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Media Mondays 14.01.2013 – Colin Blane

January 14, 2013

By Lauren Elliott:
An insightful masterclass given to us by none other than the inspiring Colin Blane, Scottish Correspondent at BBC News. Born in Nairobi, he went on to study at Glasgow University where he graduated with an MA Hons in Medieval and Modern History in 1976.
Today, Colin tells us about the delights and dangers foreign corresponding has to offer, including his own shocking personal experiences. From a shooting in Whitehaven to bombings in Lockerbie, this lecture offers not only a professional point of view, but a personal one too. Colin tells us how he worked his way up the ladder working at the Sunday Post, travelling to China and Nairobi to cover stories and finally landing on his feet as a Scottish Correspondent focusing on radio.
Expect lots of exciting stories, lots of shocks and alarms and a lot of insight and useful advice not only in foreign correspondence, but in journalism itself.

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Global Virtual Classroom for Media Professionals to launch 24th January 2013

December 21, 2012

With modern journalists challenged by changing technologies, shaky economies and evolving political realities, Edinburgh Napier University is launching a unique Masters specifically designed to support their career progression.

On this cutting-edge degree, media professionals will join a community of peers around the globe to develop leadership attributes, explore innovative forms of media practice, enhance their global mobility and expand the scope of their professional expertise.

The flexible online curriculum of “MA International Journalism for Media Professionals” is tailored to meet individual learning requirements and enables students to work whilst they study. The following lecturers will teach on modules during the first Trimester.

Charles Fletcher

Charles Fletcher

“Leadership & Entrepreneurship in the Media” will be taught by Charles Fletcher MBE. Award-winning broadcaster and journalist, Charles Fletcher, has significant international experience in media, education and development. A pioneer in distance learning, he successfully developed online training support for journalists in Europe from the BBC World Service, London and Caledonia Media, Edinburgh. Acknowledged for his innovative skills, Charles is leading the development of Scotland’s community radio sector, now the largest independent radio network in the country. A William Benton Fellow at the University of Chicago, he is Parliamentary Correspondent for the SCBN and presents The Week in Holyrood.

Craig Mc Gill

Craig McGill

“Crossplatform Journalism & Media Practice” will be taught by Craig McGill. One of Scotland’s earliest digital journalists and content creators, McGill is a strong advocate of using digital platforms to find stories, reach out to news sources and deliver original, pertinent information to relevant audiences. An author of three non-fiction books, McGill has written for many of the best known online news brands including The Guardian, The Mirror, TIME Magazine, Daily Mail, Scotsman, The Sun and The Sunday Times. He advises firms across the globe on how to use and seed content for maximum engagement with audiences.

Rachel Dungar

Rachel Dungar

“Global Current Affairs across Cultures” will be taught by Rachel Dungar. As radio- and television- reporter, producer, presenter and documentary filmmaker, Rachel has travelled the globe to report from locations as diverse as the former Soviet Union, Brazil’s favelas, Malaysia’s paradise islands, the Swiss parliament and the Middle East in crisis. She documented the Velvet Revolution in Prague and reported humanitarian issues during the Iraq war. Besides hard news, Rachel has ample experience with reality TV and softer television entertainment formats. Rachel joined Academia in 2004. Her multicultural family background motivates her research into cross-cultural issues in the media.


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Media Mondays-Kirsty Wark-03.12.2012

December 4, 2012

By: Lauren Elliott, Lisa Mitchell
The final talk in our Media Monday sessions of 2012. Newsnight presenter, Kirsty Wark, shares her invaluable experiences and gives crucial advice on broadcasting. From how to get the most out of an interviewee to her encounter with Margaret Thatcher, Kirsty makes not only a useful speech but an enjoyable one too.
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Media Mondays-Rosalind McInnes-26.11.2012

December 4, 2012

By: Lauren Elliott, Lisa Mitchell and Alex Neal.
The latest edition of the Media Mondays series discussed law in the media with BBC Scotland’s principal lawyer Rosalind McInnes. During this talk, she provided a fabulous explanation of the three main problems journalists face in legalising work produced, and gave a basic understanding of the legal aspects that all journalists should be aware of. In light of recent events this talk was perfectly timed to show how professionals can avoid straying over legal boundaries.

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Simon Pia Lecture-Media Mondays-12.11.2012

November 12, 2012

By: Lisa Mitchell and Lauren Elliott
Some journalists can change the world by a flick of their pen or by a probing question at the end of their package;They are able to do this because they aren’t afraid of “the powers that be” and their reaction. You can’t be frightened to challenge authority. How else would you get things done? How else could you stand up for what you believe in?

This is what today’s Media Monday session was all about.  Simon Pia, a known anarchist of the news industry, provides hints and tips of how to ruffle a few feathers.
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Media Mondays – Alan Clements lecture

November 5, 2012

By Lauren Elliott and Lisa Mitchell

The next installment of the Media Monday lectures has arrived.  The Director of Content at STV, Alan Clements, one of the most influential men in broadcasting has come to Napier to talk about his career and his experiences in the world of media.
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BBC’s Savile travails scrutinised

October 26, 2012

The BBC’s handling of investigations into shamed presenter Jimmy Savile will come under the spotlight next week as part of a new series of public talks at Edinburgh Napier University.

Val Atkinson, a former deputy head of news and current affairs at BBC Scotland and Ray Snoddy, former Media Editor of The Times, will discuss the corporation’s fight for its reputation on Monday 29 October.

The special event will be held from 1-2pm in Room H5 of Merchiston Campus, and is part of the university’s recently launched Media Mondays series.

The public talks will see well known members of the media debating the big issues of the day and are free and open to all.

Lined up for later this year are the journalists who broke and led on the story behind the demise of Rangers – BBC Scotland investigative reporter Mark Daly and Alex Thomson of Channel 4 News. They will appear at Merchiston on November 19.

They will be joined in the coming months by STV’s programme head Alan Clements (November 5 at Merchiston), and Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark (December 3 at the Craighouse Campus).

Other speakers planned to appear later in the year include BBC lawyer Rosalind MacInnes, who will give a tour of Scottish media law on November 26.

Broadcast journalism lecturer John Mair, who created the Media Mondays series, said:  “This is precisely where Edinburgh Napier needs to be – slap bang in the middle of contemporary big questions in the media.

“The Savile story has dominated headlines and the BBC now finds itself in the midst of a deep crisis over Savile and the human and reputational fallout stemming from his sexual proclivities. Monday’s session will look at where the corporation goes from here.”

Diane Maclean, Head of Journalism at Edinburgh Napier, added: “The Media Mondays series gives our students as well as the public the opportunity to listen to and meet the masters of the trade of journalism.

“We have a long history of training journalists at Edinburgh Napier and we want the university to be a cradle of public debate around all the big media issues in the lead up to 2014 and beyond.”

For more information about the Media Mondays series please contact John Mair on 07785 378156 or