Wednesday, January 16, 2008

8th Forum asks to explore the impact of digital on sports journalism

[An unedited recording of this Forum & Webinar is now available here.]

The 8th Journalism Leaders Forum on 29 January will bring top sports media managers and journalists from around the globe together to discuss the impact of new technologies on sports reporting today.

Entitled, “Spoiled Sports: Will the digital media finish off sports reporting as a credible form of journalism?”, the panel will be chaired by Charlie Lambert (right) a veteran BBC North West sports presenter and commentator who now runs the highly-regarded sports journalism programme at UCLan. Says Charlie:

"Journalists who cover top-level sport are facing a real challenge. Teams and organisations are so powerful and so wealthy that they want to control everything that is said or written about them.

"And while there has always been that element of friction between the reporter and the reported, sports organisations now have their own media platforms from which to reach their public without involving the traditional journalist at all. How sports journalists deal with this phenomenon is a key issue which will impact on the credibility of their profession.

Never have so many people around the globe wanted to watch, listen and read about sport. Yet never has it been so difficult for sports journalists to get to the heart of the story. "

Panelists include:

Mihir Bose, BBC Sports Editor
Mihir Bose is the recently appointed Sports Editor for the BBC who worked for the Sunday Times for 20 years before moving to the Daily Telegraph to specialise in investigative sports reporting. He has also presented on radio and television, including BBC Radio 4's Financial World Tonight, South Asia Report on BBC World Service and What the Papers Say for Channel 4. A respected journalist in India and the UK he has won several awards for his newspaper writing including Business Columnist of the Year, Sports Reporter of the Year and Sports Story of the Year. A respected author he has written 22 books on a range of subjects, including A History of Indian Cricket and Manchester Disunited.

Phil Townsend, Director of Communications for Manchester United Phil has been Director of Communications at Man Utd since 2004. Since that time, the Club has been taken over in controversial circumstances, de-listed from the Stock Exchange and endured negative headlines as it lost its shirt sponsor and team captain within weeks of failing to qualify from the Group Stages of the Champions League for the first time in 11 years. In the same period, the Club has won all three domestic honours, appeared in two unsuccessful FA Cup Finals and lost to the eventual winners of the UEFA Champions League in last year’s semi final. Prior to working at Old Trafford, Phil was the Press Secretary to the Minister for Sport for five years, serving three Sports Ministers (the late Tony Banks, Kate Hoey and Richard Caborn) and two Secretaries of State (Chris Smith and Tessa Jowell).


Kadambari Murali, Sports Editor for the Hindustan Times in New Delhi
Kadambari Murali is Sports Editor for the Hindustan Times and is one of the most respected journalists in her field. She has won several awards including best news story and cricket writer at the Indian Sports Journalism Awards for excellence in sports writing.

Robert Hardie, Content Strategy Director for Northcliffe Media
After a reporting career that took in both the regional and national press, Robert became Chief Sub Editor at the Derby Telegraph in 1997 and was appointed Head of Electronic Publishing at the title in 1998.

As Northcliffe Media's digital strategy developed he assumed Content responsibility for of all the group's operations in the Midlands. He then assumed Content control for the whole company in 2002. When Associated Northcliffe Digital was formed in 2006 he was appointed Managing Editor and moved to take up the same role in Northcliffe in October 2007. He was recently appointed Content Strategy Director with the company.

Andrew Moger, an independent consultant specialising in news media rights
Andy Moger is an independent consultant specialising in news media rights and events. He has had many years experience working as a reporter, news editor, picture editor and newspaper executive in the highly competitive London media environment. This has put him at the forefront of numerous and recent negotiations between the media, governing bodies and ‘rights holders’ in many countries. He is also enthusiastic about sport participation (including his own) and the role of sport in society.

The event, which is free and open to the public, starts at 5:15pm with a networking reception in the foyer of Greenbank Building and the 90-minute panel discussion kicks off at 6pm . To attend, please RSVP to DJWilliams1@uclan.ac.uk . If you can't be there in person, you can view the live Webcast online and join others in the chat room [Log in as a guest] .

The Journalism Leaders Forum is presented by the Journalism Leaders Programme, which will also be hosting an afternoon of workshops and discussions for the Digital Editors Network. For details about that event, please visit the DEN blog or link with the group on Facebook, where you'll also find the 'Journalism at Preston since 1962' group for alumni of England's oldest journalism course.

Queries about custom training, services and management development programs for your news organization should be directed to the Director of the Journalism Leaders Programme Fran├žois Nel at F P Nel @ uclan . ac . uk .

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