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UCL Careers Media Week

This event took place week commencing 4th December 2015

Come along to our selection of panel discussions, interactive workshops and presentations to find out more about opportunities across this popular sector. Gain tips on routes into the media industry from experienced media professionals and learn what you can start doing now to increase your chances of success!

If you haven't attended events organised by UCL Careers before, we strongly recommend you read through our Themed Weeks page for information on what to expect, how to prepare and how to book to attend.

Get into Publishing: Panel Discussion, Q&A and Networking
Tuesday 1st December, 5.30pm-7pm

Want to get some key tips on how to break through into this notoriously competitive sector? Come and meet panellists across editorial roles and academic publishing. Confirmed panellists include:

  • Marta Kowalewska , Editorial Assistant, Sage Publications
  • Dr.Nina Buchan, Freelance Scientific & Medical Editor
  • Claire Palmer, Editor, Harper Collins Publishers
  • Allie Collins, Collins Editing 
  • Alison Major, UCL Press

Full list of speakers bios can be downloaded here

Journalism Workshop with News Associates
Wednesday 2nd December, 1pm-3pm

Students interested in pursuing a career in journalism can enrol on this two-hour practical workshop run by the press agency News Associates. They will get you writing an article in a mock, ‘real-life’ breaking news exercise. Feedback will be given on your work and time is set aside for careers advice. News Associates are the UK’s leading training provider of the NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists) Multimedia Diploma.

Please note that this is an interactive session aimed at those looking to pursue a career in UK-based journalism. Attendees will need to have excellent skills in both verbal and written English to ensure that they can engage effectively with the demands of the workshop.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the group size and nature of this workshop, a returnable cash deposit is required to be paid in person at UCL Careers after registering to guarantee your place. You will also need to bring a laptop/tablet with you to be able to participate in this event.

Get into Broadcasting - TV, Film & Radio: Panel Discussion, Q&A and Networking
Wednesday 2nd December, 5.30pm-7pm

Want to get an insight into working in and with the broadcasting industry? Come along to this event to hear directly from professionals about some of the various roles in these sectors! Confirmed panellists include:

  • Alex Snelling, Film Director/Producer/Editor, Slack Alice Films
  • Anya Saunders, Editorial Lead, BBC Make It Digital
  • Matt Pelly, Freelance Series Producer, Director and Cameraman
  • Eduardo Leal, Account Director, Precious Media
  • Kate Lamble, BBC World Service

This panel discussion is chaired by Leiah Kwong, President of the UCLU Film and TV Society

Full list of speakers bios can be downloaded here

What is Media Analytics? Presentation by GroupM 
Thursday 3rd December, 1-2pm

Media is changing. Today we are in a space where data, creative content and technology collide, where audience insight sits at the heart of the creative process, and where extraordinary intelligence and state of the art trading models help us deliver tangible output for our clients.

GroupM is the world leading media advertising group. We plan advertising campaigns for some of the biggest and most renowned brands globally, and based on rich consumer data we buy the media space that reach the right target audience.

In this presentation we will discuss how data, audience insight and analytics help us deliver successful media campaigns. What data do we collect? What do we know about you? How do we use this information to target the right audience? Where is the future of media taking us, and what does this mean in terms of our future talent and career opportunities?

Get into PR, Marketing & Advertising: Panel Discussion, Q&A and Networking
Thursday 3rd December, 5.30pm-7pm

Professionals working in the industry will be discussing their career paths and ways to get into the sector. The panel will also be sharing tips on how to progress your career. Confirmed panellists include:

  • Christy Madden, Ogilvy Fellow, Ogilvy
  • Kari Shephard, Consultant, Claremont Communications
  • Sophie Orbaum, Account Director, Gerber Communications
  • Caroline Cody, Media Relations Manager, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Tom McCarron, Periscopix

Full list of speakers bios can be downloaded here

CVs/Applications for Media Careers: Panel Discussion, Q&A and Networking
Friday 4th December, 1pm-2pm

Get top tips from industry professionals on how to make your applications stand out and what you can be doing now to increase your chances of securing a role in this industry. Confirmed panellists include:

  • Sally Hunter, Head of Commercial Marketing, The Guardian
  • Jackie Fast, Managing Director, Slingshot Sponsorship
  • Graham Russ, Careers Co-ordinator, Creative Skillset
  • Sonia Cason-Zeif, Recruiter, Sapient Nitro

Full list of speakers bios can be downloaded here

Media Week resources and one-to-one advice

Please also remember, before, during and after this week of events, you can access a huge range of careers information on the Media Industry or talk to Careers Consultants and UCL Alumni for one-to-one advice on getting in to the sector. Visit our Career Planning page for more details.