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AJE Membership- what’s in it for me?

The Association for Journalism Education  continues to develop a strong position within the HE environment.

In an increasingly competitive market for undergraduates the association feels it has an increasingly important role to play in helping colleagues involved in journalism education to respond to change.

Annual membership for an institution is £225 pa (Jan to Dec) and covers all members of staff teaching Journalism and related subjects.

Individuals who work at institutions that are not members can attend our conferences, but conference fees for non-members will normally be £20 more than for members. Individuals from non-member institutions will not be entitled to apply for grants or other benefits that membership of the AJE offers.

It is possible to have individual membership and there are reduced rates for non-members. Please contact Deirdre O’Neill, Joint Treasurer (Membership) for details (d.oneill@hud.ac.uk)

Benefits of belonging to the AJE:

  • Bi-annual conferences. The January and June conferences engage with topical and often very thorny issues involving the teaching of journalism. Ethical and legal considerations surrounding Hackgate and the Leveson Inquiry is one ongoing component within the evolving landscape.
  • Keynote speakers. The conferences bring together highly relevant individuals from both industry and academia and provide forums for Q&A sessions.
  • Networking. There are opportunities to meet and share experiences with colleagues in other institutions. This is of particular importance to those new to journalism education.
  • Contacts. Membership of AJE enables scope to develop contacts within both the industry and academia.
  • Sharing best practice. Providing a platform for the sharing of innovative ideas has become one of the most popular aspects of the AJE with information being exchanged both through research papers focusing on this aspect and also through informal exchanges during conferences.
  • Staying up-to-date with journalism education topics. Involvement with the AJE ensures that members are aware of issues affecting journalism education. It also enables members to be aware of job openings at member institutions.
  • Student employability. There is a strong focus on sharing strategies and advice on helping students to secure work after graduating. Many conference topics have a direct bearing on employability with some papers focusing directly on the organisation of work placement opportunities.
  • Research launch pad. The friendly and supportive atmosphere of this organisation fosters and encourages lecturers new to this academic arena to embark on research activity. The opportunities provide the perfect environment to present a first paper and advice on developing these skills is freely offered by colleagues. This has become an even more important aspect of the AJE with pressures on HE institutions to improve on their REF rating.
  • Continuing research development. For more seasoned researchers there is scope to become involved in both the bi -annual conferences and with the World Journalism Education Council, which the AJE is affiliated to and helped to found. In addition membership ensures that colleagues are notified via the regular newsletters of opportunities for submitting research papers to a range of other media-related organisations.
  • International Networking. As a founding member of the World Journalism Education Council the AJE has a presence at the triennial conferences. The next one is in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2016.

Liz Hannaford, a sessional lecturer in Radio, Digital and International journalism at the University of Salford who previously worked at BBC World Service, shares her feelings on a first visit to an AJE event:

…my experience was entirely positive. Within moments of sitting down, I was chatting to other attendees and had been persuaded to sign up for the evening meal! Thank you so much to all the experienced AJE academics, not only for your interesting papers, but for your willingness to talk, share and encourage during the coffee breaks and in the pub. It means a great deal to those of us starting out.

….And finally, I did go away with a request to write an abstract for a book chapter which has just been accepted. It’s down to me now but the AJE means that I feel part of a wider community and there is support out there. That’s a huge step forward.”

You can join as an institution or as an individual. We look forward to meeting you at our next conference.

Email us to find out more theajeuk@gmail.com