2016 World Journalism Education Congress

 The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO was principal sponsor of the fourth World Journalism Education Congress in July.

Organised by Auckland University of Technology (AUT), the 2016 World Journalism Education Congress addressed the most pressing issues confronting journalism and journalism educators around the world today.

More than 200 participants from 48 countries attended the event, to discuss topics such as concerns for reputation and media freedoms, and journalism in today’s digital environment.

Among the attendees were Ian McKinnon, Chair of the New Zealand National Commission, who provided a welcome address and chaired a session and Trish Carter, National Commissioner for Communication, who also led one of the sessions. 

Congress delegates

From left: Ian McKinnon, Dr Fassy Yusuf, Dr Shailendra Singh, Professor Ahmed Hidass, Associate Professor Verica Rupar, Professor Abiodun Salawu, Assistant Professor Jeremaiah M Opiniano, Trish Carter, Dr Cait McMahon. Photo: Mandy Te

The National Commission provided funding for Dr Cait McMahon to participate in a panel, 'Reporting Trauma and Suicide'. In addition, the Commission provided travel grants to enable nine journalists from developing countries to attend the congress. The following recipients received up to NZD2000 each to help cover the cost of travel to Auckland: 

  • Haiyan Wang, School of Communication and Design, Sun Yat-Sen University, China
  • Dr Fassy Yusuf, University of Lagos, Nigeria
  • Assistant Professor Jeremaiah M Opiniano, University of Santo Tomas, The Philippines
  • Professor Ahmed Hidass, Instit Superieur d'Information et Communication, Morocco
  • Eno Akpabio, University of Namibia, Namibia
  • Abiodun Salawu, North West University, South Africa
  • Dr Shailendra Singh, Fiji
  • Victoria Lepou, Samoa
  • Moh Zaenal Abidin Eko Putro, Indonesia.

Freedom of information is a key theme for UNESCO.