I'm chairing a debate in London next week to mark the launch of a book on grass-roots journalism that I've co-edited with John Mair, occasionally of this parish, and Neil Fowler, a former regional newspaper editor of great standing and recently Guardian Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford.

The panel includes Chris Oakley, the editor-turned-entrepreneur whose gamble in running a management buyout of the newspaper he edited paved the way for massive structural changes that transformed the newspaper industry through the 90s and beyond. We'll also be joined by two of the newer generation of entrepreneurial thinkers, Ross Hawkes of Lichfield Live and Tom O'Brien of MyMuswell, whose experiments with hyperlocal journalism blogs may well indicate the shape of things to come. Guardian media columnist and City University professor Roy Greenslade will add his unique insight to the proceedings too.

It should be a lively debate, and a good opportunity to meet local journalism's most interesting characters.

All are welcome. Do come along if you can.

The debate kicks off at 6.30pm on Tuesday March 27th near Liverpool Street station in London.

The address is: East India House, Coventry University London Campus, 109-117 Middlesex Street E1 7JF.


I'd certainly like to come and film this debate for TV newsday.

I'd like to go to this too! Need someone to hold the boom?

Is anyone else going to go to this? If so and if you want to get the train with us then please comment below so we can organise a mutually convenient time.

Grass-roots journalism: book launch and debate