AJE Paris 2019: Announcing our keynote speaker – Amelia Gentleman

The Guardian’s Amelia Gentleman will deliver the keynote address at the AJE’s World Journalism Education Congress pre-conference on Untold Stories.

The pre-conference takes place on July 8 in Paris before the main WJEC 5 from July 9 to 12.

Amelia’s investigation brought to light the plight of the ‘Windrush Generation’.

They had been invited by Britain to come from the Caribbean to help rebuild the nation after the Second World War.

But in recent years the Home Office was questioning their right to be here, to work or receive benefits or health care and they, and in many cases the children they had brought with them, were being told to leave the country.

Amelia’s reporting exposed this scandal and led to the resignation of the then Home Secretary and a change in policy.

Call for papers

The one-day conference, on July 8, will have as its theme ‘Untold Stories’.

Taking as its inspiration the WJEC Paris 2019 theme of ‘Teaching Journalism during a Disruptive Age’, the AJE event seeks abstracts for papers which explore the rich seam of stories untold and voices unheard.

Papers should be around themes of journalism education in a range of contexts: how we prepare students to find and tell the stories of those on the fringes of society; the ethics around sensitive storytelling; pedagogical approaches to journalism education that empower and support students to seek the stories that reflect the diverse lives of diverse audiences.

Papers are also welcomed around how your own journalistic practice has influenced the nature of journalism education; how effectively do we tell
the stories of a plethora of issues in society: gender representation; domestic abuse; asylum & immigration; economic and social deprivation;
the culture and politics of the fringes.

The scope is broad and we will welcome abstracts based around the myriad of issues which AJE members are currently focusing their research around.

Please send proposals for papers or presentations as 250 word abstracts to AJE Paris 2019 at chair@ajeuk.org by January 31, 2019 for consideration.