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Edinburgh Napier University, June 29 & 30, 2023

The future of journalism education in an age of growing authoritarianism

AJE ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2023 – register for the conference here.

June 29 & 30, 2023

Edinburgh Napier University

This year’s AJE Annual Conference has as its theme: The future of journalism education in an age of growing authoritarianism and we are very much looking forward to welcoming you to the beautiful city of Edinburgh and the Merchiston campus of Edinburgh Napier University.

The full schedule for the event will be finalised shortly and we will share it with you, however, please be assured we have a brilliant line-up of journalism educators from across the world who will be sharing their research and practice on how we best prepare journalism students for a challenged world of work.

Conference welcome


Our keynotes


Our speakers



This year we will be introducing a new session – Innovate will be an opportunity to share some excellent ideas in learning, teaching and assessment approaches.


We know several AJE members have launched books this year, so we decided we would give them space at the conference to talk about their books – all joined by some nibbles and fizz! This event will be at the end of Day 1 of the conference.


It is time to elect a new AJE Committee – if you would like to play a more active role in the work of the AJE then now is your chance. This year we will hold elections for all posts on the executive committee.

If you wish to stand for election please look out for details being shared shortly.

It will be great to welcome AJE members and friends back to the annual conference and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.

This a reminder of the call for papers

The AJE Annual Conference 2023 will seek to address issues around how journalism and news thrives, or survives, in a more authoritarian world where issues around freedom of the press and freedom of speech are challenged and are challenging.

Journalism educators need to look at sustainable models that enable us to successfully create curriculum within challenged academic, professional, economic, social and cultural frames. Furthermore, we need to consider issues around sustainability, decolonization of curriculum, use of AI as both a pedagogical tool and in the creation of journalism, and address equality, diversity and inclusion.

As such the AJE called for papers around the theme address such topics as:

Designing sustainable curriculum 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? Preparing students for a changing world of work and the changing public sphere and expectations of news consumers.

Opportunities and challenges for journalism educators: In what way do journalism educators teach and research in a changing world where knowledge and practice are crucial? In what way do we create learning environments that reflect the myriad of issues around freedom of speech, expression and the press? In what way is journalism education challenged by issues around freedom of expression within academic environments? How do we prepare journalism graduates for precarious work environments where the focus can be on creating content that generates traffic rather than meaningfully engaging with audiences around important social, political and cultural issues?

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?   What challenges, and opportunities, are there within different cultures for teaching journalism in new ways? Preparing students to work across borders and adopting cross-border pedagogies.

Research in journalism education: methodological approaches to researching journalism and journalism education; new pedagogies in journalism education.

The call for papers is now closed and successful applicants have been informed.