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.
Bedër University College organized for the second consecutive year the award ceremony for graduates. This event was attended by graduates, academics and the administrative staff who have given their contribution to the university over the years, as well as distinguished figures from the fields of literature, culture, art and education.
The ceremony was opened by the representative of the Alumni Office, Jola Marku, who emphasized that this office, under the example of western universities, aims to influence the shaping of a culture in terms of university-graduate activities and relations. She said that the best indicators of university success are employed graduates and their achievements, so the organization of the awarding event is evaluative and motivating, but at the same time a show of mutual success between Beder University College and its graduates.
Then a speech was held by the Rector of Bedër University College, Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Gjana, who said that this activity is already part of the "Bedër" tradition, serving as a platform for graduates to share their experiences. He praised the activity, pointing out that such a format in Albania is a model within university relations with graduates over the years.
During the ceremony, a total of 12 prizes were awarded, 6 of which were awarded for gratitude and encouragement for former students Mandrit Kamolli, Kadim Rufati, Uejda Kadrija, Sonila Qazimi, Albi Çela and Arjola Buzi, who have become inspirational models thanks to their work and achievements in their professional careers. Meanwhile, 6 other special prizes were chosen by the academic staff of the university to be awarded to personalities in the field of arts, science, culture, literature and education for their contribution, among them: Mirela Arqimandriti, Daniel Klingenberg, Mirush Kabashi, Uran Butka, Xhemal Balla and Shpëtim Tasha.
Turning to a tradition, the 9th edition of the "Work & Study" fair, organized by the Municipality of Tirana, Tirana Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Ministry of Education and Sports opened in the premises of the Congress Palace.
This fair, which will be held from 28-29 to 30 March 2018, is an event where the best study opportunities and current labor market demands are presented, with the participation of over 60 companies, various institutions and universities, among others and the "Bedër" University College.
Present at the opening ceremony of the fair was the Mayor of Tirana, Erion Veliaj, and the Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nikolin Jaka, personalities who kept the word of chance during the opening of the fair.
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"One more book for Presevo" campaign was closed successfully
The students of the second year of the Master's degree program in Communication Sciences, "Bedër" University College successfully closed their quarterly campaign "One more book for Presevo".
Special guests of this activity were the top leaders of the local government in the areas where Albanians live in Serbia, namely the head of the Albanian National Council, Shukri Ymeri, the vice-president Ardita Sinani, the mayor of Bujanovac, Shaip Kamberi, and the representative of Presevo municipality, Almir Shaqiri. There were also missing representatives of the academic world, journalism and civil society.
The activity was conceived in the form of a cultural-artistic program, where he had various ballet performances, performances and songs. Attendees were able to follow two prepared documentaries on the areas where Albanians live in Serbia, and they exposed above all the work done in the campaign by the students, who confirmed the collection of 2,000 books in Albanian, which will go to the libraries in Presevo and Bujanovac.
The campaign "One more book for Presevo" exceeded the initial objectives for collecting a thousand books, thanks to the contribution of Albanian citizens, schools and publishing houses. But collecting two thousand books and giving a message of solidarity and brotherhood to Albanians in Serbia was not the only good news in this activity, as the rector of the College College "Beder", Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Gjana shared with the attendees the decision of the institution he leads, for granting 15 scholarships in the next academic year for students coming from the Presevo Valley.
Senior Albanian officials in Serbia, Shukri Ymeri and Mr. Shaip Kamberi expressed sincere gratitude for the initiative of the students of the "Bedër" University College for collecting Albanian books, evaluating this as an initiative. Mr. Ymeri and Kamberi considered the excellent decision to award 15 scholarships from "Bedër" University College for Albanian students to Serbia and promised cooperation with the Bedër University College in the future. The Mayor of Bujanovac invited the students of the campaign "Another book for Presevo" and the leaders of "Bedër" to visit the area.
Finally, the group of students who conducted this campaign and the leading lecturer Edlira Mali thanked all the contributors and left open the possibility for anyone to continue to donate Albanian books to students in the Presevo Valley, who for years suffer the lack of Albanian textbooks.
Students of K.U. "Bedër" participant in Jessup 2018
International Competition Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, under the administration of ILSA, brings together international law students from across the globe. Already in its 59th year, Jessup is the world's largest international competition for law students, attending over 700 Universities worldwide. The international rounds will be held on 1 to 8 April 2018 at the Hyatt Regency in Kapitol Hill, Washington, DC.
The competition consists of a case in which the group of students of the law "Bedër" University College composed of: Albi Çela, Angji Agushi, Ornela Bego, Thoma Kristo and Ermelinda Gjeci will represent Albania in this competition edition.
Faced with the judges of the International Court of Justice, students will present the arguments prepared on the Case Concerning the Egart and the Ibra, which includes topics on the validity of an interstate arbitration award, sovereignty, territorial waters violation, the nuclear war regime, use of force, international humanitarian law, etc. The team has researched and prepared substantive verbal arguments to represent any aspect of the dispute.
Prior to the departure for us, D.C organized a public pleading, where they presented their arguments before the students and the academic faculty of the university. This is so that the team prepares and contributes to maintaining the tradition of Moot Court in Bedër.