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Diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies

The Diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies is a comprehensive top class diploma course offered by the Sri Lanka Press Council.

This syllabus is based on UNESCO series on Journalism Education titled as ‘Model Curricula for Journalism Education for Developing countries and emerging democracies’ UNESCO 2007.

Even though there are different types of courses offered on the subject of Mass Communications, there is still a need for a systematic diploma course for print media.

The Press Council has recognized this as a national need and this diploma course has been designed with the objective of producing professional journalists well equipped with different types of skills and capacities.

The syllabus has been drafted by the course coordinator Professor Sunanda Mahendra and it is based on the training program for journalists introduced by UNESCO. He took part in an UNESCO workshop held Hyderabad in India. At this workshop discussions were held on how to train and improve the knowledge of newspaper journalists.

The course objectives are:

* To assist Professional Journalists by enhancing their skills and knowledge;

* To provide an educational background to those who are not yet journalists but aspire to be journalists in the future.

* To promote better media culture and professional integrity.

* To widen the horizons of media education and to focus attention on the use of theory and practice.

* To provide a comparative perspective on media other than print media.

“Our aim is to cultivate a healthy press culture by way of enhancing knowledge, understanding and skills of journalists. We will develop and continue this diploma course in a more systematic way,” said Sri Lanka Press Council Assistant Commissioner Niroshana Thambawita.

The Sri Lanka Press Council was inactive for seven years and was reactivated last year in May under the Chairmanship of W Dayaratne.

The diploma course which is one year comprises two sessions every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The first session is in the morning and the second session in the afternoon.

In order to get the diploma, you need attendance and a pass rate in all four exam papers. A presentation of a thesis is also necessary.

Contact the Sri Lanka Press Council at No 56/10, Horton Place, Colombo 7, tel/fax 0112693274/71.

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