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Is there a future for professional values in journalism?

[16/06/09]

On Monday, 15th June a round table entitled ?Is there a future for professional values in journalism?? which was co-organised by IDEC-Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Universidad Pompeu Fabra's Communication Faculty was held at the new Communication Campus, located in district 22@, Barcelona. The meeting was attended by over fifty students and professionals from the media world.

Taking part in the debate were Rosa María Calaf, president of the International Press Centre, Antonio Franco, political commentator and former director of El Periódico de Catalunya, and Martín G. Etchevers, representing the Grupo Clarín (Argentina).

The debate revolved around the current problem of working in journalism and proposed challenges for future practice in this profession. During her intervention, Rosa María Calaf, president of the International Press Centre warned of losing professional values such as analysis and critical work to the detriment of mixing genres, defined as ?info-entertainment?, in order to achieve the highest possible television ratings.

Martín G. Etchevers, Manager of External Communications with the Grupo Clarín (Todo Noticias) (Argentina), defended the need to count on businesses for support in providing quality journalism as part of a crisis which is not only effecting the economy, but also the publication of information. Etchevers reminded everyone that ?quality journalism is expensive and there should be businesses which lend it their support?.

For his part, Antonio Franco, political commentator and former director of El Periódico de Catalunya, stated that ?professional values in journalism, such as ethics, the independence and contrast of data, only has a future with professional work within the framework of a revolution which will create a new system of communication which provides reflexion and analysis on the one hand and entertainment on the other.?

Josep Carles Rius, Dean of the School of Journalism, acted as chairman. The debate was closed by Salvador Alsius, Director of Journalism at Pompeu Fabra University, who invited all those present to visit the Communication Campus buildings.

This event was part of Barcelona Comm & News, the programme of professional development courses in Journalism and Audiovisual Communication for professionals and organisations.

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