The Social Study Conference at the Tower Hotel in Derry next week. They’ll be putting the media under the microscope and asking several pertinent questions, including: are politicians and governments at the mercy of journalists?; are journalists at the mercy of the demands of media moguls?; who exactly is running the country?It’s a varied The programme including inputs from Eammon McCann and Malachi O’Doherty. A “Have I got views for you” session rounds it off on Saturday. The organisers have wisely chosen not to run anything on Sunday, no doubt to let the more devote journos slip of their chosen form of worship on the morning after.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty