“After Leveson, is citizen journalism the answer”?
Saturday, 8 June 2013 at 10:00 (BST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
This is the public's first opportunity to hear from leading journalists and campaigners and have their say after the phone hacking scandal that led to the Leveson Inquiry.
Speakers include Karin Askham, Media School Dean at the London College of Communication, New Statesman columnist Laurie Penny, a blogger and author, Angela Phillips, of EastLondonLines and Goldsmith’s College, Evan Harris, associate director of Hacked Off, James Anslow, an ex-News of the World and Sun sub-editor and university lecturer, who'll bravely defend tabloid journalism, Althea Grant, Tottenham community activist and lawyer and Marc Wadsworth, editor of the-latest.com, broadcaster and filmmaker.
It's a special media conference entitled, After Leveson, is Citizen Journalism the Answer? The event builds on the success of the organisers' Media and the Riots conference that brought young people from riot affected areas and journalists face to face. The Leveson Inquiry accepted the conference report as evidence.
Top bloggers, campaigners for greater press regulation, those opposed to it, citizen journalists, scholars, trade unionists, students and members of the public will be at the one-day conference.
In the wake of the outcry from Fleet Street’s finest about them not wanting to be regulated by law, the debate has turned to online news and comment. Will bloggers, and sites like our, face draconian fines if lawyers are set loose on them? Or, should they be excluded from new regulation?
After the 2011 summer riots, some police and politicians, aware that young people share a lot of news using social media, urged the closing down of internet services including Twitter and BlackBerry Messenger, during times of civil unrest. Yet the post Leveson Inquiry debate seems to have by-passed discussion that the way forward may not be with “big media”, whose circulations are tumbling, but with alternative reporting by the people for the people in the shape of citizen journalism.
Can newspapers recapture the vast space now occupied by a growing army of online bloggers and other members of the public publishing news, views and images unhindered by the demands of rich, powerful and partisan proprietors? Then again, maybe “big media” need not fear citizen journalism because it is a passing fad unable to uphold professional standards in an unaccountable wild west that is the world wide web.
These important questions and more will be discussed in a lively debate by key figures in the media industry. We hope you will join us.