First and Foremost Facts

The ranking of universities this year is out. What about the state of journalism education? If young persons are interested in communication sciences, there is a good chance that they will end up going through programm of studies of universities which have faculties of art and humanities. They are the ones who have propositions to access tools of publishing…

The list of universities that have these courses of studies in their midst for the year 2020 shows that

British universities come out as best in the world, no surprise since time immemorial. Whether at the teaching or research level, the americans and the british replace each other in the first places of the best institutions, if not one, it is the other, this also from time immemorial . Historical references deliver explanations for this.

The faculties of art and humanity are most often those within which we find the departments of media and communication. And with very few exceptions, the largest media companies direct their scrutiny there when recruiting.

The 2020 ranking shows that 536 universities around the world train future journalists, although applied methotology does not mention journalism as an object of study explicitly.

The level of education and expertise of the teaching staff is a fundamental academic criterion for classification (level and relevance of publications, for example), but also other influences and measures such as the working environment, reputations or innovations weigh heavily, that’s clear.

We do not rest on the terminology specifications for „journalism“ or „mass communication“ for the simple reason that these attributes are often abused in totalitarian countries or by despotic regimes, which hinders their references for the ranking. This paper explains the reasons.

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