Journalism and Mass Communications (JMC) is the practice of investigation and reporting of events, issues and trends to a broad audience. You can think of journalism as the method and mass communications as the means: how news is investigated and reported (journalism) through various technologies to various audiences (mass communications).
As one of AUCA’s oldest departments, JMC has been training and educating competent journalists and media professionals since 1997.
Our alumni have worked as reporters, staff writers, editors, public relations and communications specialists in a range of local and international organizations including the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, NTS TV, NBT TV, Pyramida TV, 5 Kanal, Raketa TV, Vecherny Bishkek, Internews, Associated Press, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (Radio Azattyk), EurasiaNet.org and NewEurasia Citizen Media, as well as international organizations such as Helvetas, the Soros Foundation, the Eurasia Foundation, GIZ and the Deutsche Welle Akademie. Kadyr Toktogulov, ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United States of America, is one of our most distinguished alumni.
Besides professional success, JMC is one of the AUCA departments that offers a dual Bachelor’s degree from Bard College in the United States and the Ministry of Education of the Kyrgyz Republic. As a result, many of our alumni have also had academic success outside of Central Asia, attending universities in the United States, United Kingdom, European Union and Australia. Some have returned to teach at their alma mater.
Since 2012, JMC has had a five-year license by the Ministry of Education. Also in that year, we received a technical grant from the American Schools and Hospitals Abroad Program of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) which helped us to establish a media laboratory with Mac and HP workstations and professional audiovisual equipment. Since 2017, we have been offering a Master’s degree program.
Our department is committed to teaching you the skills and tools of journalism and mass communications to meet the highest standards of the industry, whether in Central Asia or the West. We will help you develop abilities to think critically, communicate clearly and understand the ethical dimensions of reporting, as well as to perform social scientific research. We will also help cultivate your skills in public relations, film-making and broadcasting.
Through our system of internships, our practical and theoretical coursework, and our media facilities, JMC offers students the chance to really develop themselves for professional work after graduation.