Lancaster University Media Conference

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Saturday 14th May offers an exciting break from studying with the arrival of Lancaster Uni’s own Media and Campaigning Conference, called Making Headlines. Hosted by LUSU, the conference is geared towards those who are interested in pursuing a career in media, campaigning or marketing, or who simply want to learn about something new. There will be speakers from all different fields who will host talks for students, with the goal of providing career advice, discussing needed skills, and generally educating those who wish to get more involved in any of these career options.

As well as conversation, Niall Couper, Head of Media for Amnesty International, and Warren Nettleford, a reporter, will address the conference. Couper has previously worked as an editor for SCAN, a journalist for The Independent, and Director of Communications at Richard House (a children’s hospice). Nettleford has worked for Carbon Media, Princess Productions, Channel 4, and the BBC, and he has also set up his very own video production company, Right Thing Films. Joining them will be David Watson, Head of Campaigns at 10 Downing Street, Amy Scarisbrick, a reporter for Rock FM, and Tim Pemberton, from the Executive Development Programme at BBC.

For those particularly looking to engage in news media, The Nubian Times, a Manchester-based monthly newspaper (with a readership of over 175,000 people), will be talking about their ethos to deliver news, inspire, and educate the local community by making their news accessible to all. Their newspaper includes sections for the LGBTQ+ community, as well as sport, education, and youth. The three founders will be attending the conference to share their experience of setting up a newspaper. Participants will also get to engage with Fully Focused, a London-based independent media production company who ‘use the power of film to challenge perceptions, raise awareness and transform lives.’ The Sexist News Campaign (formerly No More Page 3) will also join, talking about how to continue challenging sexism in everyday media.

With headliners like these, the conference is sure to be an exciting and engaging event, so make sure you check out the event page on Facebook for more information as the date gets closer! Tickets will be available to purchase for the event and will be £3 for Purple card holders and £5 for non-Purple card holders, and the event will be held in the Faraday Lecture Theatre.

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