Closing plenary: Financial Journalism 2.0? Can it Exist? 9v9





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In this final session, we try to hammer down the five main things that need to happen in financial journalism. Both participants and speakers discuss the future of financial journalism and journalism in general, drawing on aspects raised at the conference. Can the news process be altered? Is there still a proper watchdog role for journalists in a world of 'free' media? Is there a future at all for "news", "media" and "journalism"?
Historically, financial journalism has been at the fundamental core of creating news media, so where is the silver lining in the latest crisis. Newspapers were first published in the 17th century because stock markets needed information. Newswires like Reuters owe their existence to pigeons that began flying share prices from Brussels to Aachen early in the 19th century. The depression in the 1920s spawned a series of new creative products during the decade that followed. Photography and art flourished; magazines such as Fortune, Newsweek, Life and Esquire were all started after the collapse of Wall Street. The culture stopped being all about money, Vanity Fair observed. After the wreckage... it might even be a better place to live and dream.
Moderator: Eithne Treanor
Panelists: * Robert McLeod, Founding Editor at MLex.com, Brussels; * Wolfgang Munchau, Associate Editor, Financial Times; * Steve Schifferes, Marjorie Deane Professor of Financial Journalism, City University London, and former BBC News Online Business Editor; * Damian Tambini, Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics; * and others.

Rapporteur: * Juliane Reppert von Bismarck, freelance journalist based in Brussels (Newsweek, Dow Jones, Mlex).

Covering the Crisis generated two days of intense interaction and fruitful debate between leading global players from the world of financial journalism. Fresh insights were offered, new connections were made, experiences were shared and innovative ideas were generated.


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