Journalism Hindered By Lack of Professors

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Speaking at a regular seminar held by the USAID and Education Development Academy–US embassy public affairs officer John Balian said there was no organized journalism in Armenia.

"Armenia has no well-formed journalism school–it is still in the rudimentary stage not because of the available potential–but because of the real market. The mass media progresses on the base of the well-shaped market," he said.

According to Balian–the lack of well-prepared journalists is attributed to the lack of qualified professors lecturing on journalism.

He said he had offered the Yerevan State University’s Department of Journalism a new program which would teach students two years of common sciences–theory of journalism in the third year and have practice over the last two years. "But this offer was rejected by the University," said Balian refusing to detail the differences between the West and Armenian journalism " not to abuse the time of those present."

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