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Media Release | Jul. 24, 1996

UBC Announces Creation of New Journalism School

The University of British Columbia and the Sing Tao Foundation will announce the establishment of a new graduate school of journalism at UBC during a ground-breaking ceremony today.

The Sing Tao School of Journalism will offer an integrated program that combines graduate study in academic disciplines with advanced training in the profession of journalism. It will be the first graduate school of journalism in Western Canada and the only one in Canada to emphasize advanced academic studies.

The founding of the school is made possible by a donation from the Sing Tao Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Sing Tao, a Hong Kong-based media corporation. The amount of the donation is confidential at the request of the donor.

"There has been discussion about establishing a school of journalism at UBC for many years but, until now, funding was simply not available," said UBC President David Strangway.

"The Sing Tao Foundation's gift has made it possible to establish an important new centre for the training of journalists in Canada," he said.

The school will be housed in the first phase of the new Creative Arts Building, to be constructed at the former site of the Old Armoury on West Mall between Memorial and Crescent Roads. First phase construction is scheduled to begin later this month.

The school will seek outstanding applicants from within Canada and from abroad. About 15 students will be admitted annually. Those who complete the program will receive a Master of Journalism degree.

The journalism program is intended for those who already have a bachelor's degree in an academic discipline, and either have extensive journalistic experience or demonstrate superior research and writing ability.

Some of the program's credits will be taken in regular academic courses offered by other UBC departments. Other credits will be given within the school and will be divided between theoretical media studies and the practical, technical aspects of journalism. Scholarly understanding, critical thinking, and ethical responsibility will be emphasized.

The newsroom training aspect of the program will focus on achieving the highest standards in research, writing and editing in the print media. Other aspects of journalism may be added to the curriculum at a later date, but excellence in journalistic research and writing skills and their application to specialty areas will remain the core of the program.

Program curriculum will be approved by the faculties of Arts and Graduate Studies.

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