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The fourth World Journalism Education Congress

Tuesday 1 December 2015, by SIGNIS

Auckland, Brussels, December 1st, 2015 (SIGNIS/WJEC). The fourth World Journalism Education Congress that will be held at Auckland University of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand between July 14 and 16, 2016 has extended its call for abstracts to December 11.

With the support of journalism education organizations worldwide, the Congress is designed to provide a discussion forum on common issues and interests and a foundation for supporting the continuing development of journalism and journalism education around the globe.

Abstracts will be accepted on any topics related to mass communication, but submitters are encouraged submitters are encouraged to focus their submissions on the broader conference theme, “Identity and integrity in journalism education” and to specifically relate their work to:

  • Mobile/Social/User Generated Media and Journalism 

  • Research Trends in Journalism
  • Making the Professional Connection Work in Journalism Education 

  • 21st Century Ethical Issues in Journalism
  • Journalism and an Informed Citizenry
  • Journalism Programs Offered by the Industry
  • Journalism in the South Pacific
  • Journalism Education in Asia

The abstracts should give a clear sense of the scope of the research, research objectives and method of inquiry. If researchers have completed their projects by the submission deadline, paper abstracts should also include research results and conclusions/discussion.

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO, with its event partner Auckland University of Technology, is offering a limited travel assistance fund for participants from developing countries to attend the 2016 World Journalism Education Congress to be held in Auckland.

The first three keynote speakers for the 2016 WJEC are:

  • Divinia Frau-Meigs: professor of media sociology at the Université Sorbonne nouvelle, France. She is a specialist of media and information literacy as well as a researcher in media uses and practices of young people. As of 2013, she holds the UNESCO chair for “savoir-devenir / forwardance in sustainable digital development”. She is also the director of CLEMI (Centre de Liaison de l’Education aux Médias et à l’Information), with the French ministry of education.
  • Kalafi Moala: publisher and managing director of the Taimi Media Network in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. He has been a long-time campaigner for media freedom in the Pacific region and is author of the books Island Kingdom Strikes Back and In Search of the Friendly Islands. After being a founding chair of the New Zealand-based Pacific Islands Media Network (PIMA), he was elected deputy chair of the Samoa-based Pasifik Media Association (PasiMA), an organisation he co-founded.
  • Stephen D. Reese: he has been on the University of Texas at Austin faculty since 1982, where he is now the Jesse H. Jones Professor of Journalism. His teaching there has included critical thinking for journalists, graduate seminars in media theory and research, and a freshman signature course, “Understanding 9/11.” He has been Director of the School of Journalism and currently is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Moody College of Communication.

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