June 9, 2010, 2:21 p.m.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a document containing proposed curricula for journalism education. The document is a result of an increased recognition of the crucial role of journalism in promoting democracy, as well as the demand for well-trained journalists.
The proposed Journalism Curricula is a generic model that can be adapted according to each country’s specific needs. It takes full cognizance of the social, economic, political and cultural contexts of developing countries and emerging democracies, highlighting the connection between democracy and journalism and arguing for a more cross-disciplinary approach within journalism training centres.