Dean of Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication The Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication has been established at Zarqa University in the first semester of 2010-2011, and began to receive the new students as of the second semester. The faculty was equipped with private studios specialized in radio and television, laboratories of printed and electronic press and Public Relations. Faculty has attracted a constellation of distinguished professors of media with scientific and professional experience who are able to keep up with the technical progress in all fields.
The development of Faculty came to meet the needs and requirements of the local and Arab market to the media-trained competencies in order to keep up-to-date with new Technician, technical and scientific in the field communication. As McLuhan scientist of Communication said "There is no need to emphasize the importance of the media in the life of peoples and nations all over the place on this global village", where the Media became the lifeblood especially after becoming so important and serious in the community. With the increasing of the popular and youth movement calling for change, democracy, freedom and emancipation from domination and authoritarianism, there was a necessity to shed light on the important role played by visual, readable and audible means of media in creating consciousness and molding ideas and stereotypes of people and public opinion about the thorny and complex issues of society. Because of this, there was an urgent need to teach students various arts of media to provide the Jordanian society and media institutions with qualified journalists and professionals trainers on the latest techniques of communication with the target audience.
The ultimate aim of Faculty of Mass is to graduate qualified journalists who can conduct various forms of scientific research to serve the community issues in its various forms. The profession of journalism requires not only mastering the profession but to be armed with journalist codes of ethics, ethics of the profession, be objective , unbiased, avoid the dreadful press and amplify trivial matters for the purposes of profit or cheap scoop.
The Faculty currently has 150 students, in addition to a number of other students taking courses to satisfy them intellectually. The number of Faculty staff is currently 6 members from different academic ranks, who have good scientific reputation. The university was contracted recently with other four professors from various media disciplines to support the faculty. The faculty will include soon 3 majors: press, public relations and advertising, radio and television. These majors are being taught according to the study plans prepared with the help of plans of Western and Arab prestigious universities which Focuses on the practical nature of the courses that qualify the graduates to work in the media institutions.
The Faculty established close relationships with official and private media institutions to train the students and serve the local community. Faculty now is about to hold cultural and academic agreements with American and Arab universities and international organizations. Moreover, every year the Faculty celebrates International Women's Day and World Press Freedom Day. Cooperation agreements have been signed with Jordan News Agency, the Center for Defending Freedom of Journalists, Some local newspapers and radio stations in order to train the students.
The Faculty will issue soon an official site, newspaper and a weekly electronic newspaper to be a training laboratory where the students can practice various techniques of journalism. The Faculty has two laboratories containing modern computers equipped with the latest software releases for writing in various forms. The Faculty is also in process to run radio and television studios where students can run it as broadcasters, presenters and producers.
The faculty aims at qualifying students who:
• Be fully aware of journalism work ethics and its seriousness in influencing public opinion trends.
• Can follow the methods that fit the media and can be used in their work.
• Can use modern software, specialized in radio and television systems, printed and electronic press.
• Have the professional skills that enable them to work with success and excellence.
Areas where graduates can work in the future:
Graduates can work in all media disciplines in official and private media institutions inside and outside Jordan, particularly in gulf countries. Furthermore, graduates can work in various institutions and Jordanian government departments, especially in the field of public relations and advertising.