Call for Abstracts

The 5th World Journalism Education Congress will be held at the Paris-Dauphine University in Paris, France, between July 9 and 12, 2019.
It follows the successful fourth congress held in Auckland, New Zealand, in July 2016. (For details see and

With the support and active participation of journalism education organizations worldwide,* the Congress provides a necessary discussion forum on universal issues and interests. The WJEC also supports and encourages the continuing evolution of journalism and journalism education around the globe. 

The WJEC is currently soliciting academic paper abstracts related to the wider issue of journalism education. These will be presented as refereed research papers at the forthcoming Paris conference. 

Abstracts will be accepted on a variety of topics related to mass communication. However, submitters are encouraged to focus their entries on the broader conference theme: “Teaching Journalism during a Disruptive Age”. The work should be specifically related to one of the following streams:

  • -Technological mutations and the future of journalistic practices: what to keep, what to drop
  • -Sociology of journalism in a fast-evolving sector
  • -Ethical challenges for teaching and undertaking new forms of journalism
  • -“One journalism or many journalisms”? Connecting students with multiple conceptions and ways of working in journalism across the world
  • -Fact checking & verification in the era of fake news & post truth
  • -When the Fourth Estate (news media and journalists) collides with the Fifth Estate (citizens on social media)

Abstract submission guidelines:

WJEC invites interested presenters to electronically submit abstracts only (minimum 500 words; maximum 800 words) by September 15, 2018
NB: The "Abstract Text" field is limited to 4000 characters including spaces. Character overflow is accommodated in the submission form.

The abstracts should give a clear sense of the scope of the research, research objectives and methods of inquiry. If researchers have completed their projects by the submission deadline, paper abstracts must also include research results and conclusions/discussion. Full papers are due on June 1, 2019 to be eligible for inclusion in the online conference proceedings.

Submission process: To submit a paper abstract using the online submission system below, please follow the directions. Note the following:

  • Ensure that the document you upload does NOT include ANY information that identifies the author or his/her affiliation. Abstracts submitted with author identifiable information will automatically be removed from the pool of submissions and will not be considered for review or included in the conference program;
  • Ensure that you add ALL your name, affiliation, email address and other required information in the online system before uploading your paper abstract. This enables the conference organizers to keep track of individual authors and their abstracts. Ensure the email address you include is the one you want the organizer to communicate with you about your submission and where you will receive a confirmation once you have successfully submitted your abstract.

Review process: A panel of international judges will blind-review all submissions. Paper selections will be finalized by the end of November 2018 and presenters will be informed accordingly.

NB: Before writing and submitting your abstract, please ensure you have read the above text.

Submitting your abstract: Submissions will be accepted started un June 2018.

For more information about the 2019 WJEC in Paris please contact

Pascal Guénée,

Directeur d’IPJ, l'Institut Pratique du Journalisme de Paris-Dauphine +33 1 72 74 80 30

or Rebecca Clark, Senior Conference Coordinator

For more information about the call for papers please contact the Paper Competition Chair, Elanie Steyn (

*The World Journalism Education Council (WJEC) is a coalition of 32 academic associations worldwide that are involved in journalism and mass communication at the university level. They include: African Council on Communication Education (ACCE), Arab-U.S. Association for Communication Educators, Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC), Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Association for Journalism Education (U.K.), Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication (ASJMC), Brazilian Society of Interdisciplinary Studies on Communication (Intercom Brazil), Broadcast Education Association (BEA), Canadian Committee for Education in Journalism (CCEJ), Chinese Journalism Education Association, Chinese Communication Association (CCA), European Journalism Training Association (EJTA), Global Network for Professional Education in Journalism and Media (JourNet), Israel Communication Association, Japan Society for Studies in Journalism and Mass Communication (JSSJMC), Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA), Journalism Education Association of New Zealand, Journalism Research and Education Section International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Journalism Studies Section, European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), Korean Society for Journalism and Communication Studies, Latin American Association of Communication Researchers (ALAIC), Latin American Federation of Social Communication Schools (FELAFACS), Nigerian Association of Journalism and Mass Communication Teachers, Nordic Journalism Training Association, Philippine Association of Communication Educators (PACE), Russian Association for Education in Journalism, Russian Association for Film & Media Education, Saudi Association for Media & Communication, Scientific and Methodological Communication in Journalism and Information, South African Communication Association, and Théophraste