News 2010-2011 Academic Year


Cox Center Researchers Issue Reports on Labor Market and Journalism Education Studies at St. Louis Conference

Graduates from U.S. journalism and mass communication university programs in 2010 experienced slight improvement in the job market in comparison with what graduates a year earlier experienced.


Cox Center Researchers Summarize Research Programs at Meeting in Istanbul

Researchers in the Cox International Center at the University of Georgia presented three scientific reports at the International Association for Media and Communication Research in Istanbul, Turkey, in July, summarizing findings from two separate research projects underway in the Center.


Moroccan Journalists Discuss the Future of Media and Journalism Education during Visit

Four journalists from Morocco discussed with Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication faculty the impact of new media on traditional media systems and on journalism and mass communication education during their visit at the University of Georgia in July.


Cox Center Director Gives Lectures in Hong Kong and Beijing, Discusses Collaboration

Dr. Lee B. Becker, director of the Cox International Center at the University of Georgia, spent 11 days in Hong Kong and Beijing in June talking about research projects in the Center and discussing possible collaborative programs with universities in the two cities.


Cox Director Joins Discussion of Methodology of International Research Project

Cox International Center Director Dr. Lee B. Becker joined about a dozen other researchers from around the world in a meeting in late May to discuss the methodology of the Worlds of Journalism Study, an international research project examining the work of journalists.


Iraqi Journalists Discuss Media Responsibilities and Challenges During Visit

Seven journalists from Iraq discussed with Grady College faculty the perspectives of media systems in consolidated and emerging democracies and the future of journalism during their visit at the University of Georgia in May.


Romanian Workshop Focuses on Importance of Communication in Crises

Speakers from a wide range of experiences emphasized the importance of communication in a crisis situation during two days of discussion at the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration in Bucharest in early May.


Journalists from Country of Georgia Discuss the U.S. Mass Media Landscape

Mark Johnson, a professor in the Department of Journalism of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia, told the five Georgian journalists who visited the college on April 4 that he and his colleagues want their students to be ready for their first jobs.


Cox Center Associate Director Implements Enrollment Survey in Romania

Dr. Tudor Vlad, the associate director of the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research at the University of Georgia, worked with Romanian faculty and doctoral students in March in Bucharest to develop an annual survey of communication programs in that country.


Belarusian Journalists Tell Students about the Likelihood of Change in Their Country

The five Belarusian journalists visiting the University of Georgia did not agree about how or when change would come to their country. That they longed for change was clear.


Media Freedom Indicators Politically and Scientifically Useful, Researcher Said

Prior to launching a research program focused on press freedom indicators about 10 years ago, Dr. Lee B. Becker told an audience at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University in February, he was quite skeptical about the value of the indicators.


Cox Center Celebrates Birthday and Support from Jim Cox Jr. Foundation

More than 30 people turned out on Dec. 3 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research at the University of Georgia and 20 years of support of the Center by the Jim Cox Jr. Foundation in Atlanta.


Public and Elite Evaluators Agree on Press Freedom Assessments, Resarchers Find

The general public generally agrees with Freedom House and Reporters without Borders, two nongovernmental organizations, when it comes to rating the level of press freedom in countries around the world.


Grady College Honors Betty Gage Holland during Tribute Evening

The Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia inducted Betty Gage Holland into the Sanford Circle of the Grady Fellowship Nov. 18 at the Georgia Center on the University of Georgia Campus.


U.S. Survey Project Relevant for Romania, Research Team Argues

Enrollments in programs in Journalism and Mass Communication in the U.S. have not declined despite the weakness of specific segments of the job market because of the importance of communication in a modern society, because of the appeal of the field to women, and because of the robustness of public relations as an occupation.


University of Georgia Researchers Make Case for Measure of Media Freedom Combining Elite and Public Assessments

Indicators of media freedom in a country should include both an elite evaluation as well as a measure of how the public views the media, a University of Georgia researcher told a small group of experts assembled at the University of Pennsylvania in November to examine the status of media indicators.


Director Emeritus of Cox Center Publishes Book on First Election of African-Americans to State Legislature

Dr. Al Hester, director emeritus of the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Training and Research at the University of Georgia, has just published a book that details the election of two ex-slaves from Clarke County, where the University of Georgia is located, to the Georgia House in 1868.


Six North African Journalists Visited University of Georgia as Murrow Fellows

Six North African journalists visited the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia from Oct. 28 to Oct. 31 as part of the Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists.



Dutch Experts Discuss Brand Management Company During Visit

Dutch entrepreneurs and communication experts Adriaan Oomen and Bernadette Hemels told the students and faculty at the University of Georgia they had two ambitions for their company, ADDFOCUS.


Center Director Says Measurement of Media Systems Should be Treated as Routine

Measuring the characteristics of countries, as Freedom House, Reporters without Borders and IREX do in their evaluations of country media systems, is a routine measurement undertaking, Dr. Lee B. Becker from the University of Georgia told a gathering at the Center for International Media Assistance in Washington on Sept. 21.