News 2008-2009 Academic Year


Cox Center Associate Director Discusses Impact of the Economic Crisis on the Media

It is necessary to think anew about media systems because models that worked in the past do not function anymore, a University of Georgia researcher said in a presentation attended by 20 journalists in Moscow in August.


Journalism Job Market Weakened Cox Researchers Tell Educators

The sharp downturn in the national economy had significant impact on the job market that the 2008 journalism and mass communication graduates entered, researchers from the University of Georgia reported in early August at a conference of journalism educators in Boston.



High School Journalism Has Lasting Effect, Research by Cox Center Scientists Show

U.S. journalism and mass communication students who participate in high school journalism activities have more success in the job market once they complete their university studies, researchers at the University of Georgia reported at a scientific conference held in Mexico City in late July.


Cox Team Contributes to Short Course At Central European University in Budapest

Experts from the University of Georgia spent a week in Budapest in late June and early July helping students from 19 countries understand research methods that can be used to evaluate media assistance projects.


Cox Research Team Reports on Media Freedom Indicators At Central European University Conference in Budapest

Countries rated high in media freedom by Freedom House and Reporters Without Borders also are rated as having press freedom by their citizens, researchers at the University of Georgia reported at a June conference at the Central European University in Budapest.


Cox Center and Poynter Institute Launch Global Issues Course  

NewsU at the Poynter Instute in St. Petersburg, Fla., has launched an online course for journalists at small and medium-sized media organizations to help them develop new skills in local coverage of global issues. This course, developed by the Cox International Center at the University of Georgia, was launched on June 22nd. It is available at Registration is free of charge.


Workshop in Russia Focuses on Change Resulting Economic Crisis and Technology

Media leaders should learn how to manage people and focus their products to make it through the current economic crisis and manage technological change, Russian and American experts told journalism leaders in a two-day workshop in Samara, Russia, in early June.


Study Shows Freedom of Expression Funding More Difficult Now than Year Ago  

Organizations promoting freedom of expression are having increasing difficulty finding funding for their work, according to a study released at the Global Forum on Freedom of Expression in Oslo, Norway, in early June by researchers from the University of Georgia.


Six Iraqi Journalists Discuss Their Work With Grady College Students and Faculty

Six Iraqi journalists joined 25 Grady College students and faculty members on April 13 in a discussion of media practices in Iraq and the United States and of public opinion about the military, social and political situation in Iraq.


Egypt Enjoys Favorable Evaluation By U.S. Population, Cox Researcher Said

Egypt has enjoyed a more favorable evaluation by the U.S. population than other Arab countries during the 2001-2007 interval, University of Georgia media researcher Dr. Tudor Vlad told participants at the Egyptian American Intercultural Dialog in Atlanta in early April.


Cox Center Director Celebrates Nigerian Scholar Idowu Sobowale

The Director of the Cox International Center at the University of Georgia told his audience he selected the topic of his keynote address at the conference in Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria, to honor Dr. Idowu Sobowale, the head of the Department of Mass Communication at Olabisi Onabanjo University. That topic was media freedom. 


Russian Union of Journalists and Cox Center Agree on Three Workshops for Regions

Representatives of the Russian Union of Journalists and the University of Georgia’s Cox Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research agreed during five days of meetings in Moscow in February to collaborate on three workshops during the remainder of the year.


Center Directors Will Serve as Professors For Course on Assessing Media Assistance

The director and the associate director of the Cox International Center at the University of Georgia will be two of the three core professors for a summer course on media assistance in Budapest, Hungary, in July of 2009.

Director of Cox Center and Research Colleague Join University of Belgrade for Anniversary Conference

Two University of Georgia professors joined with academics gathered in Belgrade in late November to help the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Belgrade celebrate the 40th anniversary of its founding.

Press Freedom Plays Indirect Role In Shaping Feelings of Well-Being

The level of press freedom in a country plays a role in shaping citizen assessments of their subjective well-being, researchers at the University of Nebraska, the University of Georgia and The Gallup Organization reported in November at a conference in Chicago.


Liberian Legislators and Educators Discuss the Role of Media in Democracies

Nine Liberian members of the Parliament and educators talked about media coverage of government in the United States and Liberia and the role of media in combating corruption during a session in the state Capitol in Atlanta in November.


Executive Secretary of Russian Union of Journalists Visited Grady College to Discussion Collaboration

The executive secretary of the Russian Union of Journalists in Moscow visited the University of Georgia in November to discuss a collaboration between the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and her organization.


Fulbright Scholars, Rotary International Student Join Grady College for Academic Year

Three international visitors–from Denmark, Latvia and Romania--are being hosted by the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research at the University of Georgia for academic year 2008-2009.