GLOBAL: Media fellowships for Worldviews conference

The Worldviews international conference on media and higher education, to be held in Toronto in June, is offering five media fellowships for journalists to attend. Journalists who cover higher education issues in mainstream or niche media are invited to apply.

The innovative conference from 16-18 June will explore how the media moulds public perceptions of higher education, and how higher education engages with the media to shape public perceptions of its role and importance.

Networking with colleagues in the media, communications and public relations, as well as university leaders and cutting-edge thinkers and researchers from across the globe will be one of the major benefits of the conference. There will also be plenty to write about.

Each media fellowship is worth $1,000 (Canadian) and can be used to help cover the cost of travel to the conference and the modest cost of accommodation at the official conference hotel, the Holiday Inn on the University of Toronto campus. The fellowship also includes complimentary conference registration. All sessions will be open to the media.

Interested journalists should send an email outlining their experience in higher education journalism, links to two published articles, and email contact information to:

Applications should be received by 15 April 2011. Those chosen to receive a fellowship will be notified by 30 April.

Worldviews is being co-hosted by University World News, Inside Higher Ed, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, and the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations and its publication, Academic Matters.

Journalists, editors, academics, researchers, university and college media and public relations practitioners from all continents will encourage an interactive dialogue with participants at the conference. As well as debates, panels and practical workshops, there will be small café discussions and salons, film screenings, interviews with leading thinkers, and the opportunity for audience members to become speakers and debaters.

The 2011 inaugural conference will consider a range of important themes, including:

* How media coverage of higher education has changed over the past two decades and where it is headed.
* Research and science journalism.
* The impact of social media and how it is changing what is covered and how higher education is understood.
* The role the media play in influencing public policy debates on higher education.
* How higher education engages with the media to inform public opinion.
* The different realities of the developing and developed worlds.

Speakers include: Ivan Semeniuk, Nature; Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed; Karen MacGregor, University World News; Jeff Selingo, Chronicle of Higher Education; Phil Baty, Times Higher Education; Valeria Roman, Clarín, Argentina; Adrian Monck, World Economic Forum; Tony Burman, Al Jazeera; Paul Lewis, Discovery Channel; Daniel Devise, Washington Post; Shari Graydon, Informed Opinions; Simon Beck, Globe and Mail; Jean-Marc Fleury, World Federation of Science Journalists; Sidneyeve Matrix, Queen's University; Penny Park, Science Media Centre of Canada; Bob McDonald, CBC; Adam Habib, University of Johannesburg; Mark Kingwell, University of Toronto; Ying Cheng, Shanghai Jiao Tong University; Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, Universiti Sains Malaysia; Lisa Lapin, Stanford University; and Bill Murphy, University of Rochester, among many others.

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