The conference, devoted to the 10th anniversary of the faculty foundation, was organized by YSU Faculty of Journalism, Yerevan Press Club, Internews Media Support NGO and Eurasia Foundation.
Dean of the faculty Naghash Martirosyan, expressing his gratitude for such an initiative, said he does really hope this conference will help to establish an educational-methodological council, following the Russian example, on the specialization of Journalism under the Ministry of Education and Science, as well as journalism tutors association, which will help the specialists, occupied in this area, to discuss the issues regarding the education in this sphere, making suggestions and implementing joint projects.
Co-chairman of the conference, RA Minister of Education and Science Armen Ashotyan thinks the journalists have got some fantastic power to make ones PR as well as to bury man. Modern journalistic field is already a well established power and here a high-level professionalism, sense of response and transparency is required as in case of any other power, - said Mr. Ashotyan.
RA NA Commission on educational, scientific, cultural, sports and youth affairs chairman Artak Davtyan states this specialization is a required and important one always and everywhere. He cited Napoleons words as a proof. He also promised to discuss this topic in parliament in case legislative amendments are required.
Journalists Union of Armenia President Astghik Gevorgyan is one of the best friends of this faculty. The history of journalism started in Armenia with the foundation of the Chair of Journalism: she is one of the graduates of this chair. She says one must never forget the names of the pioneers in this sphere.
About 15 participants made speeches, which represented YSU, leading media of Armenia and journalistic organizations. Dean of the faculty Mr. Martirosyans report was on the achievements and prospects of the journalistic education in the RA. Speaking about the journalism in the period of independence years he pointed out that it is typical for this period that many similar media are established, as well as faculties of International Journalism in the structure of newly opened universities. According to the speaker the quality of education in such HEI is under a great suspect.
Another participant of the conference, Director of Caucasus Media Institute Alexander Iskandaryan, who spoke about the experience of the journalistic school in CI, suggested an alternative. He states that schools of the kind are generally opened by the financing form abroad and provide students with more practical knowledge. Generally people, who are already occupied in the area of journalism and have not corresponding education, attend these short-term courses, but have got the wish to learn something. I would like to say that my experience shows, that about 80% of my graduates find positions in this field, - said Mr. iskandaryan.