- Careers in Broadcasting and Journalism Talk
- Saturday 3rd November
- 2pm at Exams Schools
Journalists from different sectors of the industry will each give a brief introduction to their work, and their tips for those hoping to move into journalism. There will also be plenty of time for questions/discussion.
Prof Steve Schieffres, Marjorie Deane Professor of Financial Journalism, Graduate School of Journalism. City University London
Professor Schifferes was economics correspondent for BBC News Online, co-ordinating coverage of the credit crunch, the Asian financial crisis, the Enron scandal, and the launch of the euro. He reported from the USA during the sub-prime crisis, the Iraq war and the Obama election and from Bangalore, Shanghai and Detroit on globalisation and its discontents. Previously he was a television producer for programmes including On the Record and the Money Programme (BBC) and Weekend World (LWT) as well as a documentary film maker (Breadline Britain, Fortune, and The Making of Modern London for LWT). Professor Schifferes has lectured around the world on the role of the media in the financial crisis, including Tsinghua and Fudan Universities (China); Mumbai University (India); Columbia and North Carolina (USA); Helsinki (Finland) and Cologne (Germany). He has also done training and consultancy for the International Labour Organisation in Turin, for BBC News, and for the Oxford Internet Institute summer school at Harvard. Professor Schifferes was a BBC Reuters Fellow at Oxford University in 2006, and a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia School of Journalism in 1993-4. He was educated at Harvard and Warwick Universities, where he was a National Merit Scholar and a National Science Foundation Fellow.
Ian Bray, Senior Press Officer Oxfam
Ian Bray is a senior press officer and heads the humanitarian team of the Oxfam media unit. He has worked for Oxfam for more than 15 years, first as an aid worker in Mozambique, then as a press officer. He has also worked for Practical Action and Water Aid as Head of Communications. He has more than seven years’ experience as an aid worker in Indonesia and southern Africa. He has a MA in International Journalism from City University, London and a BA in Photography, Film and TV from Harrow College of Further Education, now University of Westminster.
Helen Catt, BBC Oxford
Helen is a Broadcast Journalist at BBC Radio Oxford. She works both on-air and off-air reading news bulletins, producing programmes and reporting. After graduating from Wadham, Helen started working for a small broadcast PR firm in London where she worked on the client liaison team. After three years doing this, she decided to retrain as a Broadcast Journalist. She took a one year Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Westminster and picked up freelance work at a handful of commercial radio stations during her course. On completing her diploma, she got a full time job with Spirit FM, a small commercial radio station in West Sussex with a news-team of two journalists. She stayed at Spirit for 18 months before joining BBC Radio Oxford in March 2011.
Roger Norum, Freelance Travel Writer and Photographer
Roger is currently a DPhil candidate at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology and a Research Student at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society at the University of Oxford. He is also a professional food and travel photographer and writer specialising in Scandinavia and Asia. He regularly contributes to UK, European and Asian publications such as the Sunday Times Travel Magazine, the Sunday Express, Wanderlust and Olive, and writes and shoots guidebook titles for Rough Guides, including the just published Rough Guide to Norway. Prior to coming to Oxford, Roger worked for Goldman Sachs & Co and UNICEF in New York, then for Mercy Corps and the BBC World Service in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, as a business and technology strategist, computer programmer, teacher and translator. He holds a BA from Cornell University in Near Eastern Studies (Arabic and Turkish) and an MPhil in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford.
Simon Mee, Freelance Financial Journalist.
Simon Mee is a freelance journalist currently undertaking a DPhil in Economic History at University College, Oxford. In 2011 he won the Nico Colchester Fellowship at the Financial Times. After working with the editorial team in London, he travelled to Brussels to report on European affairs for the summer. He achieved several prominent by-lines including one on the front page of the European edition. Following the fellowship, he worked as a financial journalist for Treasury Today, a business magazine based in the south of England.
Earlier this year he was invited to give a lecture at Cambridge University, advising students on how to make their first steps into journalism. He was awarded the gold medal in Economics & History at Trinity College Dublin in 2009, and holds an MPhil in Modern European History from Cambridge University.