Sunday, May 13, 2012


The Department of Journalism was established in September 1997, being the first in Tanzania to offer a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (BAJ). For over 10 years, the department has produced high-caliber journalists and communication experts who work throughout the media, in the national and international media/communication organizations. The department prides for having the teaching staff with significant experience in the media/communication industry. The department is a member of several professional and academic associations across the world. Through JOCID (Journalism for Civic and Democracy) partnership, for more than five years, the department has been sending and receiving exchange students and lecturers to and from the partner institutions (Diaconia University of Applied Sciences-Finland, Metropolia University- Finland, Polytechnic Namibia and Tumaini University, Iringa).


The Department of Journalism is committed to:
1.    Providing facilities for the study of and training in the principles, procedures, and techniques of journalism and subjects related to journalism.
2.    Preparing students to obtain recognized professional qualifications in journalism and related subjects such as public relations and advertising.
3.    Researching the theoretical, operational, and organizational problems and training needs in journalism in the United Republic of Tanzania.
4.    Evaluating the quality of the journalism programme offered at Tumaini University, Iringa University College.
5.    Sponsoring, arranging, and/or providing facilities for conferences and seminars.


1.    Enable students to acquire skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed to work as reporters or editors for newspapers, magazines, radios, television, news agencies, and public relations offices; mass communication planners and educators; and public and private sector information officers.
2.    Equip students with the ability to understand and analyse the social, political, cultural and economic role of journalism and mass communication in the process of development within local, national, continental, and international context and perspective.
3.    Broaden and deepen students’ general knowledge.

 BACHELOR OF ARTS (Journalism)

The BA in Journalism programme has a practical emphasis; students are prepared to think critically about the profession and society. The curriculum includes coursework in media skills, mass communications, and general studies. General studies dominate the beginning of the studies as an overall basis for social-political orientation and for linguistic skills. Media practice becomes more dominant and merges with theory related studies in thesis/project work. Journalism students are responsible for all possible aspects of producing Tumaini Hill magazine, Tumaini Weekly and the Campus Eye newsletters, and more so producing radio and television programmes. Journalism students also manage the Tumaini News blog online publication During the third year of studies, each student specializes in one of the following areas: Print Media, Electronic Media and Public relations and Advertising.

During the third year of studies, each student specializes in one of the following areas:
·   Print Media
·   Electronic Media
·   Public Relations & Advertising
These take the form of practical work, projects, and/or thesis.


Applicants must meet the “General Admission Requirements, Parts 1 & 2” prior to the meeting the “Specific Admission Requirements” for the programme they wish to enter.

The student’s entrance requirements are based on the following conditions and categories:

Category A: Direct Entry (Form VI graduates)
(a)A certificate of Secondary Education Examination (CSEE) with at least three credit passes obtained prior to sitting for the Certificate of Secondary Education Examination ACSEE); AND

(b)An Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (ACSEE) with at least two principle passes and a total of 4.5 or more points.

Category B: Equivalent Qualification (Diploma holders)
Earned a Diploma in Journalism from an accredited School of Journalism or related Institution and must have obtained three (3) credits or five (5) passes in CSEE.

Category C: Entrance Examination Qualifications
Applicants who have at least two principal passes, but have less than 4.5 total points in the ACSEE must undertake pre entry remedial course of six weeks and pass an Examination thereafter.

Category D: Mature age examination
Earned a Certificate in Journalism from an Accredited College or University with a Pass with Distinction classification and must have three (3) credits and:

(a)    Have 25 years of age or older in the year of application
(b)    Have completed Form IV or equivalent at least five years prior to the year of application
(c)    Have attended extra – mural classes of residential courses and submit a letter of          recommendation from the tutor, or
(d)Have attended a residential course at an Adult Education College and submit a letter of recommendation from the Principal
(e)    Pass the Tumaini University, Iringa University College Entrance Examination


The department encourages all admitted candidates, if possible to come with their own still picture cameras, digital cameras, video cameras, sound recorders and laptops.


In order to be allowed admission to examinations, students must attend at least 75% of all lectures and tutorials.  (Exceptions may be made in cases of ill health.)

Graduation Requirements

In order to receive the Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) Degree, the candidate must:

1.    Attend classes regularly and meet the minimum number of attendance requirements prescribed by the University Senate.
2.    Complete all courses required by the B.A. (Journalism) programme.
3.    Earn a minimum grade of “C” in all courses in the B.A. (Journalism) programme.
4.    Demonstrate competence in the required practical and internship.
5.    Conduct research and write a research paper of between 10,000 and 12,000 words, which are accepted by the supervising instructor and examining committee.
6.    Fulfill all other conditions prescribed by the University Senate.



1ST Semester (20 Credits)
ICT       101 – 2 Credits           Information Technology I
LANG     102 – 3 Credits           Communication Skills I
JOUR     101 – 3 Credits           Introduction to Mass                 
                                                   Communication and Journalism
JOUR     104 – 3 Credits           Library, Internet and Information
RELS     101 – 3 Credits           Foundations of Faith and Professional Ethics
JOUR     112 – 3 Credits           News Writing and Reporting
PRAC     101 – 3 Credits           Practicum  

2ND Semester     (22 Credits)
SOCS    103 – 3 Credits           Cultural Anthropology
DS                111 – 3 Credits           Development Studies
JOUR     113 – 3 Credits           Media Ethics and Culture
LANG     112 – 3 Credits           Communication Skills II
PHIL      112 – 3 Credits           Philosophy
PRAC     111 – 3 Credits           Practicum
ICT       112 – 4 Credits           Information Technology for

Second Year
1st Semester (24 Credits)

JOUR     200 – 3 Credits           Digital Media
JOUR     201 – 3 Credits           Editing and Design
JOUR     213 – 3 Credits           Radio Journalism
JOUR     221 – 3 Credits           Photo Journalism
REST     202 – 3 Credits           Research Methodology in
SOCS    201 – 3 Credits           Political & Economic Geography of
                                               Africa South of the Sahara
LANG     201 – 3 Credits           English for Journalists
PRAC     201 – 3 Credits           Practicum

2nd Semester (24 Credits)
SOCS    223 – 3 Credits           Sociology
SOCS    211 – 3 Credits           Rural Development
LAW      215 – 3 Credits           Media Law
JOUR     224 – 3 Credits           Television Journalism
JOUR     202 – 3 Credits           Public Relations and Advertising
JOUR     207 – 3 Credits           Mass Media and National
JOUR 223 – 3 Credits               Newspaper Production, Distribution
                                              and (Media Institutions & Organizations)
PRAC 211 – 3 Credits       Practicum

1st Semester (18 Credits)

JOUR 325 – 15 Credits      Media Internship   
JOUR 326 –   3 Credits     Internship Report Writing

2nd Semester (27 Credits)

EDUC 326 – 3 Credits       Principles of Teaching
LANG 303 – 3 Credits       Kiswahili kwa Wanahabari
REST 329 – 6 Credits       Research Paper in Journalism
ECON 323 – 3 Credits       Survey of Economic Principles
SOCS 301 – 3 Credits       Social Psychology
SOCS 321 – 3 Credits        Sociology of Gender and Gender Issues
JOUR 304 –3 Credits        Feature Writing, News Analysis and Current Issues

JOUR 330 - 3 Credits        Advanced Photo Journalism
JOUR 331 - 3 Credits         Advanced Newspaper Journalism
JOUR 327 - 3 Credits        Advanced Radio Journalism
JOUR 328 - 3 Credits        Advanced Television Journalism
JOUR 329 - 3 Credits        Advanced Public Relations and


All students must understand and follow the Tumaini University Examination Regulations.

Course grades are delivered from numerical scores obtained on tests, assignments, and examinations as follows:
        Grade Numerical Scores(%) Points
          A           80  - 100              5
          B+         70  - 79               4
          B           60  - 69               3
          C           50  - 59               2
          D           40  - 49               1
          E             0  - 39               0

In special cases the course instructor, the external examiner, or the college academic board may exercise the discretion to assign course grades on the basis of a performance distribution of all members of the class.
The minimum pass mark in the Bachelor of Arts (Community Development) programme shall be “C”.

Grade Point Average (GPA)
Courses shall be weighted by multiplying the points associated with the final grade of a given course by the number of credit hours assigned to that course.  Candidates overall performance is then found by dividing the total number of course credit hours into the weighted total number of credit points of all courses taken.

Grade point average (GPA) =        Weighted Point Total for All Courses taken
                                                        Total Number of Course Credits taken


Candidates must have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 to be awarded the degree. Bachelor of Arts in Community Development degree will be classified according to the following Grade Point Averages:
First Class                           4.4 – 5.0
Upper Second class             3.5 – 4.3
Lower Second Class             2.7 – 3.4
Pass                                  2.0 – 2.6
Fail                                    0   – 1.9

Thursday, May 10, 2012

2012 JOCID exchange programme in Turku

Through JOCID (Journalism for Civic and Democracy) partnership, for more than five years, the IUCo journalism department has been sending and receiving exchange students and lecturers to and from the partner institutions (Diaconia University of Applied Sciences-Finland, Metropolia University- Finland, Polytechnic Namibia and Tumaini University, Iringa).

Both Erasmus and JOCID 2012 exchange students at Turku University of Applied Sciences