Cox Center and Grady College Selected to Host Muskie Fellow

The Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia is among a select number of journalism programs in the United States selected to host Muskie Journalism Fellows for academic year 2001-2002.The Fellow will be housed in and involved in the work of the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research.

A professional in television production from Armenia will join the Cox Center while undertaking graduate studies in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Ms. Shushanik Navasardian, a narrator and interpreter-translator into English with the Prometheus TV Company in Yerevoin, Armenia, will arrive in Athens in August to take up residence and begin her graduate studies, leading to a master's degree.

Ms. Shushanik Navasardian is expected to be at the University of Georgia for two years.

This is the first Muskie Fellowship awarded to the Cox Center and Grady College at the University of Georgia. The American Councils for International Education receives funding from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State to administer the Edmund S. Muskie / Freedom Support Act Fellowship Program. The program's mission is to encourage economic and democratic reform in the states of the former Soviet Union by awarding fellowships to highly qualified individuals from the newly independent states of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

"We are very pleased to support the mission of the Muskie Fellowship program as we pursue our mission of building positive relationships with people and organizations that will encourage a free and independent press throughout the world," said Dr. Lee B. Becker, director of the Cox Center.

The Cox Center applied to host Muskie Fellows on behalf of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The American Councils for International Education chooses host institutions on the basis of their academic strength, their experience working with international students, their ability to facilitate internships, and their ability to support the visiting Fellow with faculty support as well as personal attention from professional staff. The College also is expected to monitor and evaluate the academic progress and cultural adaptation of the Fellow.

This academic year approximately 15 Journalism and Mass Communication Fellows will be placed at fewer than a dozen universities, including Arizona State, Columbia University, University of Missouri at Columbia, North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as the University of Georgia.