The finalised running order for the inaugural Ferret Spring Conference is as follows:
Please note though - the event is now sold out.
10 am Attendees arrive for a 10.15 prompt start (we have limited time on the day and want to pack in lots of good content for you, so we will be starting on time). The Ferret team and volunteers will be wearing Ferret badges on the day - look out for us if you need to ask any questions or want any help with anything.
10.15 Welcome from the event chair, Rachel Hamada - The Ferret (@rachelhamada)
Rachel is journalist director of The Ferret, an associate editor at This is Africa and a freelance journalist based in Edinburgh specialising in social justice and human rights. She has won awards in the UK and Tanzania for human rights reporting and digital work. She previously worked for Holyrood magazine as assistant editor and for the Economist Group and Scotsman Publications. She currently works part-time on media and communications for a Scottish human rights organisation.
Making the News
10.20 Rob Edwards - The Ferret (@robedwards53)
Rob is an award-winning freelance journalist specialising in environmental issues with more than 30 years experience. He is chair of The Ferret and environment editor of the Sunday Herald. He is also a correspondent for The Guardian. Rob has co-authored three books about nuclear power and produced radio and television programmes. He likes muckraking and will explain how he does it, with a focus on using Freedom of Information legislation to unearth exclusives.
10.40 Nicole Kleeman - Firecrest Films (@firecrestfilms)
Nicole is creative director of Firecrest Films, a Glasgow-based production company which has made more than 30 films for broadcast across the UK and beyond, covering everything from nuclear safety to important consumer issues. Firecrest’s output includes high-profile films for BBC Panorama and Channel 4 Dispatches.
11 Q&A with Rob and Nicole
11.30 Tea/coffee break
How to Effect Change through Journalism & Film-Making
12 noon We will screen Transit Zone, a 32-minute documentary on life in the Calais refugee camps.
Frederik Subei - Film maker and director of Transit Zone.
Award-winning documentary filmmaker Frederik spent three months in the camp at Calais to get to know the residents and their everyday lives. You can see more from the project and the work of his collaborator, photographer Iman Tajik, here.
12.35 Introduction to 1500 and Counting – Siana Bangura and Troy James Aidoo
Siana Bangura - Writer and performer (@sianaarrgh)
Siana is currently co-producing a crowdfunded documentary, 1500 and Counting, about deaths in police custody - inspired by the recent death of Sheku Bayoh in Fife. She is a writer, activist and performer, and has worked with numerous broadcast, print and online outlets, from the Guardian to Buzzfeed and Metro.
Troy James Aidoo – Videographer (@visionnarytj)
Troy is a freelance videographer from south London with a career spanning over six years at companies such as Hogarth international and Nylon films. He is also winner of the vintage Rambert award in video editing. With the films he creates, Troy tries to give a voice to those who feel voiceless. He is currently working on a variety of projects, including collaborating with Black British Feminist platform, No Fly on the WALL. Troy is the director of upcoming documentary
1500 And Counting and runs the platform More Than Melanin, focusing on the portrayal of the Black British public.
The screening and documentary introduction will be followed by a panel discussion about the film and how to affect change for social justice through the media, chaired by Ferret journalist director and treasurer Peter Geoghegan (@peterkgeoghegan).
Peter is an Irish political writer, journalist and broadcaster based in Glasgow. His work has appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, The London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, The Christian Science Monitor, The Irish Times, Foreign Policy and numerous other publications.
12.45 Panel discussion: Frederik and Siana will be joined by Lisa Mackenzie of the Howard League for Penal Reform
Lisa Mackenzie - Policy and communications expert
Lisa is policy and public affairs advisor to the Howard League for Penal Reform in Scotland. She has also worked for the UK Commission for Racial Equality, the Scottish Parliament and Scotland’s Futures Forum. She is a reader director of The Ferret.
1.15 Lunch, provided by Soul Food Sisters, a women-only, multi-cultural and not-for-profit collective from Glasgow.
Panama and Beyond
2.15 Tom King - OCCRP (@tallgeekychap)
Tom King is head of business development for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP). Tom’s background is in UK politics as a Parliamentary researcher and then as a consultant specialising in political and regulatory due diligence.
OCCRP’s cross-border network of investigative journalists covers more than twenty countries in Europe and Eurasia and produces more in-depth investigative stories per year than any other similar media platform.
The Big Debate: Press Regulation and Press Freedom
3.00 Introduction. This debate will be chaired by Dr Sallyanne Duncan. Sallyanne is director of Strathclyde University’s MLitt Digital Journalism degree and also researches on the topics of ethical reporting and media representation of trauma, mental health, bereavement and suicide.
3.35 Panel discussion and audience Q&A
Jonathan Heawood - IMPRESS (@jheawood)
Jonathan is chief executive officer of Impress, a new ‘truly’ independent press regulator that aims to become the first body to gain formal recognition from the Press Recognition Panel. In his first foray north of the border, Jonathan will outline the difference the new regulator plans to make on the media landscape.
The Ferret is considering adopting IMPRESS as its independent regulator. This event will be a chance for members and non-members to explore what this might mean.
Nik Williams - Scottish PEN (@nikwilliams2)
Scottish PEN defends freedom of expression and freedom of the press. Nik will outline its new campaign to reform defamation law in Scotland. The Ferret is a media partner of the campaign.
Further speakers are to be confirmed for this debate and will be added shortly. There will be plenty of time for delegates to put questions to the speakers and debate the issues raised.
Ally Tibbitt - Journalist and Director of The Ferret (@allytibbitt)
Ally Tibbitt has 10 years experience of working on digitial media projects in Scotland. He’ll give his perspective on regulation for small media organisations.
4.15 - Thanks from the chair and close.
We will go on to The Drygate after the conference, so if you’re feeling sociable, please join us.
But that’s not all…
As part of the ticket price, you will receive a free discount code giving you 3 months’ free subscription to The Ferret. You can use this for yourself, or if you’re already a subscriber, you can give it to someone else.
Profits made from ticket sales will be put towards a ‘mini’ Ferret investigation - and as a delegate you will get to vote on what we should look into.
Saturday, 23 April 2016 from 10:00 to 16:30 (BST)
The Confucius Room - Lord Hope Building, University of Strathclyde. 141 St James Road,
Glasgow, G4 0LT, United Kingdom