Cox Center CAM
Cox Center CAM
The Cox International Center’s Communication & Media Fellows Program empowers global leadership in communication and media.
In the constantly changing global media environment, professionals and researchers alike must stay current. Continuous research, knowledge updating, and practice are essential. To meet this critical need, the James M. Cox, Jr., Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research (Cox International Center) designed the Communication and Media (CAM) Fellows Program. Formerly known as the Business and Public Communication (BPC) Fellows Program, the CAM program provides experienced communication and media professionals with opportunities to update and develop their knowledge. Leaders across business, government, non-profit sectors, and the press can access a world-class educational and research setting through the Cox International Center.
The Cox International Center is housed in Grady College at the University of Georgia. The Center is one of the fully established units in the United States dedicated to international outreach and research in mass communication, media, and journalism. Established in 1915 and accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC), Grady College is a research and education leader in journalism and mass communication. The Grady College faculty comprises internationally renowned scholars and respected industry professionals. The College is home to several prominent centers and institutes, including the Peabody Awards, widely recognized as the most prestigious award in electronic journalism.
Institutes & Programs at Grady College
Cox CAM Fellows have opportunities to conduct research through several centers, institutes, affiliates and programs at Grady College specializing in their respective areas. Visit our Centers and Institutes webpage for more information.
- James M. Cox Jr. Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership
- New Media Institute
- Center for Advanced Computer-Human Ecosystems (CACHE)
- SEE Suite: Social Media Engagement & Evaluation
- Public Affairs Communication Program
- Peabody Media Center
- National Press Photographers Association
- Georgia Scholastic Press Association
- Center for Health and Risk Communication
The CAM Fellows program is generally designed to offer one year of research and training – two regular semesters – for each fellow, though the duration of research/training can be longer depending on the research needs of the fellow. Upon joining the program, each fellow will consult with the programming director or research coordinator to formulate a research curriculum tailored to their needs. There are mainly two program types: Executive and Global Communication Leadership (GCL) Program.
The Global Communication Leadership (GCL) program is our flagship program, providing participants with professional training in public and business communication, including press conference management, and various networking opportunities with industry and academic executives to foster valuable connections and expand professional networks. As participants in our flagship program, GCL fellows enjoy all the benefits provided to Executive fellows, along with exclusive premium experiences offered only to GCL fellows.
The Executive Program offers a wide range of opportunities and support to participants, including access to office space, English language training in professional settings, research advising and support, as well as field trips that provide hands-on learning experiences in communication and media practices at renowned global firms and institutes.
An annual program fee of US $15,000 (Global Communication Leadership Program: GCL) or US $10,000 (Executive Program) is required to participate in the respective programs. Customization options for these programs may be available at the discretion of the Program, or a Basic Program option may be selectively offered at a reduced fee for those seeking a limited program experience.
In addition to the varying depth and breadth of each program, starting in Fall 2023 each CAM Fellow will be placed in one of four available research tracks:
- Media Technology and Innovation
- Business and Corporate Communications
- Public Affairs Communications
- Media and Society
The fast-changing media landscape influences our life of communication and how information and message flow in our society. We must adapt to this ever-changing environment.
Industry practitioners and academics alike are required to understand emerging trends, technologies, and innovations in communication and media. Media innovation shifts how people find, engage with, and process content in the digital world. This in turn transforms how messages, people, and machines interact. Such multifaceted changes require public affairs and corporate communication experts to anticipate and adjust to trends to succeed in their persuasive and informative communication efforts. At the micro and macro levels, it will also be essential to understand ethical, strategic, and global aspects of communication and media and their roles in our society.
While focusing on a primary track, fellows will have the opportunity to expand their research to a variety of empirical disciplines. Journalism practice, social media opinion analysis, and brand communication (e.g., nation, product, service, organization, and human brands) offer avenues for research. Additionally, fellows may study political, health, crisis, risk, sports, environmental, science, technology, and organizational communications.
With the constant influx of new media driven by technological advances, the Media Technology and Innovation track provides fellows with opportunities to study emerging technologies for the media industry and learn how these might impact their field. Such knowledge can help develop frameworks for future media changes, which will call for innovative approaches for creating and disseminating content and information through media. This track also offers opportunities to learn and experiment with emerging media and data technologies – such as virtual reality, the metaverse, artificial intelligence, and blockchains – that are expected to impact the media and communication industry.
Track Head: Dr. Yan Jin, C. Richard Yarbrough Professor in Crisis Communication Leadership
The Corporate Communication track provides fellows with opportunities to explore the impact of strategic communications, such as advertising, public relations, and other forms of marketing communications. Fellows will be exposed to various topics impacting businesses worldwide to holistically understand the issues and solutions for effective corporate communication. Those issues include ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance), DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion), cybersecurity, and smart environment/technology. Learning about all-encompassing challenges such as uncertainty, complexity, globalization, and strategic thinking will also strengthen their existing corporate communications knowledge.
Track Head: Joe Watson, Carolyn Caudell Tieger Professor of Public Affairs Communications
In the Public Affairs Communication track, fellows from governments, as well as public and political sectors, will learn how effective communication can benefit politics, policymaking, and issue advocacy. In partnership with Grady College’s PAC (Public Affairs Communications) program, fellows will research the roles of communications in educating, shaping, or changing public opinion on public policies, legislations, political candidates, or issues related to various topics such as health, environment, and social activism.
Track Head: Dr. Kyser Lough, Assistant Professor, Solutions Journalism Expert, Journalism
The Media and Society track provides a research curriculum that introduces fellows to various media, communication, and journalism practices impacting society nowadays. Fellows will be exposed to theories and methodologies for critically analyzing and interpreting media phenomena. Topics include media literacy, policy, technology, and the politics and institutions of media for our demographic society. Additionally, fellows will have the opportunity to explore solutions journalism, investigative journalism, data journalism, freedom of speech, and the integrity and transparency of information flow in our society, focusing on misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation through news and strategic communications.
OFFERINGS & BENEFITS
Auditing Graduate Courses
In addition to the specific program features, CAM Fellows can choose and audit the graduate courses offered in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at UGA. During the program, the faculty members in the college – internationally and nationally renowned in their respective areas – cover a wide array of communication fields and provide integrated ways to enhance their students’ knowledge.
More than 25 faculty members affiliated with CAM Fellows Program can advise fellows on their research. Fellows can shadow (Executive or GCL) or actively participate (academic) in the labs and research groups within Grady College. Opportunities include: AdBiS (Advertising & Branding Insights Studio), BBAM (Brain, Body, and Media), Digital Media Attention and Cognition (DMAC) Lab, GAVEL (Games and Virtual Environments Lab), HEART (Health & Environmental Advertising Research Team), Crisis Research Group, and Computational Research Methods Club. If interdisciplinary research is required, the program can also connect fellows with external units within or beyond the University of Georgia.
Other benefits – though they vary depending on program type – include industry immersion trips (past destinations include CNN, WSB-TV, Coca-Cola, Porter Novelli, Atlanta Journal-Constitution), English training through IEP (www.iep.uga.edu), cultural experiences (e.g., football spectating at Sanford Stadium). While Executive Fellows enjoy the full program benefits, GCL Fellows have more premium opportunities to network and learn from global leaders in communication and media. For more details on the offerings and benefits, contact the CAM Fellows Program office.
CAM’s CONTINUING MISSIONS
The CAM Fellows Program at Cox International Center in the UGA Grady College thrives on empowering leaders in communication and media worldwide. Across various sectors, the program seeks to assist those contributing to the roles of mass communication in society.
Through the program, Cox CAM fellows are fostered to continue the advancement of their profession as well as our society through truthful, accurate, and fair communications. It is our mission to help fellows holistically facilitate respect and mutual understanding among stakeholders in our always-new media environment.
CAM faculty and affiliate faculty members frequently engage with CAM Fellows to share their knowledge and expertise. Each has specialties in various areas related to communication and media. Special CAM seminars, meetings, events, and other engagements are designed to help fellows’ research and training.
BRAND COMMUNICATION AND ADVERTISING
Director, James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research; Dan Magill Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Sports Communications; Professor
About Dr. Kim is the director of the Cox International Center and the executive director of the Cox Center CAM Fellows Program. His research focuses on the interaction between advertising […]
Nathaniel J. Evans
About: Dr. Evans teaches advertising and society, advertising management, and graduate level advertising foundations courses. His research interests examine consumers’ processing and evaluation of immersive and non-traditional advertising formats that […]
Hye Jin Yoon
Associate Professor, Advertising
About: Hye Jin Yoon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Georgia. Her research expertise is in humor advertising and humor […]
COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA TECHNOLOGY + INNOVATION
Department Head; Professor; Jim Kennedy New Media Professor
About: Dr. Hamilton teaches cultural, critical, and historical approaches to media studies. His research addresses alternative media and democratic communication. View Curriculum Vitae Education Ph.D., Mass Communication, University of Iowa […]
Sun Joo (Grace) Ahn
Director of the CACHE Lab; Professor
About: Dr. Ahn teaches undergraduate-level research methods, graduate-level user experience research, communication theory, and advertising and society. Her research examines how social media, video/internet games, and immersive virtual environments influence […]
Thomas C. Dowden Professor of Media Analytics; Director of the SEE Suite: Social media Engagement & Evaluation; Associate Professor
About: Dr. Himelboim, the Thomas C. Dowden Professor of Media Analytics and director of the SEE Suite, studies the role social media plays in news, politics and international communication. Through […]
Associate Professor of Advertising
About: Dr. Read teaches Media Strategy and Insights and Analytics. Research interests are media psychology/effects, identity and representation, and psychophysiology. View Curriculum Vitae Education: Ph.D., Mass Communication, Indiana University M.A., […]
Jim Kennedy New Media Professor; Director of the Digital Media Attention and Cognition (DMAC) Lab; Associate Professor
About: Dr. Wojdynski teaches courses in multimedia journalism, interactive media, and psychological effects of communication technology. He researches the effects of design and presentation characteristics in digital media on attention, […]
CRISIS COMMUNICATION AND REPUTATION MANAGEMENT
C. Richard Yarbrough Professor in Crisis Communication Leadership; Professor of Public Relations; Director of Crisis Communication Think Tank; Associate Director of Center for Health & Risk Communication
About Dr. Yan Jin currently teaches undergraduate Crisis Communication course and graduate Crisis Communication and Strategic Conflict Management, ADPR Theory, and Mass Communication Theory courses. Her primary research programs are […]
UGA Athletic Association Endowed Professor; Department Head; Professor
About: Dr. Juan (pronounced as “Dren”) Meng is the Head of the Department of Advertising and Public Relations in the College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of […]
HEALTH AND RISK COMMUNICATION
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, Co-Director of Center for Health & Risk Communication, Professor
About: Nowak is responsible for developing and managing the College’s new Center for Health and Risk Communication, which seeks to foster an interdisciplinary approach to health and risk-related Communication projects, […]
Associate Professor; Director of Strategic Health & Risk Communication Program; Director of Analytics, Insights, & Measurement (AIM) Club
About: Dr. Han teaches undergraduate Health Communication and Health & Risk Communication Campaigns courses and graduate Mass Communication Research Method and Technology and Health courses. Research foci include health communication […]
JOURNALISM PRACTICE, INNOVATION, AND LEADERSHIP
William S. Morris Chair in News Strategy and Management; Executive Director, James M. Cox Jr. Institute and Professor of Practice in Journalism
About: Dr. Herndon teaches the introductory course Media, News and Consumers, Business of News, Financial Journalism and Food Journalism as a special topics course and as independent study. He holds […]
Executive Director of the Cox International Center, Senior Research Scientist
About: Dr. Vlad’s research focuses on media challenges in emerging democracies and impact of midcareer training programs for journalists. He conducted workshops for journalists around the world. Education Ph.D. Philology, […]
MEDIA LAW AND HISTORY
Karen Miller Russell
Jim Kennedy New Media Professor, Professor
About: Karen Miller Russell is Jim Kennedy Professor of New Media and Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor, teaching public relations and media history and advising the college’s Integrated ADPR master’s […]
Department Head, Associate Professor
ABOUT Dr. Jonathan Peters is the head of the Department of Journalism and holds a faculty appointment in the School of Law. He teaches and researches media law and policy. […]
PUBLIC AFFAIRS, POLITICAL, AND GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATION
Carolyn Caudell Tieger Professor of Public Affairs Communications
Joseph Watson, Jr. is the inaugural Carolyn Caudell Tieger Professor of Public Affairs Communications at Grady College. In this role, Watson oversees the first program in the nation to provide […]
About: Dr. Clementson teaches undergraduate- and graduate-level public relations. His research examines the effects of public figures and politicians dodging questions. When he isn’t on campus teaching, running experiments, and […]
SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNICATION
Director, Master of Fine Arts Programs, Professor
About Dr. Springston teaches public relations, media and health, and research methods. Research foci include health and risk communications. View Curriculum Vitae Education Ph.D., Organizational Communication, The Ohio State University […]
Co-Director, Center for Health & Risk Communication; Associate Professor; Assistant Department Head
About: Dr. Cacciatore teaches research methodology and introduction to public relations in the Department of Advertising & Public Relations. His research focuses on science and risk communication with an emphasis […]
SPORTS MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION
About: David Welch Suggs, Jr., is an associate professor at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. in July 2011 after careers as a journalist, as a policy advocate, […]
AFFILIATE FACULTY AND EXPERTS OUTSIDE GRADY COLLEGE
In Kee Kim, Ph.D.
In Kee Kim is an assistant professor of computer science and an affiliate faculty member of the Institute for Artificial Intelligence at the University of Georgia. His research interests are cloud computing, large-scale distributed systems, and edge computing for real-world IoT applications (e.g., Smart Home/City/Transportation, Environmental Sensing).
Kyu Hyung Lee, Ph.D.
Kyu Hyung Lee is an associate professor of computer science and an affiliate faculty member of the Institute for Artificial Intelligence at the University of Georgia. As an expert in cyber security, his research areas include system security, software security, digital forensics, software reliability, program analysis, and mobile security.
Jaewoo Lee, Ph.D.
Jaewoo Lee is an assistant professor of computer science and an affiliate faculty member of the Institute for Artificial Intelligence at the University of Georgia. His research interests include data mining, machine learning, privacy-preserving data analysis.
TOPICS & FELLOWS
Fellows spend their time at the Cox Center, Grady College, and UGA to get trained in or study their research topics to explore the roles of media and communications in our fast-changing digital environment. Topics range across disciplines, including journalism, public relations, and advertising. Various corporate and government communication functions are also explored, such as policy, organizational, crisis, consumer/public affairs, and strategic communications.
In addition to the program for individual fellows, an intensive short-term group program can help communication and media professionals worldwide. Designed as a weeklong program, Cox CAM’s group training program provides intensive opportunities for a cohort of executives to learn and benchmark the current state of media and communication trends, strategies, and innovations for actionable insights for their fields. Several groups of public relations, advertising, media, and marketing communications executives have benefited from our short-term group program, filled with knowledge-sharing sessions led by our world-class faculty and experiential visits with leaders at several global companies in the Atlanta area, including Coca-Cola and CNN, among others.
RECENT RESEARCH TOPICS
- Comparative Analysis of Election Reports in Korea and the United States
- Brand Communication and Advertising in the Big Data Era
- Changes in Smart Media and Broadcasting
- Digital and Data Journalism
- Internal Communication Strategies in Human Resources Management
- Investor Relations from Communications Perspectives
- Anti-corruption Legislation and Its Communication to the Public
- Investigative Journalism Using Computer-Assisted Reporting
- Media Coverage of Veterans Affairs to Public
- Public Awareness and Communications of Copyright Policy
- Regulatory Reform Policies of Media, Communication, and Advertising Sectors
- Media Literacy in Multimedia Era
- The National Security System and Media
- The Roles of Press in Foreign and Security Policy Making: Two-Level Game Theory Perspectives
- AI-based Big Data Analysis Platform for Security Measures In Response to Security Threats and Field Communication
Home Institutions of Current and Past CAM Fellows:
(including BPC Fellows)
- Asia Business Daily, South Korea
- Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication (BIGC), China
- Beijing Normal University, China
- Dong-A Ilbo, South Korea
- Guangxi Teachers Education University, China
- Hankyoreh Daily, South Korea
- Institute for National Security Strategy, South Korea
- Jiangsu Normal University, China
- Joongang Ilbo, South Korea
- KBS (Korean Broadcasting System), South Korea
- KEIT (Korea Institute of Industrial Technology), South Korea
- Korea Policy News, South Korea
- Kukmin Daily, South Korea
- Kyunghyang Shinmun, South Korea
- LG Corporation, South Korea
- Maeil Business, South Korea
- MBC (Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation), South Korea
- MBN, South Korea
- Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, South Korea
- Ministry of Government Legislation, South Korea
- Ministry of Interior and Safety, South Korea
- Ministry of Patriots and Veterans, South Korea
- Money Today, South Korea
- Munhwa Daily Newspaper, South Korea
- National Information Society Agency, South Korea
- Office for Government Policy Coordination, South Korea
- Presidential Security Service of Republic of Korea
- Pfeiffer Vacuum Semi Korea, South Korea
- SBS (Seoul Broadcasting System), South Korea
- The Seoul Economic Daily, South Korea
- Seoul Shinmun, South Korea
- The Herald Business Newspaper, South Korea
- The Korea Economic Daily, South Korea
- The Segye Times, South Korea
- TV Chosun, South Korea
- Wuzhou University, China
- Yonhap News Agency, South Korea
- YTN (Yonhap Television News), South Korea
- Yuanta Securities Korea Co., South Korea
CAM Academic Fellows
- Kyunam Kim (Kyonggi University ), 2022
- Jungwoo Shin (Kyung Hee University), 2022
- Tae Chung Kang (Dong-Eui University), 2022
- Changwoo Oh (Keimyung University), 2020-2021
- Daeho Lee (Sungkyunkwan University), 2020
- Sung Bae Mun (Kookmin University), 2019
- Jae Hyun Cho (Daejin University), 2018
- Myungil Choi (Namseoul University), 2018
- Sungbok Park (Hanyang University), 2017
- Sang Woo Lee (Yonsei University), 2016
- Kyu Cheul Kim (Seowon University), 2015
- Jaewon Kang (Dongguk University), 2014
- Yangho Choi (Chosun University), 2012
- Jiyoung Jang (Chosun University), 2012
- Bongchul Kim (Chosun University), 2009
- Chang Yun Joo (Seoul Women’s University), 2008
For application details and inquiries, please contact the program office (email@example.com) or the Executive Director of the CAM program Jooyoung Kim (firstname.lastname@example.org).
There is no deadline for application. Applications are accepted throughout the year. However, it is strongly recommended that prospective fellows apply at least three months before their planned start date. Invitation decisions are normally made within two weeks of receiving a complete application.
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