The End of Journalism? Technology, Education and Ethics Conference 2008
University of Bedfordshire, 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 is organized by the Centre for International Media Analysis, Research and Consultancy for the Research Institute for Media, Art and Design at the University of Bedfordshire in collaboration with Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies published by Sage. The conference reception is sponsored by Journalism Studies and Journalism Practice published by Routledge.