A conference on the past history and future prospects of regional newspapers is being held by two universities.
Organisers are calling for academic papers to be submitted on the subject ahead of the conference.
Areas of discussion may include the future of the local press, newspapers and regional identity, economic models and production and reception histories.
An invitation reads: “The conference is being jointly organised by media historians from Coventry University and Liverpool John Moores University at a time when newsprint journalism has moved from the intensive care ward and obituaries are being pondered and some written.
“Yet local and regional journalism has been challenged before and emerged altered if not unscathed.
“This event will bring industry representatives and academics together to take a retrospective look at the current conundrum faced by the regional local newspaper industry in an effort to extrapolate lessons for the future.”
The event is organised by Dr Guy Hodgson, Senior Lecturer in Journalism at LJMU, and Dr Rachel Matthews, Principal Lecturer in Journalism, Coventry University.
Closing date for proposals is 1 June, and the conference will be held on 8 September at the Redmonds Building, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool, L3 5UG.