Best practices in journalism education

23 November 2011

Are you a university journalism teacher or trainer with a course syllabus to share? A reading that your students have found useful? Or a practical journalism assignment? Were inviting you to share your good ideas and best practices with other teachers and trainers on the online forum of the UNESCO Model Curricula for Journalism Education,

This is an resource with Russian-language syllabi and recommended readings for 14 journalism and two general education courses, and Kazakh-language resources for six courses. All materials are copyright-free, and downloadable for educational use.

You can add to the resources by using the comment boxes at the end of each course syllabus. Your contributions will be read by other educators and trainers in Central Asia, the Russian Federation and other states, who regularly use the website.

The project, managed by the UNESCO Chair on Journalism Education at Kazakh National University named after al-Farabi, seeks to improve standards in journalism education and to create a network of university teachers and media trainers.

Over the past 18 months, a panel of 18 journalism educators and researchers (from Moscow State University, Kazan State University, Ural State University and leading institutions in Central Asia) has conducted a rigorous peer review of recommended readings for the courses. Some have suggested additional sources, and commented on the content of the courses. This phase of the project was directed by Dr. David Mould, Professor of Media Arts and Studies at Ohio University (U.S.A.).

In the fast-changing world of journalism, especially in online media, educators need to have the most current information and resources to prepare their students. The website includes links to electronic libraries of journalism resources, and Russian-language publications by UNESCO, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Institute for War and Peace Reporting and Internews. It also features sample class assignments, in Russian and Kazakh, on topics from covering a press conference and interviewing techniques to researching and writing a trend story, based on statistics.

The project is funded by the UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office for Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Tag: Freedom of Expression, journalism education and training

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