Last week journalist/lawyer David Allen Green asked how many of his Twitter followers had actually consulted the Leveson Inquiry report since its release. The instant response was fairly muted and confined to a handful of academics and campaigners.
Whether or not this reaction was representative of actual interest in the report, the exchange served as a reminder of Lord Justice Leveson’s determination that his volumes would not end up gathering dust on a scholarly bookcase (or, considering the size and price of the report, as unopened PDF files in a forgotten folder).
What will be the legacy of the report? To what extent will his recommendations be implemented? Beyond this, what did he miss? The last question is the theme of an event at the Frontline Club in October that I am participating in. The keynote speakers include Jake Lynch, author of A Global Standard for Reporting Conflict, and Stewart Purvis, co-author of When Reporters Cross The Line.
The 10th anniversary conference of the Institute of Communication Ethics, to be held at the Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1OJ, on 25 October 2013, will explore some of the many crucial ethical issues which went missing during the Leveson Inquiry.
One of the keynotes is to be given by Jake Lynch, Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney and a Senior Research Fellow of the School of Communication at the University of Johannesburg. His paper is titled ‘Reporting conflict: The critical, realist approach’.
A selection of papers given at the conference will be published in a special conference issue of Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics.
Cost of attendance: £65; students £10. For more information contact Dr Fiona Thompson, Director, The Institute of Communication Ethics, 69 Glenview Road, Shipley, West Yorkshire BD18 4AR; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current line up (and it is increasing all the time) includes:
Raphael Cohen-Almagor, Jeremy Collins, Philip Cowan, Jake Lynch, John Mair, Jackie Newton, Deirdre O’Neill, Julian Petley, Judith Townend.