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Scribes' 'cradle' notches 80 years

FUDAN University's School of Journalism, known as "the cradle of journalists," celebrated its 80th anniversary yesterday in Shanghai.

More than 1,500 domestic and overseas alumni, college deans, and media professionals gathered at the university to mark the milestone.

"The school has nurtured a great deal of excellent media professionals for the country and especially for the city," said Wang Zhongwei, minister of publicity department of the Communist Party of China Shanghai Committee.

As well as praise, Wang set some higher expectations and requirements during the occasion by asking the prestigious department to improve education quality and train more professionals.

Founded in 1929, the school has the longest history in journalism education in China and has nurtured tens of thousands of professionals, including media elites.

Following the motto of "a good learner and keen practitioner," the school has achieved many "firsts" in China and enjoys a high reputation both at home and abroad.

In June 1988, the journalism department expanded and became the country's first School of Journalism. It was also the first to introduce public relations subjects into domestic education and published the first communication textbook.

Song Chao, deputy minister of publicity department of CPC Shanghai and dean of the school, said "The school will keep up its innovation with an international perspective to reflect the features of the university, the country and the era."

The school has now established four departments: Journalism, Broadcasting and Television, Communication, and Advertising and offers a variety of masters and doctoral programs covering various fields.

After the ceremony, the school launched a media education forum involving nearly 100 deans from world-renowned media schools, including University of Missouri's School of Journalism and University of Tokyo's Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies.

They discussed challenges to the media and reform and re-organization of journalism schools in today's fast changing environment.


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