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CSJMM History

The Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management (CSJMM) was founded in 2001. The process of curricula development and selection of faculty was supervised by the International Centre for Journalism (ICFJ) and representatives from different American media organisations. The first class graduated in 2002. Azerbaijani and Armenian students joined the MA programs in 2002-2003. The first student from Central Asia was accepted in 2005. Amongst the alumni of the school there are representatives from South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Nagorno-Karabakh.

In 2010 CSJMM along with the Open Society Georgia Foundation established Frontline Georgia. The club has hosted many interesting  journalists, politicians and activists, including an award-winning journalist Marie Colvin (1956-2012), Former Prime-Minister of Georgia Nika Gilauri, Pulitzer Prize awarded journalist Joshua Friedman, GFSIS President Alexander Rondeli, Public Relations specialist Dennis L. Wilcox.

CSJMM has student media that consists of a multimedia website and Radio GIPA (94.3).

Starting from September 2011, CSJMM formed a partnership with The University of South Carolina's School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Under the scope of this partnership, The University of South Carolina professors and administration visit CSJMM and actively work on the development of school's curriculum and management.

Starting from October, 2011, CSJMM and IREX Georgia have launched a project that aims at the development of the school. Under the scope of this partnership, Multimedia Education Center (MEC) was launched in March, 2012. MEC is a fully equipped modern newsroom where the Journalism and Media Management program students have classes and do practical work. With this partnership CSJMM students get scholarships and financed educational practice in Georgia and abroad.