MeCCSA Policy Network Conference

Call for Papers: Local and regional journalism after Leveson:

A one-day conference on 5 November 2014 at the University of Chester.

The Policy Network of the Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) and the Department of Media at the University of Chester are organizing a one-day conference at the Kingsway Buildings in Chester on 5 November 2014 on the present state and the future of local and regional journalism after Leveson.

Link to MeCCSA Policy Network Conference event
Room CKW132, Kingsway Buildings, Faculty of Arts and Media, University of Chester, Chester, CH2 2LB

Local and regional journalism after Leveson - 5 November 2014 in Chester

Registration is now open for this one-day symposium organised by the MeCCSA Policy Network and the University of Chester. It will take place on 5 November 2014 in Chester (Kinsgway Buildings, room CKW132). The event will bring together academics, journalists and NGOs as well as members of the newly formed independent regulator IPSO, the Society of Editors and the BBC Trust. Registration is only £20 and it will cover lunch and refreshments.  The conference programme is attached below. 

Confirmed keynote speakers include: 

Professor Chris Frost, professor and head of Journalism at Liverpool John Moores University and a journalist, editor and journalism educator for more than 40 years working in newspapers before moving into the academy. He is National Chair of the Association for Journalism Education and as well as being a National Executive member of the National Union of Journalists, he is also Chair of the Ethics Council. 

Keith Perch, regional press representative on the board of the new Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). He is the former editor of the Leicester Mercury, the Derby Telegraph and the South Wales Echo, Cardiff, and has also worked for the Grimsby Telegraph, the Hull Daily Mail and the Birmingham Post and Mail. He is currently a senior lecturer in journalism at the University of Derby and a media consultant.

Dr James Morrison: a senior lecturer in Journalism at Kingston University and a former national newspaper journalist, who worked as a staff writer for, among others, the Independent on Sunday, the Daily Mail and the Press Association. He is the author of a core NCTJ textbook for trainee journalists, Essential Public Affairs for Journalists (Oxford University Press). 

The panel will be chaired by Alison Hastings: currently BBC Trustee for England and chair of the Editorial Standards Committee, previously editor of the Evening Chronicle in Newcastle between 1996-2002 and an Editor Commissioner for the Press Complaints Commission. 


Conference programme

 Registration and coffee: 10:00 – 10:30am


Morning panel: The News Today? 10:30am – 12:00pm

Bob Satchwell, Executive Director, Society of Editors

Tor Clark, Principal Lecturer, De Montfort University

Peter Devine, journalist, Messenger Newspapers 

Simon Lennon, investigative journalist

Chair: Ato Erzan-Essien, University of Chester


Lunch: 12:00pm – 12:30pm

Keynote panel: Local and regional journalism after Leveson: 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Professor Chris Frost, Liverpool John Moores University

Keith Perch, IPSO

Dr James Morrison, Kingston University

Chair: Alison Hastings, BBC Trust

Coffee break:  2:30pm – 2:45pm


Afternoon panel: The News Tomorrow? 2:45pm – 4:15pm

Lauren Pennycook, Carnegie UK Trust

Professor Michael Temple, University of Staffordshire

Dr Simon Roberts, University of Chester 

Please contact Dr Vera Slavtcheva-Petkova at if you have any questions.


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More about the historic city of Chester:

Location: Few historic cities offer such easy access to both open countryside and the big city, indeed the Welsh border runs through the suburbs of Chester, with the mountains and coastline of Wales less than an hours drive away. Our excellent road and rail links mean that travelling to Liverpool and Manchester is easy to do by train, car or coach. The conference will start at a convenient time to allow time to participants to arrive in the morning.