Conference programme

We are delighted to have been able to accept a wide range of papers from a large number of submissions to our call for papers. The conference programme promises to explore core issues for research into the provincial news industry from a range of perspectives. The proposed programme is below. Registration for the event will open shortly and the organizers would ask that participants register in order to help us ascertain final numbers. Non-presenters are also welcome  and there is no fee for attendance.

9.30am to 10am:        Arrival and registration.

10am – 11am:            Plenary session. Introduction. Scoping the issues for the regional press. To include Professor Chris Frost, Liverpool John Moores University.

11am- 11.15am:         Coffee break

11.15am-12.55pm:     Parallel sesssion 1.

Panel A: Crime and Scandal. Panel B: The Challenge of Digital. Panel C: National Identities

12.55pm-1.40pm:      Lunch break.

1.40pm to 3.20pm:     Parallel session 2.

Panel D: Newspapers and Communities. Panel E: Addressing Audiences via Content.

3.20pm: Close.



Panel A: Crime and Scandal.

  • Will Clement, St John’s College, Oxford. Reporting, reprinting, and retelling: a sacrilegious bar crawl and the international local press in the late nineteenth-century
  • Abigail Rieley, University of Sussex. Hitting above their weight: How the Limerick and Clare Examiner broke into the big time with its coverage of the murder of the century.
  • Ashley Borrett, University of Hull. News as social history: local press responses to crime and criminality in Hull and East Yorkshire during the interwar period
  • Daliah Bond, University of Aberdeen. Scottish Chapbooks and the ‘News’.


Panel B: The Challenge of Digital

  • Kate Heathman, Liverpool John Moores University. Telling the stories that people want to hear: Student reflections on the role of the community reporter in the 21st
  • David Baines, University of Newcastle. Rethinking Local Media as Communities’ Cultural Assets: 
  • Anthony Cawley, Liverpool Hope University. Boom to Bust: Lessons from Ireland’s Local Newspaper Industry During and After the Celtic Tiger.
  • Sarah O’Hara, University of Canterbury. Organisational culture and its impact on local newspapers.


Panel C: National Identities

  • Josep Guimera, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and Mariola Tarrega, Stirling University. Media policies and regional newspapers in Catalonia: creating a dedicated media system (1979-2016)
  • Eneko Bidegian, Ainhoa Larranaga and Igor Agirre, Mondragon Unibertsitatea. The Basque Identity through the territorial representation of the Basque media.
  • Mitraijit Biswas, MICA, India. Discourse of vernacular newspapers on political situation presentation in West Bengal.
  • Nicholas Foggo, University of Liverpool. The rise and fall of diversity in the Liverpool press, 1712 to 2013.


Panel D: Newspapers and Communities

  • Agnes Gulyas, University of Canterbury. Hybrid forms of local news online.
  • Torrin Clark, University of Leicester. From The Silent Watchdog to the Lost Watchdog – The decline of the UK regional press’ role in scrutiny of local government over 40 years.
  • David Toomer, Liverpool John Moores University, Exploring the link between newspaper closures, areas of social deprivation, and the coverage of parliamentary elections. Does deprivation make a difference?
  • Jamie Matthews, Bournemouth University. The relationships between local newspapers and their communities in post-disaster environments


 Panel E: Addressing Audiences via Content.

  • Nadirah Mansour, Princeton University. De-Provincializing the Arabic-Language Press.
  • Hannah Nicholson, University of Nottingham. “To the editor”: Readers’ letters within the East Midlands provincial press c.1790-1832.
  • Chris Shoop-Worrall, University of Sheffield. Scouse Sensation: Liverpool and the New Journalism
  • Flemming Tait Svith, Danish School of Media and Journalism. Local patriotism in journalism.

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