LEGACYThe Department of Journalism was founded in 1935 at National Chengchi University, which had earlier been reestablished in 1932 from the former Central Chengchi Institute founded in 1927 in Mainland China. After disruption by the Chinese Civil War in the late 1940s, together with Chengchi University itself, the Department of Journalism was reopened in Taiwan in 1954. NCCU now offers the most acclaimed journalism and communication program in Taiwan.
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The University News has a long history and fine tradition. The publication adopted its name in 1993, takes great pride in the legacy of its predecessor counterparts: the South Spring News edited by journalism students of the 1940s in then war capital of Chongqing, the Student News of the 1970s, the Cha-Mei Report of the 1980s, and the Greater Taipei Report of 1991. The paper covers mainly events and issues of concern to students, faculty and the university community.
INTRODUCTIONThe University News is an experimental newspaper edited and published independently by students of the Department of Journalism at National Chengchi University. Together with its online counterpart titled Uonline, this paper appears every other Friday.
Readership of The University News is targeted at universities in Taiwan. Unlike student experimental papers in other universities, it enjoys a high degree of editorial autonomy and independence. Editorial policies and operational procedures are decided and managed by third- and fourth-year students who serve as leaders and tutors for second-year students who serve as editors or reporters. On request of the student staff, two faculty consultants advise to assist in editorial decisions concerning controversies or conflicts. They do not otherwise influence editorial decisions.
This student-led paper emphasizes "learning by doing" and "trial and error" so that the students themselves can debate the problems they encounter in their work and to improve their learning.
The eight pages are organized as follows:
- Headline News covers breaking news occurring on both local and overseas campuses.
- Campus News focuses on major higher education policies and campus activities or events.
- Art & Culture runs stories on art and cultural activities organized by or for university communities.
- Lifestyle addresses unique college sub-culture or trends that are of interest to the university audiences.
- The International page reports on significant global higher education developments and issues from a Taiwan perspective.
- Sports cover athletic matches and games between university teams on university campuses.
- Science carries reports on innovations and scientific discoveries by university academics or researchers.
- Features presents human-interest stories, from an outlook of compassion, and discusses issues and trends of potential impact or interest to university students.
While sophomore students serve as editors and reporters responsible for layout designs, interviews, and getting the news stories, juniors and seniors provide leadership in setting editorial policy, preparing the style manual, and making editorial decisions.
Equipment in the practice news room includes computers, telephones and fax machines to support reporters in gathering news. Students thereby learn how to find news, how to interview sources and how to write a news report from the information gathered. Editors use Indesign software to lay out pages, apply and integrate pagination software specific to the news industry and use Photoshop and Illustrator software for illustrations. As editors master the software, they are able to understand operations in the editing and news gathering industry. They can also use the software in other advanced courses.
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Making use of state-of-art digital media technologies, The University News launched in 2006 a multimedia platform titled Uonline (http://www.unews.nccu.edu.tw). Applying audio-visual multi-media interactive functions, student journalists present news on Uonline for Internet users to enjoy and comment on, allowing interaction with readers. The launch of Uonline has enabled a student experimental newspaper to mix audio-visual media with mobile communication, reach beyond NCCU's campus and engage editors with readers.