The future of news journalism and the rise of citizen journalism

Herefordshire Media Network takes a look at the future of news journalismand the rise of citizen journalism. Tuesday 11th June 2013, 7pm – Saxty s Wine Bar, Hereford. 5 Entry on door (includes light bites) Google s Eric Schmidt has forecast that over the next 8 years, 5 billion new internet users will come online, the vast majority accessing the internet via mobile devises. There are now worrying signs of the decline of the news industry. The radical connectivity of the internet has greatly diminished the scale of our local and national newspapers reach, and the value of their advertising. Meanwhile the UK s nascent hyper-local and community media sector has witnessed a step change in activity and recognition from policy makers and funders alike. We are now seeing citizen journalism entering the mainstream and successful business models emerging for local news and entertainment platforms. Herefordshire Media Network is delighted to welcome two distinguished speakers to lead a discussion on the implications of online journalism for local media and communities. Professor Richard Sambrook, former Director of Global News at BBC, is Director of Cardiff University s Centre for Community Journalism. Richard will outline the reasons why one of Britain s leading journalism schools has decided to focus on community journalism, and give an overview of its future plans. Dr Andy Williams is a lecturer at Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Culture.

He will provide insights into emergent forms of news and address key challenges for community news in the UK. For rural counties such as Herefordshire successful roll out of superfast broadband will be critical to both media producers and consumers.

Matt Smith, Herefordshire Council s Broadband Operations Manager will provide an update on Herefordshire and Gloucestershire s Big Build Fastershire . Many HMN members will remember Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce s support when establishing HMN several years ago. Colita Dainton, Area Relationship Manager for Herefordshire, will give a short update on the Chamber s services and benefits of membership. To round out the evening, members of Herefordshire TV s Steering Group will give an update of progress and launch HTV s website. Refreshments will be available, together with information on all the above topics. The Herefordshire Media Network

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