Why journalism is one of the most popular specialties in Turkmenistan

Why journalism is one of the most popular specialties in Turkmenistan

Higher and secondary educational institutions of Turkmenistan announced the enrollment of students for the 2020/2021 academic year. The applicants are offered a wide range of specialties, in various profiles and directions.

Entrance exams will be held in the country in the period of July 6 – August 15, so young boys and girls who still in doubt are limited in time to choose a university for study.

All vital questions for applicants: “who to become?”, and “what specialty to choose?” are divided into three categories: “want-can-need”. The main thing is that the future profession should be interesting and in demand on the labor market, and so the profession of journalist is one of them. Turkmen state universities offer a number of faculties for future international-level journalists.

In Ashgabat, these are the Makhtumkuli Turkmen State University, the International University for the Humanities and Development, the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Institute of Culture. Entrance exams to each of these universities have their own characteristics of mass media specialists.

However, it should immediately be noted that for entrance examinations to the faculty of journalism, applicants should have excellent knowledge of the history and literature of Turkmenistan. Knowledge of foreign languages, especially English, is welcomed.

So, for example, applicants of the International University for the Humanities and Development who are fluent in English, after successfully passing the exams for admission to the first year of bachelor degree, bypassing the study in the language training department, pass an English proficiency test.

Journalism is not only about momentary news. Its initial function is communicative, collecting reliable information and delivering it to a mass of people. This allows journalists to be constantly in the center of events. And in the epoch of development of modern technologies, such a concept as online journalism has set.

In Turkmenistan, new information websites are now appearing, and since recently, leading print media have set its e-edition. In the context of this “reproduction” in the Turkmen sector of the network, the issue of copyright and skilled personal of these resources became topical. Meanwhile, many of them are openly parasitizing on state media and thus earning dubious popularity, claiming materials of other authors as their own or openly compiling them.

All this proves the shortage and great demand for young and active personnel in the sphere of journalism. The work of journalist is not a search for information on the Internet and borrowing from colleagues, it is the production of own exclusive, author’s intellectual and creative product.

This is a non-stop self-development in communication with interesting, outstanding, unusual, authoritative, competent people in different fields and ordinary fellow citizens. This is the ability to see “the forest behind the trees,” that is, the essence of the set of facts, to convey it to readers. This is the ability to be operational and “24×7 available”, analytical and relevant.

And to succeed in this one of the most difficult professions is only possible if you are deeply engaged in work, which means creative dedication and civic responsibility, desire to change the world for the better, and many other factors that are not subject of this article.

This is about opportunities for thoughtful, mobile young people with literary abilities to find their way in life and play their part in the fate of the country, compatriots, choosing journalism as the profession.

Selbi CHARIYEVA

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