The Future of Journalism

Date: 29th November 2012


Following the phone hacking scandal and with newspaper sales falling as the world goes digital, what is the future for journalism?

The Future of Journalism brings together a group of names working in journalism and related fields for a lively panel discussion in front of an audience.


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The panel members are:

Tom Watson, MP

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 Dorril, Senior Lecturer in Journalism, University of Huddersfield

Asam Shah, Digital Journalist, The Next Web, BBC & Al Jazeera

(Please note that the panel may be subject to change at any point up to or on the night.)

Presented by Key Words and the Huddersfield Creative Arts Network in collaboration with the Journalism and Media department at the University of Huddersfield.

Tickets are £5 (£2 concessions) plus relevant Eventbrite fee

Doors open 6.30pm for a 7pm start (event expected to finish by 8.30pm).

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Tom Watson has been MP for West Bromwich East since 2001. He is the former Minister for Digital Engagement and a former member of the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee. He is also Parliament’s first blogger, a prolific user of Twitter and was recently named one of the Evening Standard’s “influential in technology”. Tom has received widespread recognition for his role in exposing the phone hacking scandal at News International in 2011 and is the co-author of Dial M for Murcoch: News Corporation and the Corruption of Britain.


ADAM CHRISTIE Picture credit: Pete Jenkins

Adam Christie is Vice-President of the NUJ. A freelance journalist, Adam works on The Yorkshire Post and produces the magazine Youl’Learn for unionlearn, the TUC’s education section in the Yorkshire and Humber region. Previously he has worked for Ceefax, BBC Online, Radio Leeds and Look North. Adam has been involved with many industry committees: he currently sits on the Newspapers and Agencies Council (NEC) as Vice-Chair of Policy and he is Vice-Chair of the Freelance Industrial Council (FIC).



Dawn-Maria France is Editor-in-Chief of Yorkshire Women’s Life Magazine. Dawn-Maria  started in journalism in the 1980s, covering a diverse range of subjects from travel and women’s lifestyle to politics, crime and domestic abuse. Dawn’s varied career saw her reporting from Downing Street and winning numerous awards. Ten years ago, Dawn-Maria was part of a team of journalists that identified a need for a different type of women’s magazine, and Yorkshire Women’s Life was born.


Roy Wright The Future of Journalism


Roy Wright is the Editor of the Huddersfield Examiner. Roy studied journalism at the  Polytechnic of Central Lancashire before joining the David Burke Press Agency in Manchester then the Hull Daily Mail. After working for the Liverpool Daily Post and Liverpool Echo, he became Editor of the Huddersfield Daily Examiner in 2002. He has overseen the paper’s move from broadsheet to tabloid and from evening to morning paper, maintaining a consistent newspaper sales performance over the past decade and growing its website to over two million hits per month.



Dr Stephen Dorril is a senior lecturer in Journalism at the University of Huddersfield. He has worked as an investigative journalism for more than 25 years, specialising in the activities of the British security and intelligence services, and has written a number of acclaimed books, including a Cold War history of MI6, ‘Fifty Years of Special Operations’. Among the areas he lectures on are the history of the press and new developments such as hyper-local newspapers.


Future of Journalism


Asam Shah recently graduated with an MA in Digital Journalism at the University of Huddersfield. Asam is a freelance journalist and online writer for The Next Web, Al Jazeera and the BBC.

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