Media Researchers From All Over the World Get Acquainted with Opportunities to Study Journalism in Latvia (13)
On May 15 and May 16, in Riga, in the National Electronic Media Council of Latvia (NEMC) and Turiba University in the annual conference hall of the European Journalism Observatory (EJO) media researchers from more than ten European countries and USA met. In the closing day of the conference which was held in Turiba University participants of the conference were greeted, and the news in the doctoral study programme „Communication Management” and professional bachelor study programme „Journalism and Media” which are being implemented in cooperation with the Media House „Diena” were introduced by the dean of the Communication Faculty, assoc. prof. Andris Pētersons.
The closing day of the conference which was held in Turiba was opened by the dean of the Communication Faculty, assoc. professor Andris Pētersons. In his speech he greeted the persons present for the arrival in Turiba and presented the opportunities offered by Turiba in studies of communication science. "We are very satisfied with the new professional bachelor study programme „Journalism and Media”, because we are one of the three universities in Latvia in which it is possible to study journalism professionally. Graduates of the bachelor programme will obtain professional qualification „Journalist”. It is important that „Journalism and Media” is being implemented with the largest media company in Latvia „Diena”. Starting from the first week of studies students can strengthen the acquired knowledge practically by writing articles, taking photos and developing projects. The best students have been provided the work at „Diena” or other media of our partners.” A. Pētersons with the persons present discussed the doctoral study programme „Communication Management” and its importance in communication research. This year the first PhD Theses in communication science have been defended. The director of European Journalism Observatory, professor of Lugano University (Switzerland) Stephan Russ-Mohl is the guest professor in the Communication Faculty of Turiba.
Since 2010 doctoral study programme „Communication Management” in communication science of Turiba University and society „Media Institute” have become a member of the organization by maintaining the internet web page in Latvian: www.parzurnalistiku.lv. In this site, as well as in other ten languages of the organization, transfer of the acquired knowledge takes place – in one place and regularly information on various trends and changes in journalism and media are provided, as well as information on results of comparative studies by focussing on innovations and optimal practice.
European Journalism Observatory is a non-profit organization which is established with the purpose to build bridges between journalism cultures in Europe and USA by promoting the cooperation between media researchers and practitioners. Making media research results available to a wider audience, by studying examples of a good practice in journalism and analysing trends in media industry, the organization tends to improve the quality of journalism, to enrich the understanding of media, as well as to facilitate the freedom of press. The main goal of EJO is to bridge the gap between the communication research and the world outside the academic institutions.