The Department of Journalism at CIU aims to prepare students for a career in the modern news media and to help them reach their potential as journalists. Our courses give students a comprehensive background in the history and theory of journalism, while developing their skills in writing and reporting. In addition, students study news photography, page design and video production, providing them with a broad range of skills which they can use in the modern newsroom. To help students prepare for employment after they graduate, the Department of Journalism also runs the CIU News Agency. Students are encouraged to gain experience at the agency and to produce news reports and photographs for distribution to national news agencies.
During the academic year, visits are organized to national newspapers and agencies in North Cyprus and media professionals, as well as experts from the field being invited to contribute to classes. Writers, managing editors, news editors, page designers, photographers and photo editors also attend panels, seminars, conferences, and workshops for the benefit of the students. Students also gain practical experience of professional working environments through two internship placements, taken in the final two years of study. The most extensive extracurricular activity undertaken in the department is the news agency, along with the associated news website and newspapers. News stories are monitored on a daily basis, prepared, arranged and edited for national media organizations.
Students graduating from the Department of Journalism are able to find employment at print, broadcast and online media organizations, to work in public relations at government or private-sector organizations, or to continue their academic careers at universities. Due to their fluency in both spoken and written English, they are also able to work for international agencies and companies. Great journalists are experts with language: they can write simply and fluently and are able to report and to edit written and audio material. They can become reporters in the fields of news, sports, economics, politics, nature, motoring, technology, and health, as well as photo editors, visual directors, executive editors, news managers, news coordinators and broadcast coordinators. Opportunities abound for dedicated and enthusiastic journalism graduates.