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New models for the media business

Date confirmed - 16/01/10

WORRIED about the crisis in journalism - and whether, with reports of freelance rates tumbling and slots fast disappearing - you have a future in the industry?

London Freelance Branch is planning a conference for early next year that could provide the makings of answers. The day will look at alternative business models for the media - new ways to earn a living through quality journalism in the face of falling advertising revenues, the rise of the internet and profiteering proprietors. Speakers will lift the lid on emerging practice and present bold new ideas for making the web pay, local media start-ups and the potential of the blogosphere. And there'll be workshops where you can get together with like-minded souls to thrash out your own ideas.

Among the speakers already confirmed will be Eric Gordon, who set up - and who still edits - independent local newspaper the Camden New Journal in 1982 after a two-year strike which followed a decision by the owners of the Camden Journal to close the paper.

The date of the conference is now confirmed, it will be Saturday 16 January 2010 (not the date given in the print version of the July Freelance, which has been overtaken by later developments.) Watch this space for more details. The venue is the NUJ HQ at Headland House.

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