What is the future of journalism?

The Future of Journalism

Will newspapers still exist in 10 years time? Does citizen journalism mark the end of serious journalism or the start of a brave new era? What has been the effect of 24-hour rolling news and the digital age? Will the Leveson Inquiry have any effect on standards in the industry?

You don’t need to be a print journalist to know that the industry has been in crisis for some time now. In 2000, when I started working on The Guardian, its online presence was still relatively new. Over the next eight years, until I moved out of London in early 2009, the balance gradually shifted as newspapers embraced the digital age.

Today, newspaper sales continue to fall at alarming rates as people access free news online and on the go. The rise in blogging and citizen journalism means that anyone can set up a website and report the news or offer reviews, criticism and analysis. Social media has revolutionised how we engage with news and where major stories are broken first. And then there was the scandal of some industry practices revealed during the Leveson Inquiry.

With this in mind, I have set up an event at the University of Huddersfield called The Future of Journalism. The panel debate will take place on Thursday 29 November 2012, 7.00-8.30pm and tickets are just £5 (£2 conc). Anyone can book a place and have the opportunity to ask the burning questions that the industry currently faces.

The debate is a not-for-profit event presented by my company, Key Words, and the Huddersfield Creative Arts Network (HCAN) in collaboration with the Journalism and Media department at the University of Huddersfield.

It will be of interest to those working in journalism and media students, as well as anyone in the wider population who cares about where print journalism might be heading.

The following panellists have been confirmed:

Tom Watson, MP, who took part in the Leveson Inquiry and is the co-author of Dial M for Murdoch: News Corporation and the Corruption of Britain. (see picture)

Adam Christie, Vice President of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ)

Dawn-Maria France, Editor of Yorkshire Women’s Life

Roy Wright, Editor of the Huddersfield Examiner

Stephen Dorrill, Senior Lecturer in Journalism, University of Huddersfield

Tickets for the event are limited and places can be reserved the following ways:

Visit: http://foj.eventbrite.co.uk

Email: Michelle@key-words.co.uk

Call: 01484 430 228

This is a great opportunity to lift the lid on the industry and where it’s heading and I hope it will get great support from Huddersfield and the surrounding area. I look forward to seeing you there.

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