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Boris Johnson to give keynote as conference ponders future of journalism

3 June 2010

Mayor of London Boris Johnson will next week give the keynote address at this year’s Charles Wheeler Memorial Lecture at the University of Westminster.

The address, on 9 June, will follow the presentation of the Charles Wheeler Award for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcast Journalism. Presented by the British Journalism Review, the award is named after the late BBC journalist who was regarded as the doyen of broadcast foreign correspondents. Sir Charles Wheeler was also Boris Johnson’s father-in-law.

The inaugural Charles Wheeler Award was presented in May 2009 to BBC Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman for his services to broadcast journalism.

This year’s award event will mark the culmination of an international two-day conference on future funding of the news industry on 8 and 9 June. A galaxy of Fleet Street’s finest has been confirmed for the conference, titled Journalism’s Next Top Model, and being held at the University’s 309 Regent Street headquarters building.

Jane Moore (The Sun), Peter Oborne (Daily Mail) and Andrew Penman (The Mirror) join Matthew Engel (FT) to discuss how new talent can emerge in the changing media landscape.

The panel session is a part of a conference which will hear academic papers on the current funding of journalism around the world with a keynote speech from Professor Robert Picard, Hamrin Professor of Media Economics at Jönköping International Business School, Sweden.

Another industry panel including Claire Enders (Enders Analysis) and Richard Hooper (former deputy chair of OFCOM) will review the current state of regional and local media.

The conference is organised by the University’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communications. A live web stream of the event will available at:

Full details and a booking form are available on the news pages of the School of Media, Arts and Design.

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