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AJE Summer Conference 2024 shows importance of transition and transformation to journalism education

The potential for artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality to transform journalism education, the importance of creativity in the classroom and newsroom and the challenges facing students as they transition to the media industry were among topics explored at this year’s Association for Journalism Education (AJE) Summer Conference.

Scores of journalism educators and practitioners from the UK and beyond descended on Liverpool John Moores University for the two-day event (on June 27 and June 28) to discuss the themes of “transition and transformation” in the media industry more widely – and the effect of this on journalism education.

This was preceded by a one-day symposium focusing on equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and its incorporation into the teaching of journalism in higher education, marking three days of critical discussion and engagement at the university’s Redmonds Building.

Pictured is Robyn Vinter from the Guardian at the AJE Summer Conference 2024
The focus of the keynote talk, by Robyn Vinter, was on the lack of social diversity in the media. Photo: Caroline Jones / AJE

The keynote speaker on day one of the AJE Summer Conference 2024 was the Guardian’s north of England correspondent, Robyn Vinter, on why the lack of social diversity is a problem within the media, while day two saw a panel (featuring Peter Houston and Joanne Cummings from the Grub Street Journal; journalists John Gibbons and Josh Sexton of The Anfield Wrap; and University of the West of Scotland Journalism and Sports Journalism programme leader Margaret Hughes) explore how to future-proof opportunities in the journalism industry in a changing world of work.

More than 30 speakers presented their ideas, research and practice during the two-day event, which covered a range of topics within both the media industry and journalism education. To see the full schedule, visit the programme here.

See a selection of updates and photos from the event on the AJE X (formerly Twitter) page here.