The 12th Cleraun Media Conference will contribute to European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008 with a module on "Reporting on Ethnic Minorities and Islam, Ireland North and South." Reporter David Gonzalez of the New York Times will speak about reporting on ethnic minorities in a session chaired by Minister of State for Integration Conor Lenihan TD. This will be followed by a session on reporting on Islam with speaker Mary Fitzgerald of the Irish Times and a further session on Southern Media coverage of northern Politics with speaker Minister Jeffrey Donaldson, MP MLA.
Clearun Media conferences began in 1986 had have become an important forum where media practitioners can address and discuss ethical and professional issues which arise in the course of their work in a positive and constructive way. A number of the conferences have lead to the publication of books including "Media in Ireland: the search for ethical journalism" and "Media in Ireland: the search for diversity". This 12th annual conference will also look at Public Service Broadcasting, Investigative Journalism, and Standards. The conference will take place over two days on Saturday and Sunday 18 and 19th of October at Cleraun University Centre, 90 Foster Ave, Mount Merrion.
The brochure also gives details on the 2008 Cleraun Media Awards for students, where the winner will receive a week’s work experience with The Sunday Tribune, as well as a cheque for €250. The winning report will be placed on the website with the papers delivered to the conference. The runner-up will receive a cheque for €100.
The conference is supported by RTÉ, The Irish Times, the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland, the Agricultural Trust, the ESB, and the NCCRI.