Journalism, Churnalism and Media Bias - December 15th PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD

CFI UK and Conway Hall present


Ben Goldacre, Rich Peppiatt, Michael Marshall, Greg Philo

How much journalism is churnalism - the uncritical regurgitation of press releases? To what extent can we trust what we read in the press about medical and other scientific discoveries and breakthroughs? How impartial is mainstream media coverage of key political and economic issues? And just how much of tabloid news is just, well, made up?

Saturday, 15th December 2012

Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square
London WC1R 4RL

11am-5.15pm (10.30am registration)

£10 (£5 students concessions). Free entry for Friends of CFI UK.

Bookshop and signings.

Tickets on the door and from the BHA website here:

Introduced by Stephen Law
Speakers include:

Ben Goldacre (Guardian columnist, doctor and author of Bad Science)

Michael Marshall (expert on press-release-based churnalism)

Rich Peppiatt (a former tabloid journalist, now touring a show based on his experiences)

Greg Philo (Research Director of the Glagsow University Media Group). Greg will be speaking about the role of the media in the production of public confusion and consent.


Bob Churchill said…
Very cool. (But no dyed-in-the-wool, unapologetic tabloid journo to take part?)
Stephen Law said…
Thought about it, but decided on balance better like this...
Adzcliff said…
Would it be rude to ask whether Nick Davies was a consideration for this event? I for one had never heard of 'churnalism' before reading his 'Flat Earth News'. What a gem that was...
I don't entirely understand the world of British tabloids. In America, there have have been a few rare cases where a tabloid scooped the MSM on something, and everybody is like, "wait, the tabloids ran a story that wasn't made up? How did that happen?"
Stephen Law said…
Nick wasn't available Adzcliff.

TUQ - not just talking about tabloids, of course.
Mike said…
This looks very interesting but I'm surprised there's no mention of Media Lens or any of the books written by the editors Davids Edwards and Cromwell like Guardians of Power, Newspeak in the 21st Century or the recent Why Are We The Good Guys? (by David Cromwell).

I think the diligent and essential work, of holding the corporate media to account, carried out for free by Media Lens and endorsed by the likes of Chomsky and Pilger should have made them top billing.