03 March 2011

Lily Canter to appear at Future of Journalism Conference

Lily Canter

Sheffield student Lily Canter has been selected from hundreds of applicants to present a paper on local newspapers and citizen journalism at a prestigious annual media conference.

The 31-year-old, who is researching a PhD under the supervision of Professor Martin Conboy, beat off fierce competition to be awarded a place at the Future of Journalism Conference in Cardiff this September.

She will be speaking alongside academics and industry experts from around the world.

Guest speakers include Emily Bell, founder and editor of mediaguardian.co.uk and Professor Robert W. McChesney of the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois.

Ms Canter, who also teaches undergraduate and postgraduate journalism students at The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University, will be presenting a paper based on empirical research from her PhD.

The former journalist is researching online journalism in local British newspapers and the changing nature of journalist interaction with readers.

She said: "I am really delighted to have been selected because I understand the conference gets five times as many submissions as it has places for.

"It will be a real challenge to present my work to the very people who are referenced in my thesis and who have inspired me to undertake my research. It will also be a fantastic learning curve and great opportunity for networking."

Professor Conboy added: "This is brilliant news. It is a really high-quality event and very well attended. It is also seriously peer-reviewed in the selection of papers so it is a tough conference to get into."