Empowering Communications and Media Insights since 1985
The James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research (Cox International Center or “Cox Center”) is one of the fully established units in the United States dedicated to international outreach and research in mass communication, media, and journalism. Named after the late James M. Cox, Jr. – chairman of the board of Cox Enterprises – the Cox International Center began operations in 1985. Since 1990, the Center has been supported by annual contributions of the Jim Cox Jr. Foundation of Atlanta as a living memorial to James M. Cox, Jr.
The mission of the Center is to empower communication and media insights worldwide, including the promotion of free and independent press and the vital roles of communication in all aspects of business and society. To foster this mission, the Center has hosted numerous international groups of professionals, international journalism educators, and journalists from over 48 countries. Fulbright scholars, Muskie Fellows, Freedom Support Act and IREX Fellows, and Edward Murrow Fellows have been among the visiting scholars.
The Communication and Media (CAM) Fellows Program – operated in the Cox Center – has hosted more than 100 international fellows and visiting scholars since 2008 for their research and training in various fields related to media, journalism, media technology, media policy, and communication of businesses, public sectors, and governments.
Cox International Center’s Statement on
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research fully supports diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as fundamental core values in all aspects of its work. We believe that DEI and the richness of intersectionality it provides offer avenues for intellectual stimulation, challenging yet constructive dialogues, learning, growth, and innovation. These opportunities, in turn, empower us to enhance all facets of our research, training, and outreach efforts.
To integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) principles into our practices and achieve the Center’s missions, we are committed to actively fostering the following:
- Cultivating a culture of inclusion where everyone feels welcome, valued, and respected, regardless of their social identities (including race, nationality, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, language, religion, disability and/or health status, gender identity/expression, veteran status, geographic origins, and socio-economic status, etc., as listed in UGA’s Institutional Diversity Plan).
- Establishing an inclusive training and research environment that facilitates access and success for a variety of participants in its programs.
- Integrating diverse perspectives and experiences into our training and research.
- Broadening partnerships and outreach to strengthen diverse and inclusive global communities that emphasize the importance of communication and the roles of media in enhancing all societies. In doing so, we will promote outreach that cultivates greater diversity and cross-cultural collaboration among our program participants and research collaborators/partners.