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Do ‘journalists’ still do real journalism?

8.00pm – 10.00pm, Wednesday 28 March

The Pilot pub, Wellesley Rd, Chiswick W4 4BZ

Most aspiring journalists have the romantic notion that they will find and break stories which will make a difference, but the reality of daily news is that it’s mostly diary driven – ‘coverage’ of set piece events like meetings, speeches, reports and conferences rather than ‘stories’ about issues which have been revealed by a journalist with an enquiring mind asking questions.

Journalists have become ‘churnalists’, it is argued, churning out content from press releases and making bland, predictable news programmes which young people don’t bother watching. News establishments, under pressure from self generated stories on the internet and falling advertising revenue, are less prepared to pay for the time and effort it takes to check out original stories.

Join journalists Louisa Compton, Peter Oborne, Mark Wray & Julian Worricker to discuss

Louisa Compton is a journalist who is fighting against that trend. As Editor of Victoria Derbyshire, she has championed the kind of journalism which strikes a chord with people because it deals with emotional issues they come up against in their personal lives. Victoria has won two coveted Royal Television Society awards and a Bafta for her powerful interviews with football abuse victims.

Louisa will soon be moving on to the job of Editor of Channel Four’s investigative programme Dispatches. We are very pleased to have her as a guest speaker in our first Media Club event along with journalist Peter Oborne, associate editor of The Spectator and former chief political commentator on the Daily Telegraph and Mark Wray, Managing Director of Training for the Press Association. He started his career in local newspapers before moving to local radio, then BBC Radio 5 Live and ultimately head of the BBC’s College of Journalism before moving to PA.

The evening will be hosted by BBC presenter Julian Worricker.

Tickets: £10 / £8 (student/concession)

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