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A new scientific study inspecting the need for/opportunity of enrolling in the planned online postgraduate specialist journalism study programme in Croatia is published in the EDULEARN23 Proceedings, a publication accompanying The 15th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies that took place in Palma de Majorca (Spain), 3-5 July, 2023. It was authored by the HEJDE project leader Tijana Vukić, PhD, and two doctoral students of information and communication sciences, Anamarija Bilan and Kristina Čirjak, who participated in the conference by presenting the topic virtually.

 

The article brings the results of the research on the attitudes and aspiration of journalists to enroll in such a study programme, because there are many people working in the media as journalists who graduated, but do not have a journalistic or related qualification, and could profit from such a degree along with their newsrooms and the public. Data were collected using a survey on a sample of 121 journalists from Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania and Kosovo.

The majority already participated in online classes estimating their technical/digital skills from good to excellent. Respondents stated a lack of interest, distance of the study from their place of residence, and lack of finances and time as the main reasons for not studying journalism yet. The positive research finding is that almost half of the examinees would enrol in such an online postgraduate specialist journalism study if they had the opportunity.

They are primarily motivated by their own professional development and the idea of gaining a postgraduate/journalistic degree. The lack of finances, however, turned out to be a complex issue. Namely, only a third of the surveyed journalists predicted the employers' full support for such a study, and more than three quarters believed it would not happen in terms of covering study costs, while they themselves would not be able to fully pay them, but they could do it just partially.

Most of the respondents could devote up to 10 hours a week to distance learning and they marked lectures throughout the week in the evenings or weekends as the best choice. They suggested that practical subjects, courses on new technologies, journalism on social networks, and investigative journalism should be the core of the study programme curriculum.

So far, we have gained an insight from the analysis of the potential of that prospective study and the perspective of the attitudes, needs and interests of this specific target group which both confirmed the justification to start such a study programme. The further step is to publish the results of the research on designing such a study by gathering academic and professional experiences, attitudes and recommendations via the focus-group method conducted in mid-September 2022. That would be the last of the three studies planned to research the topic within the HEJDE project.

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