Auckland University of Technology to host 2016 World Journalism Education Congress (July 14 – 16)

The fourth World Journalism Education Congress will be held July 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. Auckland University of Technology (AUT) is hosting the Congress. The proposed theme of the congress is “Identity and Integrity of Journalism Education.”

Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB), part of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) worked with AUT to secure the hosting rights, with support from Tourism New Zealand’s Conference Assistance Programme (CAP) bid fund. Associate Professor Verica Rupar, Curriculum Leader in Journalism at AUT School of Communication Studies, says AUT was selected because its bid clearly outlined what it saw as the key themes in journalism education today. “Journalism education worldwide is at a crossroads. Meeting those challenges and adapting the curriculum to enrich the wider university environment are critical,” says Dr. Rupar.

The World Journalism Education Council is an informal coalition representing 32 academic associations worldwide that are involved in journalism and mass communication at the university level. By bringing organizations from six continents together, the Council hopes to provide a common space for journalism educators from around the world and to focus on issues that are universal in the field.

The third World Journalism Education Congress was held July 3-5, 2013 in Mechelen, Belgium

The third World Journalism Education Congress was held July 3-5, 2013 in Mechelen, Belgium just outside Brussels. The meeting was sponsored by the World Journalism Education Council, a consortium of 32 journalism education organizations around the world.

The theme of the congress was “Renewing Journalism Through Education.”

The host organizations were the European Journalism Training Association (EJTA) and the Flemish/Dutch Network of Journalism Institutes (VNOJ). WJEC3 followed highly successful congresses in Singapore (2007) and Grahamstown, South Africa (2010).

The third WJEC featured plenaries, panel sessions, paper competitions and small group syndicates.

These syndicate reports suggest how journalism educators worldwide can work more pro-actively to improve their training of future journalists and to help build a higher quality civic life. Each report concludes with five specific recommendations to get colleagues started.

Accountability and Transparency
Coping with Spin and Pressure
Data Journalism
Storytelling
Journalists on Global Issues
Reporting Europe
Empowerment through Information and Media Literacy
People and the News
Journalism in a Network Society
Citizen Journalism and Civic Journalism
Shifting Goals of Journalism Education
Role Perceptions and Professional Values
Quality Assurance in Journalism Education

“The WJEC and its hosts hope that the above syndicate reports inspire you to not only get into the innovator mindset, but to take action for the sake of journalism education and journalism itself”.
— Robyn S. Goodman, World Journalism Education Congress explores methods for renewing journalism through education, ASJMC Insights

For more information about WJEC-3, visit http://www.wjec.be.

World Journalism Education Council to convene in Montreal to select venue for 2016’s World Journalism Education Congress

Representatives to the World Journalism Education Council will meet August 5 in Montreal to select a venue for the 4th World Journalism Education Congress.

The congresses are held under the auspices of the World Journalism Education Council, which is an informal coalition of 32 academic organizations involved partly or wholly in journalism education that is dedicated to advancing the field by sponsoring congresses, conducting a global census and producing scholarship.

The fourth meeting of the congress in 2016 will follow highly successful congresses in Singapore (2007), Grahamstown, South Africa (2010) and Mechelen, Belgium (2013).

Submit proposals to host the 4th World Journalism Education Congress (WJEC) in 2016

The World Journalism Education Congress announces a call for proposals to host the 4th World Journalism Education Congress to be held in 2016. This fourth meeting will follow highly successful congresses in Singapore (2007), Grahamstown, South Africa (2010) and Mechelen, Belgium (2013).

The congresses are held under the auspices of the World Journalism Education Council, which is an informal coalition of 32 academic organizations involved partly or wholly in journalism education that is dedicated to advancing the field by sponsoring congresses, conducting a global census and producing scholarship (wjec.ou.edu).

Proposals to host the 4th World Journalism Education Congress in 2016 should meet the following criteria:

  • Bids should be endorsed by a WJEC organization in the host country.
  • The WJEC may be held in conjunction with an existing academic or professional meeting in the host country.
  • Applicants must show their capability of organizing a multi-faceted academic meeting.
  • Financial responsibility for conducting a WJEC congress will be the responsibility of the host institution with revenue to be generated by delegate registration, sponsorships, and grants.
  • The registration fee will be negotiated between WJEC and the host institution/organization. Preference will be given to proposals that contain plans for reduced registration for delegates from developing countries following World Bank criteria and sponsorship where possible to support delegates from developing countries.
  • WJEC proposals should include a detailed budget for a three-day congress with revenue and expense projections and contain a letter of commitment from the head of the host institution/organization.
  • Proposals should include a description of transportation options to/from the venue, accommodation options and cultural/tourism opportunities.
  • The three-day program format for WJEC meetings should include the following:
    • Plenaries
    • Panels
    • Research Panels
    • Small Group Syndicates
  • WJEC will share responsibility for organizing and running the academic paper competition, the competition for panel proposals and the scheduling of syndicates.
  • WJEC and the local organizing committee will negotiate the dates for the congress.
  • Proposals should assume that meetings and presentations will be conducted mainly in English. Preference will be given to proposals that provide for simultaneous translation of major sessions into other languages.

Deadline for proposals is March 31, 2014. Proposals should be sent electronically in PDF format to Joe Foote at jfoote@ou.edu. Finalists may be asked to make a presentation at the WJEC planning meeting to be held in spring or summer, 2014.

Approved by World Journalism Education Council, July 2, 2013.