Are newspapers really dead? Or are they just lying down? The digital age is having a profound effect on the way we consume journalism.
Major newspapers can't operate credibly without a website, which is plunging business models into chaos and insolvency.
Commentating on it all in his widely-read blog on the Guardian newspaper's website is veteran journalist and editor Roy Greenslade.
Roy was a guest of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance's "Future of Journalism" conference recently. In an extraordinarily honest confab with Margaret Simons, Roy talks about possible futures for news outlets and journalists in the new, online world- The Future of Journalism Summit
Roy Greenslade is Professor of Journalism at London's City University and has been a media commentator since 1992, most notably for The Guardian. He also writes a column for the London Evening Standard. He has been a journalist for 41 years and has worked for most of Britain's national newspapers.
He was editor of the Daily Mirror (1990-91), was managing editor (news) at The Sunday Times (1987-90) and assistant editor of The Sun (1981-86). He is on the board of the academic quarterly, the British Journalism Review, and is a trustee of the media ethics charity, MediaWise.
He is also the author of three books, including a biography of the late press tycoon, Robert Maxwell. His most recent book is a history of British newspapers entitled Press Gang: How Newspapers Make Profits from Propaganda.
He lives between Brighton and County Donegal in Ireland, and is married to Noreen Taylor, the former Daily Mirror journalist and mother of actress Natascha McElhone.
Margaret Simons is an award-winning freelance journalist and the author of seven books and numerous essays and articles.
Her most recent work includes The Content Makers - Understanding the Future of the Australian Media, published by Penguin in September 2007, and Faith, Money and Power - What the Religious Revival Means for Politics, published by Pluto, also in September 2007. Simons was a finalist in the 2007 Walkley Awards for journalism (magazine feature writing category) for her essay Buried in the Labyrinth, published by Griffith Review.
As well as writing books Simons is a freelance investigative and feature journalist. She is media commentator for the internet based news service Crikey.com.au, and also writes for The Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, Griffith Review, The Monthly and other publications. As one of the principals of the Media, Education Training and Advice (META) Centre, Simons provides training services to a variety of news organisations and tertiary institutions.
Simons holds a Doctorate in Creative Arts from the University of Technology, Sydney and is a Senior Associate of Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University. She is associated with the Institute of Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology, researching new media and its application to journalism.
Simons is presently working with former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser on his memoirs, to be published by University of Melbourne Press in 2009.
Simons lives in Melbourne with her husband and two children.