The future of the media in the wake of Trump and Brexit

Posted by ap507 at Feb 19, 2018 09:39 AM |
Experts to gather at conference to take place on Wednesday 21 February

Issued by University of Leicester on 19 February 2018

  • Brexit, Trump and the Media conference, Wednesday 21 February, 10am – 4:30pm, Henry Wellcome Building, Lancaster Road, University of Leicester

What has been the impact of President Trump? What will be the impact of Brexit?

Those are two of the biggest questions being addressed by leading journalists and academics at a conference at the University of Leicester on Wednesday 21 February.

‘A year of Trump; A year until Brexit’ is the sub-title of the Brexit, Trump and the Media conference due to be held in the Henry Wellcome Building, on Lancaster Road, at the University of Leicester.

A host of leading journalists and academics will be looking at both events with a focus on how they have changed the way the media operates.

The conference has grown out of the recent book Brexit, Trump and the Media, edited by John Mair, Tor Clark, Neil Fowler, Raymond Snoddy and Richard Tait, which was a collection of 56 chapters written by experts, mostly journalists, academics and economists.

Tor, who is Associate Professor in Journalism in the School of Media, Communication and Sociology at the University of Leicester, said: “There has been so much interest in the book since we published it in July, that we thought there was a lot of mileage in getting our authors and others together to assess the current and future situation as far as both Brexit and Trump were concerned.

“These are both very much live and on-going issues and interest in them continues to grow, so having had a year of Trump and with only a year to go until Brexit, this was the time to promote more discussion among experts for the benefit of our students and visitors from the wider community.”

Co-author Raymond Snoddy, former media editor of The Times and the Financial Times and presenter of Channel 4’s Hard News, will be chairing several of the discussions.

Contributions are expected from Jon Snow of Channel 4 News, Nick Robinson of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme and Mark Thompson, CEO of the New York Times and a former BBC Director General, all of whom wrote chapters for the book.

Other contributors include former BBC Head of News Helen Boaden, former Guardian political editor Michael White and former BBC Head of Political Programmes, Sue Inglish.

And academics from both the city’s universities will also be taking part as presenters and panel members throughout the day.

The event will be split into four sections – Brexit, Trump, social media and a look into the future, all involving panels of experts in discussion with the audience.

It is being staged by the University of Leicester in conjunction with Abramis Academic Publishing, the university’s School of Media, Communication and Sociology and its Unit for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement (DICE).

Admission is free but places must be booked via Eventbrite and photo ID must be presented.

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