At the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Dublin 8.
Independent MEP Nessa Childers is hosting a conference on ‘safeguarding journalism, media ownership and democracy’.
This all-day conference will question the concept of media diversity and ownership in both online and traditional print media – and explore the implications for traditional notions of democratic accountability and journalistic independence.
To seek an answer to these questions and explore issues around ownership and challenges presented by online news sources two pieces of research will be launched on the day.
The research undertaken by Nessa Childers in partnership with the Institute For Future Media and Journalism (FUJO/DCU) examines the relationship between large media shareholders and media content through coverage of four major news stories in Ireland between the years 2012 to 2015 – and the second piece of research looks at how social media affects different news organisations differently through a series of interviews with these organisations to find out about their experiences.
Speakers will include Renate Schroeder, director of European Federation of Journalists; Seamus Dooley, secretary of the NUJ; Flutura Kusari, legal advisor at European Centre for Press and Media Freedom; Michael O’Keeffe, CEO of Broadcasting Authority of Ireland; Dr. Roddy Flynn, of Dublin City University; and Gemma O’Doherty, investigative journalist.
Daniel McConnell, political editor of the Irish Examiner; Jane Whyatt, of the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom; Dr Jane Suiter and Dr Eugenia Siapera, of DCU; Christine Bohan, deputy editor of TheJournal.ie; David Cochrane, social media editor of the Irish Times; Anne Marie McNally, political strategist and founding member of the Social Democrats; and Niamh Sweeney, head of public policy at Facebook Ireland, will also speak.
Book a place at the conference here