WORLD RENOWNED reporters, producers, editors, professional bloggers, radio DJ’s and academics will gather in Coventry on the 28th of October in an attempt to answer the crafts’ currently most important question: “Is world journalism in crisis?” Writes Teo Beleaga
The event is organised by senior journalism lecturer John Mair on behalf of Coventry University and is sponsored by Richard Peel on behalf of Camelot Plc and the industry’s essential website, journalism.co.uk.
Judith Townend, speaker for the event and reporter for journalism.co.uk said: “Journalism.co.uk is thrilled to be supporting an event with such a superb line-up from the industry on an extremely timely subject. We’re looking forward to hearing a global mix of views from the academics and journalists – and we’re especially interested to see if there will be any crisis-deniers in their midst. The interactive element is equally exciting: we’ll be gathering audience questions via Twitter (follow @journalismnews) and the entire event will be live web-cast.”
The Humber Lecture Theatre will accommodate speakers from four different continents (Europe, America, Africa and Asia), either in person or by video-chat. Producer of the conference, John Mair confessed: “I am delighted. The big names are coming to Coventry via modern technology to discuss the big issues. This is exactly where a modern university should be – at the heart of the contemporary debate”.
Asked how he managed to gather the leading journalism figures of the world for less than four hours in Coventry, Mair simply said: “It was imagination, determination, a good contacts book, planning, having the support of high ups in the University from the Vice-Chancellor downwards and keeping the eye on the ball”.
The global conference starts at 2pm on the 28th of October in the Humber Theatre. It is free and open to all. For more details and registration please visit www.worldjournalismincrisis.org .
By Teo Beleaga