Although it is working to update the criteria for accreditation so that they more closely reflect the changing needs of the profession, the ACEJMC
hasn't yet fully recalibrated its model to propel the future of journalism education forward.
The Tartu Declaration (2006) for Europe, the World Journalism Education Council's 'Declaration of Principles' (2007) and even the principles and accreditation for journalism education set by ACEJMC
for the USA have proven its value, but it also has its limitations.
does not dictate specific courses, curricula, or pedagogical methods, leaving that to the discretion of each accredited programme.
But beyond requiring that graduates be able to critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style, and grammatical correctness, ACEJMC
doesn't prescribe that an accredited J-school include instruction on opinion writing.
Everyone is going after the same foundation money," says ACEJMC
Executive Director Shaw.
In Medsger's analysis of the 105 ACEJMC
visiting-committee reports submitted over the past six years, she also found that:
And accredited journalism programs do have considerable leeway in course offerings after they follow the curriculum guidelines laid out by the ACEJMC
, Slater said.
will be addressing the most fundamental question of journalism education: Do j-schools work?
17) Curricular recommendations by the new Commission that would diverge from the criteria of ACEJMC
could place journalism and mass communication-based public relations education programs in jeopardy, i.
As one of the 25% of communications schools in the country that is accredited by ACEJMC
, the SJMC is rated in the Top 3 nationally for Bachelor's communications degrees awarded to Hispanics.
usually setting a ceiling of three hours to meet ACEJMC
Suzanne Shaw, professor of journalism at Kansas and executive director of the ACEJMC
accrediting council, believes journalism schools should do a better job of preparing students for strike situations.