The media's representation of high streets can be influential in many ways including shaping people's pride in their town, dictating levels of inward investment and determining where high streets lie in the list of political priorities for any government. Representation is so important that it is about time we asked, is media coverage of the high street as fair and as balanced as it can be, and how can we work with the media in a way that is constructive?
At the Cities Summit, we will turn this issue on its head. It is the media who will be in the spotlight as we question key journalists on their role in reporting on town centres. Samantha Fenwick, who has covered issues such as the Portas Review, Business Rates and Permitted Development Rights across the BBC network, will be one of the panellists.