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All you need to know to launch a career in the media industry


Saturday 30 January 2016

Registration 10.30 for 11.00

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UCL School of Pharmacy, 29-39 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AX


Registration: 10.30 for 11.00 start

Chair: Andy Smith, NUJ joint-president

Welcome from Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary

Keynote speakers:

Harriet Minter is editor of the Guardian’s Women in Leadership section. She has worked as a commissioning editor for a range of sections on the Guardian and also ran the engagement and social media strategy for the Guardian’s Professional Networks. She has a strong interest in women’s rights, diversity in the workplace and digital media. She also sits on the B2B Council for the Internet Advertising Bureau.

Alex Wood is the editor-in-chief of The Memo, the essential briefing on technology, innovation and the changing face of business. The Memo picked up three industry awards in its first year of operation and is a start-up publication.

Lunch (included) 12.30

13.30 Holly Powell-Jones, NUJ  Broadcasting Industrial Council.

13.45 How to promote your ideas and get paid properly. Louise Bolotin is a journalist with more than 35 years’ experience and has been freelance since 2005. She has written for a wide range of newspapers and magazines, worked in BBC local radio and was co-founder of hyperlocal news website Inside the M60 in Manchester. She runs the NUJ's successful Pitch & Deal and Getting Started as a Freelance courses, which teach how to pitch for work and get paid properly.

14.45   Mobile journalism.  Bill Shepherd is a production editor at The Guardian and The Observer newspapers. He is a member of the National Union of Journalists and a member of the Guild of Television Cameramen.  As more and more journalists are using their smartphone as an electronic news gathering device and online magazines and newspapers increasingly expect reporters to add multimedia content to their story. Bill, who runs the NUJ's Backpack Journalism course, will give advice on how to use your mobile phone as a vital journalistic tool.

10-minute break

Maximise your profile with social media. Janet Awe is head of Awesome Communications. She is a PR and marketing professional with over 20 years' experience. She works with the fashion and music businesses, print and broadcast media, the public sector and charities.

Further details and contact information

Frances Rafferty

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