Jobs in the media: The barriers to recruitment

Issue date: 28 June 2010

A microphone The Journalism Policy and Practice Research Group at the University of the West of England are hosting the second of six Economic and Social Research Council seminars examining the problems faced by members of Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) communities when seeking work in the UK media.

Executives from the BBC and ITV, and Bristol Evening Post Editor, Mike Norton will be joining columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Visiting Professor of Journalism at UWE, to discuss the issues with media workers and academics.

Organiser Mike Jempson, a Journalism Lecturer at UWE and Director of the journalism ethics charity MediaWise, explains, “We all lose out if newsrooms don't properly reflect the communities they serve. Good stories are missed and whole sections of society can feel left out. We shall be looking at how the media recruit staff and whether the systems are fair to BME applicants.

“We hope these seminars will identify areas of both research and good practice in the industry which can help create opportunities for greater diversity in news media workplaces. The event will be recorded in print, sound and on film by MA Journalism students Myra Lee, Poushali Mitra, Jolanta Solecka and Iqbal Tamimi, and undergraduate Adam Clareke. Their results will be displayed on the seminar website -”

Speakers at the conference include: Jake Bowers (Web Editor, Traveller's Times), Lena Calvert (Equalities Officer, NUJ), Chi Chan (ex-Daily Telegraph Picture Desk), Barnie Chaudhury (Lincoln University), Paul Mason (Creative Collective) and Vidar Hjardeng (Diversity Mananger, ITV News and Regions), Dr Rakesh Kaushal (UWE), Forward Maisokwadzo (Exiled Journalists' Network), Elonka Soros (BBC English Regions), Janice Turner (BECTU – The Media and Entertainment Union) and Annie Warburton (Skillset).

The Bristol event has attracted interest from all over the UK and takes place at the Pierian Centre in St Pauls on Wednesday 30 June from 10.00 – 17.00. Attendance is free, and the last few places are still available. For more information, directions and to book, visit:

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