The Conference of African Journalism Educators (CAJE), a round-table meeting of journalism teachers in tertiary institutions, met in Johannesburg in October 2009 to discuss the issues and challenges of teaching journalism on the continent. At the end of the conference it was agreed that CAJE would be renamed FAME – the Forum of African Media Educators.

Hosted by the Journalism and Media Studies programme at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and supported by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, the participants came from 13 different countries, representing 17 universities or tertiary institutions.

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The participants each produced a short paper of about 2 000 words on issues, experiences and research in teaching journalism. These provided the basis for six panel discussions, where participants presented on and discussed a wide range of topics, from issues of language and teaching to the societies in which journalists must work. Participants also shared a range of innovative teaching approaches being taken in their programmes.

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Participants agreed to establish an ongoing network, which would focus on developing institutional ties and ongoing exchanges, with a particular focus on continuing education for journalism educators. Another key area participants identified as important was collaborating to develop research and publication in the area. FAME delegates also agreed to examine such issues as their relationship as journalism educators to their universities, the media industry and society more generally.

FAME is supported by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation