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Lords committee holds first evidence session on the future of journalism


On Tuesday 25 February 2020, the House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee will hold its first evidence session on the future of journalism, asking Ofcom and the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism how the consumption of news has changed. 

This first evidence session will give an overview of how news consumption and trends in the market have changed. It will give the Committee an opportunity to speak directly to those responsible for research on news consumption and discuss their work in more depth, providing context for future sessions.

The evidence session will begin at 3.30pm in Committee Room 2 of the House of Lords. The witnesses will include:

  • Dr Alison Preston, Head of Media Literacy Research, Ofcom;
  • Vikki Cook, Director of Content and Media, Ofcom; and
  • Dr Rasmus Klein Nielsen, Director, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

Questions likely to be asked include:

  • What is seen as the most important changes in the consumption and production of news?
  • How significant are demographic differences in the consumption of news, such as by generation, ethnicity, class, and region? What drives them?
  • What are the biggest challenges for newspapers and magazines and how successfully have they adapted to them?
  • How successfully have broadcasters adapted to changing audience demand? How successful have broadcasters been in maintaining the trust of audiences?
  • How diverse are broadcasters' newsroom and what could be done to make them more representative?
  • How have social media and online search engines changed the consumption of news?
  • How significantly have new, online-only news services changed the consumption of news?

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