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Training versus Education – book your ticket to the AJE June Conference

The AJE is delighted to announce that Mark Deuze of the University of Amsterdam will be keynote speaker at the June Conference in London. [Image: Wikimedia Commons]

Dr Deuze is professor of Media Studies, specialising in journalism, at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Humanities.

The conference theme will be training versus education and Dr. Deuze has researched the employment position and work experiences of journalists.

His biog states:

In the Netherlands too, profound changes have been occurring in this field in recent years. Deuze plans to analyse the field of work of journalists practising their profession outside the context of an editorial team or permanent employment. This field includes freelancers, self-employed persons with no staff and a wide range of other business structures, such as formal and informal editorial collectives, as well as correspondents. Since such journalists form the majority in journalism, particularly the younger generation, it is vital to know who they are, how they manage to practise their profession and what views steer and add significance to their work.

Deuze has been attached to Indiana University in the USA since 2004, working as senior university lecturer in recent years.

He previously worked for universities, such as Leiden University, the University of Münster, and was a Fulbright scientist attached to the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Prior to that, Deuze worked as a journalist.

He blogs at Deuzeblog

The theme of the conference will be Training v Education. With Press Gazette carrying an article describing courses that do not include shorthand to 100wpm as “Del Boy” courses (makes a change from Mickey Mouse) this is still contentious area and a number of colleagues will be presenting papers that will research different approaches



13:00    Registration (£35 for members or £50 for non-members)

14:00     Conference welcome – AJE Chair, Prof. Chris Frost, LJMU

14:15      Newsrooms and newsdays

14:15      Hilary Scott, University of Northampton: The efficacy of journalism work experience: are some newsrooms failing the next generation of journalists?

14:35     Vivienne Francis, London College of Arts: The Future for Journalism Educators and Trainers: What will both industry and academy expect from us?

14:55     Kocic Aleksander, Edinburgh Napier University: Hands-on or hands off: How useful is Newsday as a teaching tool

15:45 coffee/tea

16:15      Does practice make perfect?

16:15      Ben Falk, Coventry University: “We’re All Storytellers Now: Why the words ‘medium” and “pathway’ should be banned in journalism education”

16:35      Myra Evans, University of the West of England: An investigation into practice-based learning on industry accredited journalism courses in the UK in providing students with real experience while maintaining a safe place to make mistakes.

16:55      Ato Erzan-Essien, Chester University: Back to reality: The practical approach to teaching regulation and ethics to first-year undergraduates.

17:30      break – drinks reception

20:00      Dinner:



09:00      Registration

09:30       Annual General Meeting (AJE Members only)

10:30       Coffee

11:00   The value of education

11:00    Katie Stewart, University of Sheffield: Accreditation: Is our identity under threat?

11:20    Yvonne Illsley, University of Sheffield: Training IS Education

12:00    Keynote speaker: Mark Deuze, University of Amsterdam

13:00       lunch

14:00     Accreditation

14:00      Margaret Hughes, University of the West of Scotland: Journalism education: finding its space in the academy

14:20      Lily Canter, Sheffield Hallam University: Co-authoring a paper with your undergraduate student

14:40      Dr. Eamonn O’Neill, Edinburgh Napier University: ‘Do we still ‘follow the money’? Or Follow everything?’

15:30      Announcement of election results. Handover to new chair.

16:00       close; coffee /tea



Dates: The conference takes place June 23 and 24.

Venue: London Campus of Newcastle University, 102 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EZ.

Nearest tube / rail:  Liverpool Street

Book your ticket:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/aje-summer-conference-tickets-24482595101

The conference fee is £35 for members, payable on the day, and includes lunches and tea and coffee.

There will be a dinner on Thursday evening and this will be payable in addition on the day. You can book either for the conference or for conference and dinner on the Eventbrite website.

Please be sure to choose the correct ticket type so that we can make arrangements for the dinner.

You can contact the conference organiser, Prof. Chris Frost at assjrned@gmail.com.