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Star date: 18th September 2009  

SALFORD `LOCAL MEDIA' CONFERENCE IGNORES SALFORD STAR!

Next Tuesday 22nd September there's a big Future of Local Media conference taking place at the Salford Innovation Forum, on Frederick Road. It stars Tony Blair's former communications advisor, William Perrin, in a debate featuring "local community media".

Just one problem. Nobody's bothered to invite the Salford Star, the only local print media actually based in Salford, that's now been bulldozed online. And, we would argue, the only genuine `local community media' in Salford...


"Local media is widely regarded as being in crisis: whether on TV or in print" says event organiser, Professor Ron Cook of Salford University "Having this debate means that we can get some of the key players in the media to come together and generate new ideas and share solutions."

Should be some `debate'!  The award winning Salford Star is good enough to have its evidence considered by Parliament's Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on the future of the media in the UK but not, it seems, good enough for this sham conference on our own doorstep…

Stop Press: 1pm 18th September 2009

Just got this from the University's Corporate Press Office:

Janet McDermott, commercial manager, said: "The 'Future of Local Media' is hugely oversubscribed and has received a great deal of national and regional interest. 

"We have in no way intended to snub the Salford Star and we are sorry that it wasn't invited to the event. As a representative of the local media it is welcome to attend and an invitation has since been extended. Salford Star will also be invited to any future relevant events."

Salford Star replies: Why should we have to blast it all over our website and tell the whole universe before anyone cares? We hope that Salford Community Media Partnership and many others doing similar great work will also be kept informed of future events. There is no `local media' without the local community.  

don van vliet wrote
at 19:58:18 on 25 September 2009
'The digital britain white paper explicitly recognises the role of hyperlocal independent web media in guaranteeing future plurality' I thought for a second this was some wag taking a dig at 'meedja' talk (please tell me it is). If not it is a plain case of oracular faecal discharge (that's verbal diarrea to you and me mush!)
 
salford satnav wrote
at 13:17:56 on 21 September 2009
Salford Star off the list. Are they joking, with all the awards it has won? I find this very strange in deed ?? And personally think it is a snub to Salford pople as a hole, And Thay forgot .mm me thinks not. A lot of pople in Salford would have thought badly of the new media centre if the star had been on the top of its invite list. That is for certain with out a dought, as in Salford we believe in free speech still, As with out free speech were would we be, .was this decided in the first place. The star simply speaks the truth. Yes with attitude and I would say also a bit over the top in some of its story’s I must say, but it simply must be the truth As. how many have took the star to court. As I have not seen that reported As I think buy looking at the story in the star, Id bet the star would even report that and I am thinking. With (Attitude also) The story regarding the children’s services .In my opinion was excellent, and let us now what was going on in this badly run service. And pople simply must be held to account for this and it managed properly for the safety and good of Salford children, and it has clearly failed in this extremely badly to the department of Salford children. It now says it is a lot better now. And improving, But one must ask how did it get is such a bad state in the first place, and how was supposed to over see it. And also over see them, or will one single person be made the escape goat and thrown to the lions as it looks like, why is not the head of Salford council being disciplined on this, as should be Salford council’s directors, which seemed to be keeping a low profile on this. as that have surly not been doing there jobs and totally complacent and let down Salford children and Salford pople. And should be certainly held to account also. And in my opinion replaced ASAP, Which we all now are unlikely. So role on the elections I say as my family and I have always voted labour. But we will not this time now as we am disgusted with what is happening, regarding are children’s services. And will make are voices herd then. At the ballot box, And I and are full family say regarding this well reported story (well done Salford star) 10 out of 10 on this, And Salford council should commend you for bringing this in the spot light for Salford pople.and the good of are kids. And regarding the media centre .it would be a good idea if the star run courses there as I am sure the pople how want to learn to be journalists could learn a lot from the reporters of the Salford star. Keep up the good work but with a just a little less attitude if possible I would like to see. But over all, a good voice for Salford pople. And some excellent stories like the pople how were payed next to nothing by are council for there homes, and badly done to by are ruling council, And a some really good and important reading and reporting, I look forwerd to the next on line is. And Salford council. I read in the star online, you put over a hundred thousand moor in to your council mag. which well to be honest I just have a quick brows through and bin like most salford pople. You don’t believe this. Then go to say 300 houses and ask each one can I see are council mag, and see what the results are, I could be I little wrong but simply dough very much, But simply find this out, Do you now we are in hard times? And this large amount could be put to better use. Why not simply use the local advertiser and the star in Salford, to inform pople of events And for a dam sight less of are money I am sure to report local events and such. Or have Salford council its self got (attitude) I am starting to wonder. From Salford satnav
 
william perrin wrote
at 15:59:47 on 18 September 2009
what a terrible shame. The digital britain white paper explicitly recognises the role of hyperlocal independent web media in guaranteeing future plurality. And i know ofcom recognises this. The media industry as a whole is rather fixated with the industry as it is, rather than how new media entrants can change it - many are having trouble getting used to google. Happy to run through my presentation with the star and local bloggers etc in a pub outside the venue. You can check out my own hyperlocal work at www.kingscrossenvironment.com and at talkaboutlocal.org Cheers William
 
John Phillips wrote
at 11:35:03 on 18 September 2009
I don't think anyone from Salford Community Media Partnership (SCMP) has been invited to this conference as far as I can tell. Which would seem a bit of an oversight if part of it is supposed to be about local community media. We have over 160 local members and have been established for more than 2 years.
 
john wrote
at 11:34:53 on 18 September 2009
come on what did you expect the truth hurts your mag tells the truth hey presto ridicule the powers that be dont want the truth to come out thats why the council print a propoganda mag telling us how rosy and great salford is unfortunaely its far from the truth but that does not matter because salford council are not that big on the truth as i have said many times it does not matter what the truth is as long as the residents think every thing is good then its good but i have a shock for them we residents are NOT taken in by there propoganda we no the truth and the truth is not so rosy but keep up the great work salford star just dont expect any invites to any of the bull-hit events this council as had its dirty little hands on
 
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