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The future of journalism

02 September 2009

The crucial issue of the future of journalism in the modern world will be discussed at an international conference to be held at Cardiff University.

Journalists and scholars from the four corners of the globe will descend on the University’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies for the ‘Future of Journalism conference’ which is held on the 9th and 10th September 2009.

The changing shape of the news environment across print, broadcast and online platforms, the impact of digital technologies on journalists’ professional practice and the decline and fragmentation of audiences are just some of the topics that will be discussed at the conference.

Other areas that conference delegates will address include new directions for the education, training and employment of journalists; the future for journalism ethics and regulation; innovative business models to fund journalism online; the emergence of citizen journalists; and the highly variable prospects for journalists and journalism worldwide.

More than 200 delegates are expected to attend the conference with 120 speakers from academia and across the journalism industries in more than 40 countries. Keynote addresses will be given by James Curran, Professor of Media and Communications at Goldsmith’s College, London and Bettina Peters, Director of the Global Forum for Media Developments. They will provide an overview of trends and developments in journalism in the twenty-first century in the global South (the developing world) as well as the industrialised North.

Conference organiser Professor Bob Franklin of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies said: "The significance of the future of journalism, with its many implications for economic growth, the operation of democracy and the maintenance and development of the social and cultural life of societies around the globe, is difficult to overstate. The impact of changes in journalism in these different communities will reflect existing levels of media technology as well as distinctive journalism cultures. The conference will explore these themes and address the future prospects for the future of journalism in what will be a topical and lively event."

The Future of Journalism conference is supported by Cardiff University and organised with advice and funding from publishers Routledge, Taylor and Francis.

1. Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

The School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies has research and teaching interests in journalism and other contemporary media including, international media, media technologies, media and development, film, popular music, radio, television, photojournalism, magazine journalism and public and media relations.

The School houses the Centre for Journalism Studies, founded by Sir Tom Hopkinson in 1970, and the Tom Hopkinson Centre for Media Research, founded in 1996. The Centre for Journalism Studies offers the highly acclaimed Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism Studies, which prepares new graduates for a career in journalism or public and media relations. Students can chose to specialise in broadcast, magazines, newspaper, photojournalism or public and media relations. The course is recognised by industry’s accrediting and standard setting bodies, the National Council for the Training of Journalists, the Periodicals Training Council, the National Council for the Training of Broadcast Journalists and the Institute of Public Relations.

Media research is supported by the Tom Hopkinson Research Centre. Areas of research expertise include: visual culture, popular journalism and democracy; media and national/regional identities; media histories; media and gender and ethnic representations; media and children; and international journalism.

2. Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, Professor Sir Martin Evans.

Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.

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Professor Bob Franklin

School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

Cardiff University


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Victoria Dando

Public Relations

Cardiff University

Tel: 02920 879074