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October 3, 2011

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A one-day conference at the Atrium in Cardiff – Saturday 19 November 2011. This is an opportunity to analyse the crisis in the Welsh press and to look for solutions which will provide the citizens of Wales with the journalism … Continue reading

April 7, 2011

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Today’s Western Mail advertises ’6 pages of jobs’ on its front page. Not long ago, the Thursday jobs section would have been 16 pages or even more. It doesn’t take a genius to see that this means a big drop … Continue reading

November 14, 2010

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 Post-grad students Meg Rule and Andrew Collins reported on the remembrance service at Llandaff in the latest output of our busy MA journalism/radio courses.

A few weeks ago, they and their colleagues also played a key role in live blogging the debate about Cardiff’s historic buildings and mentioning it here gives me the excuse to say a belated thanks to Ed Walker of Wales Online for putting the opportunity their way.

But there’s more, in what’s been a busy month in our corner of the Atrium…undergraduate Samantha Christodoulatos guest-blogged for the Guardian on Black History Month and earned a link to her own blog here.

Creative Writing graduate Donna Louise Bishop, who studied journalism modules a while back at Glamorgan, got in touch to say she’s now a full time reporter in Norfolk and one of her first pieces in that role is here.

Another name from the past, James Winters, a Glamorgan journalism graduate who went on to post-grad study at Edinburgh, has been spotted contributing to a blog about genetics and he has his own blog here.

More recent journalism graduate Liz Rawlins is now working as a Health Communications Officer after some post-graduation adventures including voluntary radio work in Ghana which she blogged about back then.

What else? We’ve got some exciting speakers coming to the Atrium. There’s Martin Shipton, of the Western Mail. And there’s an RTS/Skillset session with John Denton – the BBC’s managing editor, TV platforms – on ‘Breaking Into Television’.

And finally… this blog has changed its name, to embrace new contributions from colleagues on the media/cultural studies side of our division. A warm welcome to them.

November 10, 2010

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» A penny for your news

A radical rethink of the media in Wales was called for by speakers at a meeting in Cardiff organised by the Institute for Welsh Affairs and the National Union of Journalists. There was a call for the establishment of a Wales Trust Fund to redistribute public funding – and for the rebuilding of local media from the grassroots up.

The seminar was one in a series organised by the IWA in response to a recent report from the Carnegie Trust UK, which looked at the state of civil society in Britain and Ireland.

There was an interesting contrast of views from Martin Shipton of the NUJ, who’s chief reporter at the Western Mail, and Sue Balsom, former member of the Ofcom content board. Shipton warned against ‘glib talk’ of ‘citizen journalism’ as a substitute for well-funded professional investigation and reporting. While the old business model of newspapers may no longer be viable, he doubted whether it was realistic or desirable for ‘civil society’ initiatives to fund alternative media.

Sue Balsom asked whether the BBC had made the best use of its funding in recent years to bolster the ‘civil society’ content of its output (what we used to call public service broadcasting). Looking beyond the publicly-funded BBC, she asked whether anyone had quantified the other public money spent on media in Wales (council freesheets, Senedd TV, magazines like Golwg and Planet, community radio etc.). Her point was that although broadcasting is not devolved, a substantial amount of Welsh Assembly Government controlled funding is spent on media activities. ‘Is there a case for a Wales Trust Fund (to decide on the best use of this money), which could be a cultural powerhouse?’

It was interesting, in view of the new Government’s rejection of the proposed Independently-Funded News Consortia for ITV, that Sue Balsom made no mention of the Culture Secretary’s favoured alternative of local TV. But she did see the current crisis at S4C as an opportunity to review the whole provision of programming and publishing in Welsh.

Dylan Iorwerth, editor of Golwg (which publishes an extensive web service as well as a current affairs magazine) called for a return to the community roots of news media. Can the web offer viable platforms for local communities and local businesses? While many global media would like to brand themselves with a local flavour, their offering is no more local than a Tesco store is a ‘local’ shop.

He told the story of an old woman from Horeb in Carmarthenshire who made her living out of news in a time and place without media as we know them. She would walk from farm to farm, picking up the news from one family and carrying it to the next, where she’d be paid a penny for her work. If local people want local news today, is there a way the web can be used to make it pay?

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