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WJEC4 set for New Zealand in July 2016

The fourth World Journalism Education Congress (WJEC) will be held July 14-16, 2016, in Auckland, New Zealand. Auckland University of Technology (AUT) will host the Congress. The theme is “Identity and Integrity of Journalism Education.”

The World Journalism Congress meets every three years. Previous congresses have been held in Singapore (2007), Grahamstown, South Africa (2010) and Mechelen, Belgium (2013).

In announcing the meeting, Associate Professor Verica Rupar, Curriculum Leader in Journalism at AUT School of Communication Studies, said “Journalism education worldwide is at a crossroads. Meeting those challenges and adapting the curriculum to enrich the wider university environment are critical,” All meetings will be held in downtown Auckland. In addition to themed sessions, the congress will feature an open paper competition, professional and academic panels and small-group syndicates, each discussing a pressing issue in journalism education and making reports.

Joe Foote of the University of Oklahoma in the United States, the founding convener of the World Journalism Council that oversees the congresses, said that the selection of Auckland means that by 2016 the congresses will have met on four different continents “In addition to the worth of bringing together journalism educators from all over the world, the WJEC puts the spotlight on a particular region, allowing the flavor of journalism education in that area to shine through and scholars in that area to have a more visible platform for their work. We are pleased to take the congress not only to the region that includes New Zealand and Australia, but near more remote Pacific islands as well.”

The World Journalism Education Council is an informal coalition representing 32 academic associations worldwide that are involved in journalism and mass communication at the university level. By bringing organizations from six continents together, the Council hopes to provide a common space for journalism educators and to focus on issues that are universal in the field.

For additional information contact: Joe Foote, , 1-405-325-5997