News 2018-2019 Academic Year
We need to see journalism and mass communication as a broad field and to anticipate dramatic changes both in the industry and in the higher education curricula, Dr. Tudor Vlad, director of the Cox International Center, told a group of Korean and Chinese communication experts in August.
In response to an invitation from Dr. Tom Reichert, dean of the College of Information and Communication, Dr. Tudor Vlad, director of the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research, spent two days at the University of South Carolina in mid-August to discuss future collaboration.
On June 25, 2019, the Cox International Center was awarded $250,000 from the U.S. Department of State (through the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia) to train Georgian journalists. Several universities and other organizations applied for this competitive grant issued under the funding opportunity titled Media Education Program (MEP) DOS-GEO-19-CA-001-040119.
The University of Georgia was selected as an Institute Partner for the 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Beginning in mid-June, UGA hosted 25 of Africa's emerging Civic Engagement leaders for a six-week leadership Institute, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.
Students who want to develop careers with a communication component need to see mass communication as a broad field that includes public affairs, government, public relations and other areas, Dr. Tudor Vlad, director of the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research, told the participants in a certificate program in Romania in May.
From March to July 2019, the Cox International Center, hosted jointly with the Carl Vinson Institute for Government, Dr. Bogdana Neamtu, a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow from Babes-Bolyai University, Romania. For her Fulbright research, Dr. Neamtu investigated possible ways in which to build more engaged universities in her home country.
Mr. Chuang Wang spent a year in the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research at the University of Georgia starting September 2019 to study how social platforms have impacted branding strategies of large companies who are or are trying to become global.
"The business model of local journalism is under threat," Dr. Charles Davis, dean of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, told a group of seven Ethiopian journalists. "From 1990 to 2016, the number of newspaper employees in the United States dropped from about 450,000 to 180,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As an example, The San Jose Mercury News in the mid-1990s had 400 journalists on staff. Today? 41."
"Coach Dan Magill's life and achievements were organically associated with the University of Georgia," Gordon Smith, CEO and executive director of the U.S. Tennis Association, told a group of 60 students in mid April.
"We have state funds, but we also generate a large percentage of our funds through contracts and fees for services," Dr. Rusty Brooks, director of the International Center of the Carl Vinson Institute, told a group of 31 visitors from Romania in early April.
"The competition for advertising money is intense, and Google and Facebook still hold the largest share of total US digital ad spend, with about 40 and 20 percent, respectively,Tim Langmaid, CNN Vice President and senior editorial director, told a group of visitors on March 20."
Dr. Albert L. "Al" Hester, the founder and first director of the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research, passed away on April 11, 2019. He was a Grady journalism professor from 1972 to 1997.
Dr. Tudor Vlad, director of the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research at the University of Georgia, told graduate students of the College of Political Public Administration and Communication Sciences at Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, that good communication skills are crucial for senior managers of private companies and of public organizations.
"For almost two centuries, the legitimacy of journalists has been the result of the printing and distribution of the journalists' products via mass media," Dr. Tudor Vlad, director of the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research, told a group of 25 Chinese graduate students. "Now, the new technologies have changed this situation and are challenging the status of professional journalists."
The Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia organized a session for five senior managers and faculty of the Shanghai Administration Institute in early December. The program was coordinated by the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research, the international unit of the school.
Swedish Journalist Albin Aghamn spent three days at the University of Georgia in early December examining higher education in the United States, news credibility in the current political climate, journalism curricula, and media coverage of collegiate sports.
Following an invitation from the Office of the Provost at Arizona State University, Dr. Tudor Vlad, director of the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research, participated in a roundtable discussion in Phoenix, Arizona, in late November.
Dr. Karoly Jokay, executive director of the Hungarian-American Fulbright Commission, spent two days in Athens in early November visting units of the University of Georgia to identify potential hosts for Hungarian students and researchers, and UGA faculty interested in becoming Fulbright scholars in East and Central Europe.
Dr. Alina Bargaoanu, dean of the College of Communication and Public Relations of the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania, said that fake news is a proxy, albeit a popular term for the larger phenomenon of disinformation 2.0 that refers to machine-driven, technology-powered disinformation.