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The Future of Newspapers

05 Medi 2007

The future of newspapers in the modern world will be discussed at an international conference to be held at the University later this month.

Journalists and scholars from all four corners of the globe will descend on the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies for the ‘Future of Newspapers conference’ which is held on the 12 and 13 September 2007.

The changing shape of the news environment, readership and regulation of newspapers, the development of online editions as well as the differences in the press worldwide are just some of the topics that will be discussed at the conference, which will be officially opened by former Guardian editor Peter Preston.

In his key note address, Mr Preston, now a columnist and media commentator will explore the trends and predictions for newspapers in the twenty-first century. The topics highlighted will be further debated by 65 different speakers from academia and across the newspaper industry, who will present papers to the 150 delegates expected to attend the event.

Conference organiser Professor Bob Franklin of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies said: "The conference addresses the future of newspapers at a pivotal moment in their histories. Gloomy prognoses about their demise are commonplace reflecting the development of online news and the ready availability of news on the radio, TV, as well as via mobile phones and podcasts.

Despite this, globally the number of newspapers and advertising revenue is growing and in the UK newspapers in discreet market sectors are experiencing different levels of success. The conference will explore these themes and address the future prospects for newspaper journalism in what will be a topical and lively event."

The Future of Newspapers conference is supported by Cardiff University and organised with advice and funding from publishers Routledge, Taylor and Francis.