Yes, it was the first forum of its kind to bring together entrepreneurs, funding and support agencies, policy makers, educators and researchers. But the story doesn’t end there: The workshop, which was sponsored by the Media And Digital Enterprise (MADE) project at the University of Central Lancashire and convened in collaboration with the International Press Institute and Talk About Local, had the ambitious aim to take the pulse of the journalism ecosystem in the UK.
Of course, a one-day workshop is all too short to surface the full range of relevant issues, acknowledged the convenor François Nel, now also a Visiting Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford.
“That said, over the course of the day we were able to draw on the knowledge and experiences of more than 70 engaged individuals with a wide range of experience, expertise and perspectives. Thus it was possible to get at least some idea of the critical issues affecting both the quality and velocity of journalism entrepreneurship, and for that I would like to thank everyone involved.”
“Digital-savvy journalism entrepreneurs operating at different scales and levels of intensity and in a variety of genres and formats are now a standard feature on our news media landscape and they make an essential contribution to meeting the critical information needs of our communities. Hence, any conversation about the media in the UK – whether in classrooms, boardrooms or committee meeting rooms – that fails to seriously factor in this segment of the industry cannot be considered comprehensive.
“Perhaps it’s time to go even further? Perhaps it’s time to draw a line in the sand and to declare inadequate any policy, any regulation, any legislation, any curriculum, any research agenda, any representative body, any intervention or any other initiative with ambitions to address the concerns of the news media in the UK and that does not devote substantial attention to new and emerging news enterprises, including (those definitely not exclusively) those operating at local and hyperlocal levels?
The team involved in the first Journalism Entrepreneurship Summit are keen to continue to play a constructive role - and remain eager to connect others who do too.
Here are some ways to connect:
- Twitter: Follow the @Jpreneursummit account and subscribe to our list of #JES2015 participants https://twitter.com/jpreneursummit/lists/jes2015
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.jpreneursummit.org
Track the wider conversation at #jpreneur
- Dave Harte of Birmingham City University: http://www.mediaforsocialchange.org.uk/2015/03/journalism-enterprise-summit-conference-report/
- Javier Luque Martinez of the International Press Institute: https://soundcloud.com/ipi-news-innovation/new-media-in-the-uk-journalism-entrepreneurship-summit-2015
- Jeremy Morton of South Leeds Life: http://www.southleedslife.com/south-of-the-river-youve-got-a-friend/
- Simon Perry of On the Wight, who also participated in the MADE project: http://www.slideshare.net/onthewight/journalism-entrepreneur-summit-2015-jes2015-simon-perry-presentation