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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Academics urged to give views on BBC Charter Review

Academics urged to give views on BBC Charter Review

Journalism academics have been invited to sign a letter from MeCCSA expressing concerns about the BBC Charter Review. (image: David Holt / Flickr) Natalie Fenton, Chair of MeCCSA, writes: "This Charter Review signals the most serious challenge to the purposes and funding of the BBC in a generation. Whatever your views on the future funding, scope and purpose of the BBC, as teachers and researchers in the field we encourage you to make sure your concerns are heard." The Consultation ends on 8th October 2015. MeCCSA will be submitting this letter, addressed to John Whittingdale, along with the MeCCSA response to the consultation. Academics are also urged to contact their own MPs and sign the letter: http://www.meccsa.org.uk/responses/bbc-charter-review/   Letter to John Whittingdale: As teachers and researchers in media and journalism, we are surprised and concerned that the terms of the consultation based on the government's Green Paper on BBC Charter Review are so skewed; they are so preoccupied with an assumed negative impact of the BBC on...
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Sarah Jones on organising the AJE June conference

Sarah Jones on organising the AJE June conference

The June 2015 conference was attended by nearly 100 UK and overseas academics and was one of the most successful AJE events to date.  A product of nearly six months of hard work by the Committee, here Sarah Jones, conference co-organiser and Associate Head of Media, Coventry University, explains how it all came together... I have just organised the Future of Journalism Education, along with Kathy Watson from the host institution, University of Greenwich. It was one of our most well attended conferences and in probably one of the most aesthetically pleasing locations. We had a brilliant keynote in the form of BBC’s James Harding and a whole range of conference presentations from ditching shorthand, the value of accreditation, finding feature ideas and multiple uses of social media. So how did we do it? Kathy and I naturally divided up the role. I put out the initial call for papers and we were inundated with abstracts. I looked after that side of...
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AJE Conference – Ellie Levenson on teaching students to find feature ideas

AJE Conference – Ellie Levenson on teaching students to find feature ideas

The AJE June conference was attended by nearly 100 overseas and UK academics. We have video highlights coming very shortly, including the keynote. But, straight off the editing Mac, we have Ellie Levenson of Goldsmith's College, London presenting  Out of thin air: teaching students to find ideas for features. No journalist will ever be short of an idea after watching this brilliant lecture.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIJDcsqaFGg     James Harding's speech now online. The text of James Harding speech is online here. READ: Speech given by BBC Director of News James Harding to @TheAJEUK http://t.co/0QO7WUWRhn — BBC News Press Team (@BBCNewsPR) June 26, 2015  ...
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Help us update our membership records

Help us update our membership records

Is your university still a member of the AJE? You can check now on the website. The AJE committee has been diligently attempting to contact universities with lapsed membership over the past six months. In many cases we are aware that our records are some years out of date and the members of staff responsible for renewing the membership have long since moved on. You can check to see if your university has a current membership here. If you think your university should be on the list of current members then please contact us - theajeuk@gmail.com with details of whom we should invoice. These will be passed on to the Treasurer. You can join us as an individual member if your university is not listed or you work outside HE. If you work for a member institution and are not receiving our email newsletter, please contact us. This often applies to new members of staff. Read about all the benefits of being an AJE member including access...
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BBC News boss to give AJE June conference keynote

BBC News boss to give AJE June conference keynote

James Harding, Director of News and Current Affairs at the BBC, is to be the keynote speaker at the AJE June conference: The Future of Journalism Education James Harding was born in London. He was educated at St. Paul's School and studied History at Trinity College, Cambridge. He joined the Financial Times in 1994 and, among other things, served as Shanghai Correspondent, Media Editor and Washington Bureau Chief. He joined The Times in 2006 as Business and City Editor and worked as Editor from 2007 to 2012. He is the author of Alpha Dogs, How Political Spin Became a Global Business. James oversees the BBC’s News and Current Affairs programming. More than 80% of UK adults consumed BBC news each week across television, radio and online in 2013. The division's workforce produces output across Network News, English Regions and the World Service Group. Conference details: June 25th – 26th, 2015 University of Greenwich It’s still not too late to submit abstracts, especially for the innovations...
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Help us to improve this site – take a short survey

Help us to improve this site – take a short survey

The website editor is planning a design overhaul of this site and the AJE's social media communication. We are keen to hear the views of members and users of the site and are launching a quick survey. [Image credit: Flickr / spike55151] Take the five minute survey now! How could we improve it? What sections would you like to see added? Do you like your news via Twitter or perhaps you prefer Facebook? If you run your own blog, would you like the AJE to link to it? The AJE committee has more than a few ideas about improvements which are mentioned in the survey, but we also want to ensure that all website users and AJE members have a chance to contribute their views. Nobody likes taking surveys and we are afraid there are no prizes for filling in this one (sorry!). The only 'reward' will be lots of good AJE karma and the fact that you will have helped to improve...
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Read any good books lately?

The AJE journal Journalism Education is going from strength to strength and developing interest and influence with every new issue. As part of its ongoing development the editorial team wants to increase the size and scope of the Reviews section by inviting even more contributions. The Reviews section aims to review as many newly published useful books about Journalism as possible, but up to now it has had to rely on a small and enthusiastic team of regular reviewers. We now wish to open this out to the wider membership of the AJE by inviting contributions or suggestions, so if you have recently read a new book about our discipline, or would like to order a title from the publishers, your review could appear in our journal. Equally you might have written, edited or contributed to a new book and would like to recommend it for review. You may also wish to highlight a specifically useful text for our popular ‘Classic from the Journalism...
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