Can Untold Stories be told with the demise of local journalism

Barling, Kurt ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2233-2044 (2019) Can Untold Stories be told with the demise of local journalism. In: AJE UK - Untold Stories - Association Journalism Education, 1st international conference held prior to 5th World Journalism Education Congress/, 08-11 July 2019, Paris, France. . [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract

When the Grenfell Fire tragedy struck, killing 72 people, the world watched and waited to see how the government would react at both the national and local levels. Social Media platforms buzzed with comment, questions and lots of demands for direct and meaningful intervention. But how much did all this internet chatter really matter? How did it impact on public discourse? What evidence that a “Fifth Estate” was gaining traction to add something new and “networked” to the public discourse, so often dominated by political elites and the mainstream press? Was it an effective replacement for a vigilant local media reporting on such a disaster? This paper will compare the local press treatment of the last major fire in London at Lakanal House in Camberwell in 2009 with the response to the Grenfell Fire. Using AI methodologies to analyse Twitter my research has identified that a “Fifth Estate” can exist, but it is not self-evident that this is doing more than amplifying those elite individual and institutional voices that already dominate public discourse more broadly.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Presentation)
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Additional Information: WJEC Paris was held from July 9th to July 11th 2019, with pre-event program on the 8th July 2019. The pre even program included "AJE UK - Untold Stories"
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Media
Item ID: 35442
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Depositing User: Kurt Barling
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2022 14:52
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2022 08:20
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/35442

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