Simon Kruse Rasmussen, Danish journalist.

Danish International Correspondent Spends Four Days at the University of Georgia

Danish journalist Simon Kruse Rasmussen spent four days at the University of Georgia in December learning about the American approach to foreign reporting, U.S. water and energy strategies, and the legacy of the South.

Many people don’t understand that the models to predict climate changes are very different from tracking the weather, Dr. Marshall Shepherd, director of the Program in Atmospheric Sciences, told the guest.

“People want the scientists to produce clear correlations between climate change and specific events, such as hurricanes, draught or typhoons,” Dr. Shepherd said. “This is an approach that competent scientists would not embrace, because you can see patterns sometimes, but you cannot find the evidence for direct attribution.”

Dr. Thomas Mote, geography department head, told the guest that “In the northern part of Georgia, the water reservoir has been the sky." Mote said that "Atlanta’s population has grown dramatically in the last two decades, and water use restrictions have been issued almost every year.”

In the Grady College, Rasmussen had meetings with Dr. C. Ann Hollifield, head of the Telecommunications Department, to talk about new business models in the U.S. media, and with Professor David Hazinski, former U.S. foreign correspondent, to talk about U.S. coverage of international issues.

He also talked about U.S. journalism and mass communication education with Dr. Tudor Vlad, associate director of the Cox Center, and toured the New Media Institute, accompanied by Dr. Scott Shamp, director of the institute.

In Atlanta, the Danish journalist had a meeting at the Associated Press bureau and toured CNN. He also met with Dr. E Culpepper Clark, historian and former dean of the Grady College, to learn about the role of media in the history of the South and about the characteristics of the Southern heritage.

Rasmussen is Moscow correspondent of the leading Danish daily Berlingske, covering Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic States, Central Asia and the Caucasus. He has reported on Russia and Eastern Europe since 2004, previously with the DR-Danish Broadcasting Corporation, and as a freelance journalist for various Danish, Norwegian, Swedish and German media.

In 2012 Simon was a Journalist Fellow with the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford. He studied at the European University in Saint Petersburg, the University of Aarhus, and the Danish School of Journalism.

His program in Athens, organized by the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research, was part of a three-month fellowship with Transatlantic Media Network, coordinated by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

The Cox International Center is a unit of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. The Cox Center partnered with CSIS for the visit.

Prior to his visit to Georgia, Rasmussen spent time in Washington, D.C., New York City, Chattanooga, Tenn., Athens, Ohio, Lexington, Ky., Williston, N.D., Columbia, Mo., San Francisco, Palo Alto, Phoenix, Fort Worth, Houston, St. Petersburg, Fla., Miami and Savannah, Ga.

The next destination of his fellowship in the United States was Boston.