International Journalism Week 2016

International Journalism Week 2016 took place at the School of Journalism, Media and Communication from 7 to 11 November 2016, with another fascinating programme of discussion about media research and practice from a global perspective.


The programme

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The events and speakers for International Journalism Week 2016 were as follows:

  • Welcome to International Journalism Week: From Professor Jackie Harrison, joint head of school and Dr Lada Price who introduced the student case study challenge

  • Data and Graphics in the Newsroom lecture: Ben Mayhew, head of data analysis, Press Association

  • Legal and Ethical Challenges to Investigative Journalism lecture: Gill Phillips, director of editorial and legal services, The Guardian

  • Journalism under attack lecture: Jackie Harrison (CFOM)

  • Thinking Big about Journalism Studies: A Revisionist View: Prof Jay Blumler, emeritus professor

  • Your right to know relies on justice for journalists under attack: CFOM annual lecture by Guy Berger, UNESCO, which was followed by a debate about hostile environments for news reporting. The panel for this included William Horsley (CFOM), Tonia Samsonova (Moscow Echo), Elisabeth Witchel (Committee to Protect Journalists), and Ghias Aljundi (human rights consultant and expert on conflict issues).

  • Why Journalists Care About Freedom of Expression lecture: Rachael Jolley, editor, Index on Censorship

  • Case studies workshops

  • When Two Rights Collide: On Privacy and Freedom of Speech: Svein Bruras, Volda University College, Norway

  • On the state of journalism and post-truth politics around Brexit; the hacking trial and Daniel Morgan murder: Peter Jukes

  • Readers' editors: do we need them? Chris Elliott, former readers' editor, The Guardian

  • Q&A session: Helen Pidd, The Guardian's Northern Hub editor

  • Panel: staff from the School of Journalism, Media and Communication

Student competition

Our students were invited to enter the International Journalism Week 2016 competition and win a prestigious visit to a top UK media organisation. All they had to do wass answer the question: why is freedom of speech and expression important for journalism?


Entries were judged by professional journalists and members of our academic staff and the prizes were:

  • 1st prize A day at the Press Association. Observe the fast pace at a major news agency by joining its news production team for a day.

  • 2nd prize A day at the Guardian’s picture desk. See how the Guardian photography team decides what to publish and witness some amazing photography from across the world.

  • 3rd prize A day at BBC Radio Sheffield. The winner will spend the whole day on location with a reporter who goes out to do live interviews or helping at the studios.

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