The impact of Brexit, Donald Trump and last month’s General Election on the media are explored in a new book being launched this week, edited by a University of Leicester academic….reports Asian Lite News
‘Brexit, Trump and the Media’ (including analysis of the 2017 UK General Election) has been co-edited by Tor Clark, Associate Professor in Journalism in the School of Media, Communication and Sociology and will be unveiled at a Media Society launch event on Thursday (6 July).
Tor’s co-editors were John Mair, formerly of Coventry and Northampton universities, Neil Fowler, a former regional newspapers editor and fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, Raymond Snoddy, the doyen of journalism commentators and former media editor of The Times, and Richard Tait, former Head of ITN and Professor of Journalism at Cardiff University.
The launch is being held at The Groucho Club in London’s Soho on Thursday evening when Stewart Purvis, another former Head of ITN, and Professor of TV Journalism at City University, London, will discuss the impact of Brexit on journalism alongside Isabel Oakshott, former Sunday Times political editor and controversial biographer of David Cameron, in a debate chaired by Raymond Snoddy.
‘Brexit, Trump and the Media’ is the second book produced in a year by the five editors, following ‘Last Words? How can journalism survive the decline of print?’ published in December 2016.
Tor joined the University of Leicester last month from nearby De Montfort University, where he had been Principal Lecturer in Journalism, Journalism degree programme leader and a Teacher Fellow.
“The idea for the Brexit book cropped up naturally during our regular discussions for the previous book, which looked at the decline of print journalism”, Tor said
“We all quickly realised Brexit had had a profound effect on UK journalism. Then President Trump was elected and we saw major changes in US journalism too. We marshalled our contacts and put together a fantastic book, but then we were slightly thrown by Theresa May calling an election in April.
“We decided the book would look out of date without mention of the election, so the production schedule was put back a couple of weeks and a whole new eight-chapter section was added”, he added.
The final book has 58 separate chapters from authors including Professor David Blanchflower, former UKIP leader Nigel Farage, Channel 4 News political editor Gary Gibbon, former BBC Director General Mark Thompson, ex-Guardian editor Peter Preston, ITV News Europe Editor James Mates, ex-BBC Head of News Helen Boaden, Daily Express editor Hugh Whittow and top political pollster Professor John Curtice. The introduction is by Jon Snow of Channel 4 New and the postscript by ex-BBC Political editor Nick Robinson, now presenter of Radio 4’s Today programme.