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 Gordon – Belfast 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.
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