The Appearance and Characteristics of Early Education in Journalism and Communication Studies in Korea

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Kim, Young-Hee
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Center for Social Sciences, Seoul National University
Korean Social Sciences Review(KSSR), Vol.3 No.2, pp. 29-66
Journalism and Communication Studies in KoreaEducation in Journalism and Communication Studies in KoreaNewspaper JournalismJapanese Colonial Periodthe 1950s
Translated from the article published in the Korean Journal of Journalism and

Communication Studies, Vol. 56, No. 1 (February 2012), with permission from the

Korean Society for Journalism and Communication Studies.
This study aims to verify when and how early education in journalism and communication studies appeared in Korea and concretely review its historical meaning and characteristics. For this purpose, first, major discussions on early journalism education in Korea are reviewed. Then the curricula related to journalism and communication studies from the Japanese colonial period until the 1950s and the contents and characteristics of such education are discussed. The journalism and communication studies at that time seemed to refer exclusively to newspaper journalism. Accordingly, the necessity for journalism education was emphasized in the view that better journalists could be developed by teaching journalism in a more comprehensive manner. In the meantime, subjects related to journalism in Korea began to be offered starting in 1925 under the Japanese occupation. Early journalism education was rather practical, but since 1955 it has been taught as a social science with Seoul National University as the center.
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