The digital environment of higher education for journalists in Europe
In Europe there is a very large number of higher education study programmes that educate journalists, but there is no central place where one can access updated information fast and easily. Besides, due to the extremely fast changes imposed by technological development on all social practices, the educational one is also changing and improving day after day, so it is a responsibility to regularly keep track of the latest educational achievements in the area of education for journalists, as well as scientific research dealing with these topics.
This activity is therefore oriented toward the realisation of the following activities:
Primarily, a publicly accessible interactive map will be designed, and it will present data with regard to geographical, institutional and programme characteristics meant for future students, professionals and the wider public. The intention is to, as part of that digital tool, enable the simple and controlled uploading of new data.
The second aim will be realised in collaboration with the Research Media Centre in Podgorica. The intention is to gather scientists and higher education lecturers from former Yugoslav states, stimulate their contemplation about education for the media in the digital environment, and exchange their scientific and teaching experience at the virtual international scientific conference Media Dialogues, while their papers will be published in a new issue of the international scientific journal Media Dialogues with an international editorial board. The activity will also be directed to encouraging and presenting students' research in collaboration with their mentors.
To achieve the activities linked to the third aim, project partnership with the publishing house "Naklada Medijska istraživanja" from Zagreb (Croatia) has been established. The intention is to publish a thematic issue of the international journal Media Research, cited in the scientific database SCOPUS, with scientific papers which will study the project topic with an emphasis on the online journalism studies in Europe.
Online study programmes that educate journalists in Croatia – a need/an opportunity?
The central aim of this activity is to determine if there is, from an academic and market perspective, a need to create an online journalism study programme in the Croatian language which could be used by all interested parties from former Yugoslav states. The potential programme features, possibilities for its realisation, sustainability methods and challenges will be investigated. Following the aforementioned, three research studies will be conducted.
Analysis (using the SWOT and PESTLE analytical matrices) will define the crucial factors from the perspective of the inner and outer environment in the context of such a study programme setup.
Polling of the chosen sample from three target groups (students of study programmes that educate journalists, employed journalists without a higher education for journalists, and people who were graduates at other study programmes)
Group interviews (focus group) conducted with higher education lecturers and professionals will investigate about the key items and recommendations (programme, operative, institutional) which should be taken into account when organising such a study programme.
Digital collection of literature on education for journalists
This project activity deals with literature selection, systematisation, cataloguing and analysis, and it is divided into two parts:
This activity basic aim is to create a personalised thematic digital library for one’s personal use which will integrate the sources (scientific and professional papers, books, doctoral dissertations, master thesis, etc.) which somehow deal with the topic of education for journalists by using a digital research tool for the collection, organisation, storage and citation in future scientific works.
A problem related to the second dataset of this part of the project is the fact that lists of references found in contemporary syllabi of communication science courses at study programmes that educate journalists in Croatia usually prescribe the same titles/authors, some only have outdated literature, while many prescribe works in a foreign language (usually English). Therefore, this part of the research is oriented toward data collection via the e-catalogue of the National and University Library in Zagreb in order to determine what are the editorially designed publications of Croatian authors in the Croatian language published in Croatia in the period between 1990 and 2020 which could be used for teaching needs at Croatian higher education institutions that educate journalists.
Film and higher education for journalists
Films are traditionally used as a didactic teaching tool at all levels of education, so it has been assumed that journalism could also be adequately taught in that way. Since working in the media and journalism is a topic related to various historical events, human activities and public values, in the history of films there are many which somehow deal with and present the topic of journalism, journalists and working in the media as their main idea. This part of the project presupposes the following activity:
- Using domestic and international databases and the relevant scientific and professional literature, a group of films will be selected which may serve as a digital teaching tool, or a didactic aid for higher education journalism teaching activities. This activity main aim is to create a digital base, accessed upon request, of chosen films and appertaining methodical materials.