The World Journalism Education Council (WJEC) is a coalition representing academic associations worldwide that are involved in journalism and mass communication at the university level. By bringing organizations from six continents together, the Council hopes to provide a common space for journalism educators from around the world and to focus on issues that are universal in the field.
It is an outgrowth of the first World Journalism Education Congress that was held in Singapore in June 2007 and drew 450 delegates from 45 countries. The WJEC is an informal group with no secretariat. The World Journalism Education Council began as the planning group for the Congress, beginning with its first meeting in Toronto in 2004.
The Council’s major projects have been the adoption of a Declaration of Universal Principles of Journalism Education (approved June 2007) and the World Journalism Education Census.
The World Journalism Education Council’s Declaration of Principles developed out of the first meeting of the World Journalism Education Congress.
At this meeting in 2007 in Singapore, members form 28 journalism education association from six continents identified 11 principles to serve as a standard for journalism education worldwide.
Guided by these 11 principles, the member organization of the World Journalism Education Council pledge to work together to strengthen journalism education and increase its value to students, employers and the public.
The 5th World Journalism Education Congress will be held in Paris in July 2019.