Grady College welcomes Murrow Fellows from Africa

As part of the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists, the Grady College is hosting 13 journalists from English-speaking African countries Oct. 29-Nov. 4, 2015.

This is the seventh consecutive year that the Grady College has been selected to host Murrow Fellows. As in the past, the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research—housed at the college—is organizing and managing the program.

Sponsored by the Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program, the Murrow Program brings dozens of journalists from around the world to participate in a three-week visit. The program is designed as an exchange of best practices, an overview of free press in a democracy and the opportunity for the Murrow Fellows to gain insight into the social economic and political structures of the U.S.

The Murrow Fellows arrive in Athens on Oct. 29 and will spend the following day in Atlanta meeting with editors from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and CNN.

While they are on UGA's campus Nov. 2-3, the Murrow Fellows will meet with Grady College Dean Charles Davis and Murrow Student Hosts. They will participate in discussions about the principles of health communication and the goals of health and medical journalism, and U.S. journalism and mass communication education.  They will observe the college's digital and broadcast journalism majors in the newsroom of Grady Newsource. The visiting journalists will also discuss U.S. elections with faculty of UGA's School of Public and International Affairs, and attend a session at UGA's African Studies Institute.

The public is invited for a discussion of media with the Murrow Fellows and free lunch on Nov. 2 at 12:10 p.m. in Studio 100.  An open reception in honor of the journalists takes place at 5 p.m. in the fourth floor study area on that same day.

For more information about the Murrow Fellows Program, see

The James M. Cox Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research
The James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research is the international outreach unit of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. The 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.

Date: October 29, 2015
Author:  Lee B. Becker,; Tudor Vlad,