Had an excellent day at this conference. Jotting down some notes:
@ in opening speech “…skewered perceptions of reality become received wisdom” – in a Trade Union context makes me think of the so-called union barons.
@ talked about the importance of journalism starting at the local level. Importance of local journalism is crucial in holding those in power to account.
Diversity of ownership for healthy press & society – uncovering corruption
Levison – NUJ had to appeal to take part. They were the only means for anonymised, confidential voices from journalists to be heard
Drastic cuts in newspaper industry – union opposition not about wanting to preserve old ways of doing things, it’s about the value of good journalism – providing the analysis on stories, not just pumping out press releases. Media owners used austerity as excuse to cut jobs.
Women in media
Bit depressing in the lack of progress, but the vibrant voices of the panel bear testament to the value women’s contributions can make in all areas. Reflecting on trade unions, there are a lot of female voices. Politics more widely – interesting point from Young green activist that men will often offer to do the outside facing roles such as being a candidate. And observation that politics requires a lot of confidence – private schools instil that in their pupils. Greens actively approach women to encourage them to stand – also aware of middle class domination & lack of BME women in the party.
Also noted the lack of working class women’s voices in media.
There were other sessions, it was a very rich day, in ideas and inspiration, thanks @