Public event: The Future of Journalism and its Value for Democracy

Thursday, 13 October 2011, 13.15-16.30
University of Helsinki Main Building, Fabianinkatu 33, Helsinki

Keynote speakers: Jay Hamilton, Daya Thussu, Robert Picard and Michael Schudson
The event is free of charge, however, the number of participants is restricted due to limited seating; therefore, participation requires registration. Please register at by 30 September 2011.

Communication Research Centre CRC is pleased to invite everyone concerned about the future of journalism to a half-day conference to discuss challenges to the business of journalism and their implications for democracy from an international perspective.Some changes in the business of journalism – like the rise of the Internet – have a global character. Yet many prominent media and communication researchers have argued that a proper understanding of these trends and their implications for democracy in particular countries require more internationally comparative research.
In the US, the UK and many parts of Western Europe, the Internet is eroding the current business models for advertising funded journalism as revenues and readers move from print to the web. In the Nordic countries, the downward pressures are present, but their impact on circulation and profitability has been less severe. Meanwhile in the BIICS group of emerging economies (Brazil, India, Indonesia, China and South Africa) growth remains the order of the day, with newspaper circulation rising by 35% overall between 2000-2008.
To clarify threats and opportunities that journalism faces in differences countries, four renowned keynote speakers will discuss actual trends in media use and practices, different responses to the challenges at hand, and their implications for journalism and democracy.


13.15 – 13.30         Brief welcome, Hannu Nieminen
13.30 – 14.00         What’s the incentive to save journalism?, James Hamilton
14.00 – 14.30         Global trends in media and journalism, Daya Thussu
14.30 – 15.00         Journalism as business today, Robert Picard
15.00 – 15.30         Journalism futures: US experience, Michael Schudson
15.30 – 16.30         Discussion. Moderator David Levy, Reuters Institute

About the speakers:

Daya Thussu is Professor of International Communication and Co-Director of India Media Centre, the world’s first academic centre dedicated to the study of media in India and its globalizing tendencies. He has published extensively in the field of global media and communication. His International Communication – Continuity and Change has already established itself as a key text in the field of global communication, adopted for courses in universities around the world.

David Levy became Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism Director in 2008. He was Controller, Public Policy at the BBC until 2007 where he led the BBC’s policy for the Charter Review and was in charge of public policy & regulation. His areas of expertise include modernising public service broadcasting, public service reform, the impact of digital technology, and media ownership and regulation both within the UK and Europe. Prior to his BBC policy role he worked as a journalist, first for the BBC World Service and then for BBC News and Current Affairs

Michael Schudson is a professor at Columbia School of Journalism. He is the author of six books and editor of two others concerning the history and sociology of the American news media, advertising, popular culture, Watergate and cultural memory. He is the recipient of a number of honors; he has been a Guggenheim fellow, a resident fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, and a MacArthur Foundation ”genius” fellow. In 2004, he received the Murray Edelman distinguished career award from the political communication section of the American Political Science Association and the International Communication Association.

James “Jay” Hamilton is the Charles S. Sydnor Professor of Public Policy at Duke University, as well as a professor of economics and political science. In 2004, he became director of undergraduate studies in the public policy department. Hamilton’s scholarly work and numerous publications reflect his interests in the economics of regulation, public choice/political economy, environmental policy and the media.

Robert Picard is Hamrin Professor of Media Economics and Director of the MMT centre at the Jönköping International Business School.His research focuses on economic structures of media markets, media industries and firms, demand for media products and services, business models and strategies of media operations, productivity of media firms, financial performance, and government policies affecting economic aspects of media. His research has involved newspapers, advertising, broadcasting, and new media. He is the author and editor of 20 books, editor of the Journal of Media Business Studies and is the founding editor of the Journal of Media Economics.

The event is made possible by the sponsorship of the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation