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Coventry Conversations Autumn programme

Talks by media people at Coventry University. Open to the public.

Gideon Coe (Radio 6 Music and Coventry alum) 
14 Oct
13:00 – 14:00

Jon Snow (Channel 4 News) 
Coventry Cathedral
15 Oct
10:00 – 11:00

Shelly Jofre (BBC Panorama)
13:00 – 14:00

Debbie Isitt (Feature film maker and Coventry alum) 
22 Oct
13:00 – 14:00

Professors Richard Keeble, John Tulloch and others
 Start-up Cafe
28 Oct
10:00 – 11:00

Various speakers from UK, USA, Africa and China, including Nick Davies and Jeremy Paxman (both tbc)
 Humber theatre
14:00 – 15:00

John Stonborough (Media Counsel)
29 Oct
13:00 – 14:00

Christian Wolmar (Best-selling author)
 The Herbert Cafe
18:00 – 19:00

Bill Heine (Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford)
05 Nov
13:00 – 14:00

Stephen Cole (Presenter, Al Jazeera English)
12 Nov
13:00 – 14:00

Alan Rusbridger, via video lilnk (Editor-in-Chief, The Guardian)
18 Nov
13:00 – 14:00

Phil Riley (Owner of six Midland Radio Stations) 
13:00 – 14:00


Unseen Gaza Dispatches C4 special with Jon Snow

Jon’s recent Dispatches programme on the restrictions faced by  reporters attempting to cover the Israeli assault on Gaza.

Also, raises the editorial question of whether showing shocking footage of civilian victims as Al Jazeera does, is showing war as it is, or inflames hostility.

Contains scenes of dead and injured adults and children. 

Broadcast 22.01.2009

Available for 30 days from


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After newspapers, the future for journalism

A video clip of the announcement to staff at the Seattle Post Intelligencer of the papers’ sale and closure of the print edition. It shows the human dimension to many of the issues covered in the lecture. Let’s salute the professionalism of  journalists who report the news, even if  it is the announcement of their own redundancy.

Good journalism and a good website, tied to declining print sales and a loss-making title.

Seattle PI Video

The page of links for the lecture is available for download talk-links.

Coventry Conversations 2009


The excellent Coventry Conversations series of talks by media insiders continues.

The winter season features Jon Blair, Nick Davies, John Oucho, David Moorcroft, Andrew Mackenzie, Peter Ogden, Jon Snow, Peter Barron, Richard Keeble, Bob Satchwell, Roger Cook, Martin Lewis and Andrew Vallance.

Practitioners and academics in an hour of talk about contemporary issues in media.

For the lecture topics, dates, venues and a little background on the speakers, download the flyer.

Flyer as PDF (84k) coventry-conversations09


I’m talking on the 29th January on ‘After newspapers, what future for journalism?’.

Newspapers are not going to survive in their present form. A long history of declining readership, a deep recession and web technologies are combining to eliminate national and regional newspaper titles. Magazine publishing is not exempt.

Print revenues are in steep decline and the web does not produce significant revenue for publishers.

What prospects for journalism as a profession? What strategies should students and educators consider?

Coventry University Events

Coventry Conversations

A series of 12 lectures by visiting speakers from the contemporary media world.

Foreign correspondent, sports writer, drama writer, editor, investigative journalist, games developer, screen writer, film director … leading figures share their experience.

Starting on 25th September talks take place on Thursday lunchtimes. Talks are free and open to the public. Read the full programme.

Professorial Lecture – Pirate Philosophy

Monday 29 Sept/6.00pm/AB107 – Goldstein Lecture Theatre

Gary Hall, Professor of Media and Performing Arts, CSAD

“This lecture presents a series of performative media projects or ‘media gifts’. This project investigates some of the implications of internet piracy for the arts and humanities. ‘Pirate Philosophy’ explores such ideas both philosophically and legally through the creation of an actual ‘pirate’ text.”

Light refreshments will be available after the Lecture at approximately 7pm

To reserve your place contact Suky Sanghera on 5294 or email s.sanghera(at)coventry.ac.uk