University of Regina School of Journalism suspends admissions for 2023 | PKBNEWS

The University of Regina School of Journalism is temporarily suspending admissions for 2023 for what they call a major j-school overhaul to address changes in legacy media and address student and faculty shortages.

Classes will continue as usual for students already enrolled in the bachelor’s or master’s program, but not for those wishing to apply to the school.

Amir Said, a third-year student in secondary school, said: “It was quite disappointing, honestly. I have friends in the pre-j programs – I know they were upset. It’s a bit limited my courses for the next semester; I have classmates who are really affected by this.

He said he had the same teachers as last semester and it showed him a shortage of instructors, “they said they couldn’t find competent instructors for the upcoming classes and so that’s pretty obvious.”

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Said said he felt there was a lack of communication and the students had no answers. “I have a classmate and she’s in the masters program and she doesn’t know if she’s able to continue next semester because of it or next year because of it. I would have appreciated more communication. I know my classmates would have done it too.

“I have people telling me what their plans might be for the future because there’s the uncertainty and lack of communication that makes it hard to know what the future holds.”

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Shannon Dea, dean of the U of R faculty of arts, said the suspension could affect up to nine pre-journalism students at the U of R, but she says the faculty is providing one-on-one support to these people by connecting them to other courses. options and universities in the meantime.

The suspension was also prompted by a report received by professors and industry experts in 2018-2019. The report recommended that the program focus more on digital journalism, communications and Indigenous journalism.

Dea said the school was unable to make the changes at that time due to staff and the pandemic, but this year the faculty decided it was time to implement the changes. tips.

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“It’s the only high school in the province and, for many decades, the best in the West, which is why we need to make sure the school is strong, resilient, up-to-date and sustainable.” We owe it to the people of Saskatchewan to have journalism training right here in the province so that we can have Saskatchewan journalists telling our stories the right way.

Dea said the overhaul will also include making the program more flexible for those looking to study part-time or have outside responsibilities like work or a family. This would mean that the program would run for four years instead of two.

“We want to make the program much more flexible and accessible rather than a kind of compressed two-year bootcamp, making it a program that takes place over the four years of study and is accessible to a wide range of students. “, said Dea.

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Dea said that with recommendations from experts, changes to the school should come from a collaborative effort of journalism faculty, students, alumni and industry partners.

She said she would like students to be able to take part-time courses and consider dual majoring between journalism and something else, making the degree flexible enough that there are many different pathways for students.

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“I also want students to be well-prepared for today’s media landscape, which means producing ready-to-use digital journalists and also journalists who can have some ability in strategic communications.”

Said said he was concerned about the reputation of the program and the school in the future, “if I want to look for work, what might people’s impressions be of the school of journalism class of 2024”.

He added that the school citing technology as one of the reasons for the halt in admissions he says sounds like a “flimsy excuse”.

“We’ve been in the digital age for 40 years now or something since the 1980s. We have a lot of technology as a major aspect of the program,” Said said.

“So when I hear about the digital age and adapting to that, it kind of confuses me personally that I feel and honestly feel some of the excuses.”

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