WHAT does the future hold for local newspapers and journalism in general?
Those are the big questions to be debated at a special event at the University of Huddersfield.
With journalism under the microscope like never before, and more and more sources for news emerging, times are changing fast in the media world.
As the media awaits the recommendations of the Leveson Inquiry with the threat of legislation to curtail Press freedoms, the university is to host a topical debate.
Entitled The Future of Journalism, the event will be held on November 29 (7pm) at the university’s Canalside East building in Firth Street.
Those on the high-profile panel will include West Bromwich East Labour MP Tom Watson who exposed tabloid phone hacking allegations and gave evidence at the Leveson Inquiry.
Mr Watson co-wrote Dial M for Murdoch: News Corporation and the Corruption of Britain.
The event is set to prove popular with Huddersfield’s journalism student community but is open to anyone who cares about news, newspapers and freedom of the press.
Others panellists include Roy Wright, Editor of the Examiner, Adam Christie, vice-president of the National Union of Journalists; Dawn-Maria France, editor of Yorkshire Women’s Life magazine; Stephen Dorrill, senior lecturer in journalism at the University of Huddersfield; and Asam Shah, a digital journalist with The Next Web, the BBC and Al Jazeera.
The not-for-profit debate is organised by events company Key Words and the Huddersfield Creative Arts Network (HCAN) in collaboration with the journalism and media department at the university.
Michelle Hodgson, a former Guardian journalist who runs Key Words and joined HCAN last year as a volunteer, said she was very excited about the debate and the quality of the panel.
She added: “We hope it will attract the support of students, those in journalism and the population at large.”
Tickets, which are limited, cost £5 (£2 concessions) or £7 on the door.
To book go to http://foj.eventbrite.co.uk or email Michelle@key-words.co.uk.
If you have a burning question you’d like the panel to answer on the night email Michelle@key-words.co.uk or call 01484 430228.