Calling all aspiring journalists! The Geddes Trust is hosting an online journalism careers evening

Where will the journalism careers event be held?

Online - join via Zoom (link will be sent to successful applicants) on Friday 29 January from 18:30 to 20:30.

How do you sign up?

Email casey.charlesworth@seh.ox.ac.uk. Any student at Oxford, but preference will be given to those who are in their final year and have participated in student journalism. Please state which year you are in and provide one link to an article published in a recognised student or other publication. The format of the evening is as follows:

18:30-19:30 How to use social media to find and tell stories, with the BBC's Marianna Spring

BBC specialist disinformation reporter Marianna Spring, a former editor of Cherwell, gives a masterclass on how to use social media and the internet to find stories, and tell them to your audience.

Marianna has spent the last year reporting across the BBC (including for News at Ten) on coronavirus conspiracy theories, disinformation around the US election and the ongoing role of major tech corporations in our public discourse.

She will explore how reporters can use online platforms to root out stories that media outlets can otherwise miss.

19:30-20:30 Panel: Getting your first job in journalism

The second session will focus on how student journalists can make their way in the media, featuring former Oxford students and Geddes Prize winners who are working in a range of media jobs.

The panel will include:

  • Marianna Spring, specialist disinformation reporter, BBC
  • Matt Roller, assistant editor, ESPN Cricinfo
  • Harry Hodges, deputy comment editor, The Telegraph
  • Tony Diver, politics and health reporter, The Telegraph

This is an event not to be missed, so email casey.charlesworth@seh.ox.ac.uk to reserve your place as soon as possible. You do not have to be involved with student journalism to take part, but preference will be given to those who have been involved in journalism whilst a student and are in their final year. We will also be giving full details of the Geddes Prizes for student journalism, which are worth £6,500,and for which you can apply this term.

Future Geddes Lecture event on 5 March 

And, advance notice of the Geddes Lecture, which will be given by Mark Thompson, former CEO of the New York Times Company and former Director-General of the BBC, on Friday 5 March, to be held online. Mark will speak on 'Truth, big tech and the limits of free speech' and all are welcome - details of how to sign up will be given at the Masterclass and emailed to you.

And while we're here, have you signed up for the 3rd week Careers Service event on 'The Future of Journalism and Media in the next 20 years'?

On Wednesday 3 February, 17:00-18:15, we will welcome Roula Khalaf, Editor of the Financial Times; Alan Rusbridger, past editor of The Guardian; and Principal of Lady Margaret Hall and Samira Ahmed, BBC Journalist, to discuss current issues including:

  • What is the role of the broadsheet press in a world of social media?
  • How will agencies (eg, Reuters, AP) fare against people armed with smart phones?
  • What lessons can be learned in how to tell the news stories from a complex area, such as the Middle East?
  • For future FT correspondents, (in the audience), what skills will be needed to thrive as a journalist?
  • Have journalists let the leaders off lightly?

Book your place on CareerConnect.

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