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Soothsayers of Doom: the media and the financial crisis in historical and comparative perspective




NB. Registration is now closed. Journalists wanting to attend should contact Hollie Jenkins for details.

An international symposium sponsored by the British Academy, the Institute for Contemporary History, King's College London and the Department of Journalism at City University London.

Date: Monday 12 - Tuesday 13 December 2011

Location: City University London, Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB

The conference aims to draw lessons from the recent financial crisis for current journalists, academics and policy-makers by examining coverage in comparative perspective: for instance, European media coverage of the Greece, Ireland and Portugal sovereign debt crises, differences between US and UK coverage, and how the crisis was perceived differently.

It will also look at coverage of past financial crises: from the 1870s Great Depression to the UK's part in the crisis-ridden 1970s. There will be two distinguished panels including key commentators, journalists and political advisors who played a central role in interpreting the crisis.


Monday 12 December 2011

Location: Northampton Suite, University Building, Northampton Square.

9:30 - 10:15 Registration
10:15 - 10:30
Welcome: Professor Howard Tumber, Acting Dean, Schools of Arts and Social Sciences, City University London
10:30 - 11:15 Keynote Address:
Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times
11:30 - 13:00

Panel 1: How Did We Do? Reflections from, Politicians, Bankers and Journalists (Chatham House rules)
Chair: Prof Richard Roberts, ICH, Kings College London
Brandon Davies, Gatehouse Bank (former treasurer Barclays Bank)
Peter Thal Larsen, Assistant Editor, Reuters Breakingviews
Hugh Pym, Chief Economics Correspondent, BBC News
Catherine MacLeod, Political Advisor to Alistair Darling (2007-2010)
John Plender, columnist, Financial Times

13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 16:00 Session 1: Comparative Perspectives
Chair: Wolfgang Munchau, Financial Times
Angel Arrese (Navarra): The Spanish Press and the Financial Crisis
Stylianos Papathanassopoulos (Athens): The Greek Crisis and the European Media
Mark O'Brien (Dublin City University): The Irish Press and the Financial Crisis
Dean Starkman (Columbia School of Journalism): The US Media and the Crisis

Tuesday 13 December 2011

Location: Oakden Lecture Theatre, Centenary Building, Northampton Square.

10:00 - 10:30 Registration
10:30 - 12:00
Session 2: Theoretical Perspectives
Chair: Professor Howard Tumber, City University London
Aeron Davis (Goldsmiths): The Influence of the PR Industry
Peter Thompson (Auckland): Journalists, Traders and the Crisis
Gerben Bakker (LSE): Do News Providers Make Money from Crises?
Prof. Steve Schifferes (City University London): The Audience View of Financial News
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:45 - 15:30 Session 3: Historical Perspectives
Chair: David Kynaston
Dwyane Winseck (Carleton, Canada): The 19th Century Internet: the Undersea Cable and the World Financial Crisis of 1873
James Nye (ICH, King's College London):  From Boom to Bust: Speculators, Promoters and Journalists in the City in the 1890s
Richard Roberts (ICH, King's College London): The Press and the Financial Crisis of 1914
Dilwyn Porter (DeMontfort): London's Financial Press and the Suez Crisis
Duncan Needham (Cambridge): The UK Media and the l976 IMF Crisis
15:30 - 16:00 Tea and coffee
16:00 - 17:30
Panel 2: The Future of Business Journalism: Lessons from the Crisis
Chair: Prof Steve Schifferes, City University London
John Lloyd (FT and Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Oxford)
Prof. Roy Greenslade (City University London, School of Journalism)
William Keegan (The Observer)
Richard Sambrook (former head of Global News, BBC)
Charles Goodhart (LSE and former member, MPC)
Closing reception

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9.30am - 5.30pmMonday 12th December 2011