Department of Journalism
The department's undergraduate education is divided into two main categories: theoretical enrichment and practical training. The former focuses on providing students with a systematic introduction and exploration of news and communication theories, complemented by the cultivation of basic humanities knowledge in sociology, psychology, economics, law, political science, literature, and mass culture. The latter emphasizes practical training in news gathering, editing, publishing, production, broadcasting, and media planning and management. Students also have the opportunity to work with real media organizations, allowing them to learn through practical experiences and develop solid professional skills.
To enhance students' professional competence and offer diversified options, the department implemented a professional cluster system starting in the academic year 2006. According to students' career goals and course characteristics, professional courses are categorized into four clusters. Each student will have a one-on-one interview starting from the second year, where they can choose courses that match their interests, expertise, and orientation in media to meet their learning needs.
To enhance students' journalistic photography skills, the department established the "Photography News," aiming to cultivate outstanding news practitioners through practical photography operations combined with written reporting. Currently, "Photography News" is jointly printed and distributed with "Culture Weekly." Every week, it provides rich content and vivid photos to cover specific topics through photography and reporting.
The "Hwa Kang Internship Radio FM88.5," established in November 1998, is the second licensed campus internship radio station in the country. It allows students in the Department of Journalism to enter a new era of diverse expression by upholding the professional principles passed down by the faculty. The programs of "Hwa Kang Internship Radio" primarily focus on news, variety, information, community service, and teaching. Not only does it provide practical operation experience for students in the department, but it also utilizes the characteristics of community radio to collaborate with the English Air Classroom in broadcasting English teaching programs. It also invites all faculty and students to participate in program planning and production to enrich content and diversity. In addition, "Hwa Kang Radio" also broadcasts live through the "Hwa Kang Hypermedia Network" to break through the limitation of the radio's transmission power, allowing more listeners to share the collective efforts of the faculty and students.
The "Hwa Kang Television News Network" (Journalism News Network, JNN), established in 2002, is a campus internship media aimed at combining theory and practical operations to cultivate TV news professionals. JNN is the first communication department in the country to produce "daily" real-time TV news and set up an internship television station website. The daily news broadcasts are taken turns by selected student anchors. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday feature Mandarin news, while Wednesday features Taiwanese news, providing viewers with news in two different languages. News content covers campus life, health and medical care, trends and phenomena, information technology, and fashion. Currently, JNN is promoting cross-disciplinary cooperation, collaborating with the Department of Atmospheric Science to produce weather reports, and planning to work with the Department of Physical Education to produce sports event coverage. It also collaborates with the Department of Mass Communication and the Department of Advertising to produce programs and advertisements, aiming to cultivate comprehensive talents in TV news and program production and reporting. To serve the entire campus community, JNN broadcasts on flat-screen TVs at the entrances and exits of various buildings and within the news building. It also utilizes the limitless reach of the internet as a broadcasting platform to deliver news and programs, leading students into the new realm of digital media and internet television, thereby strengthening their competitiveness in future employment.
The faculty structure of the department is diverse and extensive, fully aligned with the direction and characteristics of "Core News and Communication Professional Theories and Practices" and "Diversified Humanities Knowledge and Critical Thinking." Currently (academic year 2009), there are 14 full-time faculty members with expertise covering various aspects of journalism, communication theories, media criticism, political communication, marketing communication, digital media, and news professional skills.
In addition, to strengthen students' professional practical abilities, the undergraduate program of the department also employs 21 adjunct faculty members, all of whom possess rich practical experience. Their expertise covers news reporting, production, and broadcasting in print media and broadcast television.
The department currently has 14 full-time faculty members, along with 21 adjunct faculty members, all working collaboratively to guide students. Their respective areas of expertise are well-suited to handle the required and elective courses in various specializations.
The faculty of the department actively engages in academic research in relevant fields and has achieved remarkable accomplishments. In recent years, the main research areas of the department focus on news practices, media industry, communication technology and online news, audience studies, political marketing, and advertising.
The faculty members of the department frequently present papers at academic conferences, enhancing the impact of their research outcomes. Additionally, they often attend international conferences or academic seminars to present papers and engage in academic exchanges with scholars and experts from around the world. The research achievements of the faculty members are not only highly valued in the academic community but also recognized for their academic expertise and capabilities. Many domestic academic journals actively invite faculty members of the department to serve as peer reviewers, editors, or editorial board members, as well as paper reviewers for academic conferences.