News on a Knife-Edge: Gemini and development journalism today

News on a Knife-Edge: Gemini and development journalism today
29 November 2017, 9.30am - 6.00pm
Conference / Symposium
The Senate Room, First Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Derek Ingram, architect of Gemini

Sir Trevor McDonald, broadcaster, Gemini contributor, chair of NewsConcern International Foundation

Lindsey Hilsum, Gemini contributor, Channel 4 broadcaster

Richard Bourne , ICWS

Daniel Nelson, editor of Gemini

Cameron Duodu, Gemini contributor

Patsy Robertson, 

Sir Shridath Ramphal, Commonwealth Secretariat information division

Elizabeth Pritchard , former manager of Gemini

Elaine Shein, Canadian IDRC Fellow at Gemini

Ashley Crowson, PhD student, King’s College, London

Emma Golding, Archivist, Guardian News & Media Archive

Keith Somerville, Gemini contributor and ICWS

Glenda Cooper,  City University

Somnath Batabyal, SOAS

Richard Sambrook, Cardiff University

Professor Suzanne Franks, 

Daniel Nelson, 

Akshat Rathi, Quartz

Ashish Joshi, Sky News

Lucy Lamble, Guardian Development Editor

Krishnan Guru-Murthyr News, Channel Four News

Dr Sue Onslow, ICWS

Convenors: Richard Bourne, Keith Somerville and Derek Ingram

Blurb: In 1967, following decolonisation and in the midst of the Cold War, a pioneering news feature service began in London, called Gemini. It covered news from round the developing world and the Commonwealth, and lasted until 2002. This symposium will look at what Gemini was and did, and the state of development journalism today. Set up by Derek Ingram, former deputy editor of the Daily Mail, it survived at least two crises, and was owned by The Guardian for a while and revived with Canadian funding and an educational purpose in 1983. This event will be opened by Sir Trevor McDonald, a contributor and one time chair of its governors, and will bring together participants and media academics.

Image credit: Gemini News Service/Guardian News & Media Archive. 



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