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Proposal to Develop a Program in Digital Journalism (2010/11)

Published on: Mon, 10/04/2010
Last Modified: Fri, 06/17/2011 - 2:22pm


$20,000 one time funding 

The proposal would provide new opportunities for undergraduate students who would be able to pursue a new degree program which is by its nature interdisciplinary and integrated with the community.  The program would promote research in this area by both students and current faculty, and may lead to the development of a new graduate program.
(Prof. Blake Roberts, Prof. Marty Gervais, Dr. Katherine Quinsey, Dr. Tom Najem, Dr. Kai Hildebrandt, Dr. Irv Goldman)

Update: November 30, 2010

A Form I has been approved by the Councils of English and Political Science and will now move forward to the Faculty Coordinating Council and will likely also be approved by the department of Communication, Media and Film. Form II is being prepared, a DJ Splash page has been created and a two-day conference "Conversation on Digital Communities" held to promote the University's intellectual interest in DJ. Fundraising and professional discussions have been held with local units of CBC, Blackburn Radio, and the Windsor Star. Academic approvals will have been completed and the program will have been tendered for approval to the Ministry. Recruitment of students for the program (conditional upon approval of the Ministry) will have been started in time for students in the current cycle to join the program. An articulation Agreement for CAATs' journalism programs will likely be in the drafting stage. Anticipated expenses are $20,000.

Update: April 30, 2011

During the review period 2010/11, the DJ Steering Committee developed a detailed program proposal for the Combined Honours degree with English, Creative Writing, Communication, Media and Film, or Political Science. A suite of new courses for the program were developed. Approvals have been received from participating AAUs in January 2011, FASS Faculty Coordinating Council in February 2011, and the Program Development Committee in April 2011. The program was approved by Senate in June 2011. The DJ Steering Committee (Blake Roberts, Marty Gervais, Kai Hildebrandt, Richard Lewis, Cheryl Collier, Katherine Quinsey) has met approximately three times a month through the year to develop the program and course proposals, to map out space and equipment requirements, and to plan a recruitment strategy. Additionally, the Steering Committee submitted a request for $111,000 in SPF funding for the 2011/12 academic year which was successful. In addition, significant work has been completed in the last 6 months including, but not limited to, presence at the UoW Open House, touring of Centre for Teaching & Learning facilities; academic approvals; program admission standards; recruitment strategies; and work on a degree completion model for college graduates.