OU Gaylord College awarded grant: The Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma has been awarded two new grants totaling nearly $1.3 million through the Education and Cultural Affairs Bureau of the U.S. State Department.
This is the sixth State Department grant that Gaylord College has received for a total of more than $3 million over the past eight years.
The larger of the two new grants is a $1 million project for three years with Pakistan’s University of Gujrat to develop and expand their Center for Media and Communication Studies. The first team of Gujrat faculty arrives in Oklahoma in January.
The Pakistani university plans to build and program a broadcast television station. Gaylord College faculty will provide guidance in establishing the station and help generally with curricular development in journalism, video production and strategic communication.
The second grant for $360,000 will continue work that Gaylord College has done in Bangladesh for the past eight years. This project provides an extended industry experience for 18 media professionals in print and broadcasting who will visit Norman in April and October 2013 and be placed with media in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Two delegations of Oklahoma media professionals also will visit Bangladesh during the same year.
“It is a great credit to the quality of Gaylord College that it has been selected for key grants to further democracy and freedom of the press around the world," said University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren.
Together these programs, totaling nearly $3 million in grants, have trained more than 500 people in the U.S. and in the targeted countries. In addition to the South Asian initiatives, the college annually hosts about two-dozen journalists from Latin America as part of the State Department’s Edward R. Murrow Program.
— Transcript Staff