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Friday, 07 September 2012

Social Media, Journalism and Communication Symposium

A one day symposium on the evolving role and impact of social media on journalism and the activities of PR practitioners.

This one day symposium will offer real insight and current thinking to the inter-related and topical research area of social media, journalism and communication. It is open to academics and practitioners who are interested in a deeper understanding of their industry.

Leading social media expert Paul Miller, Head of Digital for Cision UK is the keynote speaker, deliberating ‘frictionless media’. He has gained a reputation for original and provocative thinking, particularly when discussing the impact of the evolving digital landscape on communications – and on life in general. Following the keynote will be a number of research presentations from academics.

Please contact the conference administrator should you require details of overnight accommodation, transport or general access at Please address any academic enquiries to .

The cost of this event is £36 (includes VAT) and bookings should be made online. 

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9:30-9:55              Arrival, registration, coffee/tea

9:55-10:00        Welcome

10:00-10:45       Keynote: Paul Miller, Cision UK, ‘Frictionless Media?’

10:45-11:50         Panel Session 1

10:45-11:00       James Rodgers, City University, ‘They want it yesterday: 24-hour, multiplatform, news and the editorial process’

11:00-11:15       Piet Bakker, Hogeschool Utrecht, ‘Inside job – working the hyper local beat’

11:15-11:30        Wendy Sloane, London Met University, ‘Twitter and Journalism Students: Separating the Personal from the Professional’

11:30-11:50        Discussion

11:50- 12:10           Break

12:10-13:30          Panel Session 2

12:10-12:25        Petros Iosifidis , City University London, ‘The Public Sphere, Social Networks and Public Service Media’

12:25-12:40        Belén Monclús and Maria Gutiérrez,  The Radio Observatory in Catalonia (l'OBS) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), ‘Social media use in the construction of the informative discourse of Spanish and Catalan talk radio"

12:40-12:55        Ferenc Hammer, Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, 'Social media public sphere: A professional Facebook group's functions in troubled media times'

12:55-13:10        Ana Adi & Kevin Moloney, Bournemouth University’, ‘Communicating the Occupation.  A comparison of social media and public relations in a national and local setting’

13:10-13:30        Discussion

13:30-14:30           Lunch

14:30-15:50          Panel Session 3

14:30-14:45        Nina Grønlykke Mollerup, Roskilde University (Communication) & International Media Support, ‘Journalists’ use of social media in revolutionary Egypt’

14:45-15:00        Khalil A. Agha, University of Northampton, UK and Editor/ Journalist, ‘Was it Facebook: Pattern of new media usage in the Arab World’

15:00-15:15        Michalis Michael, Erasmus University Rotterdam, ‘Social movements and collective action through Social Networking Sites. The case of the Occupy buffer zone movement in Cyprus’

15:15-15:30        Simon Gwyn Roberts, University of Chester, Case studies from Ukraine and Georgia

15:30-15:50        Discussion

15:50-16:10           Break

16:10-17:30          Panel Session 4

16:10-16:25        Elif Posos Devrani, ‘How has social media changed the PR practices in Turkey? – a survey of Turkish PR professionals’

16:25-16:40        Tammy Dempster and Patrick Readshaw, Canterbury Christ Church University, ‘Professional Social Media User Types among Journalists in the UK’

16:40-16:55         Kris Pole and Agnes Gulyas, Canterbury Christ Church University, 'Social Journalism Study 2012: an International Comparative Study of Social Media Use and Attitudes among Journalists and Media Professionals'

16:55-17:10         Biserka Anderson, Content Marketer, Brightfire, ‘What is journalism in the digital space?’

17:10-17:30         Discussion

17:30                         Closing event and networking/ social


This event is open to the public.

Venue: Canterbury, Laud Building, Lg16
Time: 10:00

Contact: Kristine Pole (email)
Telephone: 01227 782219

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