NCTJ Journalism Skills Conference hosted at BU

The sixth annual NCTJ Journalism Skills Conference is to be hosted by Bournemouth University between 27 and 28 November 2013.

The conference is marketed as a ‘must-attend annual event for those who are passionate about quality multimedia journalism’. BU’s Multimedia Journalism course is accredited by the NCTJ.

Speakers at this year’s event include:

·         Mark Austin, journalist and presenter, ITV News
·         Peter Bale, vice president and general manager, CNN International Digital
·         Pete Clifton, executive producer, MSN UK
·         Ollie Joy, digital business journalist, CNN
·         Sandra Laville, crime correspondent, The Guardian
·         Frank Le Duc, editor, Brighton and Hove News and Latest TV
·         Andy Martin, deputy editor and head of news, Bournemouth Echo
·         Ian Murray, editor-in-chief, Southern Daily Echo
·         Liisa Rohumaa, journalism lecturer, Bournemouth University
·         Mark Russell, managing editor, GQ
·         Tom Thomson, managing editor, The Herald and Times Group
·         Andrew Wilson, head of the journalism foundation, BBC.

To book a place at the conference you can visit the NCTJ website.

Liisa Rohumaa on the Ed Miliband Daily Mail controversy

BU Journalism lecturer Liisa Rohumaa was interviewed on BBC Radio Solent’s Drivetime show about the controversy surrounding the Daily Mail’s article about Labour Leader Ed Miliband’s father ‘hating’ Britain.

Liisa suggested the Daily Mail had gone too far in its labelling of Ed Milliband’s dad as a man who hated Britain.

She said: “Journalists have got a duty to ask difficult questions but the Daily Mail has a reputation for being nasty to certain groups such as immigrants, women and people on the left”.

The interview concluded as Liisa stated the story would feed into the debate over whether there should be press regulation in the UK and whether the Daily Mail can justify printing something that people find distasteful.

The debate on the show was about whether Daily Mail journalists had gone too far by labelling Ed Milliband’s dad as someone who hated Britain in their recent news story.

By Peter Blackhall
2nd Year Student at Bournemouth University, BA Public Relations

Liisa Rohumaa shares her fears for the Royal baby’s privacy on BBC Radio Solent

By Dean Eastmond

Bournemouth University’s Liisa Rohumaa, a Lecturer in Online Journalism, featured on BBC Radio Solent talking about the arrival of the Royal baby.

Liisa explained how the newly born Royal baby will not have the same privileges with privacy that his father once did.

“If you think of the two big scandalous royal stories of recent years involving Harry and Katherine, one in Las Vegas and the other one showing pictures of Katherine semi-nude.”, she added. “Both of those stories didn’t actually emerge from mainstream media; one was a foreign press agency via a magazine and the other was social media.”

Liisa explained that the lack of privacy the royal family may get will most likely be down to factors such as social media instead of the traditional, almost archaic ways with mainstream print media.

Amateur photography taken on phones and then uploaded onto social media websites (such as Twitter or Facebook) will be the main privacy issues with the family.

Liisa explains that the royal media managers will have “a really tricky situation”.

“The first few weeks will be at the Middletons’ in their house. William and Katherine are keen to have some family time together and that will be the very first test of the embargo on pictures or information coming out or photographers hiding in bushes and all of those sorts of horrible things that people think about when they think about paparazzi.”

Dean is a student at Budmouth College in Weymouth, who is working at Bournemouth University in the Press and PR Department. He joined BU on a Sir Samuel Mico Scholarship, which provides 10 students from his college with essential work experience for four weeks over the summer.