News 2018-2019 Academic Year
"The business model of local journalism is under threat," Dr. Charles Davis, dean of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, told a group of seven Ethiopian journalists. "From 1990 to 2016, the number of newspaper employees in the United States dropped from about 450,000 to 180,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As an example, The San Jose Mercury News in the mid-1990s had 400 journalists on staff. Today? 41."
"Coach Dan Magill's life and achievements were organically associated with the University of Georgia," Gordon Smith, CEO and executive director of the U.S. Tennis Association, told a group of 60 students in mid April.
"We have state funds, but we also generate a large percentage of our funds through contracts and fees for services," Dr. Rusty Brooks, director of the International Center of the Carl Vinson Institute, told a group of 31 visitors from Romania in early April.
"The competition for advertising money is intense, and Google and Facebook still hold the largest share of total US digital ad spend, with about 40 and 20 percent, respectively,Tim Langmaid, CNN Vice President and senior editorial director, told a group of visitors on March 20."
Dr. Albert L. "Al" Hester, the founder and first director of the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research, passed away on April 11, 2019. He was a Grady journalism professor from 1972 to 1997.
Dr. Tudor Vlad, director of the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research at the University of Georgia, told graduate students of the College of Political Public Administration and Communication Sciences at Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, that good communication skills are crucial for senior managers of private companies and of public organizations.
"For almost two centuries, the legitimacy of journalists has been the result of the printing and distribution of the journalists' products via mass media," Dr. Tudor Vlad, director of the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research, told a group of 25 Chinese graduate students. "Now, the new technologies have changed this situation and are challenging the status of professional journalists."
The Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia organized a session for five senior managers and faculty of the Shanghai Administration Institute in early December. The program was coordinated by the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research, the international unit of the school.
Swedish Journalist Albin Aghamn spent three days at the University of Georgia in early December examining higher education in the United States, news credibility in the current political climate, journalism curricula, and media coverage of collegiate sports.
Following an invitation from the Office of the Provost at Arizona State University, Dr. Tudor Vlad, director of the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research, participated in a roundtable discussion in Phoenix, Arizona, in late November.
Dr. Karoly Jokay, executive director of the Hungarian-American Fulbright Commission, spent two days in Athens in early November visting units of the University of Georgia to identify potential hosts for Hungarian students and researchers, and UGA faculty interested in becoming Fulbright scholars in East and Central Europe.
Dr. Alina Bargaoanu, dean of the College of Communication and Public Relations of the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania, said that fake news is a proxy, albeit a popular term for the larger phenomenon of disinformation 2.0 that refers to machine-driven, technology-powered disinformation.