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JERAA Newsletter August 2013


JERAA 2013 Sunshine Coast December 2-4

Start booking your flights and accommodation. The 2013 Conference will be held at Mooloolaba on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, from December 2-4 hosted by the University of the Sunshine Coast. The conference team at USC is looking forward to seeing many journalism educators and researchers at the conference. Prof Thomas Hanitzsch, University of Munich, and Associate Professor Alfred Hermida, University of British Columbia, are already confirmed as keynote speakers.


2012 Student Ossies Awards Online Submission

Entries for this year’s awards close at midnight on October 4, 2013, with winners to be announced at the JERAA conference dinner in Mooloolaba on Queensland's Sunshine Coast in early December. Check out our new online submission process. No more blaming the mail for being late!


Fact checking the 2013 election

Politicians and other public figures are finding themselves under increasing scrutiny for the claims they make, with the launch of a range of new fact checking organisations and websites in Australia. Among the new ones are the ABC’s Fact Checking Unit and The Conversation’s Fact Checkers .


2013 Walkley Awards - Entries close August 31!

Have you or your students got something to enter? As the MEAA says, this is no time for modesty. Enter your best work published between September 1, 2012 and August 31, 2013. Read about the changes and the revised judging criteria at


World Journalism Educators Congress, Belgium

The Third World Journalism Education Congress was held in Mechelen, Belgium, from July 3-5. With the theme of ‘Renewing Journalism Through Education’, the fully booked conference was hosted by the European Journalism Training Association and the Flemish/Dutch Network of Journalism Institutes. More than 30 of the world’s journalism education associations, including the JERAA, were represented at Mechelen, and participants from 57 countries attended. In the words of WJEC founding father Joe Foote, WJEC is the only global meeting that concentrates on journalism in the domains of teaching, research and public service. Highlights of WJEC3 included presentations from Mark Deuze of the University of Amsterdam, Jeff Jarvis from City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, and Kirk LaPointe from the Canadian Organization of News Ombudsmen and the University of British Columbia.


New News events at Melbourne Writers Week in August

Among the events “Is journalism in rotten shape, or better than ever? Is information still reliable? Will big media continue to dominate, or will citizens and startups step up?”  Eric Beecher (Private Media), Katharine Viner (Guardian Australia), Mark Forbes (The Age) and Pamela Williams (Australian Financial Review) take the media’s temperature with Margaret Simons (Centre for Advancing Journalism) Browse the program here:


The buzz around Storyology

Storyology was, if you missed it, a summit of media and creativity in Sydney. Catch up here or listen to some of the ABC Radio National programming including Correspondent’s Report @CorrosReportABC at#storyology


MEAA student membership

The MEAA has extended its student membership rights. Now those who are studying journalism, media or communications in ANY year of undergraduate or post-graduate studies can apply for student membership. Those who are completing their studies inside this financial year, can hold on to their student membership until June 30, 2014, unless they get a job before this date.


Unpaid internships

Many hack-ademics sweated unpaid for hours to gain their first paid job in a newsroom. But the world has changed, and Fairwork Australia is starting to question unpaid internships. Listen


Protecting journalists’ sources

The Guardian's James Ball, currently working on the news outlet's Prism scoop, shares his advice for communicating with sources securely


UN Media Awards close August 30

Nominations for the 2013 UN Media Awards are Now Open. Journalists and producers whose work has appeared in the Australian media between 2 September 2012 and 30 August 2013 are encouraged to nominate now. For entry criteria and nomination forms click here Nominations close 5pm Friday, 30 August 2013.


'Significant jump' in people paying for digital news in UK

A study in the UK has identified a 'significant rise' in how many UK respondents have paid for digital news in the past year


Online Guardian style guide

For those of us who love a good style guide, just to break its rules. Have a look at this one


More debate on the value of journalism degrees

According to a new survey released by the Poynter Institute’s News University, journalism educators and professionals think differently about the effect of a journalism degree on the job preparation of graduates, and about whether journalism education is keeping up with dramatic changes in the industry.


1,000 journalists killed

Sky News' Mick Deane, killed in Egypt on Wednesday, became the 1,000th journalist killed in the line of duty since 1992, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. What was unusual about his death was that, unlike 674 of his colleagues, Deane wasn't murdered. And that details of his death are known, unlike an additional 400 reporters. Read more here:


Young female journalist dies

Important not to forget a non-western journalist killed in Cairo: Habiba Ahmed Abd Elaziz.


Weibo and investigative journalism

Jiao Bei, a Chinese journalist working in the Beijing bureau of the Hong Kong-based newspaper South China Morning Post, has written a study of the scope and limits of WeiBo, the nearest equivalent to Twitter.  In her study, entitled ‘How Chinese journalists use Weibo microblogging for investigative reporting’, Bei addresses a number of questions central to the future of Chinese journalism. Read more:


Great visual journalism

Maps can be a remarkably powerful tool for understanding the world and how it works, but they show only what you ask them to.  See more:


3,000 sign up for data-driven Journalism

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas reports more than 3,000 people signed up to join five experts, including practitioners from The New York Times, ProPublica, NPR and the Houston Chronicle, for  the Massive Open Online Course (or MOOC) in English, “Data-Driven Journalism: The Basics.” Read more here