Changes in the curriculum

• Instead of a MA degree in “Journalism and Media Management,” we have a MA degree in Journalism, and students may choose a Media Management track (4 courses) or a Multimedia Journalism track (4 courses).

• Instead of a shorter Fall semester and a longer Spring semester, we have an equal number of weeks (14) in the Fall and Spring semesters as well as a Summer semester.

• Instead of staggered starting times for courses, all courses begin and end on the same date.

• Instead of relying heavily upon adjunct professors, and their scheduling needs , we use our own faculty to teach most of the courses, which enables us to create a 2-year calendar of when courses will be offered.

• Instead of offering most courses in the 2nd and 3rd semesters, we have a more even distribution of courses over the 2-year MA program.

• Instead of a required 8 ECTS internship, we have an elective 2 ECTS internship.

• Instead of a 25 ECTS final project, we have a 10 ECTS final project and a 15 ECTS final research paper.

• We added pre-requisites to several courses so that students took the most advanced courses at the end of their degree program.

• We dropped the following courses: “Georgian Writing Techniques (elective)” “English,” “Internet Technologies,” “Principles of Democracy,” “Economics and Public Finances,” “Presentation of Survey Data,” “Public Opinion,” and “Internet Technologies.”

• We added several courses (see complete set of course descriptions in a blog soon).

• Most important, perhaps, we created a program for “multimedia journalists” rather than offering courses in “Radio Reporting,” “Television Reporting,” “Photo Reporting,” “Print (article) Reporting,” and so on. The new program prepares students to work on the Web, not for various independent media. Moreover, we help students become successful with Web 2.0; we emphasize interactivity as well as production and editing.

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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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