Media Release: Conference to consider the future of local news

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THE importance of local news and the future of newspapers has arguably never been more of an issue for civic society as publishers struggle to maintain profits.

A major conference organised by the National Union of Journalists will hear from a range of influential speakers, including:

* US academic, Robert McChesney, from Illinois University, a leading author on the media who has proposed a Citizen News Voucher scheme;

* Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Sport and External Affairs;

* Ian Stewart, editor-in-chief of The Scotsman titles; and

* Paul Wood, MD of the successful employee-owned newspaper, the West Highland Free Press.

Issues for discussion will include ownership of newspapers, newspapers as community assets and the need to address any democratic deficit as affected by falling circulation and advertising revenues.

The conference will take place at The Hub, a historic setting at the top of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and will run from 11am until 4pm with lunch provided.

Places at the event can be booked on Eventbrite, here.

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