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the future of Journalism - Ethics in Journalism

Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Registration: 16:00-16:30, Conference: 16:30-19:15

Where: NEW !!! PricewaterhouseCoopers, Thomas R. Malthusstraat 5, 1066 JR Amsterdam NEW !!!

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The conference language is English.

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. Content


Milverton Wallace, founder/organiser of the European Online Journalism Awards
The new Corinthians versus the standard-bearers: How the web is socialising journalism ethics

James Cameron, arguably the greatest British journalist of the last 100 years, always insisted that journalism is a craft. Now "craft" implies pride in work, integrity indealing with customers, rites of passage, long years of training to acquire the requisite skills/knowledge.

Gradually, however, journalism became "professionalised". Aspiring hacks now need: a university or other accredited "qualification"; a government issued licence (except in the Anglo-American world); to belong to a recognised association and to obey its rules of engagement and code of standards in order to practice and earn a living as a journalist.

This "professionalisation" has turned journalism into an exclusive club with a privileged membership. And so, as with all such associations, members are/can be punished and/or excluded if they break or dishonour the rules and codes.

Today, this carefully constructed edifice is crumbling as the read/write web blows away the need to be a member of any of the exclusive clubs to be able to practice journalism. Now that the "authorities" can no longer decide who is or isn't a journalist, who will enforce the rules and codes? What is to become of them? And, do we still need them?

Digital media , and in particular, it's social offsprings — social media such as blogs, vlogs, wikis, IM and social networks such as MySpace, Facebook, Friendster etc — have enabled the amateurisation of the media.

So we've come full circle: from 17th/18th century amateurism, to 19th/20th century professionalism and back to amateurism in the 21st.

We use "amateur" in the original and noble sense — someone or an activity motivated by love. And therein lies the problem. Amateur ethics, motivated by love, crashes against professional ethics, driven by gain. Can they be reconciled?

Guy Thornton , Chair, Netherlands NUJ Branch
Does and should journalism have boundaries and if so where and how should they be drawn?

Journalism is broad church ranging from news reporting and the serious investigative to self-congratulatory columnists masquerading as semi-serious comment and the frivolous, frothy, light hearted verging on the borders of fantasy.

Add to this the changing face of journalism with the conventional mainstream media challenged by the new breed of do-it-yourself journalism via blogs and like, never mind the conventional journalist faced with the growth of citizen journalism and managment/editors happy to take what they can get for free or a pittance rather than paying a realistic price.

What can be done to ensure stories are not embellished or even fabricated? Where should the boundaries be drawn between public interest and private intrustion? How far can a journalist go and is there a boundary to responsibility? Should the media be allowed to publish whatever they want, such as the Mohammed cartoons, never mind the consequences?

Neville Hobson, Communicator, blogger, podcaster
The age of gatekeeper journalism is over

With the rise of social media like weblogs enabling anyone with an internet connection to voice their opinion, so-called citizen journalists are becoming new types of reporters, columnists, editors and publishers, building micro-audiences who eschew The Establishment. While not every blogger is a journalist, a new style of journalism is emerging as many in the mainstream media also embrace the philosophy of citizen journalism.

What does the now-future look like? When everyone has an opinion, who do you pay attention to? Who do you really trust when people generally lack trust in the media?

The mashup of indie voices and traditional media makes for strange bedfellows. Yet the evolutionary social change that's upon us, largely driven by a mix of people's behaviour changes and technology tools within their easy reach, means that journalism as we know it must change or die.

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. Program


16:00 - 16:30
Registration

16:30
Welcome by our Moderator Homme Heida, Promedia, Member of the Club of Amsterdam Round Table

16:45
Part I:
Milverton Wallace, founder/organiser of the European Online Journalism Awards
The new Corinthians versus the standard-bearers: How the web is socialising journalism ethics

Guy Thornton , Chair, Netherlands NUJ Branch
Does and should journalism have boundaries and if so where and how should they be drawn?

Neville Hobson, Communicator, blogger, podcaster
The age of gatekeeper journalism is over

17:45
Coffee break with drinks and snacks.

18:15
Part II: Panel with the Speakers

and our Moderator
Homme Heida
The panel is followed by an open discussion.


19:15
Closing remarks.



Milverton Wallace



Guy Thornton


Neville Hobson


Homme Heida


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. Speakers




Milverton Wallace
founder/organiser of the European Online Journalism Awards


Milverton Wallace, founder/organiser of the European Online Journalism Awards and the NetMedia conferences (1995-2003), works as a digital media consultant in London. He is an associate at the Centre for Information Behaviour and the Evaluation of Research.

Wallace taught news writing, production design, Internet research and web authoring in the Department of Journalism, City University, London from 1992-2000.

Before joining City University he was London Desk Editor of South magazine (1980-84), Production Manager of the Third World Quarterly (1984-88) and Editor of the Jamaica Record (1988-91), a daily newspaper, published in Kingston, Jamaica.

Wallace has extensive experience in magazine and newspaper journalism, print production and book design. He obtained a BA in Communications at Sheffield Hallam University (1979) and an MA in Publishing and Bibliography at Leeds University (1980).

He is a keen student of incunabula, typography and printing technology.



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Guy Thornton
Chair, Netherlands NUJ Branch

Journalist. First developed the taste for it at Leeds University when he became involve with Union News, the student newspaper. Deputy editor when it won the Guardian student newspaper of the year award.

As well as working in tradition media active with alternative press and one of the founders of the, sadly now deceased, Leveller magazine. Since 1974 foreign correspondent, firstly in Denmark then several other european coutrries including two years in former yugoslavia in the mid-ninties. Currently in third posting in Netherlands.

Contributor to The Guardian, BBC (domestic and world service), New Statesman plus other media, printed,
broadcastand online. Covers most things:news, current affairs, politics, eu, health, science, technologu environment, sport, media, food and drink travel but (preferably) not fashion. Specialist on beer and the brewing industry.

Member of the NVJ (Nederlands Verenigin van Journalisten) and NUJ (National Union of Journalists of Great Britian and Ireland). Chair of the Netherlans NUJ brnach and vice-chair of the Continental European Council. Member on the Dutch Foreign Press Association (responsible for the mailing group), British Guild of Beer Writers, North American Beer Writers Guild and Vereniging van Beglische Bierjournalisten.

When any free time tries to relax by enjoying a beer, reading, travelling and keeping fit with football, cricket and running (long disance inc rotterdam, new york and amsterdam marathons).
www.nuj.org.uk/cec/netherlands

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Neville Hobson

Communicator, blogger, podcaster

Based in Amsterdam, Neville Hobson, ABC, is a communication consultant at the forefront of social media. As one of the leading European early adopters and influencers in social media communication for business, he works with organizations to help them understand the business benefits of using social media. For more than 20 years, he has been a passionate advocate for new and emerging technology tools and channels and how they can be deployed as highly-effective agents of change in better aligning organizational needs with the marketplace and the needs of employees, customers and other stakeholders. He blogs at NevilleHobson.com with commentary and opinion on business, communication and technology, and co-presents “For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report” (www.forimmediaterelease.biz), a twice-weekly business podcast at the intersection of online communication, business and technology.

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Homme Heida
Promedia
Member of the Club of Amsterdam Round Table

Homme Heida is a generalist by heart, who worked as a journalist for several mass media like Algemeen Dagblad, Tros Aktua and publishing group VNU. After ten years he started his own bureau Promedia: company journalism, which slowly changed into business journalism. Now back again with larger media, he is editor-in-chief of Global Dutch, a magazine for Dutch entrepreneurs, who are active in foreign countries.

Homme Heida has a continuing interest in a more philosophical approach of 'being there'. His views on the future are very much based on new technologies. "Humans change only slowly by evolution. Technology will speed it up", he argues. His credo is: 'living body and soul', which means to him a sportive challenge as well as an intellectual one. From the Amsterdam marathon till the Club of Amsterdam.

www.promedia.nl

 

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Event: the future of Journalism
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
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