The End of the News as We Know It: How Facebook Swallowed Journalism

2 March 2016, 17:00 - 18:30

LG19 Faculty of Law

Free and open to all. No registration required.

Emily Bell, the Humanitas Visiting Professor in Media 2015-16, will give an open lecture as part of a series of events she will be doing while in Cambridge on the theme of Facebook Eating the World. 

A mobile media revolution is changing the basis of the global free press and dictating the future of self expression. Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Google and Apple are among the few companies redrawing the boundaries of how we communicate and taking over the role of the global publishers. The future of journalism, the news, free speech and even democratic exchange is changed forever. What does this mean for the news media and for democracy?  Is this an exciting new opportunity to remake the news or a long term threat to the public sphere? This lecture examines the rapid changes in the news ecosystem and its implications for the practice and policies of the media industry.

Other events in this series

Thursday 3 March  In Conversation with Professor Mary Beard

Friday 4 March Facebook Eating the World: Concluding Symposium

Emily Bell is also participating in the Women of the World Festival on Saturday 5 March. In the session Seen and not Heard  Emily will give a talk entitled 'New Media, Old Problems’.


The events are funded by the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust with the support of a series of generous benefactors.

For administrative enquiries please contact Michelle Maciejewska.



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The Humanitas Chair in Media has been made possible by the generous support of the Blavatnik Family Foundation.

At a time when new forms of communication, and in particular social media, are being used as tools for revolution and revolt, the Humanitas Chair in Media will address the intertwined issues of journalism, freedom and democracy in what is an increasingly digital age. Visiting Professors in the fields of social sciences and humanities will explore the impact of the internet and new technologies as well as new media’s relationship to more traditional forms.

Previous Humanitas Visiting Professors in Media

2013-14 Alastair Campbell (writer, communicator and strategist)
2012-13: Eric Schmidt (Executive Chairman, Google)
2011-12: Manuel Castells (University Professor and the Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication Technology and Society at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles) 2010-11: Mathias Döpfner (CEO Axel Springer)

Standing Committee

John Thompson (Sociology)
Allègre Hadida (Judge Business School)
John Naughton (Wolfson College) 
Anne Alexander (CRASSH/POLIS)

Hosting College

St John's College