BOOK: AJE Summer Conference 2022 tickets now available

Educating Generation Z: challenges, changes and anticipating the future of journalism education

The AJE UK Annual Conference returns to a live event this June and will focus on looking forward and how to educate Generation Z and how journalism educators in Ukraine have responded to the war in their country.

We will hear from journalism educators and researchers on what they think the pressing issues in preparing our students for the future challenges and how we can respond to them as educators.

While much of our attention in the last few years has been on the pandemic, the last few months have witnessed the invasion of Ukraine – our keynote speaker will be Prof. Oleksandra Hondiul, Lecturer in Journalism and New Media Chair, Institute of Journalism, Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University. Prod Hondiul will share with us her experiences of how she and her students have responded to the war.

The changes to the professional field of journalism, as well as the large cultural shifts seen over the last 20 years provides the perfect setting for journalism educators to come together at this year’s AJE UK Annual Conference and problem-solve some of the pressing issues facing us.

We look forward to meeting AJE members new and old to the event at Middlesex University.

Book your tickets here.

We are also delighted to be able to attend the British Library on the evening of June 23, when we will have a private viewing of the BL’s Breaking the News exhibition, organised by Prof Kurt Barling, who is Professor of Journalism at Middlesex who has been closely involved in the exhibition.

As you can imagine we are thrilled to be able to be invited to this private viewing of what is an excellent exhibition and we hope you will join us there – there will be no additional cost for it. 

Details of the exhibition here.


JUNE 23 & 24, 2022


Day 1:

9.30-10.30am – Registration & coffee

10.30-10.45 am – Welcome (MH)

10.45-12 noon


CHAIR: Dr Lada Price

Jan Goodey, Kingston University

This paper focuses upon the experience of teaching under-graduate and post-graduate journalism students climate-based investigative journalism which includes aspects of data journalism and visualisations as well as investigative features and interviews.

Journalism education: what if we were to start from scratch?

Dr Margaret Hughes, University of the West of Scotland

Newsroom to study space: matching journalism pedagogy to industry practice under Covid

Peter Murray & Eleanor Shember Critchley, Manchester Metropolitan University

12 noon -1.00pm Keynote Speaker: Prof. Oleksandra Hondiul, Lecturer in Journalism and New Media Chair, Institute of Journalism, Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University

CHAIR: Dr David Baines

12.00-2.00pm – lunch

2.00-3.00pm Session 3

CHAIR: Dr Margaret Hughes


Media representations of LGBTQI+ identities in Scottish politics

Dr Fiona McKay, Robert Gordon University

Embedding participatory journalism in a regional newsroom using student journalists

Jonny Greatrex, Nottingham Trent University

3.00pm: coffee & close

Dinner: TBC

Day 2:  JUNE 24, 2022

10-10.30 registration

10.30-10.45am – AGM & coffee

10.45-12.15 – Session 4

CHAIR: Dr Lada Price

Community Engagement and Journalism Education: new collaborations that might (just) help change the world

Jonathan Brown, York St John

Learning TikTok journalism together

Dr Jerome Turner, Birmingham City University

Pedagogical approaches to journalism education in this changing world.

Katherine Blair, LTU

12.15- 12.45 BBC 50:50 Miranda Holt

12.45-1.30pm –  Lunch

1.30pm-2.45pm Session 5

CHAIR: Dr Ivana Ebel

Preparing students to deal with the increasingly challenging environment of journalist harassment on social media

Delme Parfitt (09115323), University of South Wales

Resilience under fire: How can we best protect investigative journalists and students from online, physical and legal threats?

Dr John Price & Barbara Longo-Flint, Sunderland University

Journalism & Empathy: Doomscrolling and the Effect on the Public’s Mental Health

Barry Turner, University of Lincoln

2.45pm Close & thanks & coffee (MH)