What’s the point of journalists any more?

Though Saturday is largely an Unconference and the attendees will be fixing the agenda and timetable on the day (with a bit of healthy pre-event lobbying on the Uservoice site), I’m going to be chairing one whole-event session after lunch on the whole question of the Fourth Estate.

We’ve got a democracy that relies on them, at least in part, to provide a counterweight to powerful interests. But their current business model appears to be changing, and we – in the blogosphere – are being cited in some quarters as having the shoulders that may carry the slack that they are leaving. We’ll be ranging around questions about holding Stormont to account, organising for a political purpose online, and the changing relationship between ‘hack’ and ‘flak’ – how journalism and PR are mutating together.

The speakers confirmed so far are as follows (in no particular order):

  • David GordonBelfast Telegraph
  • Geoff McGimpsey – founding editor – Open Unionism
  • Dan McGinn – former NI Political Editor, PA
  • Eamonn Mallie – Downtown Radio & Slugger O’Toole. And maestro of the Northern Ireland’s news twittersphere
  • Aldous Duke – journalist & blogger

Tickets are free of charge but you must register for the event as we need to know numbers. Book your ticket now while they’re still to be had.


Discover more from Slugger O'Toole

Subscribe to get the latest posts to your email.

We are reader supported. Donate to keep Slugger lit!

For over 20 years, Slugger has been an independent place for debate and new ideas. We have published over 40,000 posts and over one and a half million comments on the site. Each month we have over 70,000 readers. All this we have accomplished with only volunteers we have never had any paid staff.

Slugger does not receive any funding, and we respect our readers, so we will never run intrusive ads or sponsored posts. Instead, we are reader-supported. Help us keep Slugger independent by becoming a friend of Slugger. While we run a tight ship and no one gets paid to write, we need money to help us cover our costs.

If you like what we do, we are asking you to consider giving a monthly donation of any amount, or you can give a one-off donation. Any amount is appreciated.