Justin has been broadcasting in the South West for more than twenty years. His career started with Truro Hospital Radio, followed by 10 years with BBC Radio Cornwall, before he joined Spotlight as a reporter and presenter in 1997. Justin has covered some of the regions biggest news events including flooding at Boscastle, the 1999 solar eclipse, the foot and mouth outbreak and the Queen's Golden Jubilee.
In this lecture, Justin will be exploring how the explosion in social media is changing the way traditional forms of media report the news. Facebook, Twitter and the other social media platforms are becoming the first port of call for news for younger people and broadcasters and newspapers are having to adapt to this digital world, and how this new world makes it possible for audiences to engage with the media.
This talk is the 2016 Annual Paul Smales Lecture. The first Paul Smale’s lecture was given in 1994 in memory of a man who made a great contribution to many Cornish institutions and was a friend of The Poly.
A reception will be held at 7.30 p.m., to be followed by the lecture at 8.00 p.m.