Event Reminder: #EUuk – London – 10 December

WITH THE Irish bailed-out and Portugal getting ready to bail, the EU is in the news every day at the moment. Which is why this seems like an excellent opportunity to investigate how the British blogosphere writes about the EU. #EUuk is a Bloggingportal.eu event (organised with the help of the European Commission) being held in London on December 10th – and we’ve put together quite a programme (even if we do say so ourselves). There will be two discussion panels with plenty of time for questions. We’ve tried to balance our panels to include both pro and critical points of view, and to include a mix of bloggers and journalists (divided equally between the panels – because we think bloggers have a lot to say about the media and journalists have a lot to say about bloggers).

  • WHEN: 10th December 2010 – 13:00 – 17:30
  • WHERE: Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3EU
  • WHAT: A non-partisan event exploring the different ways bloggers and journalists can cover the EU in Britain


  • 13:45 to 15:15 – FIRST PANEL – “The EU in the British Media”

We’ll be asking our panelists about the coverage of the EU in the British press. Do the media generally do a good job of “keeping tabs” on the EU? Is it true that British euroscepticism is driven by the media, or are the media just following public opinion?


David Rennie – Political Editor and Bagehot Columnist, The Economist, Bagehot’s Notebook

Paul Staines – Blogger, Guido Fawkes

Mats Persson – Director, Open Europe

J Clive Matthews – Blogger, Nosemonkey’s EUtopia

  • 15:15 – COFFEE BREAK
  • 15:45 to 17:15 – SECOND PANEL – “The EU in the British Blogosphere”

In this panel, we’ll be turning a critical eye on the British blogosphere. Do bloggers have any advantages over mainstream journalists when writing about the EU? Are bloggers better informed and freer to say what everybody is really thinking? Unconstrained by deadlines and editorial oversight, can they delve deeper into a story? Or are they just under less pressure to maintain levels of accuracy and ethical behaviour?


Bruno Waterfield – Brussels Correspondent, The Daily Telegraph, Europe not EU

Gawain Towler – UKIP / Europe of Freedom and Democracy Press Officer and Blogger, England Expects

Sunny Hundal – Blogger, Liberal Conspiracy, Pickled Politics

Jon Worth – Blogger, Jon Worth’s Euroblog

  • 17:15 to 17:30 – CLOSE
Both panels will be moderated discussions, including time for questions from the audience. There will be wifi provision and a charging station for laptops/mobile phones etc. There are still a couple of places available, so please let us know by e-mail (at info <at> bloggingportal <dot> eu) if you are interested in attending. Entry is free.


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MarcinDecember 3rd, 2010 at 20:22

Perhaps I’m being thick, but I don’t see any information about a registration fee, or if pre-registration is required.

kosmopolitDecember 3rd, 2010 at 23:53

Entry is free so no registration fee! Just send an email to info[at]bloggingportal.eu to reserve a place.

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