HIGH-profile correspondents and filmmakers from around the world will be giving invaluable practical advice to the next generation of journalists at a special lecture series hosted by Edinburgh Napier University on July 8-10.
The event, titled ‘Future-proofing your global media career’, will be one of the most international educational seminars for journalists ever held in Scotland.
It is aimed at everybody who wants to learn about 21st century media trends and skills, and attendance is free for those who register at www.napierjournalism.eventbrite.com.
The speakers include some of the biggest names in the industry, with decades of combined experience at media organisations including the BBC, Al Jazeera, ITN, Channel 4, Reuters, the Guardian, and CCTV.
Conference organiser Rachel Younger, programme leader of the Masters in International Journalism for Media Professionals at Edinburgh Napier University, says she created the event to address what she perceives to be a gap in media training.
She said: “What aspiring reporters and documentary filmmakers want most of all is practical advice on navigating the challenging economic realities of 21st century journalism.
“They want to learn essential practical skills: how to stand out from the crowd, how to produce great work, and – to be brutally frank – how to make money.”
She continued: “Many modern journalists are freelancers. So, we decided to do something about it, and arrange a lecture series providing practical advice on entrepreneurship in journalism.”
The lectures will be held in the state-of-the-art Lindsay Stewart lecture theatre at Edinburgh Napier University’s Craiglockhart campus, and cover a broad range of subjects, including how to succeed as a 21st century documentary filmmaker, how to become a ‘journopreneur’, how reporters can expand their skills across different platforms and sell their work around the globe.
There will also be practical sessions discussing the latest innovations in mobile journalism.
Full details are available on the conference website.
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