Authentic Storytelling

Industry Day: Focus on Authentic Storytelling

Thursday 9 November | 2.45pm-8pm

Join us at Channel 4 for an afternoon of in-depth discussion on authentic storytelling. From experts on representation to top news editors and documentary filmmakers, you will hear from key industry experts on how to produce collaborative work that challenges stereotypes about the global south – as well as insight into the news industry’s appetite for narrative.


Jon Snow in Conversation with David Lammy MP
We will be joined by David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham, to discuss how Africa is presented in the UK media and how we can move away from the damaging Band Aid narratives of poverty and victimhood, whether by empowering those on the continent to tell their own stories, through the constructive journalism movement or fair filming protocols. The conversation will also be opened up to the floor, giving you the chance to offer your own questions and comments.

More info on Session 1

Authentic Storytelling
For the second session of the day, we will be bringing together a panel of journalists, filmmakers and editors to discuss the essentials of authentic storytelling, what it is and why it matters. When developing world stories are covered by western journalists without the relevant regional context or cultural sensitivity, coverage can be characterised by stereotypes and generalisations. Does this cliché of the western journalist ‘parachuting’ in to cover an international story still stand – and what more can we do to combat the damaging narratives that result? As journalists and filmmakers seek out global stories with strong characters, how can they be sure that their techniques empower rather than undermine their subjects? We will be joined by a panel who are working to disrupt this pattern, facilitating communities in developing countries to maintain agency and ownership of their own stories.

More info on Session 2

Coffee break

Narrative in News: Meet the Gatekeepers
For the last session of the afternoon, a panel of top news editors will detail their remit for commissioning narrative reports and short documentaries for news. The panel will share valuable insights into what exactly they look for when commissioning short narrative pieces, from the optimum length, to the specific form and content that they aim to produce for their diverse audiences. You will learn how to best pitch your ideas to the major news outlets represented on the panel – as well as inside information on how they work with freelancers.

More info on Session 3

Doors open at 2.30pm for a 3pm start.
There will be a drinks reception from 7pm, following the final session of the day.

Thursday 9 November 2017

Channel 4
124-126 Horseferry Road

Full day pass for all sessions: £30
One session: £12

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