Investigative report on sexual misconduct on college campuses wins 2017 Holland Award

For demonstrated commitment to investigative, in-depth reporting, Nicole Ares of the College Heights Herald at Western Kentucky University is the 2017 winner of the University of Georgia’s Betty Gage Holland Award for excellence in college journalism.

The Holland Award recognizes campus journalists and their publications for distinguished service to honor and protect the integrity of public dialogue on America’s college campuses. The award is presented by the James M. Cox Jr. Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Student Press Law Center (SPLC).

Ares’ winning entry—”In the Dark: Records Shed Light on Sexual Misconduct at Kentucky Universities”— “took enormous journalistic courage, charging into a legal battle over documents that image-conscious colleges fight obsessively to keep secret,” offers Frank LoMonte, executive director of the SPLC and Holland Award juror.

“Shining a light on misconduct by college employees who occupy positions of public trust and authority is the highest duty of campus media, and few have done it better than the Herald,” he noted. “Nicole Ares and her team at the Herald showed real insight and ambition by broadening the scope of their investigation to look at comparable colleges across the state, which yielded the revelation that not every college was as secretive as Western Kentucky with these same records and thereby exposing the fallacy of their university’s privacy argument.”

Added LoMonte: “Most impressively, the Herald continued its aggressive coverage even after being sued by the university in an obvious attempt to keep the story from being told. This is the kind of determination that the best public-service journalism requires.”

(l.-rt.) Frank LoMonte, executive director of the Student Press Law Center; Keith Herndon, director of the Cox Institute; Nicole Ares, 2017 Holland Award winner; Nsenga Burton, digital editor of Grady Newsource and Holland Award juror; Carrie Pratt, College Heights Herald adviser

In addition to Ares’ strong investigative work, her storytelling drew the attention of the judges, according to Nsenga Burton, Digital Editor of Grady Newsource and Holland Award juror.

“Nicole’s writing is excellent,” Burton said, “and her decision to include multimedia elements to visually support her data gave her work the edge over other candidates.”

Ares will receive a $1,000 award and the College Heights Herald also will receive $1,000 as the sponsor publication.

The annual award honors the late Betty Gage Holland, long-time friend of journalism education at Grady College.  It was presented during the 22nd annual Management Seminar for College News Editors.

“We are pleased to recognize excellence in college journalism each year through the Betty Gage Holland Award. In presenting this award, we intentionally shine a spotlight on deserving student journalism,” said Keith Herndon, director of the Cox Institute. “We want to inspire other college journalists to do great work by showing them what is possible.”

The Cox Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership prepares students and professionals for leadership roles in the news media. It is named for the late James M. Cox Jr., who headed Cox Enterprises and Cox Broadcasting Corporation from 1957 until 1974.

The Student Press Law Center, an Arlington, Virginia-based nonprofit, provides legal assistance and advocacy in support of student journalists nationwide seeking access to information from schools and colleges. The Center provides free legal training and educational materials for student journalists and their teachers on a wide variety of legal topics.

Grady College participates in summer food drive benefiting Food Bank of NEGA

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and Hub Magazine’s Food Technology feature, Bytes, have announced that the 2nd Annual Bytes for Bites competition raised $67,773 and 4,352 pounds of food for the Georgia Food Bank Association, surpassing their goal of $50,000. This is the equivalent of 275,158 meals that Georgia’s Food Banks will be able to distribute to the families and children they serve across the state.

Over 40 technology companies and IT departments representing more than 3,000 members of the industry went head – to – head to see who could raise the most food and funds from June 12 – 23. Although the competition is statewide, the food and funds each technology firm raised stayed local and benefitted the regional Food Bank that serves their community. For the purpose of the competition, every $1 raised is 4 points and every 1 pound of food raised is 1 point.

UGA Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication came out on top locally and statewide in the competition. They raised $1,086 and 60 pounds of food for the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia. With 5,755 points and 384 points per employee Grady College earned the TAG Athens award and the Small Company Total Points award, beating out all of the other small companies statewide.

Over 1 in 4 children in Georgia are food insecure, meaning they may not know where their next meal is coming from, and more than 60% of Georgia’s kids rely on free and reduced meals at school. When these same children are home during the summer months without this resource, their families often struggle to put enough food on the table. Bytes for Bites is timed to help the Food Banks meet this increased demand for food assistance during the summer.

Grady College to host 22nd annual Management Seminar for College News Editors

More than 50 college journalists from across the U.S. will learn leadership, management and content development skills at Grady College July 23-28, 2017, during the 22nd annual Management Seminar for College News Editors (MSCNE).

Sponsored by the Cox Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership and directed by Nsenga Burton, the seminar will be led by nearly 20 educators and industry professionals. The late Conrad Fink started the program in 1996 to better prepare campus news editors for top management positions at their news organizations.

Featured presenters this year include: Frank LoMonte, executive director of the Student Press Law Center; Butch Ward, senior faculty at The Poynter Institute; Akili Ramsess, executive director of the National Press Photographers Association; Selwyn Crawford (ABJ ’81), team leader/special writer for The Dallas Morning News; Mark Fomil, mobile content specialist at The Weather Channel; Kim Wilson, founder & CEO of Social News Desk; and photojournalist Billy Weeks, among others.

On Wednesday, the group will travel to Atlanta and meet with reporters, editors and producers at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in the morning and at CNN in the afternoon.  Rodney Thrash, AJC’s Atlanta Now coach, and Paul Crum, CNN’s vice president of U.S. news operations, will host and help lead these sessions.

On Thursday afternoon, student editors will gain hands-on multimedia experience and participate in a simulated news event that involves UGA public safety and communications officials.

Pictures will be added throughout the week to UGA Grady’s Flickr account. Follow along on social media with #MSCNE17.

EMST students win national short-documentary competition

A short documentary created by EMST students Trey Leonard (producer), Iva Dimitrova (director), Casey Hammons (cinematographer, music supervisor), and Allison Krausman (editor) has won First Place in a national competition.

They completed their film in Spring 2017 as part of the course requirements of EMST 5270, “Documentary Production,” taught by Melissa Jackson.

The filmmaking competition, Stories from the Line, is administered by Impact America in collaboration with the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at The University of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The film crew will receive $10,000 in scholarship funds for their achievement.

Rickey’s Story from Stories from the Line on Vimeo.

The film portrays Athens, Ga. resident Rickey Morris. After getting sick, losing his long-term trucking job and falling into homelessness, today he’s taking care of his health and working to get back on his feet.

“I can’t be more proud of the crew and the course instructor,” said Dr. Jay Hamilton, Head of the Department of Entertainment and Media Studies. “It’s amazing how they created and produced a short documentary of this quality in the process of learning the fundamentals of documentary filmmaking.”

In addition to documenting how Morris is turning his life around, the student crew also overcame their own challenges in documentary filmmaking. Dimitrova commented on the need for “maintaining flexibility while shooting on location, and crafting a coherent and compelling story arc through the editing process.”

“These students honored their interview subject’s story ethically and journalistically,” said Jackson. “They learned valuable production and life lessons that they will carry into future careers as documentarians.”

Leonard agreed. Morris’s “resilience and determination to get back on his feet was one of the most inspiring experiences of my life, and solidified the kind of stories I want to tell moving forward as a filmmaker.”

Grady students making the most of their summer L.A. experience

Halfway through the summer term, students in the Grady LA Field Study and Internship Program have been in the thick of the media-entertainment industry and cultural life of Los Angeles.

Not only have they been working three days a week at their media-entertainment company internships, but their internship experience has been framed by an accompanying course on media industries taught by Kate Fortmueller, an assistant professor in the Entertainment and Media Studies department, and a host of often exclusive events and excursions.

Presentations by highly placed industry guests have enriched their class. Producer and new-media pioneer George Kimmel talked about the influence of digital production and distribution. Director David Martín-Porras talked about the filmmaking process, working on indie productions and living a life as a creative. Television producer and transmedia pioneer (“Smallville”, “Heroes”, “East Los High”) Mark Warshaw (a Grady graduate) discussed the expansion of media narratives into multiplatform, user-driven experiences. Writer/director Kate Barker-Froyland talked about making her new film, “Song One”, and composer Victor Hernández gave students an inside view of film scoring.

Special-effects testing for The Chain, a feature film in production in Los Angeles. Looking on (far left) are Grady LA students Kimmy Baker and Trey Leonard.
Special-effects testing for The Chain, a feature film in production in Los Angeles. Looking on (far left) are Grady LA students Kimmy Baker and Trey Leonard.

In addition to touring the Warner Bros. and Fox studios, students attended special screenings of the film “The Bad Batch” and a Q&A with writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour, and an advance screening of “Spiderman: Homecoming.” They also attended a screening of “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” with live orchestra accompaniment outdoors at the Hollywood Bowl.

Off-site excursions have also enriched students’ experience. These include a tour of the Writers Guild of America script library along with access to two on-site professional seminars, and a visit to the set of “The Chain,” a feature film currently in production and co-written by Grady LA instructor Andres Rosende.

At the end of a hike to the top of Mount Lee, with the Hollywood sign, Hollywood and Los Angeles in the background. From left: students John Buckley and Christina Kohler, assistant professor Kate Fortmueller, and instructor Andres Rosende.

Students have also experienced the broader cultural life of L.A. They visited the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (hosted by UGA graduate (’07 and ’17) Caroline Maddox), attended free morning rehearsals of the L.A. Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and visited The Broad, a contemporary art museum in downtown L.A.

In their spare time, they have hiked 4.6 miles on a Saturday morning to the Hollywood sign, plus explored the greater Southern California area during the long July 4th holiday weekend.

Grady LA is a summer internship/study program in Los Angeles. Students spend eight weeks in LA working as interns for companies in the entertainment industry. In addition, they take Entertainment and Media Studies courses for a combined total of six credit hours.

Each week, students hear from guest speakers including studio executives, animators, directors, screenwriters, agents and other key industry players. In addition, students tour various studio and production facilities in Los Angeles to gain an insider’s perspective into the industry.

Recent Grady College graduate James Thompson named Fulbright Scholar

It’s tough enough being a reporter right out of school and finding the right words to tell a compelling story, but imagine doing that in a country that does not speak your native language.

That is the challenge that James Thompson is embracing. Thompson, a recent summa cum laude graduate of Grady College, was named a Fulbright scholar and has accepted a journalism assignment in Germany.

“International experience is a very large asset to journalists,” Thompson said of the year-long grant. “I think it’s good for people who are reporting and interpreting current events to have a broad range of experiences and knowledge.”

Thompson, a journalism graduate, interviewed the sportscaster Verne Lundquist during his visit in April 2016.
Thompson, a journalism graduate, interviewed the sportscaster Verne Lundquist during his visit in April 2016.

Thompson, a native of Screven County in Georgia, originally heard about the Fulbright program when he was meeting with Maria de Rocher about an honors program scholarship. As UGA’s Fulbright coordinator, de Rocher told Thompson there was a Fulbright program for journalists in Germany, a perfect combination of his dual majors of digital and broadcast journalism and history, and his minor in German.

With his interest piqued, Thompson submitted his proposal which had to include an independent, journalism-related project and an internship affiliation.  Although the projects are subject to change, Thompson’s application and proposal were accepted.

Included in the project proposal are the production of a short documentary film, along with an internship with a daily newspaper in the German city of Freiburg. The film Thompson proposed closely aligns with a subject he wrote about for his senior history thesis: an examination of German faith communities’ outreach efforts.

“In Germany, like most of Europe, religious participation is noticeably less than in decades past,” Thompson explained. “My project would aim to examine how religious congregations seek to engage with those not active in organized religion.”

For the second part of his Fulbright scholarship, Thompson proposed an internship at the daily newspaper in Freiburg, the Badische Zeitung, where he will submit video features for its website.

“I expect to use the exact same video journalism skills that I learned at Grady to tell stories in Freiburg,” Thompson said. “I’ll have to find story ideas, shoot b-roll and do interviews. My German is respectable, but it will certainly be an adjustment to do interviews in German instead of English.”

Thompson’s interest in German began in high school, where he learned from Screven County teacher Jim Sheppard. During this time period his family also hosted German exchange students. While he didn’t have the opportunity to travel to Germany as a high school student, the experience presented itself in college when he spent six weeks in a study abroad program taking a language course at the Goethe Institute and studying sustainability efforts in Freiburg. Thompson looks forward to returning to Freiburg and reconnecting with families he met during his previous travels.

Thompson poses with the Zeuner family during his last visit to Germany
Thompson poses with the Zeuner family during his last visit to Germany

Thompson’s Fulbright studies will also include an immersive 1-1/2-month language course at Phillips University in Marburg.

It is rare to hear the German language spoken in the streets of Georgia, but Thompson admits seeking out those who speak it.

“Whenever I hear German being spoken here, I follow them and make them talk to me,” Thompson said.

One of the aspects he enjoyed most when he was previously in Germany was getting to interact with Germans in their own country. “Getting to be fully immersed in their culture and speaking their language on their turf really allowed me to improve my language skills. It is such a perspective-altering experience to participate in other cultures.”

Thompson is spending his summer before his Fulbright travels working as an intern in Governor Nathan Deal’s Office of Communications, where his duties include assisting with press releases, social media and speechwriting. Politics is an area that Thompson has an interest and he expects to get a lot of questions about the current state of American politics.

“It should be interesting,” Thompson said. “Germany and the U.S. have been strong partners on many fronts. Journalists with a knowledge of both nations will be vital to interpreting that relationship in the future.”

Thompson will leave for his Fulbright travels in early August 2017 and return in July 2018.

Thompson is one of more than 1,900 U.S. citizens who will conduct research, teach English, and provide expertise abroad for the 2017-2018 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

Six Grady alumni among UGA’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2017

The University of Georgia Alumni Association has unveiled the 40 Under 40 Class of 2017. The program began in 2011 and celebrates the personal, professional and philanthropic achievements of UGA graduates who are under the age of 40.

This year’s class includes the following Grady alumni: Mariel Clark (ABJ ’01), Amelia Dortch (ABJ ’06), Katie Jacobs (ABJ ’05), Joshua Jones (ABJ ’08), Tucker Berta Sarkisian (ABJ ’00) and Maria Taylor (ABJ ’09).

The honorees will be recognized during the seventh annual 40 Under 40 Awards Luncheon on Sept. 14 at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead. Ernie Johnson, a 1978 UGA graduate, will serve as keynote speaker for the event. Johnson is a co-host on TNT’s “Inside the NBA” and is the lead announcer for “Major League Baseball on TBS.” He delivered UGA’s 2017 undergraduate Commencement address in May. Registration will open for the awards luncheon at alumni.uga.edu/40u40 in the coming weeks.

“We are excited about this year’s 40 Under 40 class,” Meredith Gurley Johnson, executive director of alumni relations, said. “These young alumni are making a difference in the classroom, boardroom, operating room and everywhere in between.”

Nominations for 40 Under 40 were open from February to April, and nearly 400 alumni were nominated for this year’s class. Honorees must have attended UGA and aspire to uphold the Pillars of the Arch. Additional criteria are available on the UGA Alumni Association website.

“We received hundreds of nominations, and our graduates have made some incredible accomplishments,” Johnson added. “It is more difficult every year to narrow the list down to 40, and that is a testament to the caliber of our alumni. We are so proud.”

This year’s 40 Under 40 honorees, including their graduation year from UGA, city, title and employer, are:

  • Casey M. Bethel, 2005, Lithia Springs, Georgia Department of Education Teacher of the Year, New Manchester High School
    Travis Butler, 2009, Athens, president, Butler Properties and Development
    Eric Callahan, 2005, Griffin, owner, Callahan Industries
    Mariel Clark, 2001, Knoxville, vice president, Home + Travel Digital, Scripps Network Interactive
    Andrew Dill, 2006 and 2007, Marietta, director of government affairs, Lockheed Martin
    Amelia Dortch, 2006 and 2012, Auburn, Alabama, state public affairs specialist, U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Katie Dubnik, 2003, Gainesville, president, Forum Communications
    Rebecca Evans, 2010, Savannah, equine veterinarian, Evans Equine LLC
    Rebecca Filson, 2005, Roswell, regional vice president of operations, BenchMark Rehab Partners
    Matt Forshee, 2000, Evans, region manager for community and economic development, Georgia Power
    Nicholas Friedmann, 2006, Washington, D.C., private client relationship manager, Citibank
    James Gates, 2001 and 2004, Atlanta, partner, Bell Oaks Executive Search
    Christine Green, 2002, New York, general counsel, Leadership for Educational Equity
    Lauren Griffeth, 2005, 2008 and 2013, Athens, administrative director of agricultural leadership, education and communication, UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
    Destin Hill, 2002, Phoenix, physician, Arizona Sports Medicine Center
    Dominique Holloman, 2001 and 2004, Atlanta, independent consultant
    Katie Jacobs, 2005, Athens, owner, Cheeky Peach Boutique
    Jonas Jennings, 2000, Athens, director of player development, UGA Athletic Association; president, JJ 75 Properties LLC
    LeRoya Chester Jennings, 2001, Atlanta, managing partner, Chester Jennings & Smith LLC
    Adam C. Johnson, 2016, Atlanta, senior consultant, Cognizant
    Joshua Jones, 2008 and 2016, Atlanta, president/CEO, Red Clay Communications Inc.
    Marcus Jones, 2009, Detroit, president, Detroit Training Center
    Kasey Knight, 2005, Quitman, pharmacist/owner, Lee & Pickels Drugs
    Matt Koperniak, 2002 and 2004, Sugar Hill, director of bands, Riverwatch Middle School
    Dorian Lamis, 2003, Atlanta, assistant professor/clinical psychologist, Emory University School of Medicine
    Dan Ludlam, 2004 and 2007, Atlanta, senior manager, real estate attorney, Chick-fil-A Inc.
    Gordon Maner, 2004, Charleston, South Carolina, managing partner, Allen Mooney & Barnes
    Maritza McClendon, 2005, Atlanta, senior brand marketing manager for OshKosh B’gosh, Carter’s Inc.
    Behnoosh Momin, 2015, Chamblee, health scientist, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Travis Moore, 2003, Kirkwood, Missouri, senior brewmaster, Anheuser-Busch InBev
    Wes Neece, 2000, Atlanta, merchandising vice president for lighting, The Home Depot
    Julian Price, 2000, Watkinsville, physician/partner, Athens Orthopedic Clinic
    Tim Puetz, 2006, Silver Spring, Maryland, operations manager, National Institutes of Health Clinical Center
    Tucker Berta Sarkisian, 2000, Atlanta, director of public relations, SweetWater Brewing Co.
    Maria Taylor, 2009 and 2013, Charlotte, North Carolina, sports broadcaster, ESPN
    Alissa Vickery, 2001, Mableton, senior vice president for accounting and controls, Fleetcor Technologies Inc.
    Sam Watson, 2002, Moultrie, managing partner, Chill C Farms/Moultrie Melon Co. ; state representative House District 172
    Laura Whitaker, 2007 and 2010, Watkinsville, executive director, Extra Special People
    Whitney Woodward, 2000, Covington, vice president for total rewards, RaceTrac Petroleum Inc.
    Alex Wright, 2008, Byron, overseas research fellow, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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Grady College researcher presents ideas for news media sustainability at Global Media Forum

Ideas for creating news media sustainability around the globe were the focus of an interactive TED-style presentation given by Grady College faculty member Ann Hollifield at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum in Bonn, Germany, last month.

“Media viability in many places will depend upon developing ‘resource models’ rather than ‘business models,'” Hollifield told attendees at the session.

Hollifield was a featured speaker and discussion leader in the IdeaLab session at this year’s Global Media Forum. The IdeaLab discussion, titled “Money Talks and Media Development Should Listen,” examined creative approaches to building media organizations able to produce high-quality journalism in differing types of media systems and under different economic and press freedom conditions.

The Thomas C. Dowden Professor of Media Research in the Grady College, Hollifield has previously worked as a consultant for DW Akademie on a project DW Akademie led to develop globally useable measures of media viability. Based on that and related work, Hollifield and her DW Akademie colleagues have published several collaborative works on global media viability.

That research identified seven resource categories critical to news organizations’ ability to sustain the production of high-quality journalism, Hollifield told the session. Those are: a dependable revenue source; a content niche for which there is audience demand; audience attention to the news organization’s content; the ability to deliver content to users where and when the users want it; the ability to attract and retain qualified content producers; a legal regime that supports press freedom; and access to basic production inputs such as electricity, the Internet, or other materials required for content production and distribution by a particular new team.

Hollifield told participants that there were some indications in the research she had done that media viability might be achievable with different combinations of these resources. In other words, it might be possible in the digital era to produce and sustain high-quality journalism by substituting more of some types of resources for resources the news organization didn’t have and couldn’t get.

“The challenge then becomes what resources, and how much of each resource, will produce viable, quality journalism under different sets of conditions,” Hollifield said.

During the discussion that followed her remarks, participants from news organizations from a number of different countries said attracting and keeping experienced journalists was one of their biggest challenges. “As soon as we really have them trained, someone else hires them away,” one attendee commented.

The IdeaLab presented ideas for achieving media viability from four presenters. Daniel Blank, country representative, Ghana, for DW Akademie, discussed innovative strategies for financial management and marketing for news groups, while Nigel Mugamu, chief storyteller for 26Chat in Zimbabwe, and Rohit Singh, director of programs and partnerships for Gam Vasni in India, shared best practices for media viability that they had developed through their experience launching media startups.

The 2017 Global Media Forum was the 10th annual conference organized by Deutsche Welle, a German Public Service Broadcasting organization that produces news and information in numerous languages for distribution around the world. Deutsche Welle’s foundation, DW Akademie, is one of Germany’s largest media non-governmental Organizations (NGOs). DW Akademie supports media-development and journalism training projects in developing countries around the world.

The theme of this year’s Forum was “Identity and Diversity.” More than 2,000 participants from 70 countries traveled to Bonn for the Forum, which was held June 19-22.

Tudor Vlad named director of the Cox Center

Tudor Vlad has been named the director of the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research. Vlad, who has served as the center’s associate director since 2008, assumed his director responsibilities when Lee Becker retired June 30, 2017.

“Tudor is imminently qualified to continue the great work fostered by the Cox International Center in the years ahead,” said Charles Davis, dean of Grady College where the Cox Center is based. “I’m indebted to Tudor for his willingness to jump right in and help me with several international initiatives emerging.”

Vlad has a doctorate from the Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Bucharest. He came to the Cox Center as a Fulbright senior scholar. Prior to moving to Georgia, Vlad was a member of the faculty of the Department of Journalism at the Babes-Bolyai University, which he founded and chaired. He is a director of the World Free Press Institute and is the author of two non-fiction books, four novels and numerous studies, scholarly materials and articles published in the United States and in Europe.

Vlad is excited about the future of the Cox Center. “What I want to do is to use the international expertise of Grady faculty who focus on communication, and partner with other UGA units, such as the Carl Vinson Institute of Government and SPIA. This multidisciplinary approach will be beneficial to the international visibility of the University of Georgia.”

Vlad has been involved in more than 53 U.S. led international programs in 23 countries that foster democracy and stability in emerging democracies by promoting freedom of speech, independent media and inter-ethnic dialog. He has conducted training programs for journalists and journalism educators in Belarus, Hungary, Kenya, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, and Ukraine, among others.

Vlad has been recognized by numerous organizations for his work including, most recently, the Intellectual Dialogue and Educational Advancement Society for his “valuable efforts towards continuously fostering democracy and stability globally.”

The  Cox Center was created in 1985, and in 1990 was named for the late James M. Cox Jr., chairman of the board of Cox Enterprises. Each year, the center conducts multiple media workshops for journalists from around the world, publishes technical reports and directs research on a variety of topics related to the practice of journalism around the world. To date, more than 142 training programs have been offered involving journalists from all over the world. The Cox Center has also been the proud host of the Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists the past eight years.