This paper examines the implications of globalisation and digitisation for Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) education in low-income countries, relying on the Nigerian experience. It first briefly examines the basic elements of the Digital Age, namely, digitisation and globalisation. It then focuses the discussion by looking at (1) the University curriculum in Mass Communication, (2) instruction and instructional facilities, (3) teachers of Mass Communication, and (4) the funding of education in the country. It concludes that there is yet little concerted effort in the Nigerian university system to address comprehensively the first three issues, while the funding of higher education has not been given proper priority by the governments which are the dominant proprietors of higher education. Poor funding of higher education automatically translates to poor funding of JMC education. The paper suggests that bridging the widening gap between Digital Age JMC education in the high-income and a low-income country like Nigeria requires a commitment to change and a massive injection of funds. A positive direction can only be established by a combination of the efforts of Nigerian governments, the Nigerian private sector, and international organisations like the EU, the Breton Woods institutions, and foundations such as McArthur, Ford, and Bill and Melinda Gates.
|Keywords:||Mass Communication, Education, Low-Income Countries, Nigeria, Digital Age, Globalisation|
Senior Lecturer, Department of Mass Communication, Cross River University of Technology, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria
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