24.04.2008 -

The UK National Commission for UNESCO debates "Is new media killing journalism?" for World Press Freedom Day 2008

The UK National Commission for UNESCO is organising several events across the United Kingdom to mark World Press Freedom Day 2008. The events aim to raise public awareness and understanding of the ideals that underline World Press Freedom Day. Central to the activities planned in the UK for 2008 is the topical question: "Is new media killing journalism?"

On 2 May 2008, the UK National Commission, in partnership with the Press Freedom Network and with the support of the Frontline Club, will be holding a debate on the motion "New media is killing journalism". The debate will be chaired by William Horsley, Chair of the Association of European Journalists. Speakers will include Robin Lustig (BBC radio broadcaster), Andrew Keen (author of The Cult of the Amateur), Kim Fletcher (journalist and editor) and Nazenin Ansari (Kayhan Publishing Iran/UK, President of the Foreign Press Association). The debate will cumulate with a vote on the notion by the audience. Live online streaming of the event will be available at <a href="http://www.frontlineclub.com">www.frontlineclub.com</a>.


Also on 2 May, a lecture in Wales will be hosted in association with the Welsh Centre for International Affairs (WCIA) and the Institute for Welsh Affairs (IWA). Geraint Talfan Davies (Chair of the IWA, former Controller of BBC Wales, Trustee of the Media Standards Trust) will deliver the lecture on the subject of "Is new media killing journalism: What is the future for Wales?"


A journalism competition for UK university students (in partnership with guardian.co.uk, the online edition of the Guardian, a UK national newspaper) is also being run by the UK National Commission. Students are invited to write a 1,000-word article or produce a 3-minute radio or podcast package on the topic: "Is new media killing journalism?" The winner will be presented with The John Ivinson Memorial Prize for Freedom of Expression and its associated cash prize of £500. The winning article will be published on guardian.co.uk.


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