The Department of Mass Communications is among the first departments at New Bulgarian University. On March, 11th 1991, the first four course education-qualification program in Bulgaria Public Relations launched at NBU, followed by the programs Producing in Mass Communications Media and Personified Audio-visual Journalism. During the academic year 1997/98 the graduates who got their Bachelor degree in these programs had the opportunity to continue their education in the Master program Management of Mass Communications and two year later – in the Master program Management of Public Relations . A doctoral program Mass Communications launched at the same time.
Since 1996 the Department has regularly issued a Year book of Mass Communications Department in which scientific and research studies of the lecturers and PhD students are published, projects and exchange rate developments of students, specialized translations and the bachelors, masters and doctors who have graduated the current year, are presented. In 2006 Mass Communications Department was the first at New Bulgarian University which published an electronic year book.
Since 1999 a Summer School on Public Relations has been annually organized and since 2006 – spring and autumn scientific conferences. The reports and debates from the Summer School and the conferences are published in collections or on the university electronic page. In 2004 a regular departmental seminar Knowledge for Practitioners and Journalists started.
The department offers Bachelor programs Public Relations and Journalism and Master ones Public Relations in Social networks and Social Media, Journalism 3.0 (on-line press, radio and television) and International Business Communications (in English) as well as a PhD program Mass Communications.
Textbooks written by the teachers of the department available to students are:
Occupation Producer (1993), Legal Principles of Mass Media (1994), Public Relations – Technology Practice (1995), The Challenge of Audiovisual Communications (1996), Fuss and Understanding US Journalism (1998), Live with Others socio-psychological Problems (1998), Media Reception(1998),
Images behind the Words (1999), P.S for the Radio, which…..(1999), Crisis Management(1999), Television producer(1999), Journalism Ethics(2002), The Producer and the Challenges of the New Audiovisual Space(2002), Is Television Open?(2003), Communication Strategies(2004), Face to Face with Media – Introduction to Media Psychology(2004), Notes on Television – the Unfortunate Cultural Model(2006), Proverbs: The PR principles, Perpetuated and Kept in Bulgarian Proverbs and Sayings(2009), Strategic Communications and Knowledge Management(2009), Conflict Discourse, Mass Media and Politics(2009), Political Communications in the Net 2.0(2009), Life and Death in a Time of Terror(2011), Lost in Viewing, Barriers to Audio-visual Media(2011), Media Notices(2011, Interactive Communications – Strategies and Knowledge(2011), Cinema and Electronic media(2012), Communications and Organization in……..21st century(2012), In the Rearview Mirror(2013),
The Creative Triangle – producer, scriptwriter, director (2013), Bulgarian Publishers and Journalists (2013) and so on.
In 1013 the Mass Communications Department programs received accreditation for a full five year term by the National Agency for Assessment and Accreditation.
Prof. Desislava Boshnakova, PhD
Building 2, Room 710
tel.: 02/8110 697
Building 2, Room 710
тел.: 02/8110 698, в. 27101