Professor Ágnes Gulyás of the School of Media, Art and Design is to deliver her inaugural lecture, titled ‘What is news?’, on Tuesday 27 March 2018.

After a reception of drinks and light refreshments from 5.15pm in Old Sessions House, New Holmes Road Campus, Canterbury, CT1 1QU, the lecture will be delivered from 6pm in the Michael Berry Lecture Theatre.

What is News?

This lecture will explore the different ways in which news have been perceived and conceptualised. News is a concept we all seem to understand and know, but we tend to see its meaning as taken for granted. The lecture will argue that ‘news’ does not have a fixed meaning and that it evolves over time influenced by social, cultural, political and technological developments. Four key approaches to understanding and ways of seeing ‘news’ will be identified and discussed: news as professional output of journalists, news as product, news as ‘intelligence’ and news as new information. The lecture will also argue that digital communication and media technologies are having an impact on how we perceive news and 20th century understandings of news are losing their relevance.

Drinks and light refreshments will be served from 5.15pm

Please RSVP to Catherine Rising.

Dr Ágnes Gulyás teaches on the Media and Communications, Multimedia Journalism and MA by Research programmes in the School of Media, Art and Design. She also supervises PhD students. Ágnes’s research interests include digital transformations, social media, communities, media organisations and industries and journalism. She was one of the organizers of the 2016 MeCCSA Conference and a member of the MeCCSA Executive Committee. Recent publications include “Hybridity and social media adoption by journalists: an international comparison” in Digital Journalism and a project report on Social media and small non profit organisations. She is co-director of the School’s Centre for Research on Communities and Cultures.