Professor Julia Balashova, who was affiliated with the Knight Center as a Fulbright Scholar while doing research at MSU during the past academic year, was the main speaker at a recent workshop called “Communication Education in the Leading USA Universities and Possibilities of the Fulbright Program.”
The workshop took place at St. Petersburg State University (Russia) where she heads the master’s program in popular science journalism.
Focusing on the MSU School of Journalism, Balashova described the life of American students and campus life such as university sports, learning and leisure activities. She also spoke about differences between Russian and American educational programs, educational processes, the evaluation system and interaction with the educational environment.
A newly published study by professor Mariam Gersamia of Ivane Javakhishvilli Tbilisi State University in the Republic of Georgia and Knight Center director Eric Freedman examines the journalism accreditation process in that post-communist South Caucasus country.
Since independence in 1991, Georgia has made significant progress with democratization and now has what is considered the freest, most independent and most diverse press among the ex-Soviet Caucasus and Central Asian countries. There have also been improvements in the quality of journalism education as part of a national process of educational reform, but the curricula remain hampered by Soviet-era legacies in content and pedagogy.
Their essay, “Challenges to Creating Vibrant Media Education in Young Democracies: Accreditation for Media Schools in Georgia,” compares a leading university’s curriculum with the UNESCO model curricula for journalism education. It also discusses the purposes and standards of accreditation for journalism and mass communication programs, and concludes that the current accreditation process in Georgia needs improvement.
The study appeared in Journalism & Mass Communication Educator.
A story by Knight Center graduate student Carin Tunney was recently named a finalist in a national Association of Food Journalists competition.
The story “Can tiny livestock solve big hunger” about eating insects in North America appeared in two Knight Center publications: The Food Fix and Great Lakes Echo.
The winner will be announced in September at the annual conference of the Association of Food Journalists in Philadelphia.
Knight Center research director Bruno Takahashi won the top faculty paper award in the Scholastic Journalism Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference.
The paper titled “Students’ experiences in an environmental journalism master’s program: An application of knowledge-based journalism principles,” was co-authored with doctoral student Perry Parks.
The paper presents a qualitative analysis of in-depth interviews with graduates from the master’s program in journalism at MSU. The study highlights the challenges faced by journalism students interested in environmental reporting. A main challenges is the perceived gap between communication theory, statistics and research methods, and the practice of journalism.
The paper will be presented at the AEJMC conference in Chicago, August 9 to the 12, 2017.