Cox International Center welcomes group of journalists from Sri Lanka

On July 14, 2022, the James M. Cox Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research welcomed seven journalists from Sri Lanka to Grady College, where they spent the day touring College facilities and taking classes on digital media and journalism in the United States. 

The visit to Grady was as a part of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program’s Media in a Democracy Project.

Amanda Bright speaks in front of the journalists visiting from Sri Lanka.
Amanda Bright speaks with the visiting journalists about key concepts in news literacy. (Photo: Jackson Schroeder)

While at Grady, the group of Sri Lankan journalists listened to lectures and participated in discussions led by Tudor Vlad, director of the Cox International Center, Amanda Bright, director of the Cox Institute Journalism Innovation Lab, Janice Hume, the Carolyn McKenzie and Don E. Carter Chair for Excellence in Journalism and incoming associate dean of academic affairs, and David Hazinski, professor emeritus. 

“We were pleased and honored to put together a training program for the Sri Lankan journalists here at Grady College,” said Vlad. “This is an extraordinary time for Sri Lanka, and all my colleagues who contributed to the sessions were aware of the turmoil that the country is going through and by the important role that journalists will play in the following weeks.” 

The Grady faculty members led discussions about the responsibility of the media, the need to inform citizens while avoiding incitement, and about the opportunities for journalists to contribute to the process of democratization, Vlad explained. 

The visitors, who are managers, editors and producers of newspapers, television stations, radio stations and news websites in Sri Lanka, were also led on a tour through the College, making stops by the Grady Newsource facilities, the Social Media Engagement and Evaluation Suite and elsewhere.

Tudor Vlad gives Sri Lankan visitors a tour of Grady Newsource.
Before lunch, Tudor Vlad (left) walked the visitors through a tour of Grady Newsource, the SEE Suite and elsewhere.

“The topics are not new to us, but the technologies and the approach are. So, it’s really good for us and helps us think differently,” one visiting Sri Lankan journalist explained. “The University and the media school, we don’t have these types of facilities in Sri Lanka, but I’m hoping that younger Sri Lankan students can come here and get this experience.”  

 

Janice Hume earns Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Journalism Historians Association

Janice Hume, the Carolyn McKenzie and Don E. Carter Chair for Excellence in Journalism and incoming associate dean of academic affairs at Grady College, is the recipient of the 2022 Sidney Kobre Award for Lifetime Achievement by the American Journalism Historians Association. It is AJHA’s highest honor.

The chair of the Service Awards Committee, Professor Emeritus Thomas A. Mascaro of Bowling Green State University, announced the decision.

“The nominating and support letters for Dr. Janice Hume reflect widespread admiration and appreciation for Janice’s excellence, mentorship, teaching and research contributions,” Mascaro said, “and for reflecting the tradition of this esteemed award.”

The rich number of tributes from support letters speak to the sweep of Hume’s record of achievement during a lifetime of service to journalism history.

“Dr. Hume most deserves recognition because she has mentored dozens upon dozens of graduate students, colleagues, and friends,” said Charles N. Davis, dean of Grady College. “It’s the quiet counsel, often unheralded and unheard by others, that gives a graduate student the confidence to move forward.”

Hume has “an exemplary record of sustained achievements through teaching, research, professional activities, or other contributions to the field of journalism history,” said award committee member Carolyn Kitch of Temple University. “She has contributed to the field in all of these categories, and in a very sustained way for decades. Her own scholarship importantly situates journalism history within American cultural history. And she has steadily worked to mentor and support other journalism historians’ research and teaching, expanding her impact on the field’s present and future.”

Erika Pribanic-Smith of the University of Texas Arlington praised Hume’s  stalwart participation as an AJHA and AEJMC History Division member, and credited her with “amassing a record of teaching, research, and service that makes her more than worthy of AJHA’s highest honor.”

Jason Lee Guthrie (PhD ’18) of Clayton State University was one of several scholars who thanked Hume for her mentorship.

“I gravitated toward history first and foremost because of who Dr. Hume is as a person, her kindness and her generosity,” he said.

Alexia “Lexie” C. Little (MA ’21) of Vanderbilt University said Hume “approaches our field with a ferocious curiosity made apparent by her wide and readily accessible internal archive of scholarship read, networks fostered, mistakes made, achievements earned, topics explored, and mentor guidance committed to heart.”

Teri Finneman of the University of Kansas noted that Hume is known for her research on collective memory and obituaries. “She was interviewed on NPR about her research into 8,000 obituaries, and her commentary was fascinating,” said Finneman.

Hume has earned more than 15 awards and recognitions, including AJHA’s President’s Award for Service, National Award for Excellence in Teaching, the McKerns Research Grant, and multiple top paper or article awards from both AJHA and the AEJMC History Division. She was named a Southeastern Conference Academic Leadership Development Program Fellow and to the Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy, and has provided leadership as a long-time department chair within the Department of Journalism at Grady College.

“The award’s namesake, Sidney Kobre, fused his love of journalism and history to make an enduring legacy within the field of history,” said M. Cayce Myers (MA ’06, Ph.D. ’14) of Virginia Tech. “Janice Hume’s career is in that same tradition.”

Hume studied at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, earning her Bachelor’s in Journalism as a magazine major, a Master of Arts in Journalism, writing about characteristics of heroic women in magazines, and a doctorate in Journalism.

Janice Hume holds copies of her book, "Popular Media and the American Revolution."
Janice Hume displays copies of her most recent book, “Popular Media and the American Revolution” when it was published in 2014.

She has authored three books, including her most recent, “Popular Media and the American Revolution: Shaping Collective Memory.”

Hume’s dissertation, “Private Lives, Public Virtues: Historic Newspaper Obituaries in a Changing American Culture,” launched her lifelong research agenda. She taught at Kansas State University before going to the University of Georgia in 2001. Prior to entering academe, Hume worked at the Mobile (Alabama) Register and Florence (Alabama) Times, Tri-Cities Daily.

Founded in 1981, the American Journalism Historians Association seeks to advance education and research in mass communication history. Members work to raise historical standards and ensure that all scholars and students recognize the vast importance of media history and apply this knowledge to the advancement of society.

Janice Hume named Grady College associate dean for academic affairs

Grady College has announced the appointment of Janice Hume, the Carolyn McKenzie and Don E. Carter Chair for Excellence in Journalism, as the new associate dean for academic affairs effective Aug. 1, 2022.

Hume is currently the Department of Journalism Head and will assume the associate dean position from María E. Len-Ríos (MA ’95) who is joining the University of Minnesota as associate director of the Hubbard School of Journalism.

“Dr. Hume has been a stellar leader in the College, and the Journalism department has been as strong as ever under her leadership as department chair,” said Charles N. Davis, dean of Grady College. “The addition of Dr. Hume to this next level of our leadership team will ensure that we continue progress toward our commitment to excellence, growth and educational leadership on behalf of our students.”

In her new role, Hume will continue as the named Carter Chair which was awarded to her in 2015.

“The College means a lot to me,” Hume said, “and I look forward to serving it in a new way. I’m excited about the challenge.”

Janice Hume shakes hands with a Levin Leader as Keith Herndon looks on.
Janice Hume shakes hands with Madison Franklin as Keith Herndon prepares to present Franklin with a Levin Leader medal March 3, 2022.

Hume joined Grady College in 2001 and became Department of Journalism head in 2013. She teaches courses in media history, ethics & diversity and media credibility on the undergraduate and graduate level. Her research focuses on American journalism history, public memory and media coverage of death and is frequently quoted in the media about the role obituaries have in collective memory. Hume received her Ph.D., master’s and bachelor of journalism degrees from the University of Missouri.

Prior to joining UGA, Hume spent twelve years as a newspaper reporter and features editor. She was lifestyle and arts editor at the Mobile Register (Alabama) and she served on the faculty of the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kansas State University. She has authored three books including her most recent, “Popular Media and the American Revolution.” She has also published research in a number of academic journals, including “Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly,” “Journalism History” and “American Journalism,” among others.

Hume has been the recipient of the American Journalism Historians Association’s National Award for Excellence in Teaching. She is an SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Fellow and served on the Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy.

“I am forever grateful to the faculty and staff in Journalism,” Hume added. “They are a remarkable, talented group of scholars, teachers and colleagues. They always step up when needed, and that has made my time as department head a real joy.”

Grady doctoral student’s fake news research becomes book

Marcus E. Howard, journalist and Grady doctoral student, recently wrote a media literacy book in partnership with the Georgia Humanities Council and Atlanta Press Club.

“How Journalists and the Public Shape Our Democracy: From Social Media and ‘Fake News’ to Reporting Just the Facts” educate the public on the societal phenomenon surrounding facts and misperceptions of journalism.

Janice Hume, head of Grady’s journalism department and Carolyn McKenzie and Don E. Carter Chair for Excellence in Journalism; Kelly Caudle, Georgia Humanities; and Lauri Strauss, Atlanta Press Club, approached Howard about the controversial phenomenon of “fake news.”

“As we see globally today and historically, people suffer when there is only one version of the truth handed down from the government,” Howard said.

As a journalist for more than ten years, Howard agrees that criticism of the press is good, however, political attacks on the media can alter accountability of reporting. He hopes the book will demystify journalists’ efforts for timely and accurate news while also demonstrating to readers how mistakes occur and how the profession works towards correcting and improving journalism.

“Marcus did a fantastic job pulling together all the research and writing on a tight timeline,” Caudle said.

The book is in narrative form, when each chapter starts with a story related to the topic. Issues range from social media to native advertisements.

“One minute you’ll be reading about the journalism ideals of Walter Lippmann and the next minute you’ll learn how the Kardashians’ use of native advertisements landed them in hot water,” Howard said.

Howard spent last summer researching on campus and reaching out to media experts at Grady and within the state. Monica Pearson (MA ’14), a retired WSB-TV Atlanta news anchor, wrote the forward of the book in order to bring trusted credibility to the project. Howard also spent the summer attending panels and events.

“[Atlanta] featured panel discussions with prominent journalists who talked about many of the issues raised in the book,” Howard said. “The turnout was impressive, which I think is a testament to how interested and concerned people are about the state of news media. I hope the book enlightens them on their paths in some small way.”

Read Howard’s book, available online, here.

Hume named Carolyn McKenzie and Don E. Carter Chair for Excellence in Journalism

Janice Hume has been named the Carolyn McKenzie and Don E. Carter Chair for Excellence in Journalism at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Hume serves as the head of the Department of Journalism.

The purpose of the Carter Chair is to teach journalistic excellence to students entering the profession, emphasizing journalistic values of clarity, accuracy, fairness, balance and credibility—values that characterize the Carters’ professional careers. John Greenman previously held the chair until his retirement in 2015.

“Dr. Hume upholds the legacy of Don Carter, a journalist’s journalist,” said Charles Davis, dean of Grady College. “Her passion for journalism education embodies the values we seek to foster throughout the college, and we’re just so fortunate to have her leadership as a model for students today and tomorrow.”

Don Carter (ABJ ’38) began his career as the editor-in-chief at The Red & Black before working as a reporter and editor at multiple newspapers across the county, including positions in Atlanta, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Miami. He was the founding managing editor of The National Observer before serving as vice president for news at Knight-Ridder until his retirement in 1982.

<Don E. Carter shakes hands with Janice Hume as Kent Middleton looks on.
Janice Hume talks with Don E. Carter at the Carter Symposium during the Grady centennial celebration April 16, 2015.

“I am pleased—and I know Carolyn would be pleased—that Professor Hume holds the Carter Chair,” Carter said from him home in Sea Island, Georgia. “As Carter Chair and head of the Department of Journalism, she will be able to focus the resources of the chair and the Carter Endowment to advance journalism excellence as Carolyn and I envisioned.  It’s a good time for journalism at Grady.”

Carolyn Carter (ABJ ’40) was the first full-time female photographer for the Atlanta Constitution before working as a writer and photographer for the Atlanta Journal Sunday Magazine. She also worked at The Coca-Cola Company as a writer and editor. In retirement, she remained engaged in various civic organizations until her death in 2010.

The Carters, who were married for more than 67 years, met while covering the same story for competing newspapers—Carolyn for the Atlanta Constitution and Don for the Atlanta Journal.

“I’m both thrilled and thankful to be named the Carter Chair,” Hume said. “Don Carter and his late wife Carolyn exemplify journalism excellence. What wonderful role models for aspiring journalists. My goal will be to instill in our students the Carters’ passion for responsible, ethical and courageous journalism—the kind of journalism that makes a difference in our communities and world.”


“My goal will be to instill in our students the Carters’ passion for responsible, ethical and courageous journalism…”

— Janice Hume


“I plan to use this chair to increase experiential opportunities for students and to help faculty with research projects designed to help sustain excellent journalism. We will recognize the best student journalists at Grady, and we will connect them with our industry friends and our amazing alumni to make sure Grady graduates are well prepared to lead in this fast-changing news environment.”

Hume joined Grady College in 2001. She teaches magazine writing, management, and media history. Her research focuses on American journalism history, public memory, and media coverage of death.  Hume received her Ph.D., master’s and bachelor of journalism degrees from the University of Missouri.  Prior to joining UGA, Hume spent twelve years as a newspaper reporter and features editor. She was lifestyle and arts editor at the Mobile Register (Ala.) and she served on the faculty of the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kansas State University. She has authored three books including “Popular Media and the American Revolution.”