This workshop will confront the opportunities and challenges posed to journalism post digital revolution. It will offer a crash course in digital skills such as sourcing stories online, SEO, and utilising social media. It will also offer an insight in to the current landscape of digital rights - such as freedom of expression and privacy - and what journalists can do promote and protect them.
The workshop will be lead by:
Conor Matchett is a junior reporter at Archant working at the Eastern Daily Press, Lowestoft Journal, and Beccles and Bungay Journal titles. He is also the current Chair of the Student Publication Association, having previously served as its Development Officer and Scotland Regional Officer. He was formerly the Head of Sport at FreshAir.org, and has worked for titles such as The Scotsman, Edinburgh Evening News and University of Edinburgh student newspaper The Student.
Gemma Shields currently works defending human rights online as a policy intern for European Digital Rights (EDRi) in Brussels. Alongside this she researches measures to combat the proliferation of misinformation online as part of her Master's in New Media and Digital Culture at Utrecht University, in collaboration with the Utrecht Data School. She is also the former Development Officer of the Student Publication Association, and former Head Editor of The Gaudie, the student newspaper of the University of Aberdeen.