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February 18, 2008

End of journalism? - conference announcement

Filed under: Headlines, journalism, conferences — news_editor @ 7:10 pm

The End of Journalism? Technology, Education and Ethics
International Journalism Conference 2008
Centre for International Media Analysis, Research and Consultancy
University of Bedfordshire
Luton, UK

17th-18th October 2008

The last few years have witnessed a fresh wave of claims for the potential of internet-based technologies to widen participation in the public sphere. This period has also witnessed a steady stream of jeremiads about the impact of user-generated content on professional journalism. This wide-reaching cultural debate takes places against the backdrop of the ongoing restructuring of the global news industries. In some quarters these changes are regarded with deep suspicion whilst others see a bright future for the media. Central to arguments presented by both sides in this debate is the value of ‘journalistic’ function to wider society.

The End of Journalism conference at the University of Bedfordshire will provide a timely opportunity to re-assess the status and purpose(s) of journalism. It will also provides an opportunity to question the role played by formal institutions (governmental, media, economic and educational), informal institutions and technologies in (re)structuring the ‘journalistic’ function for the twenty-first century.

The conference organizers welcome contributions on relevant topics including (but not exclusively):-

The Impact of New Media Technologies on Journalism
Professionalism, Amateurism and Citizen Journalism
Journalism, Democracy and the Public Sphere
New Journalism in a non-Western context
The Economics and Sociology of Contemporary Journalism
Employment and employability of Journalists
The Methodologies and Tools of Contemporary Journalism
The Ethics of Practice
The Education of Journalists
Academia and Journalism

The conference organizers aim to encourage a dialogue between various stakeholders involved (e.g. practitioners, owners, legislators, technologists, educators etc.) and would welcome contributions, papers and panels from professional journalists. They also welcome a variety of methodological approaches - including theoretical analysis, case studies and practical experiences from journalists – that can provide insights into the global complexities of contemporary journalism.

The End of Journalism conference is organised in collaboration with Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. Papers delivered at the conference will be considered for publication in the journal (see for further details).

An abstract of 250 words, accompanied by contact details and a brief biography - to be received by 31st July 2008 to be sent to:

The End of Journalism?
International Journalism Conference 2008
C/o Dr Gavin Stewart, Rm C101
School of Media, Art & Design
University of Bedfordshire
Park Square

Luton LU1 3JU



February 9, 2008

media and ethics seminar, Westminter Uni, London

Filed under: Headlines, media policy, journalism, conferences — news_editor @ 11:23 pm

On 14 March 2008 Westminster University’s Communication and Media Research Institute will host an international seminar on Media and Ethics. The seminar will offer a cross-disciplinary perspective on media and ethics, drawing on international experts in political economy and policy, media history, media audiences, documentary and visual anthropology, to discuss contemporary developments in this area.  Topics include ethics and political journalism, the BBC and Northern Ireland, documentary and human rights, children and new media. More at the CAMRI site.

February 6, 2008

Bush and aides lied 935 times in run-up to Iraq invasion

Filed under: Headlines, journalism, politics, conflict — news_editor @ 8:53 pm

President Bush and his top aides publicly made 935 false statements about the security risk posed by Iraq in the two years following 11 September 2001, according to a major new study. The study, by the Center for Public Integrity and its affiliated group, the Fund for Independence in Journalism, concluded: ‘In short, the Bush administration led the nation to war on the basis of erroneous information that it methodically propagated and that culminated in military action against Iraq on 19 March 2003.’

Bush and seven top officials - including Vice-President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice - made 935 false statements about Iraq during those two years. The study says Bush made 232 false statements about Iraq and former leader Saddam Hussein’s possessing weapons of mass destruction, and 28 false statements about Iraq’s links to al Qaeda.

The study suggests that Powell had the second-highest number of false statements, with 244 about weapons and 10 about Iraq and al Qaeda. Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Press Secretary Ari Fleischer each made 109 false statements. ‘It is now beyond dispute that Iraq did not possess any weapons of mass destruction or have meaningful ties to al Qaeda,’ the report reads.

The authors of the report accuse the media of failing to investigate adequately the truth of the claims. ‘Some journalists - indeed, even some entire news organizations - have since acknowledged that their coverage during those pre-war months was far too deferential and uncritical.’

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