The Global Center for Journalism and Democracy is happy to welcome two new staff members. Meagan Ellsworth, who graduated from SHSU in 2012 joins the center as an executive assistant. Jesse Starkey, the new program manager, had previously been working in SHSU's International Programs department. "After having worked in the field of international education for the past three years, I was eager to move into a position that allowed me to work with more external partners, and to participate in programs that are making a difference across the world. I had been watching the work the Center was doing, and when I saw an opportunity to be part of the team, I jumped on it!" explains Starkey.
The addition of new staff is vital to maintaining the pace of growth at the center. "We continue to take on new international challenges, and are always looking for new ways to impact the lives of SHSU students. Our new staff members had to hit the ground running, and haven't stopped", said GCJD executive director Kelli Arena. This fall, the center worked with journalists and political parties in Tunisia, conducted training for law enforcement officials in the U.S., hosted journalist and author Kitty Pilgrim as a guest speaker, and presented at the Alliance of Universities for Democracy Conference in Bosnia. The center also launched a workshop for Mass Communication students.
GCJD has several initiatives planned for Spring of 2014 including journalism trainings in Egypt and Beirut. The center is also developing new curriculum to continue its work with law enforcement and political parties.