Jonny Greatrex and Jamie Stephens, who teach on the Multimedia Journalism programme in the School of Media Art and Design, will be sharing their research on participatory journalism.

Canterbury Christ Church University
School of Media Art and Design
Powell Building – Pg06
North Holmes Road Campus

Research Seminars 2017-2018
14 March 2018
4.15pm-5.30pm

Participatory Journalism: Asking the Canterbury Audience
Speakers: Jonny Greatrex and Jamie Stephens

Legacy publishers are fighting to survive in the digital age, particularly in the regional journalism sector. This constant battle to remain financially sustainable means little time is available to experiment with emerging models of journalism. Financial pressures mean newsrooms operate with fewer journalists who cover ever increasing patches. This limits their chance to fulfil their function of scrutinising authority and holding power to account. Furthermore, it leaves the commissioning process in the hands of a few individual journalists.

This research project explores whether a participatory model of journalism – where the audience is involved in the commissioning and production process – is an effective way of journalists engaging with and representing a community. It uses Canterbury as a case study.

 

 

Jonny Greatrex is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism and Programme Director for the Multimedia Journalism programme at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU). He joined HE in 2015 and is an early career researcher. He was previously Digital Development Editor at the Birmingham Mail.

Jamie Stephens is a Lecturer in Journalism at CCCU who teaches on the Multimedia Journalism programme. He joined HE in 2015 and is an early career researcher. He was previously News Editor at ITV.

Powell Building – Pg06
North Holmes Road Campus
Email Dr Andrew Butler – Andrew.Butler@canterbury.ac.uk – for further details
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