Citizen journalism or ‘talented reporters’ – what does Wales need?

The Assembly Member who’s heading up an inquiry into the media in Wales will be speaking at a conference on the future of the Welsh press on 19 November.

Ken Skates AM, writing in today’s Western Mail, says the country needs ‘a healthy, talented and impartial community of journalists to provide checks and balances for our institutions’. Skates says ‘citizen journalism can never be a substitute for the gap left by a shrinking pool of talented reporters’.

The decline in circulation and staffing on papers in Wales prompted the University of Glamorgan to organise the conference at the Atrium in Cardiff, with the support of the National Union of Journalists.

Speakers include Bethan Jenkins AM, Dr Andy Williams and Rachel Howells from Cardiff University, Martin Shipton of the NUJ and John Osmond of the Institute of Welsh Affairs. Stewart Kirkpatrick, editor of the Caledonian Mercury, will take part from Glasgow by way of a live link.

More details about the conference can be found here.

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