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British Journalism Review


British Journalism Review/University of Westminster Annual Conference and BJR Charles Wheeler Award

What makes good journalism?

The third annual conference of the Department of Journalism at the University of Westminster, held in association with British Journalism Review and featuring the BJR's Charles Wheeler Award, will take place at the University's campus at 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1, on June 7 and 8.

Following the presentation of this year's award - made in memory of the distinguished broadcaster Charles Wheeler - there will be, in place of a formal lecture, A Conversation with Alastair Campbell, in which the former Downing Street director of communications will be interviewed and then take part in a Q&A session.

Our previous conferences examined the problems facing journalism and possible solutions. These concerns were principally economic; the apparent failure of old business models and the search for new ones to allow quality journalism to continue. This year we are posing the questions: What is it we are trying to preserve and encourage? What is good journalism and where is it to be found? Is it in the institutional practices and professional culture of established news organisations such as the BBC, CNN, and al-Jazeera, or in the great national newspapers? Does the future instead reside elsewhere in new developments in online news? Should standards be encouraged or enforced? And how will tomorrow's criteria for "good" journalism differ from yesterday's?

As before, the conference will hold a series of sessions over a day and a half featuring academics and practitioners. It will conclude in the evening of June 8 with the annual presentation of the British Journalism Review's Charles Wheeler Award for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcast Journalism, and the Alastair Campbell event.

Those wishing to attend the conference, or requiring further information about it and/or the Charles Wheeler Award should contact Helen Cohen at:

To view photos of the previous year's Charles Wheeler Award please click here

"A service to all in journalism," Sir Harry Evans

"British Journalism Review is a unique forum for debate about the British Press. Its extended essays and interviews enable it to reach the parts of journalism that newspaper media pages cannot reach," Brian MacArthur, Media Commentator

"The British Journalism Review is a well-regarded publication, admirably devoid of corporate swank and uninfected by partisan connections to any one newspaper group," Quentin Letts, Daily Mail columnist

“As it continues to assume increasing importance in our culture, journalism more than ever needs critical analysis and serious debate. There are very few places in which such discussion can now take place in an accessible way. British Journalism Review is one of them.” Philip Schlesinger, University of Glasgow.

British Journalism Review is a forum for analysis and debate, to monitor the media, submit the best as well as the worst to scrutiny, and to raise the level of the dialogue. It is intended to appeal not only to journalists, whether in newspapers, radio and television, or online, but also to media academics and students and to everyone who cares about communication.

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