How PR is killing journalism – talk by Michael Marshall

You can’t believe everything you read in the papers”…Everyone knows this, but few people realise this truism extends far beyond the celebrity pages and gossip columns and spills into ‘real’ news.

Michael Marshall
Michael Marshall

Here, the near-invisible influence of PR companies is often pivotal in deciding what news gets told, and how it gets reported.

By taking a brief look at the history of modern journalism, and using real examples taken from recent headlines, Michael Marshall will show why you really, really can’t believe everything you read in the papers.

Michael will present the results of his research to journalism and PR students at Sheffield Hallam University Tuesday, 3 March, 2-3pm in the Peak Lecture Theatre.

Michael Marshall is the co-founder and vice-president of the Merseyside Skeptics Society and appears on the “Skeptics with a K” and “Be Reasonable” podcasts. Besides organising national and international campaigns against homeopathy, he writes about the often-unsuspected role of PR in modern media.

Michael has written for The Times, The Guardian and The New Statesman, and has lectured for journalism students studying investigative skills at Sheffield Hallam University.  Michael’s talk will be followed by a Q&A. This event is open to all staff and students from Media Arts and Communications.

You can read Michael’s blogs for The Guardian at: http://www.theguardian.com/profile/michael-marshall

Follow him on Twitter @MrMMarsh

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