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.
The Future of Gaming - Philip Oliver, Blitz Games
Philip Oliver is best known as one half of U.K. Spectrum design duo the Oliver Twins. Along with his brother Andrew they produced some of the most popular games for the system and in the 1980s, they launched their own highly popular franchise, the Dizzy series of games. In 1990 they set up their own business, Interactive Studios – now known as Blitz Games. In this Coventry Conversation, Philip talks about his views on the future of the games industry. A snippet from this talk is available t
Dog Eat Dog and Flat Earth News - Nick Davies
Nick Davies is a divisive figure in journalism circles for what he calls the ‘dog eat dog’ attack on his recently released publication, Flat Earth News, covering the profession he’s worked in for more than 30 years. The book details the commercialism of the media industry and the managerial-led decline of newsrooms into ‘ghastly news factories’ including how cuts in staff and the tripling of pages have grown profit margins at the expense of news quality, and how PR has filled the ga
The Crisis Facing International Media - Raymond Snoddy
Raymond Snoddy is a freelance journalist who presents the BBC Television accountability programme Newswatch and writes regularly for a variety of publications after being media editor of The Times for seven years. In this Coventry Conversation he discusses the crisis facing the local and international media industries today.
Digital futures: who’s afraid of the amateur photographer? - Joanna Zylinska
Joanna Zylinska is a Reader in New Media Communications at Goldsmiths University. Here she discusses the fears around the amateur photographer.
Documentaries from Tough Places - Eamon Matthews
Eamonn Matthews runs Quicksilver Media, and is the Executive Producer of Channel 4’s foreign affairs strand Unreported World. Here he talks about life as a documentary filmmaker.
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
Blocking Investigation or Ensuring Truth for Clients? John Stonborough
John Stonborough specialises in media relations, providing an authoritative and discreet media management service to corporate and private clients world-wide. He is the MD of Stonborough Media Group. Here he discusses his role in helping clients to ensure that they are represented fairly.
Why I use Twitter to teach - Jonathan Worth, New Photographics
.....as part of a structure of dynamic learning methods, it also serves to embed the framework of sustainable practices that are relevant wherever the medium takes us in the future. Right now Twitter enables me to follow the thoughts, processes and debates that other media practitioners are engaging in and from this come to a more thorough and global understanding of the commonalities. These podcasts are notes from Jonathan Worth's blog entitled "New Photographics". By recording them for downlo
Is there a Crisis in World Journalism? Dr Fred Mudhai
Okoth Fred Mudhai is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism and Global Media/Communication at Coventry University, UK. He has written research papers and memos on ICT and politics as a member of the IT and Civil Society Network of the IT and International Cooperation Program, US Social Science Research Council (2003-2005). At the Tunis (2005) World Summit on the Information Society, he received a Media Award by Panos London and Global Knowledge Partnership. He was also a category runner-up in the 2007
Is there a Crisis in World Journalism? Professor Jeff Jarvis
Jeff Jarvis is an American journalist and an associate professor and director of the interactive journalism program at the City University of New York’s new Graduate School of Journalism. He writes a new media column for The Guardian and hosts its Media Talk USA podcast. Jarvis is the creator of the popular weblog BuzzMachine, which tracks developments in new media. Prior to that, Jarvis was creator and founding editor of Entertainment Weekly; Sunday editor and associate publisher of the New Y
Swine Flu and the Media - Dr John Lister
Dr John Lister discusses 'Swine Flu and the Media: Problems with Complex Messages. This talk is part of a series of public lectures from the Masters Degree in Health Communication Design at Coventry University.
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'
What’s happening with Gaming? - Andrew Oliver, Blitz Games
Andrew Oliver is from Blitz Games. Here he discusses what is going on in the games industry as part of the TV graphics day at Coventry School of Art and Design.
Creative Life After Coventry - Verity Pabla, The Don Burroni and Brad Powell
Three creative graduates - Verity Pabla, Brad Powell and 'the Don Burroni' - came back to Coventry University to discuss how they have set up their own creative businesses. Verity Pabla co-founded I’m Not a Machine Productions and launched as a professional company in late 2007. Her company has developed a reputation for being innovative, resourceful, free-spirited and truly creative through, in the most part, music and film work. 'The Don Burroni' conceived, scripted, produced, directed and
Paying for the News? - Alan Rusbridger, Guardian Editor
Alan has been editor of The Guardian since 1995. Previously he was a reporter, columnist, features editor and the deputy editor of The Guardian. He is a member of the board of Guardian News and Media, of the main board of the Guardian Media Group and of the Scott Trust, which owns The Guardian. In this Coventry Conversation he discusses the future of the Guardian in light of recent financial losses.
7.346 RNAi: A Revolution in Biology and Therapeutics (MIT)
Despite centuries of effort, modern medicine still struggles to find the source of disease and to provide specific treatment without side effects. Both traditional small molecules and protein-based therapeutics have achieved only limited success. What is the next therapeutic frontier? The answer may be RNA interference. In this course, we will focus on the therapeutic potential of RNAi. We will discuss its discovery functions in normal biological processes, utility as an experimental tool, poten
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
Presenting Local Radio - Liz Kershaw, BBC
At a Coventry University Coventry Conversations series event on 5th July 2007, BBC Coventry and Warwickshire Radio presenter Liz Kershaw shared her experiences with a group of about 50 students doing taster lessons in Journalism and Media Production. The group at the Media and Communication Department, in the Ellen Terry Building, was part of about 400 students attending Summer School at the University. One of them recorded Liz Kershaw’s talk.
What is 4 for? - Channel 4 Day - Steve Hewlett
Steve Hewlett is a freelance media consultant, broadcaster and columnist for the MediaGuardian. He is a former director of programmes at Carlton TV in London, former Controller of Factual Programmes for Channel Four and was editor of ‘Panorama’ at the BBC from 1995 to 1997. This talk was part of a day devoted to Channel 4 at Coventry University.