News 2006-2007 Academic Year


Ethiopian Dean Reviews Outcomes of Project Four Years After Project Collaboration Ended  

Tegest Heruy, dean of the School of Journalism and Communication at Unity University College in Ethiopia, summarized the outcomes of a collaboration between her program at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia during a three-day workshop in Washington in August.


Cox Center Researcher Discusses Romanian Journalism Education  

Journalism and journalism education are more varied in Romania today than they were before the fall of communism in 1989, a University of Georgia researcher said at a conference in Paris in July. Problems remain, however, with the education and practice of journalists in the country.


Cox Center Director Reviews Research Linking Media to Democratization

Researchers interested in monitoring the media should examine their assumptions about what shapes the media system and the media’s impact on democratization, University of Georgia media scholar Dr. Lee B. Becker told researchers and practitioners at a conference in Switzerland in late June.


Cox Center Researchers Suggest Strategy To Assess Impact of Journalism Education  

Despite the variation in types of journalism education around the world, very little research has been done to compare the different program approaches, University of Georgia researchers told journalism educators at the first World Journalism Education Congress in Singapore in late June.


Four Journalists from Morocco Discuss Broadcast Education, Practice  

Four Moroccan broadcast journalists visited the University of Georgia on June 19, 2007 to discuss broadcast education and practice as well as media law and Cox Center international research projects. The visit was coordinated by the Georgia Council for International Visitors.


Jamaican Journalism Discusses Graduate Programs During Visit  

Claudine Housen, a Jamaican reporter and photographer, discussed U.S. print and broadcast journalism and academic graduate programs in mass communication during a visit in May to the University of Georgia. The trip was funded through the Group Study Exchange program of The Rotary Foundation.


Workshop For Journalists and Journalism Students Focuses on Conflict and Culture Sensitive Reporting  

The Conflict and Culture Sensitive Reporting Workshop, held May 21-23 in Honiara in the Solomon Islands, was designed to help Pacific Islands journalists better understand how violence creates trauma for both victims and journalists themselves.


Serbian and U.S. Experts Discuss Media Diversity  

Serbian and U.S. journalism educators, journalists and nongovernmental officials discussed the experiences of their countries with various types of diversity during a three-day workshop held at the University of Belgrade’s College of Political Science in May.


Grady Graduate Wins Fulbright To Study at University in Beijing

A Spring 2007 graduate of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia has received a Fulbright grant to study environmental journalism in Beijing, China. Kelly Proctor also received an award to study Chinese.


Serbian Dean and a Beginning Instructor Visit Grady To Learn about Journalism Education in the U.S.

The associate dean for international affairs of the College of Political Sciences at Belgrade University, and graduate student just beginning her career as an instructor spent a month at the University of Georgia in the spring of 2007 learning about instruction for students in journalism and related professions.


Cox Center Director Gives Lectures, Visits Media in Saudi Arabia

Lectures on journalism education in the United States, including the accrediting process, visits to media organizations, and discussions of U.S. public opinion were all part of Dr. Lee B. Becker’s week-long visit to King Saud University in Saudi Arabia in March. Dr. Becker is director of the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research at the University of Georgia.  


Professor from University of Cairo Begins Stay in Center as Visiting Scholar

Egyptian scholar and communications expert Dr. Ayman Nada joined the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research at the University of Georgia in late January to begin collaborative research on media and public opinion.


U.S. Public Opinion Negative About Iraq Before U.S. 2003 Invasion Began

Despite the common view that the George W. Bush administration rallied public opinion to support the 2003 war in Iraq, there is little evidence that such movement of public opinion took place, a University of Georgia researcher told public opinion experts in Cairo, Egypt, in early February.



Research Clerk Yannick Morgan Offers Advice in Carter Symposium

Yannick Morgan called for direct talks between the U.S. and North Korea and improved cultural exchanges between America and Iran during a three-day symposium at the University of Georgia on lessons from the presidency of Jimmy Carter. Morgan is an undergraduate research clerk in the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research.


Georgia Journalism Student Joins Intensive German Fulbright Program

University of Georgia student Dale Hackler joined a group of 19 other red-eyed and tired American journalists and journalism students in exchanging greetings and light jokes at Tegel airport in Berlin in early December. It was the beginning of the Fulbright 2006 Berlin Capital Program, and for Hackler, it was a first-trip to Germany.


Media Only Partly to Blame For War Misunderstanding, Research Conclude After Analysis of Public Opinion

While the media are likely to have contributed to public mistaken beliefs about reasons for the U.S. invasion of Iraq, evidence that the media played a major role in creating the misunderstanding is lacking, researchers at the University of Georgia and the University of Nebraska have concluded. Declining support for the war in Iraq may explain why people have changed their views about the case for the war, rather than the other way around, the researchers suggested at a conference in Chicago in November.


Serbian Professor Raves about Exchange After Spending Month in Georgia

Two Serbian Professors participated in a program at the University of Georgia and Clark Atlanta University in the fall of 2006 that contributed to their understanding of journalism education in the United States.


Nine Students From United Arab Emirates Spend Day with Grady Faculty and Students  

It did not take long for the students from Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates to find common interests with the students from the University of Georgia. Only an hour into their visit to the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, the nine students from Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates were engaged in a wide-ranging discussion of tests, class projects, classroom facilities, and the everyday details of study in the United States.


Eighteen Chinese Broadcast Managers Join Cox Center Two-Week Training Program

Eighteen broadcast managers and government officials from China’s Sichuan Province participated in a training program in November on managerial skills to operate modern broadcast companies, trends in American broadcasting, marketing skills, leadership, budgeting and human resources


3 German Broadcast Journalists Met With Faculty and Students

Three German broadcast journalists learned about the Peabody Awards Program, toured the independent student daily newspaper, and met with graduate students and faculty during their one-week visit to the University of Georgia in October.



German Public Opinion Scholar Says Research Contributes to Journalism

Journalism is "a great intellectual profession," German media scholar Dr. Wolfgang Donsbach told University of Georgia students and faculty in October. Journalists need to become aware of empirical research on the practice of and effects of journalism, he added.


Assistant Director Vlad Delivers Lectures At Indiana University School of Journalism

Despite the prominence of mid-career training programs for working journalists in the United States and around the world, little is known about their effectiveness, Dr. Tudor Vlad said during a lecture at the Indiana University School of Journalism in October.


Cox Center Muskie Fellow Specializes in Public Relations

Muskie Fellow Ekaterina Shmykova from Russia enrolled in the graduate program of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication in August with the goal of learning more about the techniques of public relations



Syrian and Indonesian Journalists Join Georgia Students For Discussion of the Media and the Politics of the Middle East

Four Syrian and two Indonesian journalists joined 45 students and faculty members at the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia on August 21 in a lively discussion about media practices in the three countries and about war and politics.