May, 15 th, 2006, 18.15, Aula Magna Università della Svizzera italiana
Andrew Gowers, editor of the Financial Times from 2001 to 2005
«The Challenges of Business Journalism in the Age of Globalization: is Correct Journalism Possibile?»
Andrew Gowers is one of the most well-known and best business journalists of the world. He was appointed editor of the Financial Times in October 2001.
After graduating from Cambridge University, Gowers began his journalistic career in 1980 when he joined Reuters as a graduate trainee. In 1981, he was appointed Brussels correspondent, 1982 Zurich correspondent. He joined the Financial Times in 1983 on the foreign desk in London. In 1984, he became agriculture correspondent, a year later commodities editor, two years later became Middle East editor, in 1990 features editor, and in 1992, foreign editor. In 1994 he was appointed deputy editor. From July 1997, he spent 15 months as acting editor while the editor, Richard Lambert, was in New York to launch the new US edition of the Financial Times. In January 1999, Gowers was appointed founding editor of a new German language business newspaper, Financial Times Deutschland, a joint venture between the Financial Times’ owner, Pearson PLC, and Gruner+Jahr, one of Germany's leading newspaper and magazine publishers. FT Deutschland launched in February 2000. One year later, he returned to London, where he was appointed editor of the Financial Times. Since February 2002, he has been responsible for running the FT's global print and online editorial operations. He left this post in November 2005 due to disagreements over strategy with Pearson PLC. Im December 2005 he was commissioned by Gordon Brown to lead an independent review of intellectual property rights rights in the UK. Gowers is co-author of a biography of Yasser Arafat, published in 1990, which was republished in an updated english version in 2003.
He is married, has two children and lives in London.
17-18 March 2006
EJO-Workshop: A Complicated, Antagonistic and Symbiotic Affair: Journalism, Public Relations and their Struggle for Public Attention
The relationship between journalism and public relations is rapidly changing, and it has been under frequent observation of media researchers during the last twenty years. While some researchers clearly perceive journalism and pr struggling for power to dominate each other, other observers rather describe the relationship between both of them as highly symbiotic - trying to maximize public attention, be it for their clients (pr experts), be it for their media products (journalists).
Lucern, together with "MAZ. Die Schweizer Journalistenschule"
6 February 2006
Mario Cervi (author together with Indro Montanelli of the book series «La Storia d'Italia») and Marco Zatterin (author of «Trafalgar. La battaglia che fermò Napoleone»):
«Journalism beyond Novelty. The Art of Narrating History»
18 April 2005
Monica Maggioni (foreign correspondent, TG1, RAI) und Lorenzo Cremonesi (foreign correspondent, Corriere della Sera):
«Can there be objective war reporting?»
31 January 2005
Beppe Severgnini, author and European Journalist of the Year 2004:
«Objectivity in Anglosaxon Journalism: A Myth?» (in Italian)
21 - 22 January 2005
EJO-Workshop: Media Journalism in the Attention Cycle: Problems, Perspectives, Visions
After a short phase of blossoming, media journalism - coverage of media and journalism by the media - has been reduced once again in some European countries: Many editors and publishers in Germany and in Switzerland seem to believe that they can do without a media beat and without competent reporters and editors covering continuously this area.
Cutting back media journalism means that journalism is also cutting back one of its most important instruments auf auto-control. Without a public discourse about journalism journalists lack impulses and incentives to reflect critically their own work. And even worse: Possibly those publishing houses which want to provide excellence in journalism and nevertheless think they may neglect media journalism reduce also their chance to foster journalism's credibility, to develop something like «quality consciousness» of their publics and thus, also to raise the willingness to pay more for quality media products.
Partially at least, the crisis of the print media seems to be caused by home made communication failure. For a long time, it was the media themselves who nourished the public's belief that information does not cost money, and that even soundly researched stories and professionally selected news are and should be for free.
Whoever believes, media journalism is not necessary, contributes in the long run to letting journalism itself become superfluous. If publishing houses believe they can communicate with their publics only by advertising and PR, if they continue to let the journalists who cover journalism go, this might be the wrong signal in a society, in which journalism in general seems to be, more and more, replaced by PR.
The workshop - which is a joint venture of the MAZ Die Schweizer Journalistenschule, Lucerne, and the European Journalism Observatory, Lugano - will discuss the potential and the limits of media journalism, It will, for the first time in this field, provide in an open atmosphere an opportunity for truly international exchange of ideas and experiences between journalism researchers, media managers, editors and media journalists - hopefully creating a professional network at a European and transatlantic scale.
Short inputs from experts with following plenary discussions.
17 May 2004
Ferruccio De Bortoli, former Editor-in-Chief of the «Corriere della Sera», and currently managing director of RCS Libri, on:
«Quality and diversity of information in an open society: Do we know more, but participate less?» (in Italian)