CSJMM faculty members decide on program-level learning outcomes

CSJMM MA-Journalism Program-level Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

Students gain deep and systematic knowledge of theories and research findings in the field of journalism.

Students gain critical understanding of journalism practices, including facts, standards, conventions, and principles, including critical understanding of internal and external forces affecting their operation.

Students gain deep and systematic knowledge of the operation of media businesses, including critical understanding of internal and external forces affecting their operation.

Students gain knowledge of the history, ethics, and laws of journalism in the Caucasus countries.

Applying knowledge and understanding

Students apply knowledge and understanding of journalism theories, research findings, and practices in order to find new and original ways of solving complex problems.

Students apply knowledge and understanding of the Internet, including various databases in order to independently conduct the research they need to produce in-depth and investigative stories.

Students apply knowledge and conceptual understanding of managerial functions in order take appropriate risks, meet challenges, and overcome crises in media businesses.

Students apply the separate skills of a journalist—writing and editing stories; taking and editing photographs; creating and editing graphics; recording and editing audio; as well as shooting and editing videos—in order to produce interactive media content.

Making  judgments

Students investigate, analyze, organize, and synthesize new and complex information, including information from databases, in order to make grounded judgments/conclusions.

Students weigh the facts and opinions of various sources in order to produce fair, balanced, impartial stories for the media.

Students rely upon media research theories and methods in order to make appropriate decisions.

Students make ethical and legal judgments quickly even though all relevant information may not be available.

Professional skills –

Students use equipment commonly used by multimedia journalists (cameras, camcorders, audio recorders, mobile phones, flip cameras) in order to produce professional-level content for a general audience.

Students use software commonly used by multimedia journalists (Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Premier; Final Cut Pro) in order to produce professional-level content for a general audience.

Students use blog publishing services (blogger.com, WardPress.com, TypePad.com) and content management systems (Drupal, WordPress) in order to create and publish online content.

Students use social networking platforms (Facebook.com, Twitter) and sharing services (YouTube, Flickr, Scribd) in order to distribute information by Internet.

Students use digital security platforms (Pidgin in OTR, TOR, VaultlatSuite) in order to protect the information or maintain the privacy of Internet communication.

Communication skills

Students communicate their conclusions, judgments, and arguments to academic and professional societies in English and Georgian languages without violating academic honesty.

Students communicate ideas in news stories, photographs, graphics, audio recordings, and video without violating academic honesty.

Students communicate orally and with technologies in order to pitch ideas to clients and to argue for one’s point of view.

Learning skills—

Students learn independently in order to keep up with new challenges & opportunities offered by rapidly changing media environment.

Students understand the learning process in order to help train others, such as fellow media employees, in order to ensure continued professional development and to remain competitive in the global media marketplace.

Values

Students evaluate existing journalism content, including stories, photos, information graphics, audio, and video, as well as printed and online publications, in order to advise others on how to improve the content’s quality.

Students assess the values of themselves and others—such as the importance of initiative, professionalism, and responsibility—in order to work in teams to accomplish complex tasks.

Students understand human nature and different styles of leadership and management, as well as the differences between leaders and managers, in order to motivate others and facilitate decision-making.

Students recognize the needs and values of various constituencies in society in order to exercise leadership in guiding a media organization in a useful direction.

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About keithrkenney
Keith Kenney is a professor of visual communication at the University of South Carolina. He is living in Tbilisi, Georgia, for a year. This blog is about several topics. "CSJMM-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in Tbilisi, Georgia. "USC-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. CSJMM and SJMC are recipients of a "Journalism School Partnership" program grant from the US Department of State. The purpose of this $750,000 grant is to improve CSJMM and ensure its sustainability. "Tbilisi, Georgia" is about Susanna Melo and my experiences in Tbilisi. "Columbia, SC" will be about our experiences in our home town--Columbia--when we return home. "Georgia" is about Susanna and my experiences when we travel in Georgia outside of Tbilisi. "United States" is about our experiences traveling in the US. "Films and Photography" is about two documentary films I'm working on in Georgia. One story follows how Adishi handles the rapid tourism that is being developed in Svaneti. The other story follows Tamaz Jalagania, who is a craftsman of swords and guns, an opera singer, and an extraordinary storyteller. "Scholarship" is about my current books, articles, reviews, and grants.

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