The Media Dialogue Project, in collaboration with a UK university, will support reform of journalism education
Bishkek, 3rd September, 2021
A team of British academics from the University of Salford (Manchester) will arrive in Kyrgyzstan in Bishkek on 6th September to deliver a series of educational events in collaboration with the country’s journalism faculties. The week-long visit will support further modernization of curricula, an effort that has been initiated
following the findings of a journalism education needs assessment, commissioned by the Media
Dialogue Project. On Monday, 6th September, the academics will conduct a seminar for journalism faculties staff with remote live contributions from other colleagues in Britain on ways of integrating media industry practice in academic teaching. The seminar will be followed by a series of demonstration masterclasses and workshops with local students observed by lecturers as well an intensive training course in teaching techniques used for delivering practical components in journalism. The visit will conclude with a focus group where participants will share their insights on introducing practice-oriented learning components into the educational and media context of Kyrgyzstan.
The University of Salford runs one of the largest journalism undergraduate courses in Britain and several post-graduate courses accredited by media industry bodies in broadcast, news and international journalism. It has been attracting more than 150 students every year with an offer of practice-oriented teaching, newsroom simulation techniques and work placements in mainstream media outlets such as the BBC or industry media divisions of big businesses including Manchester United Football Club. The visiting academics will share their experience and examples of best practice with their Kyrgyz colleagues during the week of 6-10 September with the view to continuing cooperation in the future.
Their visit follows extensive research commissioned by the Media Dialogue project earlier this year which established most effective and promising ways of addressing problems and deficits in the existing journalism curricula articulated by deans and lecturers at participating universities. The findings of the wide-ranging report can be found on the Media School website of the Cabar.asia information agency.
For the programme, participation or further access by qualifying parties, please, contact Project Specialist Cholpon Bolotbekova (firstname.lastname@example.org , +996504 222 401).