News 2004-2005 Academic Year


Journalism Graduates Give Mixed Support To Many Media Rights, Study Shows

Despite their specialized training, graduates of university journalism and mass communication programs in the United States are not absolutists in terms of media rights, a study by researchers at the University of Georgia has revealed. The findings of the study were released at a public opinion conference in November in Chicago.


Public Health Training Program Changed How Journalists Work, Cox Center Researchers Tell Administrators at Stanford Meeting

Journalists who participated in a public health training program were more likely to write health stories but less likely to use individual doctors or patients as sources of stories they wrote after they participated in the program, researchers from the University of Georgia reported at a meeting at Stanford University in July.


Audrey Greeson Joins Center As Program Specialist

Audrey Greeson, a native of Elberton, joined the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research at the University of Georgia in July as administrative specialist, where she oversees domestic and international accounts, manages payroll and plans travel for Center staff.



Tailored Program Set for Romanian Investigative Journalist

Stefan Candea, director of the Center for Investigative Journalism in Bucharest, Romania, spent three weeks in July and August in the United States learning about American investigative reporting and journalism and mass communication education.



Dr. Tudor Vlad Appointed Research Scientist

Dr. Tudor Vlad was appointed research scientist by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia in late May. Dr. Vlad is assistant director of the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research at the University of Georgia.


Romanian Journalists, Carter Center Representatives Learn About Health Initiatives Through Cox Center Program

Collaboration between health experts and professional communicators can lead to successful health campaigns and to a better informed public a health communication expert told two Romanian journalists and eight representatives of the Carter Center Mental Health Program during their visit to the University of Georgia in June.


Journalism Educators from Serbia and U.S. Explore Differences and Commonalities in Approaches

Three days of discussions in May among faculty members teaching journalism at the University of Belgrade in Serbia and Clark Atlanta University and the University of Georgia in the United States underscored similarities in the approaches to journalism education in the two countries as well as differences.


Director Becker Discusses U.S. Elections In Symposium on Ukrainian Orange Revolution

The 2004 United States presidential election leaves “unsettled” many issues in the United States, Dr. Lee B. Becker from the University of Georgia told about 130 participants in a symposium on Ukrainian Political Journalism Before and After Elections at Lutsk Liberal Arts University in Ukraine in May.


16 Journalists Meet in Central Philippines To Discuss Alternative Ways to Cover Conflict

Sixteen Filipino and Indonesian journalists gathered in Cebu in the central Philippines in April for a workshop on Alternative Approaches to Covering Conflict organized by the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research in collaboration with the Konrad Adenauer Center for Journalism at Ateneo de Manila University and the Gaston Z. Ortigas Peace Institute.


Turkish EU Expert Dr. Kemal Kirisci Discusses Turkey and the European Union

The debate regarding Turkey’s accession to the European Union reflects differences in political and historical views of the meaning of Europe, a Turkish expert on the European Union told University of Georgia students and faculty in March in a lecture organized by the Cox Center.



Two Serbian Professors Spend One Month In Grady College Exchange Program

During a meeting with University of Georgia faculty and graduate students in February, two Serbian professors participating in a faculty exchange program said journalism education in their Home country is more theoretical than in the United States, but they said market forces are bringing about change.


New Project Launched with Hewlett Foundation Support To Study Evaluations of Midcareer Journalism Training

Researchers in the Cox Center at the University of Georgia have launched a new project to integrate existing research on the impact of journalism training programs on working journalists. The project is being funded by a grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.


Collaborative Project on Conflict Resolution Launched with Planning Meeting in Manila

Representatives of the three organizations collaborating on a program to improve media coverage of conflict agreed at a meeting in Manila in late December to hold the first workshop for journalists April of 2005, in Cebu City. The project is funded by a United States Institute of Peace grant to the University of Georgia.


Center Researchers Release Findings of Study of Impact of “News Philosophy” on News Production

News organizations have strategic approaches to the coverage of news, and these approaches have impact on the story ideas that journalists generate and on the structures and techniques used to tell those stories, researchers from the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research at the University of Georgia reported in November.


Cox Center, University of Belgrade Partners Meet in Belgrade to Plan Three-Year Project

Representatives of the University of Georgia and of the University of Belgrade plotted out a three-year plan of academic exchange in a meeting in Belgrade in November and agreed to begin faculty visits early in 2005 and to hold a workshop in Belgrade in early spring of that year.

Experts talk with Moldovan Journalists and NGO Leaders about the Role of Civil Society and Media in Elections

Experts from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia presented an overview of communication law and media coverage of the elections in the United States to eight journalists and NGO leaders from Moldova during a one-day program organized by the Cox Center in October.


Two Chinese Editors Begin Management Training Program

Two Chinese editors from Jiefang Daily Group began a two-month visit to the University of Georgia in October to learn about management of media groups and about newspaper distribution systems. They will use this new expertise to improve the operation of their newspaper group in Shanghai and to develop an alternative distribution system for their publications.


Azeri Journalists and Media Experts Discuss Public Broadcasting in the U.S.

Public Broadcasting is susceptible to political pressure, almost regardless of the setting, Dr. Hollifield warned four journalists and media experts from Azerbaijan visiting the University of Georgia in September.



Jennifer Sudduth Joins Cox Center as New Program Coordinator

Jennifer Sudduth, a native Georgian and a graduate of the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business, has joined the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research as program coordinator with responsibility for the financial management.