W147 Williams Building, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, London, NW4 4BT
The Journalism Conversation Series welcomes you to debate the role of media in moral panics! We are joined by key and influential journalists, authors and a religious leader to debate this topic.
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The term moral panic was developed in the 1960s and 70s and could be found in the representation of mods and rockers. Today our 'folk devils' have changed shape - they are more sinister and made more complex by the depths of our digital media system. From rising hate crimes which have been associated with Islamaphobia, to the role played by big social media companies and elections in the form of Cambridge Analytica, Facebook and the US elections, to the phone-hacking scandal at the News of the World which led to its closure and a review of press ethics!
We're being joined by:
Jonathan Heawood, CEO of press regulator, IMPRESS. Journalist, campaigner for freedom of expression, and featured in the Guardian's top 100 most influential people in publishing
Rabbi Rebecca Birk. Rabbi at Finchley Progressive Synagogue promoting inclusivity, social justice and liberal values
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. Journalist, author, academic and winner of numerous awards, including columnist of the year 2017
James Patrick. Prolific journalist, Film-maker, and author of numerous books including Alternative War and Chemical Sausage.
We look forward to seeing you!