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.
The History of Channel 4 - Channel 4 Day - Maggie Brown
Maggie Brown has been covering the media industry for over twenty years and has built a reputation as one of the countries most respected and highly regarded specialist media journalists. Granted access to Channel 4’s rich archive and frank interviews with the founders, chief executives and stars alike, she has recently completed a fresh British Film Institute history on the channel due out in November. Here she discusses the history of Channel 4.
‘Crowngate’ and ‘TV Fakery’ - Will Wyatt
‘Crowngate’ was one of the biggest media news stories during the frenzy on TV ‘fakery’. At the time Wyatt promised he would endeavour to “establish a full understanding of the events” that led to the furore surrounding the film about the Queen. Wyatt now works as a media consultant and company director. In 1988, he was Head of Documentary Features before becoming Managing Director BBC Network Television. In 1996 he became Chief Executive of the BBC, overseeing the launch of BBC Onli
PR and Racial Equality - Colleen Harris
Colleen Harris has recently set a consultancy which helps map out issues of Equality and Diversity for companies such as Channel 4 and the Telegraph Media Group. She has previously worked as a PR advisor for Trevor Phillips, John Prescott, Prince Charles and Margaret Thatcher amongst others.
Getting into Radio - Madeleine Kent
Madeleine did a degree in media Culture and Communications at Coventry University. She then worked at the bear 102 in Stratford for two years. She has also worked as Midlands reporter for GWR, she then accepted a job as News Editor of Kix. She has also worked for Chrysalis on Heart FM/DNN and Galaxy, before becoming news editor at CN radio. She is soon to start working for advertising agency McCann Erickson. In this Coventry Conversation Madeleine talks about her experience of getting in and ge
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
The BBC World Service - Nigel Chapman
Nigel Chapman is Director of BBC World Service. He is responsible for the overall editorial leadership and management of the world’s leading international radio broadcaster and its new media operations. He has worked for the BBC for more than 20 years.
Media Ethics - Phil Harding
Philip Harding is a journalist and media consultant. Until last summer he was Director of English Networks and News at the BBC World Service, responsible for all the BBC’s international radio programmes in English with 42 million listeners. Phil is a fellow of the Radio Academy and last autumn Phil was made a Fellow of the Society of Editors. He is a member of Society’s Advisory Committee. He is also a Trustee of the One World Broadcasting Trust. Phil starts this talk with a question about
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
Zimbabwe, Kenya: Can Africa do Democracy? Dr Mano and Professor Oucho
Dr Winston Mano discusses Zimbabwe and Kenya with Professor John O. Oucho. Dr Mano is a Course Leader; he has a Graduate Diploma in Media and Communication Studies and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Media and Communication Studies. Prof Oucho has undertaken consultancies for various United Nations agencies, among them UNFPA, UNICEF, UNESCO, ILO, the world bank, UNHABITAT and other organisations.
Racism and the Police - Going Undercover - Mark Daly
Mark’s first media job was working for his local newspaper, The Clydebank Post, in 1999. He was named Scotland’s Young Journalist of the Year six months later and moved to The Scotsman. One year later he joined The Daily Record – the country’s biggest tabloid and spearheaded a number of award-winning undercover investigations. In 2002 he joined the BBC and embarked on a two-year undercover investigation into racism in the Greater Manchester Police Service. The resulting documentary cause
Making Documentaries that Matter - Paul Watson
Paul Watson and controversy go together hand-in-hand. This is what he does in his films and in the media storms that so often surround them. Paul is making documentaries that matter. Little wonder they cause ripples in TV executive suites and in the press. Paul lives his films. Literally. He has retooled so his “crew” is just him and a digital video camera. It allows him to get right in the face and under the skin of those he is filming. In this Coventry Conversation, Paul talks about maki
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
Working in the British Film Industry - Lucy Main
Lucy Main graduated from Coventry in 2002 with a BA honours degree in Communication, Culture and Media plus some great intentions. After working for the BBC and a number of corporate production companies on blue chip accounts, Lucy conducted a smash and grab raid for a management position at the New Producers Alliance (NPA). In this Coventry Conversation you can here Lucy talking about her current role as Executive Producer on a number of films being made in the UK.