Model curricula for journalism education

Tulloch, John (2007) Model curricula for journalism education. Project Report. UNESCO, Paris.

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Abstract

Over the last few years, the number of news media outlets in developing countries
and emerging democracies has grown rapidly. There has been an increased
recognition of the crucial role of journalism in promoting democracy, and this has
created an urgent demand for well-trained journalists. As the lead UN agency
in promoting freedom of expression and access to information and knowledge,
UNESCO has taken various initiatives to improve the quality of journalism education
worldwide. In December 2005, in response to numerous requests from Member
States for help in the design of journalism education curricula, UNESCO convened
an experts’ consultative meeting in Paris. Major outputs of the consultation were the
identification of courses, which should be included in a journalism curriculum.
A team of four UNESCO experts, commissioned for the initial development of the
journalism education curricula initiative, solicited a response to their first draft
from twenty senior journalism educators who were deemed to have considerable
experience working in developing countries and emerging democracies. Their
responses proved to be essential for the establishment of appropriate and
applicable curricula. The revised draft design thus featured a list of courses for
both undergraduate and post-graduate levels, a brief description of each course and
an outline of fundamental journalism competencies. Journalism instructors with
experience working in developing countries or emerging democracies were then
carefully selected from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South
America to write the syllabuses for seventeen core courses. The draft curricula was
reviewed at a second experts’ consultative meeting at UNESCO in Paris, selecting a
number of model syllabuses to qualify the document for formal presentation to the
World Journalism Education Congress in June 2007 in Singapore.

Item Type:Paper or Report (Project Report)
Additional Information:Over the last few years, the number of news media outlets in developing countries and emerging democracies has grown rapidly. There has been an increased recognition of the crucial role of journalism in promoting democracy, and this has created an urgent demand for well-trained journalists. As the lead UN agency in promoting freedom of expression and access to information and knowledge, UNESCO has taken various initiatives to improve the quality of journalism education worldwide. In December 2005, in response to numerous requests from Member States for help in the design of journalism education curricula, UNESCO convened an experts’ consultative meeting in Paris. Major outputs of the consultation were the identification of courses, which should be included in a journalism curriculum. A team of four UNESCO experts, commissioned for the initial development of the journalism education curricula initiative, solicited a response to their first draft from twenty senior journalism educators who were deemed to have considerable experience working in developing countries and emerging democracies. Their responses proved to be essential for the establishment of appropriate and applicable curricula. The revised draft design thus featured a list of courses for both undergraduate and post-graduate levels, a brief description of each course and an outline of fundamental journalism competencies. Journalism instructors with experience working in developing countries or emerging democracies were then carefully selected from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America to write the syllabuses for seventeen core courses. The draft curricula was reviewed at a second experts’ consultative meeting at UNESCO in Paris, selecting a number of model syllabuses to qualify the document for formal presentation to the World Journalism Education Congress in June 2007 in Singapore.
Keywords:Curriculum, Curricula, UNESCO, Arts journalism
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N224 Management and Organisation of Education
X Education > X900 Others in Education
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Journalism
ID Code:4926
Deposited By: Bev Jones
Deposited On:24 Feb 2012 13:44
Last Modified:24 Feb 2012 13:46

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