Fourth Student Conference on Communication Sciences
The Department of Communication Sciences organized today the Fourth Student Conference: "Communication in the Digital Age: Journalism, Public Relations and Political Communication".
The conference was attended by students from the University College Bedër and the University of Tirana, who presented their works. The conference provided a platform for discussing the impact of digital media on shaping policy, communication and public relations.
Through the exchange of experiences, students had the opportunity to get acquainted with the latest developments in this field, with the challenges and advantages that the digital media influence on the communication process.
At the end of the student conference, certificates were distributed to the participants as well as the award for the best work by the student, Alban Tufa, on the topic: "Propaganda through Poetry in the Magazines (" New World "," Our Literature "," Literature Our "and" Nerd ") organs of the former Association of Writers and Artists during 1945-1955".
Open Lecture -Training Trauma in Children and Teens
The Department of Education at Bedër University College organized an open lecture with Dr. Skerdi Zahaj, regarding the topic: "Trauma Treatment in Children and Adolescents".
In the focus of discussion with counseling psychology students were psychotherapeutic techniques and interventions in these age groups.
Dr. Skerdi Zahaj is currently a member of the National Council of Psychologist Order in Albania, as well as a lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tirana.
Combining the aspect of theoretical and phenomenological knowledge of the subject of trauma, Dr. Zahaj introduced students with psychotherapeutic techniques and interventions that help children and adolescents who experience the process of losing and mourning.
During his presentation, Dr. Zahay presented the stages of the mourning process and how psychotherapy can help manage and overcome psychological symptoms and suffering caused by the trauma of the loss of close relatives. The specific techniques and interventions that were addressed during this open lecture are closely linked to the current evidence of the cognitive and behavioral approach to cognitive behavior as well as the psychodynamic approach used to address traumatic suffering.
Likewise, students practiced through concrete exercises how to use specific techniques during client therapy, including: writing letters, story building, acronym poems, rituals and drawings.
"Empower Youth, Prevent Violence!"
The Department of Education in KU Bedër, in cooperation with Women's Network "Equality in Decision-Making", organized today the training on "Empower Youth, Prevent Violence!".
Mrs. Edlira Çepani, head of the organization Women's Network "Equality in Decision Making" together with her team, and under the special care of lecturer Erilda Ajazi, realized this workshop with the participation of the students of Bedër University College. Education students, English language and literature as well as Communication Sciences students participated actively in the workshop, engaging in interactive activities and games related to the subject.
The workshop "Strengthen Young People, Prevent Violence!" aimed at informing young people and promoting healthy relationships between them and beyond in society. This workshop gave students the opportunity to discuss their role in defining healthy relationships among adolescents, stereotypes and gender roles, factors influencing the creation of abusive relationships, as well as the system of referral of cases of domestic violence and based gender.
Through this training, students explored issues related to:
• Gender roles and stereotypes.
• Romantic relationships and violence in early romantic relationships with young people.
• The phenomenon of bullying: determination of victim, aggressor and witness.
• Cyber Bullism: Social Media as a New Form of Abuse in Young People.
• Engagement of the influencers: peers, parents, teachers and psycho-social service.
• Reporting and providing assistance to cases of gender-based violence.
Workshop on "Fake News, media problem or democracy?"
Department of Communication Sciences at "Bedër" University College organized a workshop on "Fake News, Media Problem or Democracy?"
The workshop was attended by the Ambassador of the OSCE Presence in Albania, Bernd Borchardt, Head of Department of Journalism and Communication at the University of Tirana, Prof.Assoc. Dr. Mark Marku, renowned analyst and journalist Lutfi Dervishi, Head of the Union of Journalists, Alexander Çipa, media scholar, representatives of PR offices and communication and journalism students.
The activity was opened by the Head of Communication Sciences Department, Dr. Erlis Çela, who said that the tradition of organizing the workshop is annual and aims to address coherent topics of importance to the media and communication field. Regarding the topic selection for this year, Dr. Çela said that "fake news", a term that got fame after the presidential election in America, is not just a phenomenon that is mentioned in the circles of journalists but is already a phenomenon that has attracted the attention of media and audience researchers.
Then the speech was received by the Rector of Bedër University College, Prof. dr. Dr. Ferdinand Gjana, who said that accessibility opportunities are increasingly being used by citizens to publish information on the Internet, where distribution in these networks may have different nuances, ranging from positive approaches such as social support for help in producing misleading content and prejudicial comments. According to him, organization of this format is important as they discuss ways of healthy development of free speech, starting with the critical role that media professionals have.
The Ambassador of the OSCE Presence in Albania, Bernd Borchardt said that the phenomenon of false news has existed since early, but with technological development, its impacts are more apparent. He said that people who are directly affected by this phenomenon suffer the most from the consequences, mentioning a personal case of how his name was part of the phenomenon of false news. As a solution, Mr. Borchard suggested verifying the facts before the news release, empowering the community of media professionals, media education and more media freedom.
Meanwhile, Lutfi Dervishi, stopped at the risk of "fake news". He said that attention should focus on "fake news" as an economic benefit system. Dervishi brought to attention the case of some young people from Macedonia who produced false news against Hillary Clinton in the recent presidential election in the United States, making financial gain. According to Mr. Dervishi, the solution should be sought to return to the traditional principles of journalism, paying attention to the fact-finding of journalists.
Media representatives and media commentators Mark Marku, head of the Department of Journalism and Communication at the University of Tirana, spoke about the need to review the principles of journalism. Professor Marku said that we should not judge a problematic phenomenon as "fake news" starting from the journalism rates of several decades ago. Fatos Hakorja, Roland Zili, Roland Qafoku, Pandi Gjata, Lazar Semini, who said that "fake news" poses a risk not only for the media but also for the essence of democracy. Media leaders and present journalists provided solutions to media education for audiences, control of news sources before publication, and a return to the deontological and professional values of journalism.
Representatives of public relations offices from various agencies and institutions, such as Eva Kushova and Elda Gjoka, said that in this phenomenon the individual is most vulnerable, as the media may have the ability to self-regulate and better manage the free speech.
Throughout the workshop, important discussions took place, which brought additional perspectives on the phenomenon of the fake news.