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.