If journalists really want to gauge the atmosphere from the conference, let me make a simple suggestion. Instead of spending all your time talking to other journalists, why not spend an hour wandering round talking to party members attending the conference? It might shatter a few preconceptions. Or not, as the case may be!
Sunday, October 03, 2010
How to Gauge the Conference Atmosphere
I can guarantee that the question I will be asked most this week at the conference on the broadcast media is "what do you think the atmosphere is like?" It's a question which invites the response, "well it's better than 1985 but not quite so good at 1953". In other words it's a facile question and any journalist asking it should spend a day in the Lazy School of Journalism detention area.