Seminar on "Strengthening journalists’ education - the basis for quality reporting"
On 4 May, the UNESCO Office in Tashkent and the Journalists’ Training Centre will hold a seminar on "Strengthening journalists’ education - the basis for quality reporting". The meeting will bring together professors of the Journalism Faculties of the National University of Uzbekistan and the University of the World Languages to discuss the ways and means of promoting quality journalism, in particular through quality education
There is an increased understanding of the role of the media in the promoting democracy, development and dialogue. With the growth in the number of media outlets the need for qualified journalists is constantly increasing. The aim of this workshop is to introduce the UNESCO Model Curricula for Journalism Education to the Faculties of Journalism in Uzbekistan. The existing curricula for journalists’ training in the country will be considered in light of the international standards. By means of these models the students are trained in the basics of the profession and specifics of the journalists’ work that ensure a fair and unbiased coverage of political, economic and cultural events of the society. In addition, the course also includes the study of modern information technologies and their practical use. A significant aspect of the training of journalists is the study of ethical principles of this profession. The professional skills of journalists, social importance of the profession in the modern society, the capacities in mastering the professional knowledge and skills, the responsibility of journalists and the legal framework of their work, will also be addressed during the training.
Mr Morgens Schmidt, UNESCO’s international media expert will be the guest of honour at the training. He will share his working experience from the Danish School of Journalism and UNESCO’s programme on freedom of expression and quality reporting, inform the participants about the various approaches to journalism education in the world and explain what is understood by quality of journalism.
The seminar will formulate some recommendations for the further development of quality journalism in Uzbekistan.