Russian journalism and mass communication educators visit Grady

Six Russian journalism and mass communication educators got an overview of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication from the dean, a summary of accreditation standards from the associate dean, and an overview of the operation of the George Foster Peabody Awards from the Peabody director.

During their brief visit on Thursday, the group also discussed how to teach media management with Telecommunications Department Head Dr. C. Ann Hollifield and a summary of research on journalism education from Dr. Lee B. Becker, who directs the Annual Surveys of Journalism & Mass Communication.


Dr. Ann Hollifield / Photo by Dr. Lee Becker

The journalism and mass communication educators were at Grady as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

They were: Ms. Nadezhda Markovna Borisova, Department of Journalism at North Eastern Federal University, Yakutsk; Mr. Sergei Pavlovich Bulakh, Vladivostok Higher School of Television, Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service, Vladivostok; Mr. Viktor Alekseevich Burlakov, Department of Journalism and Publishing Business, Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok; Ms. Kamilla Renatovna Nigmatullina, School of Journalism and Communications, St. Petersburg University, St. Petersburg; Mr. Sergey Sergeyevich Smirnov, Department of Media Theory and Economics, Moscow State University, Moscow; and Ms. Anastasiia Alexandrovna Stepanenko, Journalism Department, Sakhalin State University, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

Dean Charles N. Davis welcomed the group to Grady, discussed the quality of the students enrolled at the College, and talked about the need for the College to examine different ways to organize itself in the future.


Dr. Alison Alexander and Dean Charles Davis / Photo by Dr. Lee Becker

Dr. Alison Alexander, active in accrediting nationally, told the group that the decision by the College to be accredited by the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication requires a heavy investment but helps to distinguish the journalism and mass communication program from others around the country.

Dr. Jeffrey Jones told the group that the Peabody Award program only focuses on one thing: quality. That distinguishes the Peabody Awards from others around the country.

The six educators were midway through the three-week program Journalism Education: Developing Media Independence and Freedom. They were hosted in Georgia by the Georgia Council for International Visitors.

The James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research, a unit of the Grady College, organized the program in the Grady College and hosted the group. Dr. Becker is director of the Cox Center.

Date: February 7, 2014
Dr. Jeffery Jones / Photo by Dr. Lee Becker
Dr. Jeffery Jones / Photo by Dr. Lee Becker

Author:  Dr. Lee B. Becker, lbbecker@uga.edu