Next Salon Discussion
Tuesday 2nd May: First Tuesday Current Affairs discussion
Discussing First topical issue (Simon Belt) and Second topical issue (Mark Iddon)
Brendan O'Neill and Louise Bolotin will introduce a conversation about recent changes in journalism and how the future of online publishing can be shaped
National and regional newspapers have experienced a protracted period of retrenchment, and the development of critical and in-depth journalism has been one of the main casualties. Alongside this trend in paper based publishing has been the proliferation of a variety of online publishing mechanisms, by individual bloggers and collaborations trying to develop new mechanisms of news reporting and commentary.
Brendan O'Neill represents the first custom-built online current affairs publication in the UK, as editor of spiked, so will be able to talk through experience of the practical challenges posed for online publishers of quality commentary. Louise Bolotin represents a Manchester-based response to the development of a news platform that only publishes online, incorporating technology to address the demands of a 24-hour news agenda and using social media such as Facebook and Twitter to reach new audiences. The Inside the M60 website she co-owns appeals to a particular readership that only rarely pick up print copies of the papers.
With the publication of leaks through the WikiLeaks website and passed leaked US Embassy cables to selected news organisations, its founder Julian Assange has been both vilified and beatified. Some of those who have given material to WikiLeaks in the past have faced long-term imprisonment. But beyond the personalities and witch-hunts, what have we actually learned from these many revelations?
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