Journalism

 

Bachelor’s degree programme in JOURNALISM

 

For whom is the study intended :

The degree programme is intended for the graduates of high schools with graduation exam, who would like to assert in media as practising journalists, scilicet at various positions as e.g. reporter, redactor, editor, moderator, etc., but also as graphic designer, photographer, corrector, etc. namely in print (newspapers, magazines, publishing houses), audiovisual (radio and television) as well as Internet (on-line) media, both private and public.

 

Characteristics of the study:

Thus the Bachelor’s double major study of Journalism is focused especially on adoption of practical skills and it is based on two basic requirements:

  1. providing of complex education in the field of practical skills necessary for journalistic practice;
  2. acquirement of education in the second study subject (according to the offer of the Faculty of Arts of Palacký University) with possibility of using this knowledge within journalistic practice.
    Thus it is not just a form of application of journalistic skills on the second study subject, but their reciprocal interconnection.

The education is directed at acquirement of sufficient quota of basic skills from all branches of media production together with skills in particular specialization (photojournalist, radio-journalist etc., eventually their combination) above standard extent. This intention is secured by cohesion of four levels:

  1. general journalistic competence (introduction to journalism, news, publicistics)
  2. special journalistic competence (photojournalism, TV journalism, etc.)
  3. journalistic thematic specialization (political, cultural, etc.)
  4. generally thematic specialization, which is set by:
  • deepening of knowledge within the frame of specialization by usage of knowledge from the second study subject
  • offer of optional disciplines within the frame of the degree programme itself as basic introductions to other problems

 

Graduate profile :

Bachelor’s double major study of Journalism is (in accordance with general routing tendencies of Bachelor’s programmes) focused especially on adoption of practical skills. Therefore the emphasis is placed on education of future media professionals, scilicet in extended frame together with another study subject.

The double major Bachelor’s programme in Journalism is based on two basic requirements:

  1. providing of complex education in journalism through acquirement and adopting of practical skills necessary for journalistic practice;
  2. acquirement of education in the second study subject (according to the offer of the Faculty of Arts of Palacký University) with possibility of using this knowledge within journalistic practice, or on the contrary to be an expert in a certain field with appropriate journalistic competence.

The graduate should dispose of sufficient quota of basic skills from all branches of media production, but s/he should be competent in particular specialization (photojournalist, radio-journalist etc., eventually their combination) above standard extent.

This intention is secured by reciprocal cohesion of four levels:

  1. general journalistic competence (introduction to journalism, news, publicistics)
  2. special journalistic competence (photojournalism, TV journalism, etc.)
  3. journalistic thematic specialization (political, cultural, etc.)
  4. generally thematic specialization, which is set by:
  • usage of knowledge from the second study subject
  • offer of optional disciplines 

 

Study aims:

The conception of the degree programme agrees with double major model, which should lead to academical education of graduates in random field and to obtaining of professional competence necessary for application of particular subject under the conditions of contemporary information society and media communication.

In the concrete form the study is conceived with reference to:

  • development of logical, analytical and critical thinking (introduction to communication studies, introduction to philosophy, basics of sociology, basics of science, basics of logic, etc.)
  • development of communication skills, general as well as specialized (communication skills for journalists, social communication, pragmatics, rhetoric, moderating, etc.)
  • development of language competences (native as well as foreign language) and stylistic skills (current Czech language, stylistics, grammatical practicum, foreign language, etc.)
  • development of skills in searching and working with information (sources of journalistic information, current questions in journalism, basics of journalistic professions)
  • development of concrete professional skills (work with technics, profession routines), including systematic strenghtening of general competences in the sphere of hardware, software and information technologies (all practicums and following workshops, single journalistic specializations, electronical publication systems, web pages production, digital photohraphy, etc.)
  • development of independency as well as coordination and cooperation in teamwork (all practicums and following workshops, basics of management, communication skills for journalists, etc.)
  • structured widening of knowledge in a number of fields connected with social life and leading to systematic monitoring of them, from economy, politics, culture to science and sport (basics of economy, basics of politology, basics of science, basics of general aesthetics, journalistic specializations, etc.)
  • reinforcement of responsibility and sense of specificity and disputableness of the juristic and ethic frame of journalism (ethics in journalism, basics of law, media and law)
     

Study provision:

Right at the department there are three multimedia computer rooms with 40 networked PCs available to students (also the access to on-line databases is provided via IP address from these rooms), videocameras, digital cameras, dictaphones and other technics.

Besides c. 500 000 volumes of all fields offered by the central UP Library in Zbrojnice (knihovna.upol.cz), right at the department there is a reference library where various handbooks and manuals as well as special volumes are available.

 

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