Liveryman Chris Roycroft-Davis who has been a Fleet Street journalist for almost half a century attended the News Media Group event at Stationers' Hall last night and writes:
Three hours before the release of the eagerly-awaited Cairncross review on the future of the media industry, the Stationers’ Digital Media Group and more than 120 guests from the London Press Club and the Society of Editors engaged in a lively debate on the core issue: Can quality journalism survive in an era of fake news and social media? On the panel were (from L-R in the photo): Evening Standard Home Affairs Editor Martin Bentham, Jane Barrett, Reuters’ Global Head of Multimedia, Broadcaster Michael Hayman MBE who chaired the discussion, Jodie Ginsberg, of the Index On Censorship, and Guardian Digital Editor Polly Curtis. Court Assistant Doug Wills (on the far right of the photo) opened the evening.
Happily the four experts on the panel concluded, with some qualifications that quality journalism can survive. For fuller coverage please see the next issue of Stationers' News due out in April.