Eyes wide shut? Will the future of journalism mean we are better informed?

At 18:30 GMT on Wednesday the 22nd October 2014, Index on Censorship and the Frontline Club hosted a debate on the future of journalism. This debate was in English and took place at 13 Norfolk Place, London.

Video highlights of the debate can be found on this page and links to a full-length recording are provided below.

As part of the launch of the autumn edition of the Index on Censorship magazine, a lively, participatory discussion of the future of journalism took place at London’s Frontline Club.

This sold-out event was chaired by columnist, author and Index on Censorship chairman David Aaronovitch. The panel also included professor of journalism, Richard Sambrook; director of Hostage UK, Rachel Briggs; former Reuters Afghanistan correspondent, Amie Ferris-Rotman; and Raymond Joseph, a data journalist and former regional editor of the South African Sunday Times, who appeared via Skype from South Africa.

The ensuing discussion looked at serious issues affecting journalists today – from surveillance and encryption, to kidnappings and how the media themselves cover such emotive events – as the panel sought to tackle questions about whether changes within journalism will leave the public knowing more or less than they have in the past.

Key questions, which the participants looked to address, were:

– Will new technologies bring us more substantial, in depth information?

– Will news survive or will celebrity gossip take over?

– And, will citizen journalism come to carry more weight than traditional TV channels?

You can watch highlights of the debate here on Time to Talk or alternatively proceed straight to the Index on Censorship‘s event page, where a full-length recording awaits. A post-debate page featuring a summary text and a selection of viewer comments is also available on the Index on Censorship website.

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The debate was introduced by Index on Censorship editor Rachael Jolley and hosted by columnist, author and Index on Censorship chairman David Aaronovitch.

Participants:

Rachel Briggs – director of Hostage UK and deputy director of London’s Institute of Strategic Dialogue.

Amie Ferris-Rotman – a John S. Knight journalism fellow at Stanford University and a former senior correspondent for Reuters in Afghanistan.

Raymond Joseph – a data journalist and former regional editor of the South African Sunday Times.

Richard Sambrook – aprofessor of journalism, director of the Centre for Journalism at Cardiff University and former director of global news at the BBC.

This was an Index on Censorship debate, for more information on Index on Censorship, please visit their website at: http://www.indexoncensorship.org/.

For more information on both the topic of this debate and the related autumn edition of Index on Censorship, click here.

A full-length video recording of the debate is also accessible here.

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