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ECU hosts successful Journalism Education Association conference

Tuesday, 01 December 2009


Vice-Chancellor Professor Kerry Cox has welcomed more than 80 delegates to this year’s Journalism Education Association annual conference.

The three-day conference began on Monday morning with Professor Cox giving the official welcome.

“Both ECU’s journalism and broadcast programs have grown in the last few years and our students have won a number of national and international student journalism awards,” he said.

“We are proud of their many successes and I am keen to show my support for their work, and for all journalism educators.”

Conference convenor and ECU lecturer, Associate Professor Trevor Cullen said the event has been a great success so far with 29 universities represented from Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, China and Britain.

The conference theme, Journalism education in the digital age, was chosen to reflect the evolving digital media landscape that challenges both media professionals and journalism educators.

Keynote speakers include Chairman of Eric Beecher, CEO of Fairfax Online Mike Van Niekerk and Editor of The West Australian Brett McCarthy. ECU Lecturer and political commentator at The
Australian, Associate Professor Peter Van Onselen is also giving a keynote presentation.

ECU is the major sponsor of the event, in collaboration with Curtin and Murdoch universities.

The Journalism Education Association is a collection of people from Australia and the South Pacific region who are either involved with journalism education, or are committed to raising the standard of teaching of journalism and developing closer relations with mass communication media.


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