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Call for Papers: AJE Summer Conference 2018 – Why Journalism Matters

This year’s AJE Summer Conference will be hosted by Canterbury Christ Church University on June 28 and 29.

Call for Papers – Deadline April 25

As the news media continues to be the focus of public discourse around its roles, value and trustworthiness, the AJE Summer Conference’s 2018 theme is ‘why journalism matters’.

We are calling for papers and presentations around the theme which will cover such topics as:

Challenges and opportunities for journalism educators: How is journalism being defined and re-defined in the 21st century? How are news values changing? How do journalism educators prepare students for a changing world where knowledge and practice must work in conjunction? How is balance achieved? How is public discourse on journalism impacting on journalism education? How are changing business models in journalism and education impacting on the development of curriculum, teaching, learning and assessment? What is the future for journalism education in a changing professional and educational landscape?

Research in journalism and journalism education around current themes: In what way are opportunities to undertake meaningful research in journalism changing? What is the range of methodological approaches to researching journalism and journalism education; Developing research bids; Pedagogical approaches in journalism education.

 Designing learning, teaching and assessment for the future: what can we do now to ensure our students are prepared for the challenges and opportunities in the future? How does the curriculum position the role of journalism today and in the future? How do we embed entrepreneurial skills?

 Sustainable assessment approaches: What sustainable learning, teaching and assessment approaches are being used that meet the hopes and expectations of students and prepare them adequately for future work and lifelong learning; Preparing students for a changing world of work and a changing expectation of news consumers.

Journalism education in a global context: What best practice is emerging for learning and teaching where cohorts of journalism students are made up of individuals from different countries, cultures and traditions?   Preparing students to work across borders.

This list is not exclusive and we will consider any paper on the general theme.

Please send proposals for papers or presentations as 250 word abstracts to AJE at* by April 25, 2018 (authors of accepted papers will be informed by May 4, 2018).

(* for any questions or queries about sending abstracts please email

Contacts & Officials

Meet the AJE Committee

The following were elected at the summer conference AGM – July 2016. These  members will serve until the AGM in 2018:

AJE Chair

Margaret Hughes, Senior Lecturer, University of the West of Scotland


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AJE Treasurer

Treasurer: Steve Burnip, Senior Lecturer, University of Huddersfield


Deirdre O’Neill, independent research


AJE Secretary

Secretary: Dr David Baines, University of Newcastle



AJE executive committee members


Richard Evans, Senior Lecturer, City University



Vivienne Francis, Course Leader, London College of Communication, University of the Arts



Steve Hill, Joint Course Leader, MA Multimedia Journalism, Westminster University




John Murphy, Lecturer Journalism, University of Hertfordshire



Claire Wolfe

Principal Lecturer/Subject Leader Journalism

University of Worcester



Kathy Watson

Journalism PhD researcher

Individual Member



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