SUSU to Hold EJTA International Conference

South Ural State University will be hosting International Science-to-practice Conference on Building of a Eurasian Bridge in Journalism Education. The conference will be held October 15th through October 16th by European Journalism Training Association (EJTA), Belgium, of which SUSU is a member.

Besides SUSU, EJTA includes more than 70 journalistic educational centres of the leading universities in Europe. For three decades, the EJTA institutional members have been jointly working on improving journalism education, collaborating within the international exchange programs, as well as fulfilling joint teaching and research projects. The Association is always interested in stimulating the exchange of opinions and experience, as well as encouraging discussion and research.

The main event of the conference will be the expansion of the Association to the scale of the Eurasian organisation through including educational journalistic centres of the leading universities from China, Iran, India, Kazakhstan and other countries. Choosing SUSU as a conference venue can be explained not only by the high level of journalism education, but also by the unique location of the university and the international goal that it set before itself: located at the junction of two parts of the world, SUSU calls itself a SMART university, which unites Europe and Asia. The conference will provide all the opportunities for joining EJTA, establishing long-term partnership relations and organising top-level scientific research. Nico Drok, Professor and President of the Association will take part in the event.

The following burning issues will be discussed in the course of the conference: change of the journalism function in the society, professional ethics, skills, knowledge, and opinion of a journalist in the 21st century, liberty of journalism education, topics for establishing Eurasian collaboration, and a concept of building the Eurasian bridge in journalism education.

The programme of the event consists of five sessions corresponding to the main topics of the conference, to be held in the format of panel discussions, plenary sessions and roundtable discussions. Some cultural events will also be organized.

The conference’s website  in Russian and English has already started working. It holds information on the European Journalism Training Association, fields of its activity and terms of becoming an EJTA member, draft of the Conference Programme and the list of speakers, who will give presentations. On the web-site you can also find information on how to file an application form for participating in the conference and how to fill out the registration form in the Registration section. For international participants, a special page has been created with the instructions on obtaining the invitation for entering the Russian Federation for the execution of visa. Moreover, the web-site provides the list of hotels in Chelyabinsk, where they can stay.

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