Department of Social Policy, Mannheim Centre for Criminology and the Howard league public discussion
New Media, Old News: strategies for penal reform groups to manage the new media landscape
Speakers: Dr Marianne Colbran, Niall Couper, Andrew Neilson, Danny Shaw, Alan White
Chair: Professor Ian Loader
A lack of public knowledge about crime, justice, punishment and the ways in which some sections of the news media shape public opinion about prisons and prisoners, is a significant issue for NGOs and special interest groups concerned with penal policy and penal reform.
This event brought together an academic, a leading journalist, a head of PR and Media and a director of communications, to discuss strategies for penal reform groups to obtain coverage without distorting key messages.