University of Salford International Media Festival

This November the Salford International Media Festival at Media City provides a vibrant forum for media stakeholders to debate the current climate and play an influential role in shaping the future of the sector.

The Festival builds on the rich history of the Nations & Regions Media Conference, widened now to provide a platform for academic discourse and debate and an inspirational programme of activity to support next generation media talent.

Running from Monday 17 to Friday 21 November, the Festival features three distinct complementary events over five days, providing an accessible programme for a national and international audience with many opportunities to network.

I’ll be mostly at the academic conference which is opening the Festival – Challenging Media Landscapes explores the theme of Media Choice and Freedom.

The conference aims to undertake an exploration of a range of the main conceptual and practice based issues which have framed the academic analysis of ideas, practical expressions and critiques of freedom and choice in media environments over the course of at least the last decade.

The Conference presents the opportunity for the academic and research community, including industry professionals, civil society and governmental stakeholders, to debate the many salient and often controversial issues in the debate on media choice and freedom. A series of research panels will address the following themes:

Freedom, Choice and Privacy in Media Environments
Policy Choices and Freedom in Changing Media Environments
The Growth of Big Data and Media Freedom
Journalism, Media Freedom and Democracy
Articulations of, and Barriers to, Creativity, Freedom and Choice in Media Practices

Find out more here.