Programme of Events


Wednesday 26 April

EJTA pre-meetings

2pm BST Datajournalism taskforce, RB518

2pm BST Inclusive journalism teaching, RB138

3pm BST Coffee

3.30pm BST Thinktank: sustainable EJTA, RB138

Thursday 27 April

9.30am BST Registration, coffee/pastries RB223

9.50am BST Intro from EJTA and LJMU, Lecture theatre 1

10am BST Keynote Helen Brown, Editor for BBC Sports News

10.45am BST Panel and discussion: Diversity in Sport

11.30am BST Coffee

11.50am Papers: developing sports courses

Will Cope, Solent: How to attract female students to Sports Journalism courses
Barbara Mazza and Christian Ruggiero, Sapienza University of Rome: Training to explain sport: social, ethical, and political issues between news and sports journalism.

1 to 2pm BST lunch

2pm BST Papers: breakout sessions

Session A: RB138
Future-proofing students

Paulo Frias and Helena Lima University of Oporto: Lecture theatre
Data Journalism and storytelling: challenges in teaching Sports news-values and routines in a world of data

Esko Hatunen, Haaga Helia University
Tom McCooey, LJMU
Future-proofing students: what skills are necessary for the news and sports media of the future?

Session B: RB101
Fans and fan media: opportunities and challenges

David Randles, LJMU
New Players: Exploring the emergence and position of football fan-produced digital media

Anna Orfanidou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Exploring factors associated with violence and antisocial behaviour in stadiums

Session C: RB401
Sport, identity and the place of media

Guy Hodgson, LJMU
Too big to love? Manchester United, local identity and mediatised displacement

Valentijn Horemans, Thomas More Mechelen
Due to the growth of OTT-platforms more leagues are able to reach their fans. How did the sports broadcasting environment change in the last decade and how will it effect next-generation sports journalists?

3pm BST Coffee

3.30pm BST Workshops and discussions: breakout sessions (rooms to follow)

Session A: RB138

Jacotte Brokken, Artevelde University of Applied Sciences Specialist Journalism, a teaching case study: Environmental reporting
This presentation will explore the course structure, the specific frameworks used in this course, and the skills developed by the students.

Session B: RB101
Mustapha Esadik and Pim Mak, HU School of Journalism, Utrecht
The Qatar Dilemma: What is your role as (sports) journalists when there is so much else going on in one of the biggest sports events in the world?
SvJ Live as a tool for practice and debate through productions, live blogs or talkshows.

Session C: RB401
Tim Abraham, LJMU and former Sky cricket correspondent
Round table discussion: Anything but football? How to interest students in the wider sports world

4.30pm Wrap-up and directions to Oh Me Oh My

7pm BST Conference dinner at Oh Me Oh My

Friday 28 April

9.30am BST Coffee and pastries

10am Keynote: David Conn, Investigations Correspondent, the Guardian. Author of The Fall of the House of Fifa: How the world of football became corrupt, Lecture theatre 1

11 to 11.30am BST Coffee

11.30am to 12.30pm BST Panel and discussion: The World Cup, sportswashing and free speech, Lecture theatre 1

12.30pm BST Lunch

1.15pm: Panel and discussion: Journalism, PR and club communications featuring:
Paul Tyrrell, chief operating officer for Aston Villa FC. Paul has also held senior communications roles at clubs including Manchester City, Liverpool, Everton and Glasgow Rangers and has worked for the BBC, ITV, Granada Television and Channel 5.
David Prentice, Senior Communications Manager, Everton FC. Author of: A Grand Old Team to Report: 45 years of following Everton Football Club, Lecture theatre 1

2.15pm BST Presentation, Next EJTA conference

2.25pm BST Conference closes for social events.

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2.30pm BST Anfield tour (optional – and limited numbers)

4pm BST Ferry Across the Mersey, with view of Everton’s new stadium under construction (optional)

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