News values revisited (again!)

News values revisited (again!)

AJE members Tony Harcup of University of Sheffield and Deirdre O’Neill of University of Huddersfield have re-examined news values in the latest issue of Journalism Studies . [Image: BBC / Wikipedia] What is News? It certainly feels like an apt time to re-examine that commonly set undergraduate essay question. Have traditional news values really gone out the window in an era of clickbait, listicles and immersive advertising? Let's hope not. Harcup and O'Neill write: The deceptively simple question “What is news?” remains pertinent even as we ponder the future of journalism in the digital age. This article examines news values within mainstream journalism and considers the extent to which news values may be changing since earlier landmark studies were undertaken. Its starting point is Harcup and O’Neill’s widely-cited 2001 updating of Galtung and Ruge’s influential 1965 taxonomy of news values. Just as that study put Galtung and Ruge’s criteria to the test with an empirical content analysis of published news, this new study...
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Research grants for AJE members

The AJE is pleased to offer up to three research grants of at least £1,500 to its members. The grants are designed to assist AJE members develop a research project for publication and applications from those new to HE or early career researchers are particularly welcome. The terms of the grant are that it should be used by an AJE member (or up to four members working as a team) to cover the cost of travel, accommodation and other research costs such as data processing, purchasing data or translations of data in pursuit of a research project. The grant could even be used to buy out teaching time. The research project must fulfil at least one of the objects of the AJE constitution, which are: To uphold the highest standards in the teaching of journalism in higher education (this would include advancing knowledge and understanding of journalism issues to inform what we teach); To provide a common voice for the teaching of journalism...
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Call for papers – training versus education

Call for papers – training versus education

The AJE Summer Conference will take place on June 23 and 24 at the London Campus of Newcastle University based in the City. The theme of the conference will be Training v Education and we are calling for papers and presentations around the theme which will cover such topics as: Curriculum choices: Pressures from the university, pressure from the industry, pressure from accreditors. The future for students: providing a balance between education and training. The future for journalism: our part in developing the talent of tomorrow. The future for journalism educators and trainers: What will both industry and the academy expect of us. Accreditation: should we, can we, do we want to? This list is not exhaustive and we will consider any paper on the general theme. We are also intending to hold research networking seminars to allow members to allow members to contact others working in similar fields, proposals so far are for network groups on media history, technology and ethics and...
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Call for chapters: War reporting

There is a call for chapters for Reporting from the Wars 1850 – 2015. Editors: Barry Turner, Geoff Adams and Sanem Şahin. Publisher: Vernon Press (USA) The book will be a compilation of historical and contemporary stories of the war correspondent and battlefield photographer from the earliest days of modern war reporting to the present. It will seek to determine the changes in style, method and practice of the work of the war correspondent and examine the changes in attitudes to, and how the public view war from the high point of imperialism to the present day jihad. By mixing historical analysis with contributions from modern war reporters it will analyse such subjects as the role of propaganda in winning over the public to support wars of aggression, the portrayal of war as entertainment, the use of technology in war reporting and the lives, and sadly often the deaths of those who take on this most dangerous and disturbing vocation. It is...
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Joy of Six for Journalism Professor

George Orwell Now!, an edited collection of essays on Orwell’s life and writings, is one of six books published in 2015 by Richard Lance Keeble, Professor of Journalism at the University of Lincoln. The book, published by Peter Lang of New York, is a follow-up to the symposium Keeble, who is chair of the Orwell Society, organised at the university last year with some of the money he gained in the National Teaching Fellowship award in 2011. It is the first time Richard Blair, Orwell’s son and patron of the Orwell Society, has endorsed a publication – contributing a Preface. The Pleasures of the Prose: Humour and Journalism, a collection of essays looking at humorous journalism in Brazil, Mexico, Spain, the UK and US, edited with David Swick, of the University of King’s College, Halifax, Nova Scotia, has been published by Abramis, of Bury St Edmunds. Keeble has also jointly edited with Sue Joseph, of the University of Technology, Sydney, two books on profile...
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The AJE Spring Conference

The AJE Spring Conference

The AJE Spring Conference at the University of West Scotland, London campus was held on  Friday 15 January 2016. Check out the live blog from the day   The schedule is as follows: 10.00        Welcome 1015          Jonathan Hewett, City University - “Can you believe they’re not on Facebook?”: Journalism    educators’ universities and social media. 1045         Embedding technology in the evolving curriculum – Rachel Ammonds, Coventry University 1100         Workshops led by Sarah Jones, Coventry University and chaired by Steve Hill, Westminster University                         Augmented reality                         Mobile journalism                         360 filming                         Infographics and data 1300         Lunch 1400         Building a journalism career in education – Kathy Watson, Greenwich University 1445 –      The REF and the importance of research to your career – Chris Frost, Liverpool John Moores University 1545         Finish – tea and coffee   ...
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Uclan lecturer in sports journalism

University of Central Lancashire is seeking a senior lecturer in Sports Journalism. Closing date: 6/12/15 They are looking for someone to lead and develop a BA/MA in Sports Journalism. Applications are invited for a Senior Lecturer in Sports Journalism position to lead and develop our BA/MA Sports Journalism programmes. UCLan is one of the UK's top journalism Schools - we've been teaching journalism in Preston for more than 50 years, but we are still leading the way with innovative, industry-accredited programmes. Our BA Sports Journalism programme has gone from strength to strength since its launch more than a decade ago. Graduates work for organisations such as the BBC, Sky, national newspapers and the media departments of Premiership football clubs and other sporting organisations. The successful applicant will have experience of working as a sports journalist at a senior level and either be teaching in higher education or have substantial industry experience at a leadership level. The successful applicant will also teach on journalism programmes and...
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Solent looks for a new course leader

There is a vacancy for a Course Leader for Southampton Solent’s BA (Hons) Journalism degree.. Closing Date: Sunday 22nd November Interview date: Monday 7th December The School of Communications and Marketing is seeking to recruit a Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Journalism degree. Candidates will have a proven track record of course leading at university and of teaching and learning of journalism at HE level. To develop the course's reputation for producing innovative journalists, the course leader will have existing experience of working in and teaching of all media platforms, while leading the journalism team in teaching our students the full range of journalistic skills. They will also develop strategies to improve the international reputation of the degree in terms of student recruitment and the international study opportunities. The course leader will be expected to lead by example in terms of professional industry practice and engagement with research, with the successful applicant leading the development of the BA (Hons) Journalism degree and its relationship...
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