Making the Newsmakers: International Handbook on Journalism Training

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Another regional initiative is the proposed Central European University, which would offer graduate courses to Czechs, Slovaks, Poles, Hungarians and possibly Austrians and Germans. 9 Instruction would be in English. It is thought that the university would also be an ideal forum to train practicing journalists in urgently needed specialties, such as economic journalism. With the addition of an endowed chair, the university could eventually develop a complete graduate program in journalism. A possible site for the university would be Bratislava in Czechoslovakia.

The third stage would see the creation of new programs both in the universities and in professional training centers, based on the "real" rather than the perceived realities of pluralistic press systems. Journalists' associations and unions, which have been traditionally strong in Eastern Europe, will no doubt have a hand in shaping the programs as will private media owners. How far governments will intervene will depend on political and economic developments. The main problems associated with the third stage will revolve around the production of textbooks, the training of qualified educators and accreditation.

The outlook for communication training in Eastern and Central Europe is full of promise. It is to be hoped that the press freedoms that have already emerged will continue to be preserved, thus contributing to the growth and stability of the whole region. The way in which training is developed and supported will be crucial to the preservation of these freedoms.

Walery Pisarek, "Overview," in Kaarle Nordenstreng, ed., Reports on Journalism Education in Europe (Tampere: University of Tampere Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, 1990), pp. 59-80.
Interview with Stanislav Perkner, former Dean of the School of Journalism at Prague University, April 9, 1991.
Interview with Melor Sturua, November 8, 1991.
Everette E. Dennis, "Eastern Europe and the Media: Some Views of Insiders," in Everette E. Dennis and John Vanden Heuvel, Emerging Voices: East European Media in Transition ( New York: Gannett Foundation Media Center, 1990), pp. 95-98.
Cynthia F. Wilson, "There Are Various Ways to Help," Presstime, March 1991, p. 26.
Information supplied by Ray E. Hiebert, Director of the American Journalism Center, Budapest, and Professor of Journalism at the University of Maryland.
Dennis, "Eastern Europe and the Media," p. 96.


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