School of Journalism and Communication
SISU’s School of Journalism and Communication, formerly the International Journalism Program since 1983, has stood out in the field of journalism and communication as a teaching and research institution featuring the upbringing of global-minded talents with practical competence. In addition, it has risen to fame for its research priority to global communication and international public opinion.
At present, the school has four undergraduate programs in journalism, advertising, radio and television, online journalism and new media, three MA academic programs in journalism, communication and advertising, and one professional MA and one Ph.D. program in global communication. By now, the school has integrated its teaching model into a bachelor-master-doctor mechanism in journalism and communication.
After nearly 40 years of development, the school has made marked progress. In 2010, its undergraduate program in journalism was listed as a key specialty by the Ministry of Education. In 2012, the journalism and communication discipline was selected as a Class B Discipline for Shanghai universities, the only one of its kind in Shanghai. Upon approval in 2014, the school set up a training base for outstanding global journalists in Shanghai. To fuel the SISU-Xinhua Strategic Cooperation Project, the school piloted a multilingual+ training model in 2011, offering a multilingual class in international journalism aimed at training multilingual journalists with not only professional knowledge and expertise of global journalism, but also proficiency in English plus one other foreign language. Now, SISU has geared this multilingual+ model to the university’s development strategy. In accordance with the a joint agreement signed in 2017, the school and China Daily, the only national English daily, jointly established in the following year a research center for international communication theory in the new era, committed to global discourse analysis that integrates Chinese and global scenarios.February 2019 witnessed the official signing of another cooperation agreement between the Publicity Department of Shanghai Municipal Party Committee and Shanghai International Studies University to jointly build the School of Journalism and Communication, ushering in a new round of opportunities for development. In the same year, the school kicked off its first enrollment and teaching module that enrolls students in a broad category of journalism and communication, aiming at training global journalists bound for the era of “integrated media.”
The school has cultivated a teaching and research team with international vision, high academic qualifications, reasonable team structure and collaboration between Chinese and foreign teachers. More than one-third of the teachers in the school hold senior academic titles, and more than 70% with Ph.D. degrees. More than 95% faculty members with overseas academic exposure are able to offer English only or bilingual courses. Meanwhile, the school attaches importance to recruiting foreign faculty members through a flexible short-or-long-term recruitment package. In 2016, the school also introduced well-known American scholars through the Overseas Famous Teachers program of the Ministry of Education, hitherto unprecedented in SISU. In addition, the school also employs experts, senior editors and journalists from the media industry to participate in its teaching and research.
The school adheres to the principle of laying equal emphases on both teaching and research. In addition to the publication of 47 monographs and 80 core journal articles since 2014, the school has succeeded in the bidding for one key national research project, 46 national or provincial research projects, and 15 national or provincial teaching projects. At the same time, it has also won four provincial and ministerial research awards and three provincial and ministerial teaching awards. The research team also offers think-tank services of global public opinions to government agencies in Beijing and Shanghai. The Center for Global Public Opinion of China is now becoming a top-notch think tank in Shanghai.
The school has established a lab center with two national labs, one focusing on big data and one on multimedia. The lab center is equipped with digital photography equipment, interview equipment, non-linear editing machine, Apple computer and professional software. In addition, the school attaches great importance to the off-campus internship for students and keeps close cooperation with media industry.
In recent years, the school has become increasingly prominent in its global cooperation. It has started dual degree programs with Loughborough University, Leicester University and Hong Kong Baptist University. The overseas internship projects for students include the Bilingual News Report Program of Global Events and Summer Internship for Global News Reporting, and has attracted a great number of students going abroad for study and short-term exchanges. Through programs, students can also go to overseas universities for exchange each year, such as Talcum University in the United States, Wollongong University in Australia, and Catholic University of Lille in France as well as Columbia University, Pennsylvania State University, Lincoln University in England, and Christchurch Institute of Technology in New Zealand.
Among school’s extracurricular activities are lecture series “SISU New Talk and campus media New Express, and SISUMEDIA. Every year, the school also organizes a variety of professional competitions, media visits and voluntary services. The students' innovation and entrepreneurship projects are also among the best in SISU. The school is now committed to building a students' public service system and a practice-based teaching module The Backpack Journalist.”
Many outstanding graduates of the school are engaged in important positions in national and Shanghai media as well as overseas media and international institutions. To name a few, they are Zhou Shuchun, current editor-in-chief of China Daily, Jiang Heping, director of CGTN in Beijing, Qu Yingpu, deputy editor-in-chief of China Daily, and Du Ping, commentator of Phoenix Satellite TV.
The CPC General Branch of School of Journalism and Communication is committed to “innovating Party construction and setting up multiple platforms to tell China’s stories well”. Spearhead by Party construction and discipline buildup, ideological instructions, practice platform and think tank construction, the CPC General Branch is geared to the school’s work priorities and the national strategies.
Among other things, the series activities “Sisu New Talk: Party Construction Live Studio” keep the faculty and students well informed of the latest development of hot news via the school’s integrated media lab. The activities have got special coverages in the mainstream media including The People’s Daily, thepaper.cn, and people.cn. The CPC General Branch of the School of Journalism and Communication has been awarded the honor of a National Party Construction Signature School.