2010: The First New Media Election?

Event Info

Tue 2 Mar, 2010 at 6:30pm
Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre, City University London
Northampton Square
London, EC1V 0HB, UK (Map)
Cost: Free (RSVP Required)


When the last UK General Election was fought in 2005, no one was Tweeting or YouTubing, blogging and Facebook were in their infancy, and WebCameron had not been thought of (but then neither had David Cameron as Conservative leader).

The Obama US election campaign vividly demonstrated the fantastic potential of the web and social media as political tools.

So will the 2010 election be the first British new media campaign? And what will the new role of new media mean for television, radio and the press.

To discuss these fascinating and knotty issues – and to mark the launch of City University’s new MA in Political Journalism – we have assembled an expert and entertaining panel under the sharp eye of Evan Davis, presenter of the BBC Today Programme and Dragon’s Den.

The panel will include:

  • BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson
  • Matthew McGregor of Blue State Digital (the team behind Obama’s online campaign)
  • blogger Rupa Huq
  • DJ Collins, Google/YouTube's Director of Communications and Public Affairs, EMEA
  • media and elections expert Professor Ivor Gaber


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