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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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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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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Call for Papers: The Future of Journalism Education

Call for Papers: The Future of Journalism Education

Call for Papers: The Future of Journalism Education - AJE summer conference [Image source: Flickr/Kaygeog] Details: June 25th – 26th, 2015 University of Greenwich The Future of Journalism Education The practice of doing journalism has changed with advances in technology and the media landscape. Journalism education needs to respond to the challenges and opportunities that this presents. A Poynter survey 2013 survey of journalism educators found that we need to “make sure we are innovating in the classroom with new courses and, more importantly, ways to deliver teaching and engage students.” (Poynter 2013) In this Summer conference we will look at how journalism education is changing and the skills necessary to respond to the opportunities. What should we be teaching our students? How should we be teaching them? What does the future of research look like for educators? How do those new to the Academy start to research and become engaged with academia? Abstracts of 150 words are now invited for consideration. A lightning round...
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Seminar hears how female MPs get raw deal

Seminar hears how female MPs get raw deal

The AJE seminar on sexism in the media heard that women politicians are experiencing more negative coverage than in the past. Research presented by Deirdre O'Neill of Huddersfield University found that Labour female MPs in particular were getting a raw deal from Tory-supporting national newspapers. Lib Dem women were practically invisible in all samples. O'Neill said: "Politics is highly mediatized and a a lack of coverage is a form of political death." The research was partly funded with a grant from the AJE. The PowerPoint can be found beneath ...
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AJE seminar examines sexism in journalism

AJE seminar examines sexism in journalism

Speakers at the AJE Spring Seminar 2015 described how sexism is still present in newsrooms and urged j-schools to train students to proactively deal with it. The seminar included academics: Angela Phillips (Goldsmiths), Suzanne Franks (City) and Sarah Niblock (Brunel). They were joined by new journalists Dina Rickman (Independent) and Sarah Graham (freelance) who recently graduated from City. A minute's silence out of respect for those killed at Charlie Hebdo in Paris was also held. #JeSuisCharlie. While this (male) writer naively hoped that things were improving, speakers gave examples of sexist comments and chauvinism in workplaces and journalistic output. The seminar heard how abuse can be experienced by female journalists, academics as well as students. Although women make up the majority of journalism students, men often hold the most senior positions in newsrooms. A speaker criticised some national newspapers for not being particularly family-friendly places to work. This resulted in the industry losing many talented female journalists. It highlighted how newspaper output still contained...
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