Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Journalism learning schools...

Journalism; is it an industry or art? A combination from both of them? None of them? Nowadays there is lots of struggle for the description and proving a unit definition of journalism as a professional job.
Many tell that if we count journalism as an industry, so we have to consider the main financial and economic aspects of it. In the other word, we must study the journalism such as the other financially benefited works and industries like textiles, hardware manufacturers or blacksmith’s trade but we have not to forget that the obviating the cultural and literary needs of a society would not be measured using the financial and pecuniary units!
In the other hand, we cannot tolerant the fundamental role-playings of journalistic efforts for the obviation of journalist’s economic requirements and earn their livelihood. By the other word, journalism is helping a large group of people to get financial advantages, help many other people to get worked and produce a cultural component.
So, feel that it is justifiable if we call the “Journalism” job as an intermixture of arts and industries. Art of writing, translating, news creation and graphics in addition with the publication and printing industries besides the spread usage of Hi-techs for various purposes would change the journalism into one of the most unknown and interesting jobs that humankind ever discovered!
I tried to introduce some of most famous and best-known Journalism and communication schools throughout the world that are helping their students to gather the most important abilities in each section of journalism, from the Pagemaking to the models of literary essays writing.

Carleton University school of Journalism
This school has been preliminarily founded in 1946 and its main efforts were about teaching journalistic and communication-oriented sciences.
The first degree offered by the school was the Bachelor of Science in media and journalism and then the Master of Arts and Doctorate degrees has been added. In 1988, they changed the rules and laws so the normal and ordinary students without having any previous journalistic or media background were able to use the courses.
Master of Arts in Mass communication was offered in 1977 and now the whole courses and lessons are available online to any user from each point of the world.
The school has the capacity of annually 200 students and pupils but is receiving so much more applications and requests than this amount a year.

The specialists journalism school of William Allen White
This expertise journalism that is affiliated with state University of Kansas is one of the most authenticated and famous journalism schools through the world and started its courses since 1891. The classes are going on from that time till 1903. In 1909, Frank Strong the headmaster of university established an educational group for journalism and communication in the department of Arts and Sciences so the courses started again. In 1944 and after the sudden death of William Allen White the well-known chief editor of Emporia Gazette, the independent school of “Journalism and General information” has been launched for the honor of dead William in his name. The economy of communication and the advertisement in media are the main lessons of school that some parts of them are available online.

London School of Journalism
LSJ that presents some parts of its lessons through virtual learning methods and for free students online, followed the freelance journalism and news journalism courses through three different generation of its students and decides to continue its activities till the complete accomplishment of innovation and offering the new-branded and experimental journalism teaching method’s mission.
The former students of this school are professionally working in their special proficiency such as short fictions, poetry, caricature, children journalism and news briefing.
The most important and the most interesting activities of this school are dedicated to distance learning methods that finishes with the endowment of official diploma and the formal invitation of all accepted students (who passed the courses successfully) to London.
The whole courses of this school are including creative writing, the correct usage of English, history and literature, news writing for journals and news writing for television. There is also a one-month educational period in every August and each summer for interested students.
There are students enrolling into the annual courses from more than 100 countries that 10 percent of them are North Americans and Australian and the remaining 15 percent are from different countries through the 4 continents.
Also the registered students are able to contact their teachers and download the needed bulletins via Internet.

Missouri University school of Journalism
In 1908, Walter Williams has inaugurated one of the first journalism schools of the world under the supervision of Missouri-Columbia University. He thought that journalism teaching has to be specialized through universities and academic places.
Based on his own theory, he started the entire school with the financial aids of Missouri Media association. Nowadays not only this school is known as one of the best journalism schools in the world, but also its students are involving in national and international contests and competitions and gathering the best marks and places.
Furthermore some of the school’s students were of the Pulitzer or Silver Anvil prizes winners.
At first, Williams was to build a school that benefits all the global media. At 25, he was the youngest manager of Missouri media association that is aged for 160 years.

British Columbia University School of Journalism
British Columbia University School of journalism is one of the new-built schools in this manner that is one of the bests, too!
The school was established in 1998 and the main founder was the Chinese charity foundation of “Sing Tao”. The main building is constructed with numerous seminar saloons, newsrooms, managers’ room and academic staff special bureaus.
The essential philosophy of school is based on the founder’s believe who is faithful that journalists are in need to gather scientific and academic skills in various fields of journalism through such schools.
The basic skills of research, reporting and writing for all media are being taught in the school. Also the main focus of school is on the modern communicative styles and their impressions and effects on the media.


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David said...

It looks like you have found some very good schools of journalism. I hope you will be accepted to study at one of them! Good luck!