Democracy Without Journalists

Yesterday I went to the Democracy Without Journalists meeting in Portcullis House organised jointly by the National Union of Journalists and Goldsmiths Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy.

The committee room was packed out with journalists, academics and students. All crammed in to hear about what could be done to secure the future of local and regional journalism in the UK.

Austin Mitchell MP

The meeting was introduced by Austin Mitchell MP, convener of the NUJ parliamentary group; Nick Couldry, Director of the Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy and Des Freedman, Lecturer in Communications and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths.

Professor James Curran
Professor James Curran

First to speak was Professor James Curran

Angela Phillips
Angela Phillips

Next was Angela Phillips who talked about the hyper-local East London Lines blog that she runs at Goldsmiths

Professor Stephen Coleman
Professor Stephen Coleman

The final speaker before some audience contributions was Professor Stephen Coleman

The Democracy Without Journalists rally in the Thatcher room of Portcullis House.
The Democracy Without Journalists rally in the Thatcher room of Portcullis House.

There was then a short section for the audience to contribute to the discussion

Natalie Fenton
Natalie Fenton

Back to the speakers and Natalie Fenton from Goldsmiths talked about their research about civil society and news media

Steve Hewlett
Steve Hewlett

Fresh from Broadcasting House was Steve Hewlett who talked about local TV news

Evan Harris MP
Evan Harris MP

There was then a quick update from Evan Harris MP on libel reform work that he had been doing

Jeremy Dear
Jeremy Dear

General Secretary of the NUJ Jeremy Dear was the final speaker

The Democracy Without Journalists rally in the Thatcher room of Portcullis House.
The Democracy Without Journalists rally in the Thatcher room of Portcullis House.

There was then a final half hour of discussion with the audience