Paul Lewis is Special Projects Editor for the Guardian. He led a major research project into the causes and consequences of the England riots, in collaboration with the London School of Economics. Lewis lectures across Europe about the use of social media in journalism and teaches a masterclass in investigative reporting. He was named Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards 2010 and won the 2009 Bevins Prize for outstanding investigative journalism. He previously worked at the Washington Post as the Stern Fellow.
Women and careers in the media. Tackling the gender gap through the next generation.
An interactive session that will invite attendees to discuss recent findings from research on the gender gap in the creative media industry and the implications for their students.
Tamsyn Dent is a PhD student researching the consequences of a widening gender gap in the UK creative media industries and exploring ways that the industry can hold on to its female workforce. This PhD is a collaboration between Bournemouth University’s Centre for Excellence in Media Practice (CEMP) http://www.cemp.ac.uk/ and Skillset, the sector skills council for the creative media industries http://www.skillset.org/. Tamsyn started her career in the Film and TV industry, working as a freelancer for independent documentary production companies. She completed an MSc in Gender and the Media at the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2007. Before starting her PhD, she worked for Birds Eye View, http://www.birds-eye-view.co.uk/ an annual film festival showcases women filmmakers. Tamsyn is based in London and has one son. She writes a research blog about her experiences of work, motherhood and study: http://tamsyndent.wordpress.com/
Dr Kim Allen is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Education (IPSE) at London Metropolitan University. Kim’s research focuses on young people’s career aspirations and transitions, and the role of social class and gender in shaping these; and issues of exclusion, equality and diversity in the creative industries. She has conducted a number of studies in this area including her doctoral research (funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council) which explored young women’s experiences of performing arts education and their aspirations for employment in the creative industries. More recently she conducted research into and media mentoring programmes for 'disadvantaged' youth (Media Trust); and equality issues in higher education work placements in the creative sector (for the Equality Challenge Unit). Further information and publications can be found here: http://londonmet.academia.edu/KimAllen/About . Kim co-directs the Economic and Social Research Council-funded seminar series, ‘New Perspectives on Education and Culture’ which brings together academics and practitioners working in the field of youth, education and culture.
Ameena Molyneux will chair this session.
Researching children and their media environment in India
This session will describe some research in which Shakuntala was involved in rural India, which offers much food for thought on the 'digital divide'.
Dr Shakuntala Banaji is a Lecturer in Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She lectures in World Cinema, Media, Communication and Development and has published widely on Cinema Audiences, Bollywood, Youth, Creativity, the Internet and Civic Participation. She has taught English and Media studies in secondary schools and has an abiding interest in the social and civic contexts of children and young people. Recent books include South Asian Media Cultures: Audiences, Representations, Contexts from Anthem Press and The Civic Web: Young People, Civic Participation and the Internet in Europe, co-authored with David Buckingham and due out from MIT Press in 2012.
Junkyard Film Composing
Film Composer Nathan Johnson (Brick, The Brothers Bloom) speaks about his experience and approach to narrative music, technology, and junkyard orchestration via iChat
As a songwriter, producer, art director, and composer, Nathan Johnson's innovative film scores and hybrid media performances blur the lines between a variety of creative disciplines. Best known for his unconventional work in film and music, Nathan favours modified, broken-down instrumentation and enjoys working with melodies and beats from a variety of household implements. After developing the "junkyard orchestra" that was featured in the critically acclaimed score for his first film, Brick, Nathan went on to produce and compose the scores for films such as The Brothers Bloom, Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Morgan M. Morgansen series, and the recent French film Et Soudain Tout le Monde me Manque, among others. He recently finished the score for the upcoming sci-fi feature, Looper, starring Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, and Mr. Gordon-Levitt.
He continues to compose and produce while fronting The Cinematic Underground, a sprawling artistic collective known for mixing visual art with performance and found-sounds. He is a part of the atmospheric pop band Faux Fix and has been involved as a producer and live show consultant for a number of bands. In addition to his work in film and music, Nathan also works as an art director with The Made Shop, a boutique design firm that specializes in graphic and architectural projects.
He divides his time between America and Europe and lives outside of New York.
10 Top Tips for the 'A' level
Pete will outline ten key ways to improve student work across the four units.
Pete is Chief Examiner for OCR A level Media Studies and Principal moderator for AS Media Studies coursework. He was formerly Head of Media Studies at Long Road Sixth Form College and currently teaches on the MA in Creative and Media education at Bournemouth University.