Can we trust the International Media? - John O Oucho and Fred Mudhai
John O Oucho holds a PhD in Population Geography and was a post-doctoral fellow of the Carolina Population Center in the university of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, U.S.A. in 1982-3. He has taught at the University of Nairobi (2 decades), University of Ghana (3 years) and University of Botswana (8 years). He was elected Fellow of the Kenya National Academy of Sciences (KNAS) in 1989 and the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS) in 2003. He is a well traveled and well published academic and ha
Is ITV in Trouble? - Jim Godfrey
Jim Godfrey, ITV’s director of corporate affairs, is leaving in March after three years to set up his own PR agency. Godfrey, a former Labour special adviser, said he intended to specialise in political campaigns and branding with his new company, which will have ITV as its first client when it launches in July. He is a former special adviser to Patricia Hewlett when she was the trade and industry secretary. Before that he was director of communications for leading think-tank, the Institute fo
Life as a Shock Jock - Jon ‘Gaunty’ Gaunt
He was last week suspended from Talksport for insulting a London councillor on air. Sony award-winning Gaunt, who writes a column for the sun, also called the councillor an “ignorant pig”. This talk was recorded the week that he was sacked and was his first public appearance. With an average audience of nearly a million listeners every day at 10.00, Gaunt was one of Talksport’s highest profile presenters, nothing if not controversial on and off air. In this Coventry Conversation, he talk
Spin, Blair and PR - Richard Peel
Richard Peel is at the top of the PR tree in Britain. He has ‘spun’ for many of the bluest chip organisations in Britain – The BBC, The ITC, Ofcom, The England and Wales Cricket Board and now Camelot the lottery operator. In this Coventry Conversation Richard talks about spin, politics and public image.
Beginnings - Jon Blair, Award Winning Director and Producer
Jon Blair is a multi award winning film and television producer and director, and is the only director working in the United Kingdom who has won all three of the premiere awards in his field; an Oscar, an Emmy (twice) and a British Academy Award. In this Coventry Conversation you can hear Jon talking about his career.
I Have Seen the Future - Peter Barron, Google
Peter Barron is an enigma; he left one of the best and most high profile jobs in British television journalism – Editor of Newsnight – in the summer of 2008 of his own violation. He jumped ship to the digital world of Google where he is Head of Public Relations for the UK and Ireland. Peter's spell at the helm of Newsnight was the longest since the programme's creation and the most creative – he brought in blogs, vodcasts and more. In this Coventry Conversation you can hear Peter talking
Creativity is International - Dean Stockton
Dean Stockton is a British creative star. Since January 2008 Dean has been Senior Creative Director of Chellomedia Group. He leads group creative direction and responsibility for managing all corporate brand strategy, including most channel and online services. He delivers and impliments creative direction and creative marketing solutions across the group; provides creative inspiration, creative lead and creative expertise – promoting the importance of creative excellence throughout the organi
The Specials - Horace Panter in Conversation
Horace Panter is a true icon of British music. In the 1970s Horace formed "The Specials" who went on to become one of the biggest bands of the 1980s. This year they are reforming to play a number of big shows, including headlining slots at Glastonbury and V Festival. In 1972 Horace started studying fine art at Coventry’s Lanchester Polytechnic, now known as Coventry University. In his second year there he met Jerry Dammers and soon they formed The Specials. They started playing in Coventry b
Jon Snow - The Best and Worst of Times in 21st Century Journalism
Jon Snow is an English journalist and presenter, currently employed by ITN. He is best known for presenting Channel 4 News. Here he discusses the past, present and future of broadcasting and british media. This talk is also available on CUTV
Is there a Crisis in World Journalism? Jeremy Paxman
Jeremy Paxman is a prominent and noteworthy presenter known and praised his abrasive and straightforward style of interviewing. He started his career in a local radio at BBC radio Brighton and in 1977, he became a part of BBC’s current affairs programme, Tonight. Was a reporter for Panorama and contributed to television programmes like Six O'Clock News and Breakfast Time. Owing to his commanding verbal skills, Jeremy Paxman became the anchor of BBC Two television programme, Newsnight. In 2003,
Is there a Crisis in World Journalism? Nick Davies
Nick Davies has been named Journalist of the Year, Reporter of the Year and Feature Writer of the Year for his investigations into crime, drugs, poverty and other social issues. Hundreds of journalists have attended his masterclass on the techniques of investigative reporting. He has been a journalist since 1976 and is currently a freelance, working regularly as special correspondent for The Guardian. He was the first winner of the Martha Gellhorn award for investigative reporting for his work o
Is PR Good for us? - Trevor Morris
Trevor Morris is Visiting Professor in Public relations at the University of Westminster and an author, business consultant and mentor. He was formally the CEO of Chime Public Relations, the UK’s largest PR group. Here he discusses his some of the issues in his book 'PR A Persuasive Industry?: Spin, Public Relations and the Shaping of the Modern Media'
Being TV’s Shakespeare - Paul Abbott
Paul Abbott is a BAFTA winning English television screenwriter. He has become one of the most critically and commercially successful television writers working in Britain today. Here he discusses writing for the screen, the state of British drama and Shameless USA.
Equality and Diversity in the Media - Dhiren Katwa
Dhiren Katwa is with the Environment Agency as External Relations Advisor. He has been a trustee of Birmingham Rathbone (a charity for people with mild to moderate learning difficulties) since 2007. In addition, he sits on the ITV Central Diversity Panel and on the Diversity Board of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and a member of the Equality Council of the National Union of Journalists. Here he discusses the current issues in making the media a more diverse and equal industry.
How I Write - Andrew Davies
Andrew Davies has written screenplays for Pride and Prejudice, Middlemarch, Vanity Fair, Wives and Daughters and Tipping the Velvet and many more. He is considered to be British television's adaptation master. In this Coventry Conversations he discusses his approach to writing.
The Election in Numbers - Roger Mortimer, MORI
Dr Roger Mortimore is Director of Political Analysis at Ipsos MORI. He was co-editor of the last two Political Communications studies of British general elections, and co-author of a number of other books on British elections. Here he discusses statistics and polls undertaken throughout this years general election, including how the exit poll managed to predict the result so accurately. To see the slides from this presentation visit http://cutoday.wordpress.com/2010/05/14/election-results-just-
Today, cell phones are a menace to safe driving, as they distract operators who should otherwise focus on the road. Tomorrow, cell phones could actually improve our driving, and help drivers avoid traffic congestion, use the road system more effectively, and manage the parking supply. Li-Shiuan Peh says that the key to these serv
Developing research identities: effective mentoring for teacher educators
This resource is a summary of a paper presented at the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference in September 2009. It outlines the findings of a small scale research project focussing on the developing research trajectories of six teacher educators and their mentors in two different higher education institutions, in order to identify effective mentoring practices and other forms of support as well as potential barriers to the development of a research identity.
Learning spaces: evaluation
A presentation which provides an overview of key research questions relating to the development of fit for purpose learning spaces
Glyphers: Deciphering Mayan Society
Host Marcia Alvar speaks with Linda Schele, Professor of Art at the University of Texas at Austin, and co-author of "Maya Cosmos: 3000 Years on the Shaman's Path." Professor Schele recounts her first involvement in the study of the Maya and in deciphering the Mayan glyphs. She discusses the stories and events told by the glyphs, and how they have redefined or disproved our previous conceptions of the Mayan society.