The academic and industrial world is facing a change in the roles and functions journalists traditionally perform in society and in media companies. Globalization, digitalization, mediatization, deprofessionalization of journalistic activities, user empowerment, as well as the remaining national specifics of media systems across the globe, influence those roles and bring up the question of how journalism should be taught in a rapidly changing reality. Today, we see that the borders between audience and journalists, virtual and “real life”, facts and fiction, as well as between all kinds of communication platforms, have been irretrievably crossed. These new conditions influence media markets too, which in their turn lead to change in the professional competences journalists should possess, along with the demands that face them, in the 21st century. Given the fact that traditional borders have to be overcome, we should ask ourselves what professional attitude, skills and knowledge are required today? How can the balance between theory and practice in the education of journalists be reached? What are the new forms and techniques to be used in the preparation of future journalists (team work, project work, etc.)? How should educational standards be re-worked, taking into account that shifting reality? This conference aims to discuss journalism education in a global context, putting particular emphasis on professional, social, ideological, cultural and economic conditions, influencing the way journalists are educated today across the world. The event will coincide with the meeting of the Forum of European Journalism Students in Moscow (FEJS), which will facilitate discussions about journalists’ education from both academics’ and students’ perspectives.
Topics to be discussed:
- Crossing academic borders: how to bring together academic and professional demands?
- Crossing geographical borders: how to stimulate the mobility of students (higher and mid-career education)?
- Crossing ideological borders: how to contribute to depolarization within society and on a global level?
- Crossingsocial borders: how to represent all groups in the society?
- Crossing competence borders: how to teach hybrid competences?
- Crossing educational borders: how to adapt curricula to changing professional realities?
- Crossing professional borders: how to respond to non-professional journalism?