2017 JERAA Conference
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The University of Newcastle is proud to host the annual conference of the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia from 4-6 December, 2017.
The venue for the conference is UON's new city campus - NewSpace. Newcastle is undergoing rapid transformation from industrial town to vibrant, contemporary Australian city. If you haven't been here in the past few years, you're in for a delightful surprise.
Conference organisers: Janet Fulton, Felicity Biggins, Paul Scott and Christina Koutsoukos
Conference email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(current at 11.10.17 - subject to change)
A message from the president of JERAA Professor Matthew Ricketson:
The importance of journalism education and research have never been more urgently needed than today.
Yes, we know the practice of journalism is being pushed and pulled in various directions as the business of media has fragmented and become prey to a global duopoly – Google and Facebook – the size and scale of which we’ve never seen before, but that is precisely why the activity of journalism, especially journalism in the public interest, is so important today.
The impact of the rapid, continuing changes in the media landscape are not simple matters which is why the annual JERAA conference is so necessary, for scholars, practitioners and postgraduate students. JERAA continues to represent the interests of its members and, we hope, the wider community, diligently, even vigorously, as you may have seen in our submission to and presence at the Senate Inquiry into the Future of Public Interest Journalism this year. So, please, sign up and come along to our annual conference, being hosted in 2017 by the University of Newcastle.
More information to come soon ...
The Second Coming of Journalism? Rebirth, resurrection, renewal, resistance, resurgence.
Follow this link to the schedule: Conference Program (current at 11.10.17)
In a spirit of optimism, the conference theme explores, analyses and contests the idea of a resurging journalism and how that idea fits into the following themes:
- Truth in a post-truth world
- Fake news: opinions vs facts vs alternative facts
- Comedy and news: a marriage of convenience?
- Beyond the capitals: is the future of journalism in the regions?
- Advocacy journalism: collaboration for a community outcome
- How do we best prepare contemporary undergraduate and postgraduate students?
Call for papers
You are invited to submit a paper, abstract or panel proposal for inclusion in the 2017 JERAA conference. Papers, presentations and panels that reflect on the conference theme are encouraged but all submissions addressing journalism education and research will be considered.
Submissions are via EasyChair. You will need to set up an EasyChair account if you don't have one.
For notes on submission, click here.
The call for papers is closed.
Call for papers, abstracts and panel proposals opens: 15 May 2017
Submission closing date:
1 July **EXTENDED TO 9 JULY**
Notification to authors:
15 August 31 August
Registration opens: 1 September
Registration is now open.
Here are some questions to ponder before registering:
- Do I want to join JERAA to take advantage of the member prices? Click here to join JERAA (opens a new page).
- Do I want to come to the free pre-conference symposium?
- Am I interested in going to the conference dinner on Tuesday night?
|(closes 30 September)|
|(1 October to 15 November)|
|(after 16 November)|
We are organising the conference dinner at Longworth House in the centre of Newcastle in one of Newcastle's most beautiful historic buildings. The night will cost $120.00 and covers a three-course meal, drinks, and entertainment. It is to be held on Tuesday 5 December from 7.00pm and can be booked at the same time as registration.
Professor Sophia A. McClennen
Andy Dickinson is a journalism academic and trainer and is a well-known and influential voice in the online journalism community. For nearly 20 years, he has helped students navigate the changing landscape of online and digital journalism balancing skills and a critical view of the industry. He also provides training and consultancy, helping journalism organisations and hundreds of local journalists, explore the opportunities and challenges of digital disruption. He is currently exploring the ways local and hyperlocal journalism can embrace the explosion of data and data journalism, to re-imagine accountability at a local level and make a change in the communities they represent.
Saffron Howden is the founder and editor of Crinkling News, the national newspaper for Australian kids. Saffron recently ran a successful crowdfunding campaign to continue publishing the newspaper.
Kevin L. Davis
We are pleased to announce that a representative from Facebook will be presenting a keynote at the JERAA conference. With the ongoing discussions around the future of journalism, alternative news sources and false news, it will be interesting to hear how Facebook is investing in these challenges. More details to come …
- Work Integrated Learning
- Advocacy Journalism: Collaboration for a community outcome
- Journalism as Research
- Women in the academy - a plenary session to discuss how to increase the number of women j-scholars in the professoriate
We will be holding a QandA style panel, hosted by Felicity Biggins, to discuss issues around the conference theme.
We are organising a half-day pre-conference symposium with the following sessions (these are also dependent on numbers - minimum of 10):
Master Class on practice-based and practice-led journalism research for HDR/Honours students and supervisors.
Presented by A/Prof Mia Lindgren
Practice-led research provides a mechanism to leverage journalism practice that many j-schlars bring to the academy. Associate Professor Mia Lindgren will lead a hands-on session with other experts in practitioner based research discussing how to supervise students and how to examine practice-led work.
Reporting Islam: Train the Trainer session
Presented by A/Prof Jacqui Ewart
This session will provide training for educators in how to deliver the Reporting Islam curriculum packages. It will explain the approach to delivering the training packages and discuss the types of feedback that educators can provide to students when delivering the curriculum packages. The session will cover the types of questions that training participants typically ask and ways of addressing those questions.
How to make a podcast
Final times and further information will be updated before the conference
Crowne Plaza Newcastle
- $220.00 room only
- $245.00 room and breakfast for 1
- $270.00 room and breakfast for 2
(The following information is from the Newcastle free guide and map.)
WHERE ARE WE?
Newcastle is 160kms north of Sydney in Australia. It takes about an hour and a half to drive up the Freeway but we also have train services and an airport.
Newcastle is 2 hours drive north of Sydney and is accessible from the following major Highways: M1, Pacific Highway, New England Highway and the Golden Highway.
Newcastle Taxis services all of Newcastle 24 hours a day seven days a week, including Newcastle Airport. Choose from a sedan, station wagon, wheelchair taxi, or maxi taxi to carry up to 11 people at a time. Bookings can be made by calling 133 300 or on-line at Newcastle Taxis website.
Newcastle is part of the New South Wales City Rail network. There are frequent return services daily from Sydney. For timetables and fares visit www.cityrail.info or call 131 500.
CountryLink trains and coach network connect Newcastle via Broadmeadow station to Melbourne, Brisbane and other NSW country centres. For timetables, fares and online bookings visit www.countrylink.info or call 13 22 32.
Newcastle Airport is located 30 minutes from Newcastle city centre and is the fastest growing regional airport in Australia with direct flights from Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, the Gold Coast and Ballina. For a current flight timetable visit www.newcastleairport.com.au.
For direct transfers, the Newcastle Airport Information Services desk is your one stop shop to book your airport transfer, including shuttle and hire car and limousine services. Please call 4928 9822 or email direct on email@example.com.
Newcastle Airport is not accessible via State Transit Buses. Port Stephens Coaches service Newcastle Airport from Newcastle Station 11 times a day during the week, and 5 times a day on weekends. For further information on timetables and services, contact Port Stephens Coaches on 02 4982 2940 or www.pscoaches.com.au.
Newcastle is serviced by coach companies throughout Australia with regular connections to and from various locations. For further information visit the Greyhound website at www.greyhound.com.au.
The University of Newcastle's NewSpace campus is in the heart of the Newcastle Civic precinct and within walking distance of most of the suggested accommodation choices. Further information about the venue will be provided later.
What to see in Newcastle
Click here to see what you can do in Newcastle during your stay. There are also great dining options at the Honeysuckle Precinct on the harbour or Darby Street, famous for its quirky shopping and great dining.