Introduction

Journalism Department of Ming Chuan University (MCU) was established in 1999 to cultivate talented journalists. Our department combines theoretical and practical courses to cultivate professional news media personnel with responsibility, news writing & editing skill and international field of vision. In response to the development and change of the media industry, the convergent and innovative models are adopted. Our department combines the timely theory and practice to fully connect with industry for journalism professional education and empirical training, as well as to integrate traditional and new media for digital integrated lean education and practical training. The most distinctive courses of Journalism Department are "News Principles and Editing" and "News Reporting and Writing". These two courses are co-taught in small classes by professors well versed in journalism theory and senior journalists with practical expertise in the news media industry. Basically, for these two courses, there are practical assignments every two week. To resolve students' learning difficulties in real time, participation and discussion in the class are also required. The course "Media Practices" in the third year of Journalism Department is another distinction. Students choose internships in different media according to their interests. They personally participate in news interviewing, news editing and reporting. Through multiple courses and various training activities training, the students' practice publication "Media News", which reports events about news media in Taiwan, has become an outstanding feature of our department. Currently, our department has 7 full-time faculty members, all of whom hold a PhD degree in communication or communication-related fields with empirical experience in the media industry. In addition, there are 18 part-time faculty members, all of whom have abundant media-industry work experiences. To pursue the highest journalism standards, our department offers an integrated communication program that emphasizes journalism ethics, theories and practices. These allow the students to become well-rounded, collaborative, and ethical professionals with international field of vision.

Degree granted to Journalism Department graduates

Degree's English name Degree Abbreviation
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism B.A.
 

 

The Mission of the Journalism Department of Ming Chuan University is to cultivate talented journalists. Our department combines theoretical and practical courses to cultivate professional news media personnel with responsibility, news writing & editing skills and international field of vision.

  • Training professional news media personnel.
  • Training professional personnel who know how to integrate news information well.
  • Training professional news media personnel to develop a global vision.
  1. Academic training in journalism

    Following the teaching concept of our university and school, the mission of the Journalism Department of Ming Chuan University is to cultivate talented journalists.  Our department combines theoretical and practical courses to cultivate professional news media personnel with responsibility, news writing & editing skills and international field of vision.
     
  2. Fostering professional journalistic specialists.

    The course framework for the first- and second-year students focuses on the foundation courses of MCU, and the basic and professional courses of the School of Communication.  This curriculum design helps students to gain more understanding about the professional field in the media environment.  For the third and fourth year students of Journalism Department, the course framework includes the study of journalism and related professional courses.  Journalism Department insists on education in and application of up-to-date communication technologies to make sure our graduates can stay current with the trends in the media industry.  This kind of program design enhances students' competitiveness in employment.
     
  3. Training professionals in integrated communication.

    To cultivate professional news media personnel who know how to integrate news information well, and also focus on the ability of academic research, the integration of communication education is enhanced to improve students' understanding in the field of communication.  Some courses are co-taught in small classes by professors well versed in journalism theory and senior journalists with practical expertise in the news media industry, such as the courses of "News Principles and Editing" and "News Reporting and Writing".  In addition, the required subject "Graduation Thesis" can strengthen students' academic training and improve their abilities in independent research. To resolve students' learning difficulties in a timely manner, participation and discussion in classes are required.
     
  4. Cultivating journalists with a sense of social responsibility.

    The strict training in media practices not only improves students' professional journalism skills, but also encourages students to adapt to teamwork and act on social responsibility concerns.
     
  5. Cultivating professional news media personnel with a sense of global vision.

    Journalism Department provides additional lessons in English to create an international learning environment and strengthen students' international competition capabilities. In addition, Journalism Department is actively developing international academic interaction to boost academic exchanges for faculty, and enhance students' understanding about the international media news field.

Writing reporters must possess excellent writing skills. The main work includes news interviews, special subject reports, information collection, recording for print, broadcast and online journalism.

Press Photographers must have professional photographic concepts and skills. Their aim is to capture the images to illustrate news stories. Press Photographers need to maintain up-to-date knowledge about current news stories and any specialist areas, and take the best possible photographs to record news, current events and lifestyle stories.

Public relations is about managing reputation. Public relations officers utilize all forms of media and communication to build, maintain and manage goodwill and understanding between the organization and its public. The tasks typically involve writing news, holding news conferences, planning benevolent activities, and producing advertisements, etc.

Advertising copywriters generally work with clients to conceive, develop and produce effective advertising campaigns. Typical work activities may include liaising with clients and interpreting their briefs, advertisement copywriting, production of advertisement and corporation identity packages in the advertising industry or marketing department of a business enterprise. Professional abilities such as clear expression and accurate writing are needed.

TV news anchors must have fluent speaking skill, be good looking, and possess professional experience in news interviews and editing. The major task is reporting on news and current affairs. In addition, TV news anchors are responsible for assuming a public relations role, developing thorough special reports or producing news-related programs.

Newscasters examine, interpret, and broadcast news received from various sources. This requires distinct articulation, capability for interpretation of good manuscripts, and good sense of time management. Typical work activities include broadcasting news every hour or every half hour and selecting the important news from the flow of daily news within a limited time.

TV photojournalists' work is similar to that of writing reporters, with the difference that TV photojournalists capture images to illustrate news stories instead of using text. They must develop a sense of capturing the best images to record news events. Furthermore, the task requires excellent techniques in video shooting, editing, and satellite news gathering (SNG) operations.

Dubbing specialists must be highly trained in oral expression through pronunciation courses, etc. Career developments include dubbing for cartoons, video games, foreign movies and TV serial programs.

News editors in the journalism industry may be employed by newspapers, magazine publishers, on-line news media, TV stations and other news media industries. Tasks for news editors include completing the news production process that involves news writing, modification, news rewriting, topic production and layout.

Editors of business publications may work for companies that publish monthly or quarterly publications for marketing or maintaining customer relationships. For example, "HAVO Health magazine" is published by HAVO Preventive Medicine Institute.

Media News was founded on November 1, 1982 and the electronic press was set up in September 1995, with MOL (Medianews On Line). Media News (link is external) was the first professional website and professional newspaper in Taiwan to report the news of mass communication in real time. MOL editing room provides equipment, workspace and digital video and audio editing area for news websites. MOL actively combines media and technology, integrates newspapers, radio, television and Internet, establishing a cross-media network news platform, and providing real-time network news service. Playing the role of "media observer", students can interview and write their own reports. In addition to editing daily news, they can also produce multimedia audio-visual news and accumulate students' related works. Through in-depth investigation, comparison, interviews and analysis of relevant media events, the development and trends in media are completely recorded, which has been well received by media organizations, industry, officials and academia.

 

 

There are three sections in the digital multimedia experimental platform including News and information center, Editing center (MOL digital editing platform), and Electronic and print work center:  

 

1. News & information center: with 8 news centers, in charge of updating news contents from digital multimedia experimental platform.

 

2. Editing center (MOL digital editing platform): in charge of news post and layout update of digital multimedia experimental platform website.

 

3. Electronic and print work center: integrating the production works of digital multimedia experimental platform to become digitalized value-added electronic and print works, including Medianews (every third day newspaper), Ming Chuan Internet TV, Ming Chuan Radio, Integrated Marketing Communication Center (IMCC), Ming Chuan TV station and Ming Chuan radio station.

Resources The professional resources of our school are as follows:

 

 

 

Medianews
 IBM computer x13  Notebook x6  Domestic phone x1
 Fax machine x1  InDesign layout software and Photoshop image processing software

 

 

Ming Chuan TV Station
Editing Room
Video Camera Section Equipment
 JVC GZ-HD7U DV video camera x13  FX-1 HDV video camera x3
 AX2000 HDR video camera x7  NX-5N HDR video camera x4
 EX-3 HD video camera x1  EX-1 HD video camera x2
Editing Room
Editing Section Equipment
 Premiere nonlinear editing system x7  Apple Final Cut Pro nonlinear editing  
 system x4
 EDIUS editing system x1  
Editing Room
Production Support
Section Equipment
 Handheld spotlight  Open-face Spot
 Microphone  Video recorder
 Recharger  Track
 Various wires  

 

 

Virtual Studio
 Tapeless System Avid Media Composer: Nonlinear editing workstation, connection with Lanshare video sharing
 server of MOL editing center
 VIZRT digital studio system version 3.3: VIZRT artist life production unit, Content pilot control unit
 FOR-A VPS-700 digital image switching processing system
 Video camera Panasonic Full HD AG-HPX370 x2
 Audio broadcasting system: Mixer, CD player, Amplifier, Speaker x2

 

 

Ming Chuan Radio Station
Space Planning  Studio x6  Server facility x1
 Master-control room x1  Office x1
 Duty room x1  
Engineering Equipment  Microphone VP88  Multi-function mixer MACKIE Onyx1220
 Active speaker Genelec8030  MD recorder stand and CD-Player x1
 Sound effector ART  Advanced positioning controller DOMINATOR720
 Dalet radio station broadcast support
 system version 5.1
 Audio signal distribution amplifier DOD606AUDIO-
 2N*6OUT
 Recorder stand stereo earphone ATH-
 AD300
 UPS and sound effector MULTIVER BII

 

 

MOL Digital Editing Platform
Multimedia
Working Section
 Computer x10  Avid Composer nonlinear editing system
 Lanshare video sharing server  
MOL Digital
Editing Platform
 Computer x6  4 editing operations: draft reviewing, deep-
 report processing
 Avid Express x 2 :Nonlinear editing with build-in VIZRT, connection with virtual studio
TV Wall Computer Facilities  3 main TVs and 8 small TVs
 Outside channel connection, MOL website monitoring, Studio operations
 Lanshare server in computer facilities

 

 

Academia-Industry Cooperation Center
 Personal computer x1  Digital camera x1  Telephone x1
 Bookshelf x1    

 

 

Digital Media Communication Center
 IBM desktop computer x6  Notebook x10  Dreamweaver editing software
 Photoshop image process  Flash animation software  

 

 

Integrated Marketing Communication Center
 Multimedia computer x13  Notebook x2  Fax machine x1
 Mononchrome laser printer x1  Color laser printer x1  Digital publishing image setter x1
 Color inject printer x1  Scanner x1  Plastic Ring Binder x1
 Telephone x2  Digital TV x1  Projector x1
 Digital camcorder x2  Video recorder x1  Teaching–material presenter x1
 Books x150  Bookshelf x3  Public locker x1

 

Future Media Lab
 panoramic camera x8  tripod x9  Chroma key x2
 three-axis-stabilizer x2  Photography lamps x7  camera drone x2
 Laptop x2    dolly x1    Nikon camera x1