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EJTA Conference and Annual General Meeting 2014

This year’s Conference and Annual General Meeting will take place in Jyväskylä, Finland on 22-23 May 2014.

Please find more information on the website here:

It’s also important to REGISTER for this event (this can be done on the website mentioned above).

On the website you can also find information on the hotel we advise you to book a room in. Please do so before 21 April (EJTA has blocked rooms for all its members).

EJTA Mid Career Meeting in Vienna

The EJTA  mid career group held its annual meeting on 9th and 10th of December in Vienna.  Apart from the AGM the directors of the mid career institutions meet once a year to share their experiences and to discuss questions of journalism training.

Elisabeth Wasserbauer, managing director of the Kuratorium für Journalistenausbildung, Austria organized and hosted the meeting in Vienna.


One topic of the agenda was a visit of “Der Standard”, an Austrian Quality Newspaper, including a discussion about the newsroom strategy with editor in chief Alexandra Föderl–Schmid and foreign affairs editor Christoph Prantner. The members had the opportunity to visit the integrated newsroom and to discuss the cooperation between the newspaper staff and online editorial staff. Also very interesting was the talk with columnist Hans Rauscher about his ideas of community management in a modern newspaper.


Another topic on the agenda was the visit of the TV station “Puls 4”, which belongs to the Pro Sieben/Sat 1 media holding. Program Director Oliver Svec and Info Director Corinna Milborn guided the EJTA members and discussed with them the information strategy of a private television station in Austria. Puls 4 broadcasts daily three hours of breakfast television for Pro Sieben, Sat 1 and four hours for themselves. In the evening, they also broadcast a one hour news show. Internships are considered one of the key elements of staff recruitment. Journalism education and training at Puls 4 is mostly organized as in-house training in order to meet the special needs of the company.

Furthermore the members discussed the question whether it would be meaningful that mid career institutions or journalism schools of single press groups or broadcasting companies could become members of EJTA. Everyone agreed that it would indeed make sense to invite such schools to become members of EJTA.

Professor John Tulloch 1946-2013


The University of Lincoln’s School of Journalism is mourning the loss of its founder, Professor John Tulloch.  John was Head of School from 2004 until 2012. He was also a key figure in the development of journalism as a major subject in higher education over the last 40 years.  Under his leadership, Lincoln established a reputation as one of Britain’s most innovative journalism schools, launching, for instance, master’s programmes in peace, science and arts journalism and Britain’s only undergraduate programme in investigative journalism. The school gained awards and accreditations from all the relevant industry bodies, including being “Recognised for Excellence” by the EJTA.

John was an external examiner at more than a dozen colleges at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and served as visiting professor or consultant at a wide range of higher education institutions in countries and various regions including Sweden, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Yemen, France, Ireland and Malta.

John was critical of the standards of the corporate media, but loved the tabloids for their cheeky irreverence. He had a healthy suspicion of authority and an enormous curiosity about life. He is survived by his wife, Pat, three daughters and two grandsons.

Funding for Marie Curie Cancer Care is being raised by John’s family in his memory and if you wish to donate, you can go to:  (only available within the UK).

Deborah Wilson
Acting Head, School of Journalism

New President of the European Journalism Training Association

New president

After four years of loyal service to EJTA, Anna McKane stepped down as president at this year’s AGM in Mechelen. Nico Drok, professor at Windesheim University of Applied Science in Zwolle, was elected as her successor. Nico Drok has followed the work at the board carefully over the last four years and has been a very active partner in the most significant projects undertaken and supported by EJTA over many years including the competence project, the mobility catalogue, the revision of the Tartu Declaration and the organization of WEJC 3.

This year three new members have joined EJTA

At this year’s AGM in Mechelen, Belgium, three new schools presented themselves in order to obtain membership of EJTA. The three schools were Birmingham City University (UK), Babes-Bolyai University (Romania) and Anadolu University (Turkey).  They all made such convincing presentations that all members voted in favor of them joining EJTA.

The new Tartu Declaration 2013

At this year’s AGM a revised version of the Tartu Declaration was presented to the members. According to the president the idea behind the revision was “to keep everything simple, clear, indisputable and specific”. However a few significant changes have also been made. The most significant ones are the inclusion of “The competence to act as an entrepreneurial journalist” and “The competence to contribute to the renewal of the profession”.

New board

According to the constitution of EJTA, board members can stay on the board for a maximum of four years. This year two out of four board members had to step down: Charlotte Wien and Wilfried van den Bossche left the board. Nadia Vissers, Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool and Deborah Wilson, Lincoln University were elected as new members of the Board. Hans Paukens and Manuela Manliherova will remain on the board for one more year.

EJTA to co-host World Journalism Education Congress

The EJTA and the Flemish/Dutch Network of Journalism Institutes (Vlaams Nederlands Overleg van Journalistenopleidingen, VNOJ) will host the next World Journalism Education Congress in Brussels in 2013.

This third congress will follow two highly successful meetings in Singapore (2007) and Grahamstown, South Africa (2010).

Our bid to host the congress was presented to the World Journalism Education Council in Istanbul in July.

We hope that many members will be able to attend and take part in the congress, which will include and partly replace our annual meeting and conference.

Our 2012 conference, as already announced, will be held in Istanbul.

For more details please click here

EJO Fellowship at European Journalism-Fellowships in Berlin

Since 2012 one fellowship annually is earmarked for a journalist who would like to become a temporary correspondent of the European Journalism Observatory (, observing in particular recent developments in journalism research in Germany, but also the rapidly changing landscape of journalism and media in Berlin. The EJO-EJF Fellow receives a monthly stipend of 1.100 € for the duration of 10 months.

The closing date for applications is February 28, 2013!

More information in English or in German.

If you have further questions, contact

100 Twitter accounts every journalism student should follow

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Speech by Sedat Ergin

During the EJTA conference in Istanbul (May 2012) Sedat Ergin gave a speech on the Media landscape in Turkey.
It can be downloaded here.

Four new members join the EJTA at Istanbul Conference

Four new members were welcomed at the Annual General Meeting and Conference at Bilgi University (Istanbul) in May.
They are:

Ecole Supérieure de Journalisme de Paris – France
University of Milan (School of Journalism Walter Tobagi) – Italy
Catholic University of Milan (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore) – Italy
Coventry University – United Kingdom

EJTA AGM and Conference in Istanbul