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Pacific Media Centre


13 July 2016

Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand
Organised by the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia in collaboration with the Pacific Media Centre (Auckland University of Technology) and Media Educators Pacific


Submit by Friday, 5 February, 2016

Preconference Theme—The Next Generation

The one-day WJEC Preconference of 13 July 2016 will precede the full WJEC of 14 to 16 July 2016 at the Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand. Delegates will have the option of registering for:

–          The one-day preconference alone (costs to be advised mid-December)

–          The WJEC alone (see

–          Both the one-day Preconference plus WJEC together (costs to be advised mid-December)

The core theme will be ‘The Next Generation’ of journalism educators, trainers, and researchers. Although the core theme will relate to issues affecting newcomers to journalism education, training and research, the preconference will feature papers and panels on a broad variety of issues relating to journalism and journalism education.

Early-Career Sessions
Research students and early-career trainers, educators and researchers whose abstracts are accepted will have the option to present their papers in specially badged ‘Early-Career Sessions’. These sessions will feature only students and early-career, trainers, educators and researchers, and at the end of each session, a senior researcher or educator will provide formative feedback to each presenter about their conference papers.

Preconference Call for Abstracts
Abstracts are being sought for conference papers and panels on the following themes:

–          ‘The Next Generation’: issues affecting the opportunities, work and career structures of newcomers to journalism training, education and research

–          Journalism education and training in Australia, New Zealand or Pacific Island nations

–          Journalism education at a time of rapid technological, economic and social change

–          Other topics relevant to journalism and journalism education

Abstract Submission Guidelines

–          Abstracts must be submitted as a Word file and emailed by Friday, 5 February, 2016 to

–          Abstracts for individual papers must be 300-800 words. Abstracts for panels must be 500-800 words, and they can also have abstracts for individual papers attached. If so, the attachment for each individual papers being presented as part of the panel can be a further 300-800 words per paper if required.

–          The abstracts should give a clear sense of the goal of your research or educational project, its scope, and the method of inquiry, the results (to date) of your research or educational project, and conclusions/discussion. If you wish to have your paper printed in the Preconference Proceedings, it must be submitted by 1 June 2016.

–          In the body of the email, put in the name, organisation details, email addresses and postal addresses for all authors of the paper. If there is more than one author, please identify who is the corresponding author that we should send all correspondence to.

–          Your abstract must not include your name or contact details for yourself or any of the paper’s co-authors.

Abstract Submission Process

A panel of judges will conduct a blind peer review all abstracts that are submitted by the deadline of 5 February 2016. You will be advised of the outcome of the review process by 4 March 2016.

Key Dates in 2016 for Preconference Delegates

5 February      Deadline for submitting your abstract for the WJEC Preconference

4 March          Notification of acceptance of abstracts

1 April             Confirm your participation in the WJEC Preconference

30 April           Final date for Early Bird Registration for both WJEC Preconference and WJEC

31 May           Draft program released

1 June             Deadline for submission of full papers (optional)

30 June           Final conference program released

13 Jul              WJEC Preconference (one day)

14-16 July       WJEC (three days)

20 August        Submissions for Asia-Pacific papers after the conference for double blind peer-reviewed Pacific Journalism ReviewSubmission guidelines

Editor of PJR: Professor David Robie of the Pacific Media Centre. Inquiries:

For more information about the WJEC Preconference or Abstract submission

Pleasecontact JERAA Vice President (Conference) Leo Bowman ( or JERAA Vice President Networks Angela Romano (

For More Information about the WJEC

Please see

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