Third year Journalism students host TV Conference

Third year multimedia journalism students in UoN TV studio getting ready for their Media Conference assignment. L to R: Cali Sullivan, Ben Yaltaghian, Catherine Wilson, Dominic Marshall.
Third year multimedia journalism students in UoN TV studio getting ready for their Media Conference assignment.
L to R: Cali Sullivan, Ben Yaltaghian, Catherine Wilson, Dominic Marshall.

Third Year Journalism students put on International Media Regulation TV Conferences

As part of a major innovation resulting from the BA Multimedia Journalism course receiving BJTC accreditation earlier this year, third year students will be putting on a series of televised media conferences.

Making use of our upgraded TV studio facilities, we will present an ‘as live’ studio production of these conferences which will focus on some specific themes that affect contemporary journalism.

This year those themes include:

  • The Threat of Organised Crime to Journalists around the world, working with the respected international press body, Reporters Sans Frontieres
  • IPSO and the future of UK Press Regulation, looking at how the new press watchdog is shaping today’s editorial operations.
  • Ofcom and terrorism, examining how the Ofcom code affects the way broadcast media deal with the coverage of terrorism incidents.
  • Preserving the safety of journalists – what do journalists need to survive in an increasingly hostile world?

In addition to writing and presenting their own papers on the subjects, students will be recording skype interviews with important guests and then handling studio production for each other when not in front of the camera.

Guest interviewees include former Sun Journalist John Troop, recently cleared of any wrongdoing in one of the high profile court cases resulting from police investigations of the phone hacking scandal that closed the News of the World in 2011. Also giving his views will be Richard Frediani, Programme Editor 18.30 ITV News. A veteran, award-winning TV news editor, Frediani will be answering questions about ITV’s BAFTA-award winning coverage of the Lee Rigby murder case and the way terrorist incidents are covered by TV news.

Once recorded the programmes will be streamed on this website and elsewhere. Students will be assessed and graded on both their academic and broadcast production skills once the assignment is completed in early May.

“I’ve told the students this is a new and challenging innovation that will be an impressive addition to their production portfolios and their academic profiles,” explains journalism lecturer Ted Sullivan. “We’ve never attempted anything this ambitious before, but I’m confident the students will put in their best effort to make these conferences successful. We hope they will generate a lot of interest from the BJTC community around the country. “