Journalism and Media Week gives students the opportunity to hear from industry experts representing the UK’s leading broadcasters, newspapers, magazines and digital media organisations.

Over a week of talks, workshops, Q&A sessions and networking, these world-renowned broadcasters, journalists and industry leaders, including some of our own alumni, will provide a unique insight into what it’s like to work in today’s Journalism and Media industries. 

Journalism and Media Week is now in its fourteenth year and is well-known for bringing some of the most talented and well-respected people in the industry to Leeds.

On this page, you can see what's on and click through to our journalism and media courses,


Journalism and Media Week: 7 – 10 November 2022

Journalism and Media Week has established a reputation for bringing some of the key figures in the industry to Leeds, and this year is no exception – with industry experts sharing their knowledge and experience via a series of sessions.

The four-day programme will be packed with speakers from the world of journalism, media, film and photography. It will give students the opportunity to listen to those who have been doing the role for years, as well as those who have just embarked on their careers, to find out what inspired them to choose this industry, the challenges they faced and more.

Journalism and Media Week also gives attendees a rare opportunity to get up close and network with their heroes and learn from a wide range of professionals seen on TV, heard on the radio and working behind the scenes to make it all come together.

All of our speakers will provide a unique insight into their roles, how to get into the industry and how to succeed once you are there.

The week at a glance

The day-by-day schedule is available below.

9.00am – 9.45am: Breakfast Briefing

Venue: AG32

10:00 am to 10:45 am: The trials and tribulations of showbiz reporting

Venue: Mary Hallaway Lecture Theatre (Virtual)

Katie Hind, Showbiz Editor at the Mail on Sunday in a question and answer session with Leeds Trinity's Leigh Purves.

11:00 am to 11:45 am: How to interview the rich and famous: a masterclass

Venue: Mary Hallaway Lecture Theatre

Boyd Hilton, Entertainment Director and Contributing Editor, Heat Magazine and Empire Magazine, joins Leeds' Trinity's Darren Harper for this masterclass session.

1:00 pm to 1:45 pm: Getting your foot in the door: employers panel

Venue: Mary Hallaway Lecture Theatre

Leeds Trinity University's Beth Argent hosts an employers panel with:

  • Pavan Riyat-Ward, Managing Director (Founder) of We are The Allies.
  • Jonathan Buchan, Sports Editor, BBC Leeds.
  • Shajan Miah, Broadcast, Digital Media & Talent Identification Lead, BBC.
  • Jim Foulger, Head of News & Sport, Bauer Radio.

2:00 pm to 2:45 pm Docs up north

Venue: Mary Hallaway Lecture Theatre

A talk with Will Rowson, Commissioning Editor, Documentaries at Channel 4.

3:00 pm to 3:45 pm: Commentating on life: from sport to national events

Venue: Mary Hallaway Lecture Theatre (Virtual)

A talk with John Murray, Broadcaster and Football Correspondent, BBC. 

10:00 am to 10:45 am: The voice of sport: a career in sports journalism

Venue: Auditorium

Mark Chapman, Presenter, BBC, Sky Sports. 

11:00 am to 11:45 am: From La Liga to the Premier League: European football journalism today

Venue: Auditorium

Guillem Balague, Spanish Football Journalist for BBC, Marca.

1:00 pm to 1:45 pm: Behind the scenes of Britain's most popular current affairs programme

Venue: Auditorium

Alice Taylor, Series Producer and Laura Caveney-Morgan, Executive Producer of Tonight on ITV. 

2:00 pm to 2:45 pm: House of Cards: the life of a lobby reporter at Westminster

Venue: Auditorium (Virtual)

Leeds Trinity's Jenny Kean hosts a question and answer session with Noa Hoffman, Political Reporter, The Sun.

3:00 pm to 3:45 pm: PR: it's all about public relationships

Venue: Auditorium

PR Session with Gary Jenkins, Founder and Director of No Brainer Agency and Will Hobson, London Director of the agency Rise at Seven.

4.00 pm to 4.45 pm: No news is bad news! Life lessons with Jeremy Vine

Venue: Auditorium

Presenter, Broadcaster and Journalist, Jeremy Vine joins us virtually for a talk and Q&A about his career.

10.00 am to 10:45 am, We're just innocent men: going viral

Venue: Mary Hallaway Lecture Theatre (virtual)

Lauren Layfield, TV & Radio Presenter, BBC and Capital.

11:00 am to 11:45 am, Lionesses roar - women in sports journalism

Venue: Mary Hallaway Lecture Theatre

Leeds Trinity's Carolyn Jackson-Browne presents a Women in Sport Panel including:

  • Katie Whyatt, Football Writer, The Athletic
  • Charlotte Swift, Journalist and Assistant Producer, BBC 5Live Sport and BBC Test Match Special
  • Katie Smith, Sports Journalist, BBC Sport, BBC 5Live Sport
  • Megan Worsell, Sports Journalist, TalkSport
  • Khya Gott, Sports Journalist, TalkSport

1:00 pm to 1:45 pm, Howzat? From Leeds Trinity to Leicestershire County Cricket Club

Venue: Auditorium

Sean Jarvis, CEO, Leicestershire Cricket and former Commercial Director, Huddersfield Town.

2:00 pm to 2:45 pm: International news: the changing methods of delivery

Venue: Auditorium

Tim Singleton, Head of International News, Sky News

2:00 pm to 2:45 pm, Up the chickens! Live football photography

Venue: AG27

Workshop with Thomas Gadd, Sports Photographer.

3:00 pm to 3:45 pm, Keeping journalists safe online

Venue: Auditorium

A masterclass in online safety with Dr Rebecca Whittington, Online Safety Editor, Reach (Publishers of Mirror Group Newspapers and Leeds Live).

10:00 am to 10:45 am, So you've graduated: what next?

Venue: Mary Hallaway Lecture Theatre

Leeds Trinity's Beth Argent presents an Alumni Panel featuring:

  • Barbara Berczi, Production Assistant, Premier League Productions
  • Sarah Jewers, Careers Communications and Resources Officer, Leeds University Careers Service
  • Martha Sanders, Researcher, Clockwork Films
  • Oriana Storey-McQuaid, Music Team Assistant, MTV
  • Charlotte Parker, Social Media Manager, Zeal Ltd
  • Peter Hampshire, Intern, ITV
  • Mellissa Dzinzi, Journalist, Yorkshire Voice

11:00 am to 11:45 am, Films from another angle

Venue: Mary Hallaway Lecture Theatre

Lisa Stonehouse, Advertising and Editorial Photographer

1:00 pm to 1:45 pm, Made in Yorkshire

Venue: Mary Hallaway Lecture Theatre

Richard Knight, Career Support Manager, Screen Yorkshire

2.00 pm to 2.45 pm, Bouncing Back: bringing Alan Partridge into the digital age

Venue: AG100 (Virtual)

A virtual session with Neil and Rob Gibbons, Comedy Screenwriters.

3.00 pm Clockwork Films: my time in TV

Venue: Auditorium

Heenan Bhatti, Managing Director, Clockwork Films (Leeds)

4.00 pm to 4.45 pm, Three decades on the decks: staying relevant in media

Venue: Auditorium

Graeme Park, Hacienda DJ, Broadcaster and lecturer in media

6.00 pm Closing party: DJ set

Venue: Students' Union

Graeme Park, Hacienda DJ, Broadcaster and lecturer in media

Resources from previous years

If you want to see what Journalism and Media Week is about, or want to catch up on the talks and workshops, our archive allows you to re-visit past events and follow the action day-by-day.

You can read student coverage of the event on our student-led online news site Yorkshire Voice or follow @JournalismWeek and #LTJMW on Twitter.

Here are some of our favourite articles from previous years:

Who should attend?

While most guests will be studying Journalism and Media at Leeds Trinity and other universities, the week is also open to anyone interested in a career in Journalism or Media. Plus those already working in the industry, or who just want to hear more from our speakers!

Everyone is welcome to attend any session at Leeds Trinity's Journalism and Media Week.

We also welcome students from schools and colleges, individually or in teaching groups. To arrange this please contact Stephen Forsyth in our Student Recruitment and Outreach Team by email:

How to book

If you're a student or academic at Leeds Trinity University, there's no need to book for any of the talks – just simply turn up to each session on campus.

If you are a student at another university, please contact our Journalism and Media Week team and let us know which days/talks you're interested in attending.

If you are a member of the local community or Leeds Trinity alumni, please contact the Corporate Communications team and let us know which days/talks you’re interested in attending.

Additional information

Please note that all sessions will be recorded for future educational purposes at Leeds Trinity University and we will add them to our YouTube channel after the event.

Attendees are also encouraged to post on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter during the live sessions using #LTJMW, and you can also follow the conversation @JournalismWeek.

For further information please email Corporate Communications.

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