Future of radio news on agenda at Leeds event

Radio Academy members in Yorkshire are invited to an event next week looking at the future of news and the use of mobile technology in journalism.

The “New News, New Tech” session, this Monday evening (2nd March), is being jointly staged by Leeds Trinity University, the Radio Academy Yorkshire Branch and the Royal Television Society’s Yorkshire branch. It’s the keynote session of the opening day of the university’s Journalism Week 2015.

The Head of BBC Yorkshire, Helen Thomas, will open the event talking about the corporation’s recently produced Future of News document. She was part of the group that drew up the strategy and will be speaking about it for the first time to an audience of professionals and students about to embark on a career in journalism. Helen will be in conversation with RTS Yorkshire Chair Mike Best, who’s a former journalist at radio stations including Radio Aire and Radio Durham.

The second half of the event will feature BBC Radio 5 live reporter Nick Garnett talking about the technology behind mobile journalism, or MoJo. Nick has been in search of the tools with which to be a mobile journalist since he sweated and lugged round a reel to reel tape recorder which weighed the same as a new born baby. After a large number of false dawns, the arrival of the iPhone has enabled him to use a single device to broadcast live radio and TV, shoot video, record audio, mixe multitrack audio and video packages and file them to BBC 5 live – from Berlin to Blackpool, Jordan to Jarrow. He recently reported on the Paris shootings where he broadcast 53 live reports in 60 hours, mostly without the use of a mains plug!

John Dash, Chair of the Radio Academy Yorkshire Branch, said: “Nick will be sharing his passion and enthusiasm for mobile journalism through the experiences of covering the biggest international breaking news story of 2015 so far – the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo murders. He’s a great speaker and for anyone with an interest in radio news, programming or technology this is going to be a night you don’t want to miss. We’re looking forward too to hearing from Helen Thomas about the BBC’s Future of News strategy – she was one of just four executives involved in putting it together before her recent return to head up the BBC’s Yorkshire TV and radio output.”

The event starts with free drinks and nibbles from 6pm, before the first speaker takes to the stage at 6.30pm. Everyone is welcome and no registration is necessary.

It’s taking place in the Mary Hallaway Lecture Theatre at Leeds Trinity University in Horsforth on Monday 2nd March 2015. Parking on the campus is free.

More details here.

Posted on Thursday, February 26th, 2015 at 1:06 pm by RadioToday

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