Journalism Education in the GCC Region: University Students’ and Professionalism Perspectives
ABDUL-KARIM ZIANI1, MOKHTAR ELARESHI2, MAHA ALRASHID3 & KHALID AL-JABER4
1,3Bahrain University, Bahrain
2University of Tripoli, Libya
4Qatar University, Qatar
Media Watch 9 (1) 52-68, 2018
This study investigates the perceptions of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) students and professional journalists regarding the quality of curriculum and training sessions that they received at the University and afterwards by looking at curriculum, training sessions and practical programmes related to journalism education, as well as the quality of academic staff and trainings for both GCC journalism students and professionals. A survey was administered to a random sample of 369 students at GCC universities and 34 journalists. Based on the analysed data, the study found that journalism education in the GCC regions is interesting and enjoyable, with respondents being found as ambition, talent skills and motivated. More practical rather than theoretical approach is needed to proof the quality of journalism in the region, though a good number of GCC journalists have had a formal academic journalism qualification. GCC journalism education attempts to reflect the developmental trends in the region.