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Journalism, Communication and Humanities in the New Technology Era

Nicosia, Cyprus – September 17-19, 2020

 

Call for Papers: submit by April 1st, 2020

all information can be read on the conference website.

 

We would like to announce the publication of the book "Accreditation and Assessment of Journalism Education in Europe. Quality Evaluation and Stakeholder Influence. Baden-Baden: Nomos.
by Eva Nowak from our member institution Jade Hochschule.

How is journalism education in Europe accredited and assessed? State organisations and the media industry influence the objectives, content and structures of such education and trainings through their accreditation. They set quality standards and, at the same time, interfere with the autonomy of journalism education. Through studies of twelve countries, this volume shows how accreditation influences journalism education in Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, the Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

A second part of the book provides a comparative analysis of these studies including an overview on accreditation in higher education in Europe and the European Higher Education Area, EHEA. Another chapter deals with the ACEJMC’s more than seventy years of experience in journalism studies accreditation in the USA.

The volume contains contributions by Maarit Jaakkola, Pascal Guénée, Tina Tsomaia, Ana Keshelashvili, Andrea Czepek, Tibor Mester, Annamária Torbó, Catherine Shanahan, Nico Drok, George Prundaru, Elena Vartanova, Maria Lukina, Carlos Barrera, Manuel Martín Algarra, Guido Keel, Deborah Wilson David, Joe Foote and Eva Nowak.

The editor, Eva Nowak, is a professor of journalism at Jade Hochschule in Wilhelmshaven, Germany. Her research focuses on journalism education and media freedom.

The Ethical Journalism Network has worked with the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) to develop an online resource for journalists reporting on migration.
The toolkit was launched to mark World Refugee Day:

- The course and resources can be accessed here.
- Press Release here
 

We are happy to invite your students to the FEJS General Assembly 2019. The GA will take place in Helsinki Finland from 17th to 21st of October. Information and registration: plese visit the FEJS website.

After the success of the students’ publications on www.eufactcheck.eu the participants of EJTA’s fact-checking project EUfactcheck decided to move on with the project and to take new steps in the academic year 2019-2020.

At the Teachers’ Conference in Dortmund the practical details will be discussed.

By December 2019 a manual with guidelines and tips & tricks will be published and in February 2020 a second Bootcamp will be organised in Ljubljana, with financial help from the Evens Foundation.

All the information about the current state of affairs, the outcome and the future plans can be found in the presentations which you can find here.

At the AGM in Paris on 8 July 2019 the EJTA members decided to start a 3-year pilot to strengthen the managerial potential of EJTA through appointing an EJTA Director for two days a week.
The Director will take care of all operational tasks (in close collaboration with the EJTA Secretariat), will coordinate current (e.g. EUfactcheck, DESTIN) and future projects and will manage relations with present and future funders (e.g. Council of Europe, Evens Foundation). The Board will be able to focus on its strategic tasks.

EJTA members agreed unanimously with the current General Secretary, Nadia Vissers, taking this position and gave the Board the mandate to take all the necessary steps.
The 3-year pilot period with an EJTA Director starts from 1 September 2020 onwards and will be evaluated yearly.

 

More information about the project can be found on our projects page and on the project website.

The project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

 

        

 

You can read the latest FEJS newsletter here.

-- Press release --

Twenty journalism schools fact-check EU elections

European project aims to foster fact-based public debate

Twenty journalism schools in fifteen European countries will be fact-checking political claims in the media in the spring of 2019. Tackling misinformation during the EU election campaign is the main objective of the EUFACTCHECK project. With their work the students want to contribute to a more fact-based public debate.

All participating Journalism schools are member of the European Journalism Training Association (EJTA), that groups about seventy journalism centres, school and universities from about thirty countries across Europe. With the project EJTA wants the journalism students to grow a deeper insight and interest in democratic processes by enhancing their media literacy and as such developing both critical understanding of the media and active participation in the media. In this way the quality of journalism and journalism education will be improved.

Involvement

“With our project we want to contribute to the accuracy of European political statements made by media and politicians in order to enhance a more fact-based public debate”, says Nadia Vissers, coordinator. “That’s why via social media EU citizens can ask the journalism students to check claims about EU politics. As such the project fosters the growth of democratic awareness and media literacy.”

Research shows that collaborative fact-checking projects such as this one, strongly improve the audience's understanding of the process and trusting of the output. Eventually EUFACTCHECK hopes to empower a large group of European citizens and voters to become actively involved in the European debate and consequently help shape the future EU policies.

Unique methodology

Two lecturers of AP University college in Antwerp, Belgium, developed a flowchart to help the students prepare their fact-check. All participating schools will use the methodology. “We don’t claim the flowchart is the only methodology to perform a fact-check”, says Frederik Marain, one of the authors. “But it is a pedagogical tool that gives students a clear insight in the claim and helps them to set up their fact-check.”

From Finland to Italy, from Spain to Russia

The fifteen participating countries in the project are: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Russia, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom.                                                                                       

EUFACTCHECK cooperates and shares expertise with other fact-checking organisations such as Firstdraftnews, CrossCheck, IFCN, DigDeeper,… The project is supported by the Council of Europe and the Evens Foundation.

EJTA groups about seventy journalism centres, schools and universities from about thirty countries. They work together to improve journalism education in Europe, enabling members to collaborate on exchanges and teaching and research projects, and meet regularly to exchange ideas and information.

 

www.eufactcheck.eu;
Instagram: eufactcheck;
Twitter: @EUfactcheckEU;
Facebook: eufactcheck.eu

 

For more information:

Nadia Vissers

EJTA Board member

Overall coordinator EUFACTCHECK

+ 32 485 31.83.57

30 EJTA staff members participated in the very constructive and inspiring EUfactcheck Bootcamp in Utrecht on 24-25 January 2019. We’re really ready for the big work now!

(c) Harrison Rich

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