Challenges to Creating Vibrant Media Education in Young Democracies: Accreditation for Media Schools in Georgia

Authors: Mariam Gersamia, Eric Freedman

Challenges to Creating Vibrant Media Education in Young Democracies: Accreditation for Media Schools in Georgia

Since achieving independence in 1991, the Republic of Georgia has made significant progress with democratization and now has what is considered the freest, most independent, and most diverse press among the ex-Soviet Caucasus and Central Asian countries. Improvements have been made in the quality of journalism education as part of a national process of educational reform, but curricula remain hampered by Soviet-era legacies in content and pedagogy. This essay compares a leading university’s curriculum with the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) model curricula for journalism education, discusses the purposes and standards of accreditation for journalism and mass communication programs, and concludes that the current accreditation process in Georgia needs improvement.

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