What can you gain from journalism?

         The media is where freedom of expression is celebrated and being a journalist enables one to fully express themselves on all matters in society.Every human being desires for their individual thought, feelings and opinions to be expressed. Cave drawings by early  human beings are an example of this need for self-expression showing that this need has been there from ancient times. Journalism satisfies this need and as a journalist your voice will definitely be heard as the media provide a wide range of  vistas for expression.

The main objectives of the JMS programme are to make the media profession by providing high level skills to both trainees and those already in industry. It was felt that a new democratic state needed a modern Professionalised Media, which was ready to participate in democracy by offering citizens free and informed opinions which can be used to arrive at informed opinion.

 Hence the department adopted the following as its mission statement.

 ‘To be the leading media research and training institution in Malawi and the region that produces competent communications professions who will empower citizens to make informed decisions’

     To develop professional skills, the programme provides foundations of journalism, which include practices, tools, norms, values and standards of journalism

         To develop professional skills, the programme provides foundations of journalism, which include practices, tools, norms, values and standards of journalism.

      Aside from craft skills, the programme also develops the intellectual capacities of the students by theorizing journalism practice, through modules that help the student to understand the context of journalism practice and to be critical of journalism practice and other social institutions. How to become a Journalist

 

Background

        The Bachelor of arts in journalism was officially launched in 1999 as a full time four year residential degree at the Polytechnic it operated initially under the department of Language and Communication.

A separate department of Journalism and Media Studies (JMS) now runs the programme under the Faculty of Education and  Media Studies. JMS boasts an establishment of fifteen full time academic members. The staff are drawn from diverse backgrounds to the teaching and learning of the media