Journalism and Communication Education is a Temporary Working Group of the European Communication Research and Education Association.
In today’s changing media system, the development of communication technologies and the mediatization of society have a profound impact on professional media work. Educational institutions are faced with the important task of following the ongoing changes in the media markets in order to make informed decisions for providing and maintaining a high standard of education. In a mediatized society, the education of media competencies becomes increasingly important for both (aspiring) media professionals and audiences alike.
Today, there is a need for comprehensive research on higher education topics in order to meet the challenges of mediatization and media change and to ensure a high quality of teaching standards in Europe.
Our aim as an ECREA TWG is to foster the relationship between journalism and professional media education institutions in Europe in order to advance communication and exchange in higher and continuing education research and practice. We want to provide a platform for researchers and educators interested in advancing our theoretical, empirical and practical understanding of education for media professionals working in today’s changing media markets.
The TWG currently has over 70 members from 21 countries.
Fields of research
Research topics of the Journalism and Communication Education TWG can include, but are not limited to:
- Comparative research on European media education systems
- Media education and media change
- Ethics in journalism, PR and advertising education
- Historical development of educational systems
- Following and teaching new media skills
- Media competence training and education, both in the realm of professional/higher education and secondary education/pedagogy
- Innovation in the curricula of journalism schools and media education programs
- Quality management in journalism and communication education
- Best practice in journalism and communication education
- Education didactics
- Higher education, vocational training and lifelong learning: organizational approaches to media education
- Education management
Modus Operandi of the Journalism and Communication Education TWG
1.1. The ECREA Temporary Working Group “Journalism and Communication Education” is established for a term of 4 years. After the end of the term and upon request of the Chair of the Temporary Working Group, the Temporary Working Group can be renewed only once for 4 more years, or it can be granted the status of Section. These are decided upon by the ECREA Executive Board.
2.1. The Temporary Working Group “Journalism and Communication Education” is constituted by all ECREA members who express their interest in joining the Temporary Working Group.
2.2. ECREA members can join the Temporary Working Group “Journalism and Communication Education” via the ECREA Intranet.
3. Temporary Working Group business meeting
3.1. The Temporary Working Group Business Meeting is the primary decision making body regarding the general direction of the Working Group, determining current issues to be addressed by the Temporary Working Group and changing the mission statement and/or the modus operandi. Changes to the Objectives or Modus Operandi always require the approval of ECREA’s Executive Board.
3.2. An annual Business Meeting will be organized by the Temporary Working Group and is open to all ECREA members who are interested.
3.3. Business Meetings shall be run at major ECREA or Temporary Working Group events.
3.4. Notice of a Business Meeting shall be given at least three months in advance.
3.5. All Temporary Working Group members can make agenda proposals. Proposals can be sent by e-mail to the Management Team one month before the date of the Business Meeting, in order to allow for their timely distribution to the members.
3.6. Only members of the Temporary Working Group have the right to vote.
3.7. Votes are decided by simple majority.
3.8. The Working Group Business Meeting cannot take decisions that go against the spirit or the general statutes and bylaws of ECREA or against the decisions of the ECREA Executive Board.
3.9. Minutes and decisions of the Temporary Working Group business meeting shall be communicated to all Temporary Working Group members by e-mail within a maximum of one month after the meeting.
4. Temporary Working Group Management Team
4.1. The Temporary Working Group Management Team is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Temporary Working Group. It is composed of one Chair and two Vice-Chairs.
4.2. The Temporary Working Group Management Team is accountable for its decisions to the Temporary Working Group business meeting and the ECREA Executive Board.
4.3. The Temporary Working Group Management Team is responsible for the yearly activity report to the ECREA Board.
4.4. Chair and Vice-Chairs are elected every two years. The maximum term for a member of the Temporary Working Group Management Team is 6 consecutive years.
4.5. The election of the Chair and Vice-Chairs takes place through electronic vote or at an ECREA event.
4.6. Three months before the end of the mandate of the outgoing Temporary Working Group Management Team, candidates can put themselves forward for election as a team and by sending an e-mail to the Chair.
4.7. The results of the election shall be communicated to all Temporary Working Group members by e-mail within a maximum of one month after the voting.
5. General voting procedure
5.1. Only Temporary Working Group members qualify to vote.
5.2. Decisions require a simple majority of votes.
5.3. Each Temporary Working Group member may be represented by another member by way of a written and signed proxy delivered before the voting.