UK media figures share ideas with Westminster students
8 December 2010
Leading industry figures from newspaper executives to BAFTA documentary makers were invited to share their ideas, from their own road to success to prominent issues within the news.
Produced by Dr Richard Wright, a senior lecturer within the department, the sessions ran alongside the Masters programme module: "Principles of Journalism".
It provided students from around the campus the opportunity to meet and talk to professionals and often live blog the talks.
MAJI students, such as, Xudong Zeng wrote about the BBC Gary Duffy's advice to students on her blog advice to young journalists on her blog. Duffy said: “Always be flexible. Never set up your mind to do one thing only and never touch on another, because sometimes you have to do settle for the second best option and in the end you’ll find all those experiences helpful.”
MAJI students Zhenyang Li and Maria Jackson also added their voice.
Zhenyang, LI commented on his blog how BAFTA winning documentary maker Eamonn Matthews, who produces Channel 4's Unreported World, told them" “TV journalism has a duty to put cameras in places that people don’t want you to.”
Maria Jackson summed up Matthews' four principles for a successful documentary: "Good pictures, engaging characters, transgression and a creative narrative".
MAJ student Natalie MacDonald blogged on their news site "City Wide" News about the BBC's Paul Brennan and the future of mobile. Brennan told students “There are three types of people: those who let it happen; Those who make it happen and those who want it to happen".
The contentious issue of paywalls around internet content was captured by Josh Landy, also an MAJ student. Josh blogged on 'Our London Eye' about the assistant editor of The Times, Tom Whitwell whose newspaper the Times can only be accessed if people pay a fee.
Josh asked whether The Times' strategy had failed because other publications had not adopted their approach. He wrote: "Whitwell suggested that this was not the case, because even if others followed suit there would always be a free news outlet to compete with and that would always be a reality The Times would have to contend with.
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