46 years in TV and they hand you a maroon tie! - Peter Sissons
After many years as a journalist, Peter Sissons' first stint as a newsreader came in 1976 when he began anchoring ITN’s News at One bulletins. In 1987 he left for the BBC and in 1989 he took over as presenter of Question Time. He continued until December 1993. He has worked for ITN, Channel 4 News and BBC News. Here he discusses his career.
Life in the Motor Industry - Richard Parry-Jones
Richard Parry-Jones is an automotive engineering leader who worked for the Ford Motor Company for 38 years. Richard spent nearly ten years as group Vice President in charge of Research and Development for Ford and its subsiduary companies worldwide, leading a staff of 30,000 Product Development professionals in 15 countries. He was also the company's Chief Technical Officer up until his retirement in 2007. He now consults a range of blue-chip clients and is involved in a number of engineering
Shameless Success - Paul Abbott
Paul Abbott, creator and writer of television's 'Shameless', talks about his career to Coventry University.
Brand Design in Television - Martin Lambie-Nairn
Lambie-Nairn began his career in 1976. In the 80’s his company quickly built a reputation for broadcast design with the launch of Channel 4 in the UK. Arguably this identity changed the face of television branding, as it was the first time a TV company had used its on-air identity to say something about itself as a brand as well as being the first to be designed to work on and off screen. This led to many years of working with the BBC during which he was part of re-defining the BBC brand. He
Commercial Radio in the UK - Gillian Reynolds
Gillian Reynolds MBE is a Liverpool born journalist and broadcaster. During her career, she has worked as Radio Critic for the Guardian and for the Daily Telegraph, as well as Programme Controller of Radio City, Liverpool. She has served as Member and Vice Chair of the Art Council of England’s Film and Video Broadcasting Panel. She was a Member of the National Sound Archive Advisory Council, and chairs the Charles Parker Archive Trust at the Central Library, Birmingham. She is a Council member
Coogan, Comedy and Making the Nation Laugh - Armando Ianucci
Armando Iannucci has been a producer, writer, columnist, and has stared in his shows. He has worked with some of the biggest and brightest stars of modern comedy; From Steve Coogan, Chris Morris and Peter Baynam to Stewart Lee and Adam Buxton. He was the brains behind shows such as ‘The Day Today’, ‘I’m Alan Partridge’, ‘The Friday Night Armistice’, ‘Time Trumpet’ and many more. In this talk he discusses his life in comedy with some great anecdotes from his successful career.
Being a Broadcast Journalist - Paul Marriott
Paul speaks about his experiences of how he first became a broadcast journalist (starting his career in newspaper before moving into radio), and of being a news editor. He also gives tips and advice for aspiring journalists looking to work in radio or print.
Managing Radio - Phil Riley
Phil’s radio career started in 1980. He has extensive programming experience gained from his roles as a Presenter, Producer, and Programme Controller. Phil was responsible for the successful launch of XTRA-AM in 1989 in Birmingham. In 1990 he was appointed managing director of Leeds 96.3 Radio Aire, which he managed from near-bankruptch to profitability. Phil has been active in the development of digital radio, sitting on the board of the Digital Radio Development Bureau (DRDB). Phil has held
Move in with the Minute Movers!
UMass Amherst welcomed its first-year class of 4560 students as they moved onto campus Aug. 30 to embark a new and exciting chapter in their lives. Primed to help the new students, and their families, were a well-trained cadre of student Minute Movers.
The Olympic Controversy - Olympics Day - Duncan Mackay
Jim’s career includes: From 1990–93 Editor of Rugby World, 1994-96 Freelance work and from 1996 to present, The Guardian and Observer. He has also published a number of books including: Linford Christie: The Unauthorised Biography (1995) and Running Scared: How Athletics Lost its Innocence (1996). He is currently working on a number of other books. In this talk, part of a day of discussion about the Olympics, Duncan discusses why this particular sporting event is surrounded by so much cont
Sports Journalism - Olympics Day - Jim White
Jim has, in addition to writing for the Telegraph and the Independent, appeared on TV and radio. His broadcast credits include sport on Radio Five (Which he won a Sony Gold for a documentary) to Radio Four’s Front Row to documentaries for Sky Sport. In this Coventry Conversation, part of a day devoted to Olympics banter, Jim talks about his life and career as a sports journalist.
Doing TV Drama - Kate Harwood, BBC
Kate Harwood is much garlanded within the Television industry for her production skills. Her credits include David Copperfield, Beggars Bride, Close Relations and Daniel Deronda. Kate has won two BAFTA awards for dramas from both ends of the social scale: Eastenders from the bottom and Charles II – the pride and the passion from the top. In this Coventry Conversations Kate talks about making TV drama.
Journalism Now and in the Future - Alan Kirby, Coventry Evening Telegraph
Alan Kirby, previous editor of the Coventry Telegraph, is a seasoned journalist: Working at his craft for 35 years, the past 10 were spent as editor at the Coventry Telegraph until in August 2008, he announced that he would be retiring at the end of the year. Alan originally joined the Telegraph as a reporter at the Rugby office. Since then, his career has extended to a variety of editorial positions at the Coventry office, including News Editor, Feature Editor and Deputy Editor. In this C
Being a Sky News Correspondent - Stuart Ramsay
Stuart Ramsay is the Chief Correspondent for Sky News. Stuart previously reported on major domestic and foreign stories as the Chief Reporter for Channel Five News. For 13 years Ramsay has worked for Sky News (with that short spell away at Five News), starting as a reporter and climbing the career ladder. From a base in London, he worked on a variety of stories both domestic 8 foreign. In this Coventry Conversation he talks about his life as a correspondent for Sky.
Moving from Documentary to Fiction - David Pearson
David Pearson is an award winning documentary maker who has turned to fiction. He invented the Cheltenham Screenwriting festival. It is the only festival of its kind in Europe and a huge success – each july 600 flock to the Cotswolds to talk writing for feature films. In this Coventry Conversation David talks about his impressive career.
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
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.
Is there a Crisis in World Journalism? Dr Suzanne Franks
Suzanne Franks is Director of Research at Kent University’s Centre for Journalism. At the start of her journalism career she worked with the BBC as a researcher on documentaries and then joined the Television Current Affairs department, producing programmes such as Newsnight, Watchdog, The Money Programme and Panorama. In the 1990s she started an independent production company, Sevenday Productions, which was awarded the first outside contract for the televising of Parliament. She was based in
Is there a Crisis in World Journalism? Professor Tim Luckhurst
Tim Luckhurst is a former editor and deputy editor of The Scotsman. He began his career as a journalist on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme for which he produced, edited and reported from the UK and abroad. Prof. Luckhurst covered the Romanian Revolution and the First Gulf War for BBC Radio and reported on the liberation of Kosovo and the fall of Slobodan Milosevic for The Scotsman. He was the BBC's Washington Producer during the first year of the Clinton presidency and returned to the UK to become
6.096 Introduction to C++ (MIT)
This course is designed for undergraduate and graduate students in science, social science and engineering programs who need to learn fundamental programming skills quickly but not in great depth. The course is ideal for undergraduate research positions or summer jobs requiring C++. It is not a class for experienced programmers in C++. Students with no programming background are welcome. Topics include control structures, arrays, functions, classes, objects, file handling, and simple algorithms