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The future of journalism

03 September 2009

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

Journalists and scholars from the four corners of the globe will descend on the 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 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 the journalism industries in these different communities will reflect existing levels of technology and the development of media 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.

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