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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.

Dr. Becker was asked by project leader Dr. Thomas Hanitzsch, professor of communication at the University of Munich, to join the project's Scientific Advisory Committee in April.

The committee held its first meeting during the annual conference of the International Communication Association, meeting from May 26 to 30 in Boston. The scientific committee met on May 29.

Joining Dr. Becker at the meeting of the scientific advisory board were researchers from Australia, Chile Israel, Russia, South Africa and the United Kingdom. Dr. Hanitzsch led the discussion.

The study's executive committee joined the scientific advisory committee for that meeting.

The group critiqued drafts of methodological modules for the next surveys, which will be fielded in the next several years.

The Worlds of Journalism Study was founded to regularly assess the state of journalism throughout the world. The study's primary objective is to help journalism researchers and policy makers better understand changes that are taking place in the work of journalists and the conditions and limitations under which they operate.

In inviting Dr. Becker to join the advisory committee, Dr. Hanitzsch said he was doing so "in recognition of your academic expertise that we feel will be of great help in our efforts to develop our conceptual and methodological framework" for the study.

The Cox Center engages in journalism training around the world. In addition, Dr. Becker conducts research on the work of journalists as well as on university training of journalists and on the labor market for those graduates.

The Cox Center is a unit of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.