‘Regional Newspapers in crisis?’

Date: 1st December 2011 to 1st December 2011





1 day


Millstream Common Room

Crisis in Ireland’s regional newspaper industry: Consequences for the public and the journalistic profession University of Limerick, 1 December 2011 Media organisations in Ireland are struggling for profitability and, in some cases, survival. The regional newspaper industry, in particular, has suffered a corrosion of titles, jobs and audiences. The economic crisis, the emergence of the web as an additional outlet for news publication, and people’s changing habits of news consumption are all increasing the strain on the industry. Yet regional newspapers retain a crucial place in documenting the social, economic, political, legal, cultural and sporting lives of local communities in Irish society.

The University of Limerick invites you to a one-day conference in which industry representatives and academics examine the challenges facing the regional newspaper industry, evaluate the changing position of the local newspaper in Irish communities, and debate the industry’s future prospects and strategies to survive and remain relevant.

Speakers include:

  • Professor Roy Greenslade, Professor of Journalism at City University, London, former editor of The Daily Mirror, and regular contributor to The Guardian.
  • Joe Webb, Chief Executive, Independent News and Media Ireland.
  • Sheila Reilly, Editor Longford Leader
  • Seamus Dooley, Irish Secretary, National Union of Journalists.
  • Frank Mulrennan, Chief Executive, Celtic Media Group.
  • Gerry Collison, Managing Director, Middle Eye Media.
  • Joe Flaherty, Managing Director of Johnston Press Group and President Regional Newspapers and Printers Association of Ireland
  • Dr Kevin Rafter, Senior Lecturer in Political Communication and Journalism, Dublin City University, and former political correspondent.

The conference will take place in the Millstream Common Room, University of Limerick, on 1 December 2011. The registration fee, payable on the day, is €20. Tea/coffee and lunch are included. Conference attendance is open to all interested parties. Updates on the conference programme, as well as details on local hotels, are available here. The conference is being organised by the School of Languages, Literature, Culture and Communication, in association with the Institute for the Study of Knowledge in Society.

To register, email tom.felle@ul.ie www.ul.ie/journalism