Experts put news in the spotlight as Preston hosts  virtual conference on the affects of Covid-19 on the media

The media , and the affects Covid-19 has had on the industry, will be put under the spotlight at a special event in Preston.

By Sonja Astbury
Friday, 6th November 2020, 3:45 pm
Richard Dawson, Radio Five Live
Richard Dawson, Radio Five Live

The University of Central Lancashire is teaming up with a host of industry experts for a free event to examine the impact of the pandemic on the media sector and how it’s affecting job opportunities.

The virtual Leaders in Residence Masterclass will be chaired by Radio Five Live senior broadcast Journalist Richard Lawson, and will bring together experts with a range of experience from print, TV and radio.

The industry panel will examine how the media has adapted since the onset of coronavirus, the new challenges and opportunities presented by the pandemic and what media skill sets will be required in a post-Covid-19 world.

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Richard said: "The pandemic transformed the media overnight, with productions halted, jobs lost, and radical changes to the way we work. I look forward to talking to this fantastic panel about what's changed, how we can make the best of it, and how young people can get started in the media, in these challenging times."

The event is free to anyone who wants to get involved and has been organised as part of the UCLan Leaders in Residence programme, a network of 54 experienced individuals working with the university to inform the curriculum, mentor students and provide work placements.

The event will take place live via Microsoft Teams on Thursday November 26 from 3pm – 4.30pm and will include a question and answer session with the audience.

Emma Speed, director of enterprise and the Creative Innovation Zone at UCLan, added: “The faculty values industry professionals and the input and insight they can offer our students and academics. Our Leaders in Residence scheme empowers professionals to make a real difference to how we teach and shape our courses.

“This event illustrates the wide-ranging impact these partnerships can have, especially during these difficult times where learning has moved online."

he event will take place live via Microsoft Teams on Thursday November 26 from 3.00pm – 4.30pm and will include a question and answer session with the audience.

Anyone wanting to attend the event can register via Eventbrite -

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