22nd November 2013, 10:15am
Head of Lincoln School of Journalism elected by leading international training association
Deborah Wilson The Acting Head of the University of Lincolnís School of Journalism has been elected as the Vice President of the European Journalism Training Association (EJTA), an international organisation dedicated to stimulating European co-operation in Journalism education.

The association was established in Brussels in 1990 to encourage discussion and good practice in journalism, and to support student exchanges and collaboration between education providers. It groups together 55 leading educational centres, schools and universities from 24 countries across Europe, and Deborah Wilson was this month announced as the organisationís new Vice President.

Deborah is the only board member from the UK and will sit alongside four other prominent Journalism scholars from universities in Germany, Holland, Belgium and Sweden. In her new role, Deborah will raise awareness of the organisation and its values, present at a number of European conferences and support the Associationís President.

Speaking of her appointment, Deborah said: ďI am delighted to have been appointed Vice President of such a respected association. The EJTA promotes the underpinning principles for Journalism education, which include a focus on ethics, journalistic independence and accountability. These are values that are central to our teaching at Lincoln, across all Journalism and Public Relations programmes, and it is an honour to be in a position to champion these standards throughout Europe.

ďAs members of the association, universities are part of an exclusive club that shares good teaching practice, develops research initiatives, and promotes a vibrant exchange programme for colleagues and students. At the Lincoln School of Journalism, the EJTA network helps us to provide a valuable international outlook for our staff and students, and I very much look forward to developing our relationships with like-minded institutions across Europe.Ē

In 2009, the University of Lincolnís School of Journalism was 'Recognised for Excellence' by EJTA. Since then, staff and students from the Journalism School have enjoyed a wealth of international collaborations and ERASMUS-funded educational exchanges.

Deborah is a founding member of the University of Lincolnís School of Journalism, and she also represents the international membership on the Board of Directors for the US-based Broadcast Education Association and is a national judge for the Radio Academy.

For more information on the European Journalism Training Association, visit www.ejta.eu
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