Ryukyu Shimpo and University of the Ryukyus to start newspaper course

Ryukyu Shimpo and University of the Ryukyus to start newspaper course

On March 22, after the ceremony at the Faculty of Education at the University of the Ryukyus in Nishihara, Inoue (left) and Hanashiro took a commemorative photograph with Ryuchan, the mascot character of the Ryukyu Shimpo.


March 23, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Ryukyu Shimpo newspaper and the Faculty of Education at University of the Ryukyus will cooperate to deliver a newspaper course from the 2013 academic year. The course aims to teach the role and structure of newspapers by introducing examples of NIE (Newspapers In Education) to students who hope to become teachers.

On March 22, in a signing ceremony held at the University of the Ryukyus in Nishihara, Yasutaka Hanashiro, the chief of the editorial office of the Ryukyu Shimpo, and Koshi Inoue, the head of the Faculty of Education, agreed to create the new course, which will start in April.

The faculty sees the new course as being related to modern and regional educational subjects in the category of general classes. It will be a compulsory elective.

Inoue said, “I have been interested in NIE for a long time. I hope that we will work together in the future and share our accomplishments.” Hanashiro said, “I hope that the students get an idea of how society works and use what they learn to their benefit after graduation.”

Hitoshi Fukuhara, the assistant managing editor, chief of news and the NIE promotion division at Ryukyu Shimpo, will teach the course for the first semester. The course will introduce the history of NIE, changes in academic achievements and the social role of newspapers in Okinawa.

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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