World Federation of
Science Journalists

Worldviews Conference on Media and Higher Education

A conference whose time has come

Higher education affects every aspect of our lives – from the economy and the environment, to culture and communications. While the media play a critical role in shaping public understanding of this institution, little discussion has taken place about how that influence is manifested – or about how, in turn, higher education uses the media to mould how the public perceives it.

But that’s about to change.

Introducing Worldviews: Media Coverage of Higher Education in the 21st Century. This innovative conference, scheduled for June 2011 in Toronto, Canada, will not only examine these issues, but explore why it’s important to do so.

The 2011 inaugural conference will consider a range of important issues, including:
  • How media coverage of higher education has changed over the past two decades and where it is headed
  • 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 public education
  • How higher education engages with the media to inform public opinion
  • The different realities of the developing and developed worlds
These issues will be examined in a format designed to maximize participation and discussion that will feature:
  • Café discussions and salons, interviews with leading thinkers, readings and workshops, in addition to keynote addresses and panel debates
  • The opportunity for audience members to become speakers and debaters
  • Open programming reserved for sessions to respond to specific ideas that emerge from the conference itself
  • We look forward to welcoming you to Toronto in 2011 (June 16-18).

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