The Department of Journalism at City, University of London will be among the hosts of the 23rd Congress of the Worldwide Association of Women Journalists and Writers (AMMPE).

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The Department of Journalism at City, University of London will be among the hosts of the 23rd Congress of the Worldwide Association of Women Journalists and Writers (AMMPE).

Around 250 delegates from across the world will visit the university on the second day of the four-day congress, on Wednesday 7th November 2018.

Dorothy Byrne, Head of News and Current Affairs at Channel 4 and Chair of the Ethical Journalism Network, will be among the speakers at City.

The award-winning author Elif Shafak will give the keynote address at the BBC's central London headquarters on the first day of the congress, which is being held in the UK for the first time and is free to attend.

Dr Zahera Harb (right), a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Journalism at City and a member of the AMMPE congress organising committee, said: “We are so pleased to play a part in hosting and organising this event.

“City’s journalism department has long been committed to offering a space for debating journalism issues and to advocating good journalism practices nationally and internationally.

“The congress is a good opportunity to engage with journalists, writers and academics from around the world in critically assessing our roles in contributing to the wellbeing of our societies.”


In her keynote speech, Elif Shafak will explore the theme “telling the whole story: a complex world needs all its story tellers”.

She will join a line-up of more than 100 internationally acclaimed speakers who will address delegates in presentations and panel discussions at the BBC, City, Google's UK headquarters and the University of Kent's Medway campus.

Other speakers at City include:

  • Carly Watson, News Editor at ITN
  • Louise Hastings, Managing Editor at Sky News
  • Veronica Lopez, Chilean journalist
  • Rima Maktabi, London Bureau Chief of Al Arabiya
  • Caroline Bannock, Editor for Community and UGC at The Guardian
  • Banu Goven, award-winning Turkish journalist.

Professor Sir Paul Curran, City's President, will open the City event with a welcoming address.

The line-up for the four-day event also includes: leading women’s rights campaigner Helen Pankhurst; academy-award winning screenwriter Gonzalo Maza; Chilean journalist turned successful politician Beatrice Sanchez; award-winning Mexican journalist Annabel Hernandez and prominent US radio host and podcaster Kelly McEvers.


The Worldwide Association of Women Journalists and Writers is a not-for-profit organisation which was established by the Mexican writer Gloria Salas de Calderon in 1969. AMMPE describes itself as a loose association of women journalists and writers groups from around the world.

The 2018 congress has been organised by a committee from across the media, civil society and academia.

Professor Suzanne Franks, Head of Journalism at City, said: “The journalism department at City, University of London has a long track record in producing outstanding graduates who go on to work in news organisations across the world.

“Well over half of our students are women and we work hard to ensure they are supported and encouraged to fulfil their potential when they enter the workplace. A number of our academics are also engaged in research on areas related to the question of gender in the newsroom.

“We are delighted to host the second day of the congress and to welcome everyone to City.”


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