One World Media Student Festival
On 17th May 2012, One World Media ran a major and unprecedented event for students and lecturers, in partnership with BBC North and University of Salford, at MediaCityUK. It featured a range of sessions looking at how the next generation of media professionals can bring the wider world to the UK.
The event was attended by around 200 students and lecturers from all over the UK - delegates came from universities including Bournemouth, Glasgow, Cardiff, Ulster, and over 25 other institutions.
The sessions included:
- A workshop on reporting from Burma, and how the country is changing in its attitude towards journalists; with BBC correspondent Fergal Keane and journalist/filmmaker Evan Williams
- A session on how social media is changing the reporting of the wider world, with representatives from Storyful (a social media news agency) and @ShababLibya (the Libyan Youth Movement)
- A look at how local media can cover international stories and global issues, with representatives of MEN Media, BBC Radio Manchester, and ITV News
- A panel discussion on how to cover the Arab Spring, featuring @ShababLibya, Jon Williams, the BBC World News Editor, and Ramita Navai, who was the reporter in 'Undercover Syria', part of Channel 4's Unreported World strand
- A session on covering sport stories from the developing world, with 'Town of Runners' director Jerry Rothwell, author and feature writer Ed Caesar, Mani Djazmi and Jessica Creighton from BBC Sport, and chaired by the seasoned sports broadcaster Eleanor Oldroyd.
The day also featured speakers including Peter Allen and Nicky Campbell from BBC Radio 5 live.
The Festival was the outcome of a new and exciting partnership between One World Media, BBC North and University of Salford
with vital funding provided by UKaid from the Department for International Development
The event created plenty of Twitter activity on the hashtag #owmsf - this Wordle shows which words were used the most to describe the Festival