Journalism students poised to capture best of Festival of the Future City 2017

Issue date: 17 October 2017

Journalism students from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) will put their learning to the test when they receive unrivalled access to a major festival.

Undergraduates from the Bristol School of Film and Journalism have been invited to capture and instantly broadcast the most compelling stories from the Festival of the Future City later this week.

UWE Bristol is among the sponsors of the festival, which will explore the most pressing issues for the future of cities. A series of sessions staged in Bristol on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (18-20 Oct) will showcase developments in the advanced urban services sector and the innovations that could have a positive impact upon city health, urban mobility and integrated infrastructure.

A team of students will film sessions with speakers, with footage being sent out immediately on a dedicated Facebook page, YouTube channel and other social media feeds including Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. A publicity office will be set up with a dedicated editing suite to create video highlights, photos and text stories to ensure that messages and news from the festival are available worldwide.

John Curzon, a Senior Lecturer in Journalism at UWE Bristol, said: “We will be treating it as a live project where the students will have the chance to put their practice-based learning to good effect. We will be looking to the students to provide – with the support of UWE Bristol staff - a professional service that reflects well on the university.

“Their work will be showcased mainly on social media and we will have accounts on Facebook, Instagram and our own YouTube channel.”

The biennial festival is being held in collaborationwith Bristol Festival of Ideas. Some of the best thinkers and doers in the field of cities and urbanism will share their insight and help answer the question 'How do we make cities we really want to live in?' Topics on the agenda for discussion include tackling growing inequality and segregation, building healthy cities and places, fostering sustainable cities, and exploring a future of devolved powers.

Material captured by students at the festival will be offered to local media outlets. Mr Curzon said: “There are potentially some very strong stories. Close to home there is a session on the impact of driverless cars on cities like Bristol. There is architect from Syria who will be talking about rebuilding Aleppo after the civil war and many others including Marvin Rees laying out his vision for the future of Bristol.”

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