The Importance Of Media Education

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In today’s world higher education is developing rapidly in such a way that it proposes to improve literacy and morality not only among tertiary level students but it is also designed to develop these students to understand their social world and their place in society (Stanbrow, 2004). Media education research is still a relatively young field in Trinidad and Tobago. As new media, particularly in the form of social media proliferates, it becomes more accessible. The implications this may have on what is taught in the classroom setting and what students learn will shape the future of a shared and fragmented culture. According to the United Nation’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s 2014 World Trends in Freedom of Expression…show more content…
In some countries, however, a diploma issued by a government approved journalism course has been mandatory, although the IACHR has found that compulsory membership in an association or the requirement of a university degree for the practice of journalism constitutes an illegitimate restriction on freedom of expression. There have been contradictory trends on this issue. Some countries have seen growing debate on the matter or have had legislation under review or approved to introduce such requirement for practising journalism. The Inter American Press Association, on the other hand, has positioned itself against the qualification-requirement since its Chapultepec Declaration of 1994.’ Nonetheless, attempts to improve journalism locally, regionally and internationally have led to increase interest in education at the tertiary level. More scholars are looking towards “graduatization” of more students in the field of journalism. It is now increasingly common for journalists to have earned a university degree in journalism (Berger, 2007). The UNESCO report notes…show more content…
Knowing the history of what journalism was compared to, these present times requires journalists to be extensively educated. He assumes that journalists need an unusually broad array of skills and knowledge, if they are to perform effectively the tasks of reporting, analyzing and investigating the world around them. According to a local journalist, Interviewee #1, “doing journalistic work, you will need to have a grasp of economics, sociology, culture, literature, history, politics and everything you could imagine.” (Face-to-face interview March,

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