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Inspiring the next generation of journalists at Leeds Trinity

Some of the UK’s most recognisable faces and voices in media will inspire the next generation of journalists, presenters and filmmakers at Leeds Trinity University’s Journalism and Media Week next month.

The event, which takes place from Monday 5 to Thursday 8 November, combines talks, workshops, Q&A sessions and networking and is open to anyone interested in working in the journalism and media industries.

Speakers this year include ITV News Anchor Nina Hossain, the man who created The Great British Bake Off Richard McKerrow, BT Sport broadcaster Andy May, award-winning documentary-maker Anna Hall, Editor of The One Show Sandy Smith – and many more.

Catherine O’Connor, head of the School of Arts and Communications, said: “Journalism and Media Week has established a reputation for bringing some of the key figures in the industry to Leeds, and this year, as we celebrate our ten year anniversary, we have an exciting line-up of speakers yet again.

“For our students, the event offers an opportunity to listen to, work with, network and learn from professionals at the top of their game – but more than ever, we’re opening our doors to alumni, partners and students who are thinking of studying journalism and media but want to know more. We’re very proud of Journalism and Media Week at Leeds Trinity and we’re really looking forward to the event.”

Lauren Smith-Jones, a final year Television Production student at Leeds Trinity University, said: “Journalism and Media Week is so useful and beneficial for students because it allows us to meet industry professionals and learn about their own experiences within the industry.

“This year’s event will be even more crucial for me as I prepare to graduate, as it will allow me to network with, and present myself to, potential employers, ready to enter the industry as a professional myself.”

As part of Journalism and Media Week 2018, the University is also welcoming the Reverend Kate Bottley to deliver a Trinity Talk about her career as a priest, presenter, journalist and reality television star – including her five-season stint on Channel 4’s Gogglebox.

Kate said: “I’m really looking forward to going back to Trinity, so much has changed including me, but what hasn’t changed is the quality of teaching, learning and student experience. I have such happy memories of time at TASC.”

Other sessions during the week include talks from Brexit Policy Editor of The Guardian Dan Roberts, former Tory Politician now Prison Chaplain Jonathan Aitken, PR agency owner and President of CIPR Sarah Hall, a Q&A session with filmmakers Mike Beddoes and Amy Clarke, and workshops around modern skills for traditional newsrooms, working with influencers and specialist writing.

All events for Journalism and Media Week are free, with the exception of the Trinity Talk with Kate Bottley. Tickets for this special event cost £10 and include a drink on arrival and buffet dinner.

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