Syndicates Program

What are Syndicates?

Syndicates are small, themed discussion groups that produce recommendations to help improve journalism education worldwide. They encourage all WJEC conference-goers to join focused discussion groups of their choosing. Each syndicate team is asked to analyze its topic and make recommendations for colleagues across the globe. The groups focus on some of the most urgent, important issues in journalism education today. Rapporteurs summarize the findings, and WJEC publishes them online and elsewhere when possible.

How do they work?

Each syndicate team is matched with an expert scholar, chair and rapporteur. Each WJEC attendant signs up for one syndicate. Before on-site discussions begin, syndicate members are introduced to one another online and receive their expert scholar’s background paper to bring them up to speed on their topic. During two on-site discussions, issues are further discussed and concluded with specific recommendations for journalism educators worldwide. Each discussion is guided by a specific question, which helps it stay on task. Syndicate rapporteurs then write summary reports that are highlighted in the WJEC’s closing session and beyond.

List of 2019 Planned Syndicates 

These syndicate teams will focus on how to help journalism educators worldwide best teach the following topics: 

Ethics without borders in the digital age1TBA
Data journalism2TBA
Job skills and journalism’s link with industry3TBA
Entrepreneurial journalism: innovative business models4TBA
Experiential learning and innovative teaching5TBA
Facts and credibility in journalism6TBA
Global collaboration7TBA
Refugees and migrants8TBA
Assessment and accreditation of journalism programs9TBA
Collaborative and inclusive community journalism10TBA
Journalists and trauma11TBA
Educating journalism students on gender and inequality12TBA
Stereotyping and profiling13TBA
Media literacy14TBA

Syndicate registration open soon

Your conference registration fee includes registration to a syndicate. You will be able to sign-up for one syndicate only, which will meet twice. Syndicates will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.​

WJEC Syndicates Team Program 

• Robyn S. Goodman, Alfred University, USA • Elanie Steyn, University of Oklahoma, USA • Technology Expert: Imran Palash, University of Oklahoma, USA

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