Johnston Press has long had a reputation one of the Britain's most profitable media companies. Now CEO Tim Bowdler also wants them to be known as one of the most innovative.
In a presentation this summer to City analysts and investors, Bowdler and his team revealed the UK's second largest local newspaper publisher's plans to transform 70 traditional newsrooms into multi-media operations (with some help from the team at Preston).
Bowdler will join in the fourth Journalism Leaders Forum on October 17th in Preston. The panel discussion on 'Leading Innovation: what to do, how to do it' will be chaired by Keith Sutton, an award-winning editor and an Industrial Fellow of the Journalism Leaders Programme. Other participants are to be confirmed.
The event, which forms part of the residential week programme for participants in the Department of Journalism's new Journalism Leaders Programme, is open to all - practitioners, academics, would-be journalists and others who are interested in the challenges of leading journalism in a digital age.
To attend this free programme at 6pm on Tuesday, October 17th, in Greenbank Lecture Theatre in Preston - as well as the reception from 5:30pm - please RSVP to leaders[at]ukjournalism.ac.uk .
If you can't be there in person, there are other ways to join the discussion. You can post your questions and comments on this site, or you can view the live Webcast by logging in as a guest at: http://breeze01.uclan.ac.uk/journalismleadersforum/. Better still, do both. And let's get the discussion going.
Applications are currently being accepted for participation in courses offered by the Journalism Leaders Programme in 2006-7. See the website for details or contact the programme François Nel at FPNel[at]uclan.ac.uk.