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AJE Summer Conference 2018: See (most of) our speakers’ slides

Our summer conference 2018 was held at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Thank you to our delegates, speakers and hosts (and the weather) for making it an excellent two days.

Here, just in time for the start of the new academic year, are the speakers’ slides. Most sets of slides are from day 1.

Colleagues who presented on day 2 used high quality images, so some presentations are too big to upload to our site.

If you presented on day 2 and would like your slides added, please send a version under 2MB to

Why teaching freelance journalism matters

Dr Lily Canter and Emma Wilkinson, Sheffield Hallam University

AJE 2018 Why teaching freelance journalism matters

Challenges and opportunities for journalism educators: Social Media News Days

Katherine Blair, Leeds Trinity University

Social Media Newsdays PRESENTATION

Drawing the News – Why Newspaper Cartoons Matter

James Whitworth – PhD researcher in the University of Sheffield

Tabloid tales under the microscope

Claire Wolfe & Christine Challand, University of Worcester

Tabloid Tales Under the Microscope Claire Wolfe & Christine Challand AJE June 28 2018 update

12pm – 1pm – Keynote Speaker: David Higgerson, Reachplc (formerly Trinity Mirror)

How to build meaningful relationships with readers: an exploration of how we can work together as an industry to create a stronger future for local journalism.


Chair: Jonny Greatrex

Session 2: Interdisciplinary approaches to journalism education

Chair: Dr Deirdre O’Neill

Why Journalism Education Matters

Dr Margaret Hughes, University of the West of Scotland


Telling Stories Together: A case study in how to get the most out of journalism students working with other subject areas. 

Dr John Price, University of Sunderland

J Price AJE presentation June 18-compressed

Building reflexive practitioners: Engaging journalism students with teaching of research methods

Dr Lada Price and Mark Subryan, PhD candidate, Sheffield Hallam University

AJE Conference presentation SHU

3.30pm – 5.30pm Session 3: Classroom meets the newsroom: challenges and opportunities

Chair: Steve Hill

Why Freedom of Information matters: FOI requests by regional journalists – a case study in local democracy

Molly Williams and Dr David Clarke, Sheffield Hallam University

Molly & Dave AJE-compressed

‘Imagine doing a journalism degree and then being asked to write trash like this’ – considerations in meeting the challenges of banal journalism.

Dr Dave Harte – Birmingham City University

HARTE AJE banal journalism 2018

How TV newsrooms are evolving, the role technology is playing and what we need to do as educators or what is expected of us to make journalism matter.

James Mahon, University of the West of Scotland

AJE Summer 2018 James Mahon

Creating journalistically significant teaching and learning experiences that are pedagogically sound and an exciting stimulus to future work

Victoria Neumark-Jones, London Metropolitan University

Day 2: JUNE 29, 2018

Chair: Richard Evans

What role can experimental learning play on a practice-focused and industry-facing undergraduate journalism course?

Prof Kurt Barling, Middlesex University

How journalism educators prepare students for the changing world where knowledge and practice must work in conjunction

Richard Bowyer, Derby University

Why Journalism Matters; Why Higher Education Matters to Journalism

Dr Andrew Calcutt, University of East London

11.30am – 11.45am coffee break

11.45-1.15pm –  Session 5: How news influences

Chair: Dr David Baines

Seeking approaches to address the emotional impact on journalists of working on traumatic content

Dr Sallyanne Duncan, University of Strathclyde

The Trouble with News Journalism: The usefulness and limitations of news values

Dr Deirdre O’Neill

Journalism(s) Of The Future: How Can We Predict What’s Coming?

Dr Robert Gutsche Jr, Lancaster University

2.00pm – 3.30pm – Session 6: Preparing students for the jobs market

Chair: Claire Wolfe

Non-native English speakers: the challenges of international journalism students to made into the job market in the UK

Weronika Jędrak / Dr Ivana Ebel, Derby University

Blurred Lines: How the rise of in-house media is impacting upon the ethical values of trainee sport journalists

Owen Evans, Brighton University

 Contested space? Journalism and commercial interests

Dr Jonathan Hewett, City, University of London