Trial and Error II

Call for Abstracts

ECREA Journalism & Communication Education TWG Conference 2018 “Trial and Error II” Innovation and trends between the classroom and the company UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO

10-11 May 2018 Braga, Portugal

This is a gentle reminder for the call for abstracts for the next installment of the Journalism & Education Education Conference “Trial & Error II”. After a great conference in Tilburg, Netherlands, last May, we will meet in Braga, Portugal, May 10-11, 2018, for presentations, discussions, and workshops concerning education for media professions in a changing media world. The shifting communicative environment asks for experimentation in media, aiming at new narratives, tools and a new connection with the audience. At the same time, universities must adapt to the new multimedia and digital reality by becoming a place of training which is also, and more than ever, linked to experimentation and innovation.

In this new communicative environment, a re-evaluation of communication education is required since it must seek to meet the digital demands of the news media professions.

What can we learn from these changes and how do we study them? What challenges and answers can be provided from the classroom to the company and back?

Contributions may be theoretical, methodological or empirical in nature and can touch upon, but not restricted to, the following topics:

– New formative trends in the classroom and innovative didactics

– Experiments in multimedia narratives and tools

– New training profiles: Social Media Manager, MOJO, Data journalist, Search Engine Optimization…

– Teaching new business models

– Training future media professionals in social awareness, ethics and critical thinking

– Research methods and research perspectives in education for media professions

– Applicability of research in the classroom

Please note that we invite contributions in various formats, e.g. workshops, panels and conference presentations.

  • Workshops sessions deal in a practical way (‘hands on’) with current aspects of media education. Proposals include a clearly defined workshop topic and goal, and a number of questions or assignments (max. 500 words).
  • Conference presentations involve research results and/or theoretical work relevant to the conference theme. Abstract (max. 500 words, not including references),outlining the state of the study or research project, as well as the research question(s) or hypotheses, findings and conclusion(s). We also encourage submitting work in progress, e.g. new theoretical or methodological ideas you wish to discuss with peers at the conference.
  • Panels consist of various presentations addressing a common topic from different perspectives.

Panels are scheduled for one hour, including discussions. Panel proposals include a description of the topic and an overall panel goal, addressing the relevance of the topic to the conference theme (400 words), as well as a short abstract of each of the presentations (max. 200 words each).

True to the interdisciplinary nature of this conference, we encourage contributors to combine education for various media professions (PR, journalism, media management …) or to address the applicability/relevance of their topic for programs from different areas of media education.

New extended deadline: Monday, March 19, 2018.

Please submit abstracts at this link of the official website

The Conference is organized by

Centro de Estudos de Comunicação e Sociedade (CECS), with the coordination of Dra. Sandra Marinho (, and th e ECREA Journalism & Communication Education TWG management


Harmen Groenhart (Vice chair) / Fontys University of Applied Sciences / School of Journalism / Tilburg, The Netherlands ( Pilar Sánchez-García (Vice chair) / University of Valladolid / Faculty of Philosophy and Arts/ Valladolid, Spain (