From Typewriters to Twitter, the Changing Face of Your News

Series Name Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society
Speaker Mr Richard Bowyer
Type Lectures & Talks
When 05 Feb 2018, 07:30PM - 08:30PM
Venue New Walk Museum
Open To Public
Ticket Price Visitors £3.
For Bookings Contact No booking is required.

Leicester Mercury Media Lecture Mr Richard Bowyer is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism at the University of Derby. He will talk about the revolution in news, not only how it is consumed but also produced by the 21st century journalist and asks can newspapers survive.

During his 30 years in the media, he has worked at the Coalville and Ashby Times as a junior reporter and went on to the Peterborough Evening Telegraph, the Wolverhampton Express and Star, the Derby Telegraph, the Lincolnshire Echo, the Stoke Sentinel and then Group Editor of West Staffordshire Newspapers which included the Leek and Post Times, the Staffordshire Newsletter and the Staffordshire Life. He has been in the forefront of the digital revolution at the newspaper helping to grow the online audience by 70 percent year-on-year.

During his career Richard has fought to get a museum built in Lincoln, saved the name of the Staffordshire Regiment, helped to keep the Staffordshire Hoard, the greatest ever find of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver in the county and saved the Wedgwood Collection. He was also keen to improve on literacy levels and worked with MP Tristram Hunt and Emma Bridgewater (of pottery fame) to start the first ever Stoke on Trent Literary Festival and used the event as a vehicle to improve literacy in that area. This lecture is sponsored by the Leicester Mercury.

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