News 2009-2010 Academic Year

Researchers Find Weak Job Market for Journalism Graduates, Slowdown in Enrollment Growth

Graduates of U.S. journalism and mass communication programs in the spring of 2009 confronted a job market unlike any that graduates have encountered in the nearly 25 years for which comparable data are available, researchers from the University of Georgia reported in August.


African Journalists Visit the University of Georgia

Twenty broadcast journalists from 14 African francophone countries and from France visited the University of Georgia in July as part of a program that focused on promoting a better understanding of the history, structure, and functions of broadcasting in the U.S.


Confidence in Media Related to Press Freedom in a Complex Way, New Study Finds

The complex relationship between confidence in the media and societal measures of press freedom was revealed in a paper presented by researchers at the University of Georgia and at Gallup at the conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research in Portugal in July.


Grady College Hosts Delegation of Iraqi Journalists

Ten journalists from Iraq heard different perspectives on the media from faculty members at the University of Georgia in July as they participate in a program that focused on the role of media in the process of democratization.


Center Researchers Find Press Freedom Evaluations by African, European, and U.S. Organizations Similar

Evaluators from Africa reach similar conclusions to those from the U.S. and Europe about the status of press freedom in selected countries on the continent, a new study released at the second World Journalism Educatiion Conference in Grahamstown, South Africa, found.


Director Joins Discussions of Women Entrepreneur Applications

Cox International Center Director, Lee B. Becker joined six other members of the New Media Women Entreprenuers Advisory Board at a meeting in Washington on June 3 to review more than 500 applications for support from the McCormick Foundation New Media Women Entrepreneurs Initiative.

The winning four projects will be announced later this summer by Jan Schaffer, executive director of J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism at the School of Communication at American University, which runs the competiton.


Cox Center Names New Administrative Specialist

Laurie Anglin joined the Cox International Center as administrative specialist in late May. Prior to joining the Center, Anglin worked as an assistant controller and controller with various firms in Georgia and as an accounting manager at Sun Trust Bank. She most recently has been working at Community Bank & Trust in Winder, Ga.


Center Collaborates on Workshop on the Responsiblity of the Media and Public during Major Changes in the Industry

It is a time of unprecedented challenges and transformation in the media industry, and both the journalists and their audiences should reconsider their roles and responsibilities in this new communication era, Romanian and American experts said in a two-day workshop in Bucharest in early May.


Romanian Prospective Student Visits Grady College

Alexandra Vintila of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, spent 10 days in the Grady College in April, observing graduate courses and meeting UGA faculty and students. Vintila holds two Bachelorís degrees in marketing and management, one from Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and one from the University Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France. She is interested in earning a Masterís in advertising and public relations in the United States.


Cox Center Associate Director Discusses Program Needs in Republic of Moldova

Dr. Tudor Vlad, the associate director of the Cox International Center at the University of Georgia, visited journalism organizations, governmental bodies and nongovernmental communication institutions in April in the Republic of Moldova at the invitation of the communication advisor of the prime minister of the Moldovan government.


Becker Receives Award from Georgia River Network

The Georgia River Network named Cox International Center Director Dr. Lee B. Becker as its 2010 Volunteer of the Year at its annual conference in February on Jekyll Island. Dr. Becker was honored for founding Friends of Barber Creek and for his blog, Oconee County Observations, where he reports on governmental issues in his home county.


Cox Center Associate Director Vlad Discusses Media Development Research at New York Conference

Dr. Tudor Vlad from the University of Georgia called on donors, implementers and researchers to work collaboratively at a conference on media assistance held in New York in late January.

Vlad said that “Media assistance implementers know well what international programs are in place and how they are designed, but they also need good evaluations of the impact of these programs."


Researchers from University of Georgia Presented Papers at Public Opinion Conference

University of Georgia scholars presented papers at a gathering of nearly 200 public opinion researches in Chicago in November linking lay and elite evaluations of media freedom and showing the value of sampling from voter lists in studies of local communities.


Cox center Tells Cairo Meeting Pollsters Asked Wrong Questions about Palin

Political polling experts in the United States failed to ask the right questions about voter reactions to Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin, a University of Georgia professor told a gathering of public opinion researchers in Cairo, Egypt, in November.


Cox Center Associate Director Vlad Emphasizes Value of Collaboration to Romanians

The associate director of the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research at the University of Georgia told faculty and students at the National School of Political and Administrative Studies in Bucharest in November that collaboration was critical for success.


Cox Center Director Speaks at Conference On Measurement of Democracy Indicators

A University of Georgia researcher told a gathering at the University of California, Berkeley, in late October that existing media freedom indicators meet standard criteria for evaluating such indices.


Three Russian Journalists Discuss Challenges Facing Journalists during Visit to Georgia

Three Russian journalists discussed the challenges facing journalists in Russia with faculty and students and media experts during a five-day visit to the University of Georgia in late October.


Cox Center Director Discusses Techniques At Meeting on Media Assistance Assessment  

The director of the Cox International Center at the University of Georgia discussed the design used to evaluate a media project the Center conducted in the Philippines to a conference on media and development issues in Germany in October.


Cox Center Associate Director Vlad Discusses Journalism Enrollment Trends

Enrollments in U.S. journalism and mass communication programs could slow down, especially at the undergraduate levels, Dr. Tudor Vlad from the University of Georgia told to a group of journalism faculty and professionals meeting in Oakland in October.  


Georgia Doctoral Student Reports On Studies of Sampling Techniques

A doctoral student in mass communications at the University of Georgia told a gathering of public opinion researchers that voter registration lists can be used to generate samples both for mail and telephone surveys that reflect the characteristics of the larger list of registered voters in communities.


16 Journalists from French-speaking Africa Visit Grady and University of Georgia in October

Sixteen journalists from francophone African countries spent two days meeting with students and faculty in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and from other units in the University of Georgia in October.

Economic Crisis Requires New Management Solutions, Vlad Tells Meeting of Journalists in Dagomys, Russia

Media systems and practices from the past have failed during the current global economic crisis, Dr. Tudor Vlad, a media expert at the University of Georgia, told a workshop on media management in Dagomys, Russia, in September.

Two Georgia Professors Join German Conference, Discuss Research on Effects of Media Competition

Two University of Georgia communication professors joined with specialists from Europe and the United States for a three-day discussion on media ethics in Eichstaett, Germany, in September, where most of the discussion focused on changes in ethical issues resulting from changes in the media landscape.


Government Communicator from Tbilisi Joins Grady College to Study Public Relations

A passion for governmental communications brought a Muskie Graduate Fellow from her home in Tbilisi, Georgia, to the University of Georgia in the United States where she has begun her studies in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication