Media Question Time
DO you find yourself arguing
vigorously with your TV or radio over the way certain matters are
Are you the northern version of ‘Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells’???????
Are you delighted to see someone speaking up on an issue of common
Would you welcome the chance to give your two-penn’orth to senior
representatives of the local media, face to face?????
so, this is your big chance. Just come along to this innovative
On 12 November 2008, at 7pm for a 7.30pm start, local, media
representatives will be waiting to take questions from the general
public and from representatives of any interested organisations. The
event will be hosted by TV personality Jonathan Thompson.
The Venue is The Latin Lounge, on Post Office Avenue, off Lord
Street, by the Monument. As these are licensed premises,
unfortunately only people over 18 years are invited. The event will
be free to attend. This is a time of flux and this event has
primarily been designed to allow anyone who has issues, such as the
content or methods of presentation of materials in the press or
other media, to raise these concerns directly. The particular focus
will naturally be pertinent to Merseyside. The panel will attempt to
address the matters raised. It is intended that names of people, who
indicate their desire to put a question to the panel, will be taken
before the meeting and that they will subsequently be called to put
that query, briefly, to the panel. If time and circumstances allow,
it is hoped an open floor discussion can ensue and that, after the
event, folk may be able to engage more directly with individual
Our editor Patrick Trollope, who was one of the members of the media
behind this event, said:- "Lately, there have been so many
changes in the way the media is working and we want to help the
public to know what is going on. From the massive advancement in the
online materials, through to the changes in the traditional print,
radio and TV, it is hard for everyone to keep their eye on the ball.
All of the externally regulated media on Merseyside aim to deliver
high standard journalism, and this is just another way for us to
help refine our focus. Many of the problems, faced by the industry
outside Merseyside, have been put down to a lack of communication.
Thankfully, on Merseyside, the media has always aimed to keep alert,
with the desire to give the best, impartial and open coverage of all
events. We hope that this style of meeting will help us to develop
and keep our standards high. This is, to some extent, a way for us
all to test the waters and find out what are the public’s feelings
and views about our coverage. Whilst we must be aware that it is
never going to be possible to please everyone, we would like to find
out what issues are going on that the public would like us to keep
following and also to find out about issues that they think we have
missed. This meeting, we hope, will remain fully apolitical and also
one that will be both constructive and informative for all who
attend. Most of all, we hope it will further bring together the
community and ourselves; the media. We hope that this Question Time
proves successful, and that we can build on it with the aim of its
becoming a regular event across Merseyside."
So far, the following have been invited:- both local hard copy
newspapers and both Southport radio stations, online media
representatives and also a national news representative. So far,
confirmed, we have Southport Champion, Dune FM, Southport Community
Radio, Southport Reporter, Liverpool John Moores University, the
National Union Of Journalists (NUJ) and a representative from
the national press, who works for Big Pictures. Others are still to
be confirmed. If you have any representatives you would like us to
ask to sit on the panel, please let us know.
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this enterprise will be enjoyable and
profitable for all concerned.
It is our intention that the salient points
will be published later.
List off attending members of the Press who
will sit on the panel:-
Professor Chris Frost - NUJ North West and
Head of Journalism at Liverpool John Moores
Martin Hovden, Editor of the Champion
Ian Fairbrother, Freelance Photographer and
Reporter - Big Pictures
Sam Clack, News Editor at Dune FM
Jon Jessop, Southport Community Radio (SCR)
Patrick Trollope, Freelance Photographer and
Editor of the Southport & Mersey Reporter....
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