Contemporary media more and more often seek for people holding a diploma certifying their professional skills and proper work experience. To know digital platforms and use the Internet to its full potential are just a few out of many skills which are part of a journalist’s formation scheme; the one WSUS has been educating for over ten years in order to meet the needs of the 21st century.
The Faculty of Journalism and Social Communications, where students can take their BA and MA programmes, is one of the oldest at our School. It is worth mentioning here that it is not only the journalism programme students can take but it is also the Information Science and Librarianship. Multiple and vast application of digital techniques to compile and give access to their huge and still growing collections allow modern libraries to face challenges of today and become more and more computerized and based on modern electronic media.
Students of the Journalism and Social Communications Faculty can, just from the start, even before they choose their specialization, participate actively in the WSUS Centre of Journalism and Students’ Club of TV Creators. This is an excellent opportunity to work with elder colleagues and share their experience. Due to the job skills developed gradually at the Centre and Club plus the knowledge obtained on work organization, many students start and develop their careers in media whilst still accomplishing their studies as full time students.
Apart from such basic courses related to their fields of study like Language of Culture Rhetoric and Eristic, Media Law, Journalist’s Ethics and etc., students show their great interest in Theory of Mass Communication, Media Communication, Non-verbal Communication or Social Acting. Along with academic personnel employed, there are also leading specialists and practitioners strongly involved in the didactic process; they are with a long and standing experience in press, radio and television. Some of them, like for example Andrzej Niczyperowicz, are the authors of recognized books on developing and improving professional skills.
The Faculty of Journalism and Social Communications keeps close relations with the Faculty of Journalism and Political Studies at the A. Mickiewicz University in Poznan. The agreement is not just a signed document but on the contrary more and more often common scientific activities are realized and the knowledge and experience sharing is performed on regular basis. That knowledge and experience sharing is also vivid among students of UAM and WSUS, visible on different national conference forums.
Studies in the faculty of Journalism and Social Communication on the first level of academic studies are aiming to prepare students for work in a broad spectrum of social communication environments. The studies encompass work like: press spokesman, jobs in area of promoting or advertising and as well new activities connected with mass communication of social life. The studies develop abilities to cooperate with the media, creating a medial look, work with personal marketing and cooperating with media institutions concentrated on educational work.
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