The Faculty of Journalism intensifies its international cooperation with "Deutsche Welle Akademie" and Erasmus + project DESTIN
Along with the resuming studies at ZNU (Zaporizhzhia National University), its international cooperation also intensifies in May. Teaching staff of the Faculty of Journalism took part in a number of events and outlined promising areas of work for the coming months.
In the spring semester, the academic staff of the Faculty of Journalism had to start a professional internship in the project "Journalism Teacher's Academy" (JTA), organized by the Ukrainian Media and Communication Institute (Kyiv) with the support of the world-famous media organization Deutsche Welle Academie (Germany). Unfortunately, due to the war, the project could not be implemented in the planned format, so it was transformed into a series of training events at the all-Ukrainian level. Thus, in early May, Associate Professor of the Department of Journalism, Deputy Dean for International Affairs Katerina Sirinyok-Dolgaryova took part in the seminar "Organization of the Educational Process in the Conditions of War". During the event, she shared her experience of teaching at the Faculty of Journalism in such a difficult time for everyone. In particular, the speaker drew attention to the convenience and efficiency of the university e-learning platform Moodle, establishing constant communication and psychological support for students, especially those who are at the temporarily occupied territories.
In addition, associate professors of the Department of Journalism Katerina Sirinyok-Dolgaryova and Yuliia Liubchenko recently attended an online seminar from the Ukrainian Media and Communication Institute within the framework of the JTA project on "How to Teach Transmedia Storytelling" (trainer - Roman Horbyk, lecturer at Södertörn University, Sweden). Storytelling is an extremely relevant trend in modern audiovisual and online media, so teachers are actively improving their knowledge in this area in order to improve their own courses in the disciplines of specializations "Radio Journalism" and "Internet Journalism".
In May, the Faculty of Journalism also resumed its work in the Erasmus+ KA2 project DESTIN ("Journalism Education for Democracy in Ukraine: Developing Standards, Integrity and Professionalism"). Dean Viktor Kostiuk and Deputy Dean for international activities Katerina Sirinyok-Dolgaryova took part in the meeting of Ukrainian partners and discussed the work plan of the newly created professional association of journalism faculties of Ukrainian universities "Ukrainian Forum of Educators in Media and Journalism" (UFEMJ). In particular, the meeting focused on the support of Ukrainian universities by European colleagues in wartime. One of such unprecedented events is the admission of Zaporizhzhia National University together with other nine partner universities of the "DESTIN" consortium and members of the UFEMJ to the European Journalism Training Association (EJTA). In May, the Supervisory Board of this respected organization decided to grant a yearlong membership to these Ukrainian universities that opens them access to resources and the opportunity to participate in EJTA events. The first steps of cooperation with EJTA can be involvement in fact-checking and other media programs of the association, preparation of joint grant applications and invitation of European professors to give guest lectures and master classes to Ukrainian students and graduate students.
Such intensification of international activities creates good prospects for involving the Faculty of Journalism in powerful European initiatives and further strengthening its scientific and academic potential.