The European Humanitarian University (EHU) Media and Communication’s department has launched the Emediahub, highlighting its new, modern journalism education focusing on television journalism and production, radio, print, and modern multimedia journalism. The website was created as part of a Improving Media Education Project, funded by the European Union.
The 30-month project implemented by IREX Europe and partnering with BBC Media Action aims to increase the capacity of the European Humanities University to train and equip independent media professionals to promote free and independent journalism in Belarus. The EHU, based in Vilinius, Lithuania, is currently the only Belarusian university committed to promoting academic freedom and the process of integrating a European higher education on BA and MA levels.
The EHU Department of Media currently has 220 full-time students and 472 “low residence students” attending its programmes each year, divided among the three disciplines of Mass Communication and Journalism, Visual Culture (Film, TV, internet), and Design and Visual Media. The EHU undergraduate programme in Media and Communications was established in 2005 to offer an independent alternative to Belarusian state universities. Until this programme was established, young people had no alternative in their own language to the state-controlled study of media and journalism.
Through the project, IREX Europe and the BBC has helped the EHU Media and Communications Department set up a multimedia training facility (click here to watch a virtual studio tour), where students will receive practical training in television broadcasting, radio, print, and modern multimedia journalism. This includes producing regular news reports, helping students gain concrete, practical skills and a solid base in ethical, independent journalism to utilise in their future careers.