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Authentic Storytelling

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Join us at Channel 4 for an afternoon of in-depth discussion on authentic storytelling. From experts on representation to top news editors and documentary filmmakers, you will hear from key industry experts on how to produce collaborative work that challenges stereotypes about the global south - as well as insight into the news industry's appetite for narrative.

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3pm-4pm
Jon Snow in Conversation with David Lammy MP
Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow will be in conversation with David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham, to discuss how Africa is presented in the UK media and how we can move away from the damaging Band Aid narratives of poverty and victimhood, whether by empowering those on the continent to tell their own stories, through the constructive journalism movement or fair filming protocols. The conversation will also be opened up to the floor, giving you the chance to offer your own questions and comments.

David Lammy was elected as Labour MP for Tottenham at the age of 27 in June 2000. He served for 8 years as a Minister in the last Labour government and has led a number of successful campaigns since returning to the backbenches in 2010, including campaigns for diversity to be included in the BBC’s Charter as a Public Purpose and against cuts in apprenticeship funding. In January 2016, the then Prime Minister David Cameron asked David to lead an independent review into the treatment of, and outcomes for, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals in our criminal justice system. David is an Ambassador for Action Aid and the author of ‘Out of the Ashes: Britain after the riots’, an analysis of the long-standing causes of the 2011 riots and what has to be done to prevent them happening ever again. David is a contributor to publications including The Guardian, The Times, The Independent and The New Statesman among others, and appears regularly on television and radio.


4pm-5pm
Authentic Storytelling
For the second session of the day, we will be bringing together a panel of journalists, filmmakers and editors to discuss the essentials of authentic storytelling;
what it is and why it matters. When developing world stories are covered by western journalists without the relevant regional context or cultural sensitivity, coverage can be characterised by stereotypes and generalisations. Does this cliché of the western journalist 'parachuting' in to cover an international story still stand - and what more can we do to combat the damaging narratives that result? As journalists and filmmakers seek out global stories with strong characters, how can they be sure that their techniques empower rather than undermine their subjects? We will be joined by a panel who are working to disrupt this pattern, facilitating communities in developing countries to maintain agency and ownership of their own stories.

The panel:

Jess Crombie is Director of Creative Content at Save the Children. She heads up a global team of filmmakers, photographers and writers to create powerful, award-winning communications for this global INGO. She was previously with WaterAid and Magnum Photos, and lectures internationally on representation theory.

Ingrid Falck (chair) is an independent media consultant specialising in global documentaries. Until recently she was Head of Documentaries at Al Jazeera English, and has nearly 30 years’ experience in international broadcasting as an award-winning filmmaker, executive producer and commission. She currently works with filmmakers to undo the ‘us and them’ approach, and to shift the power-base of storytelling towards those who are both experts and agents in their own stories.

Ruhi Hamid is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has extensive experience of filming in challenging locations and gaining access to instututions and people normally hostile or shy of the media. She has directed and produced films for the BBC, Fusion, Channel 4, National Geographic and the UN, with recent projects including the Dangerous Borders series for BBC Two and India’s Ladycops for Al Jazeera International.

Paul Myles is a multimedia journalist and Head of Editorial at On Our Radar, the 'communications agency for unheard communities'. He was previously an investigative reporter for Channel 4's Dispatches series.

Further speakers will be announced shortly.

5pm-5.30pm

Coffee break


5.30-7pm
Meet the Gatekeepers
For the last session of the afternoon, a panel of top news editors will detail their remit for commissioning narrative reports and short documentaries for news. The panel will share valuable insights into what exactly they look for when commissioning short narrative pieces, from the optimum length, to the specific form and content that they aim to produce for their diverse audiences. You will learn how to best pitch your ideas to the major news outlets represented on the panel - as well as inside information on how they work with freelancers.

Federico Escher is an Italian news producer for Channel 4 News in London. He is currently Deputy Foreign Editor and Commissioning Editor for the Foreign Film Fund. He was previously based in Argentina for Associated Press Television where he coordinated operations for the Southern Cone, as well as in his hometown Rome where he started his journalistic career at the Associated Press.

Michael Herrod is Head of Foreign News at ITV News. Michael has worked at ITN for more than 20 years, 18 of which have been at ITV News. He has worked on some of the biggest stories in recent years including the death of Princess Diana in France; the 9/11 attacks in New York and then in Afghanistan; the Iraq war in 2003 and both elections of Barack Obama whilst working in Washington DC.

Toby Sculthorp is an RTS and BAFTA award-winning journalist with over 25 years of experience. He has worked for BBC documentaries, Panorama, Newsnight, Rough Justice and Dispatched before setting up the Sky News long form unit in 2015. He is also editor of The Pledge and Sophie Ridge on Sunday, which launched in January 2017.

Further panellists will be announced shortly.

7pm onwards - drinks reception

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Doors open at 2:30pm for a 3pm start.
There will be a drinks reception from 7pm, following the final session of the day.

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