[EVENT] 'Can we believe the media? The role of journalism in the digital age' – 04/10/2018, Belfast

The 2018 Digital News Report by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism reveals that 74% of news consumption in the UK is online. The same report shows that public trust in news is low: only 42% of a sample of the British public trust news overall.

So can we believe the media? What is the role of journalism in the digital age? And does regulation help or hinder the free press?


Jonathan Heawood, Chief Executive Officer of IMPRESS

Peter Feeney, Ireland's Press Ombudsman

And a panel of journalists, broadcasters, journalism trainers:

Brian Pelan, Editor of VIEWDigital

Maeve Connolly, Deputy Digital Editor at Irish News

Milne Rowntree, Journalist and lecturer at University of Ulster

Yvette Shapiro, Journalist and Broadcaster

Chair: Clodagh Rice, Ulster graduate and business reporter at BBC NI.

They will address these questions of facts, fakes, trust, truth and professional ethics at Ulster University’s Belfast campus (Conor lecture theatre).

The event will be held on Thursday October 4th, 2018. All welcome! There will be refreshments from 5:30, with a 6:15 start.


The event is open to the public and is free to attend – with previous registration via Eventbrite.


This event is co-organised by the Centre for Media Research in the School of Communication and Media of Ulster University and IMPRESS, and the MeCCSA Policy Network.

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