Post-secondary journalism programs across the country have joined forces in a new national organization called J-Schools Canada/ÉcolesJ.

At a time when journalism faces a range of threats, Canadian journalism educators are building stronger links with each other and with fellow educators around the world to promote and bolster quality journalism education.

Currently administered by Carleton University’s journalism program, the new association is the Canadian affiliate of the World Journalism Education Council (WJEC). Members of J-Schools Canada/ÉcolesJ will formalize its governance structure next spring.

“As one of the founding members, we are pleased to play an active role in the launch of this important organization,” said Susan Harada, associate director of Carleton’s School of Journalism and Communication. “Our School will continue to support excellence in journalism education here in Canada and abroad, and will advocate to ensure its ongoing success.”

The WJEC represents worldwide academic associations involved in post-secondary journalism. It provides a common space for global educators to focus on issues in the field.

As well as representing Canada at the WJEC, J-Schools Canada/ÉcolesJ is committed to strengthening post-secondary journalism education for future generations. It operates as the official publishing body responsible for J-Source and provides support for the Journalism Interest Group of the Canadian Communication Association.

Current association members include the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Lethbridge College, Mount Royal University, University of Regina, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ryerson University, Algonquin College, Carleton University, University of King’s College, College of the North Atlantic. Membership is open to all post-secondary journalism programs in Canada.

For more information, visit the J-Schools Canada/ÉcolesJ website: https://j-schoolscanada.ca