Journalism Education for Democracy in Ukraine: Developing Standards, Integrity and Professionalism

Erasmus+ KA2 project

Project number: 598964-EPP-1-2018-1-UK-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP Erasmus+ KA2 – Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Capacity Building in the field of Higher Education

Project Goals and Objectives

Goals are staples of project planning, giving you long-term vision, motivation & focus:

A1. Curriculum Reform

Curriculum Reform: to reform, start to deliver and evaluate new/revised curriculum for 9 BA and 11 MA Journalism programmes (2 degrees in each of the 10 Ukrainian partner universities), and the institutional quality assurance for academic programmes, so that all new/revised programmes are aligned with European Qualifications Frameworks (EQF), meeting European standards of integrity and professionalism, improving students’ industry engagement, career preparation and employability, and enabling staff and students to develop strong and sustainable connections with European journalism departments and associations

A2. Curriculum Context

Curriculum Context: to enhance the media environment in which Journalism graduates will work: improving the ‘media literacy’ of key target groups, providing new opportunities for Journalism students to engage with public audiences during their training, and raising public awareness of the vital role of journalists and media in the promotion and protection of citizens’ rights within a multi-cultural democracy.

Specific Project Objectives are:

  • to audit (desk review) all current curriculum (20 degrees), with gap analyses and action plans;
  • to train curriculum teams in the alignment of programmes and QA with EQF standards;
  • to use European models of Journalism education to inform curriculum reform;
  • to train academic and professional staff in principles and processes of peer review;
  • to conduct peer review (including 10 site visits) of all new/revised programmes;
  • to deliver and evaluate the first year of all new/revised BA and MA programmes;
  • to produce National Guideline Statements for BA and MA Journalism education;
  • to maximize public stakeholder engagement and participation in the work of the project;
  • to deliver and evaluate Outreach Media-Literacy Courses for target groups;
  • to maximize the sustainability of the work and outputs of the project.

Project Partners and Roles

Partner Number Partner Name Role in Project

  • P1 Bath Spa University Project Coordinator Work Package Leader WP1 & WP10
  • P2 Adam Mickiewicz University and Faculty of Political Science and Journalism Work Package Leader WP4
  • P3 Institute of Art, Design and Technology Work Package Leader WP3
  • P4 Linnaeus University including FOJO Partner
  • P5 World University Service Austria Work Package Leader WP7
  • P6 Ethical Journalism Network Partner
  • P7 European Journalism Training Association Partner
  • P8 Bohdan Khmelnytsky National University of Cherkasy and The Department of Journalism, Advertising and PR-Technologies Partner
  • P9 Academician Stepan Demianchuk International University of Economics and Humanities and Faculty of Journalism Partner
  • P10 Ivan Franko National University of Lviv and Faculty of Journalism Work Package Leader WP9
  • P11 Mariupol State University and Faculty of Philology and Mass Communications Partner
  • P12 Sumy State University and Department of Journalism and Philology Work Package Leader WP6
  • P13 Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and Institute of Journalism Work Package Leader WP2 & WP5
  • P14 Ukrainian Catholic University and School of Journalism and Communicatons Partner
  • P15 Uzhhorod National University and Department of Journalism Partner
  • P16 Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University and Department of Journalism Work Package Leader WP8
  • P17 Zaporizhzhya National University and Faculty of Journalism Partner
  • Partner Number Partner Name Role in Project
  • P18 Ukrainian Association of Students Partner
  • P19 Hromadske Radio Partner
  • P20 Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine Partner

Work Packages

  • WP1 Preparation (Preparation)
  • WP2 Curriculum audit and action plan (Development)
  • WP3 European curriculum design: Principles and practices (Development)
  • WP4 Curriculum models: European models of journalism (Development)
  • WP5 New / Revised curriculum, evaluation and National Guidelines (Development)
  • WP6 University outreach online ‘Media Literacy’ courses (Development)
  • WP7 Quality Management: Monitoring and evaluation (Quality Plan)
  • WP8 Dissemination and Participation (Dissemination and Exploitation)
  • WP9 Sustainability Plan (Dissemination and Exploitation)
  • WP10 Project Management (Management)

Governing Board Members

At the start of the project the Governing Board planned to meet four times throughout the three years of the project. Due to the pandemic, it was decided to meet virtually on a three-monthly basis to ensure that the project could be reviewed and changes actioned quickly as partners respond to the demands put on us by the coronavirus restrictions.

Partner Number Partner Name Governing Board Member

  • P1 Bath Spa University Ian Gadd
  • P2 Adam Mickiewicz University Tomasz Brańka
  • P3 Institute of Art, Design and Technology David Quin
  • Partner Number Partner Name Governing Board Member
  • P4 Linnaeus University Veronika Menjoun
  • P5 World University Service Austria Veronika Nitsche
  • P6 Ethical Journalism Network Danica Ilic
  • P7 European Journalism Training Association Nico Drok
  • P8 Bohdan Khmelnytsky National University of Cherkasy Tetiana Bondarenko
  • P9 Academician Stepan Demianchuk International University of Economics and Humanities Olha Mitchuk
  • P10 Ivan Franko National University of Lviv Natalia Habor
  • P11 Mariupol State University Svitlana Bezchotnikova
  • P12 Sumy State University Olena Tkachenko
  • P13 Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv Volodymyr Rizun
  • P14 Ukrainian Catholic University Borys Potyatynyk
  • P15 Uzhhorod National University Yuriy Bidzilya
  • P16 Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University Roman Paziuk
  • P17 Zaporizhzhya National University Katerina Sirinyok-Dolgaryova
  • P18 Ukrainian Association of Students Lidiia Fesenko
  • P19 Hromadske Radio Tetiana Fedoriv
  • P20 Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine Kateryna Suprun

This project has been co-funded with support from the European Commission. The website information reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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