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Who can you trust in this age of blogs, tweets and high speed broadband? Top bloggers and journalists debate the future of news in: What’s the Blogging Story? A Bristol Festival of Ideas event, Watershed Media Centre, Bristol, Friday Oct 22, 7pm
Newsfutures - two workshops on the impact of the blogosphere, Pervasive Media Studio, Leadworks, Anchor Square, Bristol, Saturday Oct 23, 11am-4pm

What’s the Blogging Story?

The blogosphere is a powerful new force in Britain today as the Foreign Secretary William Hague could testify; only a month ago, he was forced to deny he was gay after gossip spread on the internet.

But who can you believe in this age of blogs, tweets and high speed broadband?

What’s the relationship between traditional and new media – the tired and the wired as some call them?

Is blogging a new form of democratic journalism, as dissidents have found in China and Iran, or a tool for the malicious and irresponsible?

Join some of the UK’s leading journalists and bloggers for a lively, and no doubt heated, debate to determine who will dominate the future of news, in a Bristol Festival of Ideas event at the Watershed on Friday October 22 at 7pm.

Speakers include Roy Greenslade (The Guardian), Donnacha Delong (NUJ Vice President), Sunny Hundal (Liberal Conspiracy), Brooke Magnanti (Belle du Jour), and Anton Vowl (Enemies of Reason and Mailwatch), plus a representative of the Press Complaints Commission and an audience which will include more leading bloggers.

The discussion will be chaired by Mike Jempson, Director of Mediawise, senior lecturer in journalism at UWE and UK representative for MediaAct.

The event has been organised as part of Bristol Festival of Ideas in association with the NUJ Bristol branch, the University of the West of England MediaAct project and MediaWise, and is part of a weekend study on the impact of the blogosphere.

What’s the Blogging Story?
venue: Watershed Media Centre, Bristol
Friday Oct, 22, 7pm.
Tickets £7/£5 concessions & NUJ members
Box office: 0117 927 5100

Two workshops for bloggers as part of the UWE MediaAcT Project, organised in association with Bristol NUJ and the MediaWise Trust.

Workshop 1: Blogging Hell!
Sat, Oct 23, 11am-1pm

Finding common cause across borders: Planning for international action on media standards.

What’s the role of online journalism in sustaining democratic societies? What role can the blogosphere play in more rigidly controlled societies? Can bloggers develop systems of self regulation that could enhance journalism standards?
This is the opening workshop in what promises to be a long-running debate.

Workshop 2: Jo Bloggs – but is it journalism?
Sat, Oct 23, 2pm-4pm

Is blogging the new journalism?

Are blogs a new, democratic kind of publishing, giving a voice to everyone? Or a platform where gossip, speculation and bias are passed on as fact, and nothing can be trusted?

As the lines between traditional and citizen journalism blur, how are mainstream media owners and regulators responding? Are the interests of citizen journalists, bloggers and mainstream journalists the same or contradictory? Where does the National Union of Journalists fit in the new media world? Should bloggers be able to join the NUJ?

Join leading bloggers and mainstream journalists for a revealing discussion and some possible resolutions.

venue: Pervasive Media Studio,
Anchor Square

Saturday 23nd October, 11m - 4pm

Workshop places are free, but space is limited. To register your interest, go to


MediaAct is a 13-nation EU-funded study of media accountability systems across Europe and the Arab world. Researchers at the University of the West of England are building a platform for bloggers to discuss issues of regulation and their influence on mainstream media content and standards.

Bristol NUJ has pioneered debate about the relationship between bloggers and union.

MediaWise is the journalism ethics charity based at UWE.

More details:

Paul Breeden, Chair NUJ Bristol branch: 07811 766072

Mike Jempson, NUJ, Senior Lecturer UWE, Director MediaWise Trust: 07968 031532


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