Why are you so good? - Jeremy Paxman
Jeremy Paxman – the best broadcast interviewer of his generation - comes to the Coventry Conversations live via video link from Television Centre in London. His style, which some see as aggressive, usually gets results whoever the interviewee. Jeremy has just again won the Royal Television Society Presenter of the Year Award. In this Coventry Conversation Jeremy talks about what makes him so good at what he does.
Media and Politics - Nicholas Jones
Nicholas Jones has spent forty years chronicling the media’s relationship with politicians, trade union leaders and other prominent personalities. He is an active campaigner in groups promoting high journalistic standards and the widest possible spread of media ownership. In this Coventry Conversation, Nick talks about spin and government. More information can be found on Nicholas’ blog http://www.nicholasjones.org.uk/
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.
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.
Pirate Philosophy - Professor Gary Hall
Pirate Philosophy explores how the development of various forms of so-called internet piracy are affecting ideas of authorship, intellectual property, copyright law, fair use, patent, trademark, content creation and cultural production that were established pre-internet. Professor Gary Hall looks at a number of ways in which the Arts and Humanities can engage their ideas outside of the traditional field of academic publishing, and how open access has the potential to liberate academia from its
From Vertical to Horizontal - Professor Sarah Whatley
Professor Sarah Whatley talks about the many projects and performances she has been involved with throughout her career as a dancer and choreographer. You can also watch this talk on the Coventry University YouTube Channel
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
Football, Finance and Funny Business - Simon Chadwick
Simon Chadwick was a founder, and remains a Director, of London University’s Birkbeck Sport Business Centre. Simon is a founder and director of CIBS – the Centre for the International Business of Sport at Coventry University. His research interests are based around sport marketing and sport business strategy. In this Coventry Conversation, Simon talks about corruption and dodgy dealings in the world of football. This talk is also available to watch on CUTV.
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
Liquid Books - Liquid Theory TV - Episode 1
This episode of Liquid Theory TV discusses the Liquid Books Project by Professor Gary Hall and Dr Clare Birchall. The Liquid Books project is looking at rethinking and experimenting with new notions of what a 'text' could be in the digital age. Liquid Theory TV is a project by Paul Allender, Clare Birchall, Gary Hall and Peter Woodbridge.
The ‘H’ Factor: Championing the User - Professor Andrée Woodcock
Andrée Woodcock is Professor of Educational Ergonomics and Design in Coventry University's School of Art and Design. She is currently director of the Design 8 Ergonomics Applied Research Group (DEarg). Her work has covered a range of areas related to putting the 'human' back into the design process. This includes working in areas as diverse as Car Design, inclusivity, gender, building design issues and much more. In this lecture, Professor Woodcock discusses the importance of championing the
Is Football the New Slavery? - Africa Day - Chris Nathaniel, Football Agent
Chris Nathaniel runs NVA Management, represents Rio Ferdinand and is a host of African origin footballers. In this Coventry Conversation, as part of Africa Day, Chris talks about whether football is the new slavery.
Making Mugabe and the White African - Lucy Bailey
The documentary, which was shot covertly in Zimbabwe in 2008, charts white farmer Mike Campbell who takes President Mugabe to court for racism. Campbell won his case despite intimidation, threats and violence against him, his family, the 500 black workers and their families who share life on the farm. Lucy talks about the making of the documentary which is currently touring a number of festivals around the world.
Introduction to the Photographic Mediations Symposium - Gary Hall
Professor Gary Hall introduces the context of the Photographic Mediations Symposium.
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.
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
Learning by Osmosis and from Trucktrain: a Messy Engineering Career - Peter Foyer
Peter Foyer is a Visiting Professor in the Principles of Engineering Design at Coventry University. In this lecture he talks about his long and varied career in Engineering Consultancy and Education. Including the work he has been doing on the Trucktrain project.
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'
Open Access, Open Books, Open Humanities - Professor Gary Hall
A talk given by Professor Gary Hall at the CONFERÊNCIA SOBRE O ACESSO LIVRE AO CONHECIMENTO, University of Minho – Braga, 26-27 November, 2009. Professor Gary Hall discusses the issues around Open Access in the Humanities.
Deleuze’s Postscript on the Societies of Control - Liquid Theory TV - Episode 2
The second episode in the Liquid Theory TV series takes as its focus Gilles Deleuze's short essay 'Postscript on the Societies of Control' and asks why this text remains so relevant in contemporary culture. Liquid Theory TV is an experiment looking into alternative ways of disseminating academic ideas and research in the digital age. It is a collaboration between Dr Clare Birchall (University of Kent), Professor Gary Hall (Coventry University) and Peter Woodbridge (Coventry University). This ep