Journalism Teacher Networking Conference begins at ULAB

Journalism education must adapt to changes to bring out the essence of journalism.

Speakers made the observation during a two-day conference on media and journalism education in the country at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) in the capital today (Saturday).

ULAB’s Department of Media Studies and Journalism organized the conference titled “Communication and Journalism Educators Network (CJEN) Bangladesh Fifth Networking Conference 2022”, attended by communication and journalism educators from different universities in the country, according to a statement.

ULAB Vice-Chancellor Prof. Imran Rahman inaugurated the event. In his inaugural speech, he said the university authorities are strongly committed to promoting the media in the country. Thus, the Department of Media Studies and Journalism always tries to prepare its graduates by regularly updating the courses and curriculum in consultation with media industry stakeholders.

Addressing the session, Professor Jude William Genilo, Head of the MSJ Department, said media and journalism education institutions need to think critically about their role and know their strengths and weaknesses today.

“We at ULAB try to prepare our graduates who are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills in their real professional work,” he added.

In a plenary session titled “What’s Wrong with Journalism Education in Bangladesh”, Professor Jude called for the creation of a strong network between media and journalism educators in the countries in order to share their experiences, their expertise and to improve research and grants in the field.

During the session, ULAB MSJ Assistant Professor Dr. Abdul Kabil Khan presented the results of a research on “What I wish my faculty would and wouldn’t do for my career development?”

In another plenary session, a panel discussion entitled “The future of the media industry – new approaches and business models” was organised.

Harun Ur Rashid, Editor-in-Chief of Bengali Daily Somoyer Alo, Mohsin Ul Hakim, Special Correspondent of Jamul TV, Senior Mobile Reporter of Online News Portal Bangladesh Times, took part in the discussion moderated by SYM Department Keynote Speaker , Nandita Tabassum Khan.

Esther Dorn-Fellermann, Program Manager of Deutsche Welle (DW) Media Services GmbH, and Priya Esselborn, Program Manager of the DW Akademie in Bangladesh, also attended the event.

On the first day of the conference, three research papers were presented and two round tables were organized, followed by a cultural event.