Media in U.S. Devote Limited Resources to Foreign News

Small media organizations in the United States traditionally devote limited resources to international news, in part because they see their mission as local in nature, Dr. Lee B. Becker, director of the Cox Center, told journalists and researchers gathered at a special session on coverage of the Korean nuclear crisis at a conference in Seattle in July.


Cox Center Graduate Research Assistant Participates in European Exchange Program

A Cox Center Graduate Research Assistant joined 12 other American broadcast journalists and academicians for a two-week program in Europe to learn about the political, economic, and media landscape of post-reunification Germany and topics under debate by the European Commission and NATO.

U.S. and Romanian Experts Say Negative Campaigns an Issue

American election coverage is locked in a cycle of negativity, a group of American journalists and political campaign experts observed during a week of discussions with their counterparts in Romania in late May. The Romanians said they recognized the problem in their campaigns as well.


Mrs. Betty Gage Holland Dies in Atlanta

Mrs. Betty Gage Holland, widow of James M. Cox Jr., died in Atlanta on May 15. Mrs. Holland supported the work of the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research at the University of Georgia as a living memorial to Mr. Cox, who died in 1974.



Peru Workshop Focuses on Bridging Gap Between Health Scientists and Journalists

Scientists and journalists have different work habits, but a bridge between the two groups can be created through open discussions of the sort that took place in Trujillo, Peru, in late April, according to the journalists, scientists and health information specialists who participated.


Mexican Journalists Discuss Media Law, Investigative Journalism During One-Day Visit to Cox Center and Grady College

U.S. Media law has traditionally provided strong support for free speech, Dr. William Lee, an expert on First Amendment law and a professor in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication told three Mexican journalists visiting the College in April.


Experts at University of Georgia Discuss Internet Issues with Belarusian Journalists

Journalists from Belarus talked with experts about online journalism in the United States during a visit to the University of Georgia in April. The discussions focused on legal issues surrounding the Internet and on the use of the Internet in reporting.


Pre-Election Planning Important, Ukrainian Journalists Told

Pre-election planning is a key for good election coverage, journalists working in cities in eastern and central Ukraine were advised in workshops in late March and early April in Dnipropetrovs'k and Vynnytsia.



Knight CDC Program Has Impact on Journalists, Researchers in Cox Center and CDC Report

A study conducted at the University of Georgia shows that the Knight Public Health Journalism Boot Camp and the Knight Public Health Journalism Fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention helped journalists understand how complex health issues are and how important is to make sure they cover these issues accurately.


Cox Center Director Lectures at Samoa Polytechnic

Journalism practice differs around the world, but one constant concern of journalists is good writing, Dr. Lee B. Becker, director of the Cox Center at the University of Georgia, told journalism students during two days of lectures at Samoa Polytechnic in late February.


Center Researchers Examine Consequences of Group Membership

Cox Center Team reports at Chicago meeting that small daily newspapers that are part of a newspaper group in which journalists can move up through the ranks to larger properties report higher levels of minority staffing in their newsrooms than do small newspapers that do not have such a journalistic labor market.


Emerging Media Markets May Be Too Competitive

Print and broadcast media in emerging markets may have too much competition in relation to the economic resources available, according to preliminary research findings by a research team in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. The imbalance is made worse by the existence of subsidized media in many of these markets.


Tracie Goode is Newest Member Of Cox Center Staff

Tracie Goode has become the newest member of the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research staff.



Three Broadcast Journalists from Germany Meet Students, Faculty, Media Professionals

Broadcast journalists Petra Noelkensmeier, Julia Leonhard, and Isabelle Tuemena met faculty and students in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia the last week of October and toured the University of Georgia campus.


Syrian Journalism Educators Visit Center On Three-Week U.S. Tour

Three journalism professors from Syria, touring the United States on a three-week trip, visited the University of Georgia in late September to learn about journalism education and the role of media in the United States.



Cox Center Hosts Nepalese Communication Expert

The director of the Triveni Academy in Nepal spent three weeks in September in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication learning about American journalism and mass communication education and about US media.


Cox Center Director and Former Student Reunited

Fifteen years after they had last seen each other, Cox Center Director Dr. Lee B. Becker and Dr. Idowu Sobowale from Nigeria got back together in August and began planning collaborative projects for the future.



Cox Center Hosts Scholars From Korea and Ukraine

A broadcast journalist from the Republic of Korea and a newspaper journalist from Ukraine joined the Cox Center in August as visiting scholars. One was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to support research for his doctoral dissertation. The other will earn a master's degree as part of her Muskie Fellowship.