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Launch of Joint Masters with CNN

Joint Masters Programme with CNN

2 June 2020

I am pleased to announce an exciting new collaboration between UCD and CNN. Commencing in January 2022, we will be offering an innovative new Masters programme in Journalism and International Affairs. This is the first English-language Masters programme that CNN has co-designed with a university partner.

The new programme will feature world-class journalism, and will combine industry-led practical training with academic expertise in international affairs. An innovative, challenging, employment-oriented curriculum will connect the classroom to the newsroom.

The programme will equip a new generation of journalists to report on critical global issues, from climate change to human rights to terrorism. It will appeal to and reward those with a passion to understand the world and to explain it in ways that are informative and transformative. 

In this collaboration, UCD and CNN are underlining our shared commitment to advancing knowledge and empowering people to make informed decisions. There is a growing need to understand and respond to global challenges. There is acute global concern about the status of trusted expertise and truthful media.

Worldwide we see declining trust in social, political and media institutions and the rise of populism, partisanship and polarisation. Debates over “fake news” and disinformation have raised questions over the value of news media.

This is a new age of political communications, defined by universal access to media systems and communication abundance. Trying to make sense of the world today can be confusing and frustrating. We need to develop new skills and challenge old assumptions.

There is growing need for a more globally-minded comprehension of how interdependent we are as a human race. We need to widen our view of the world and its diverse communities, and deepen our understanding of our global interconnections.

As Ireland’s Global University, UCD takes up this challenge. Our global outlook is evident in our comprehensive range of disciplines, in the reach and impact of our research and innovation, in the diversity of our community, and in our engagement with all sectors of society and with all regions of the world.

At UCD, we value critical thinking and analysis. We encourage exploration of challenging issues with curiosity and objectivity, and with respect for different social and cultural perspectives.

Reflecting this outlook, the new Masters programme in Journalism and International Affairs will prepare students for the technological, cross-cultural and ethical challenges of reporting the complex world in which we live.

To mark the launch of the new Masters programme, we are delighted to host a conversation on ‘news media and the challenges it faces today’…I pass over now to Professor Liam Kennedy, director of UCD’s Clinton Institute and programme director of the MA in Journalism and International Affairs.

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