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Owen Jones, Shaunagh Connaire & Jessica Winch set to appear at NUS and Amnesty’s Student Media Summit 2017

Wednesday 28 June 2017 NUS News

We’re pleased to reveal that Owen Jones, Shaunagh Connaire and Jessica Winch will be the keynote speakers at our tenth annual Student Media Summit this August.


Returning for its milestone tenth year on Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 AugustStudent Media Summit 2017 is the premier gathering for students aspiring to careers in media.

This year’s programme boasts heavyweight names from the industry and we can now announce our three keynote speakers will be; Owen Jones, author, commentator and columnist for the Guardian, Shaunagh Connaire, presenter of Channel 4’s ‘Unreported World’ as well as the Telegraph’s foreign editor Jessica Winch.

Other leading names confirmed for the event are:

  • Anna Doble, digital editor, BBC Radio 1

  • Siobhan Sinnerton, commissioning editor, Channel 4

  • Ben Bryant, reporter, Vice News

  • Zing Tsjeng, UK editor, Broadly

  • Emily Dugan, senior reporter, Buzzfeed

  • Jessica Elgot, political reporter, Guardian

  • Eve Hartley, multimedia editor, Huffington Post

  • Simon Israel, home affairs editor, ITN

  • Sharon Lougher, deputy features editor, Metro

  • Claire Rutter, entertainment editor, Metro

  • Tarah Welsh, reporter, BBC

  • Lucy Siegle, ethical columnist, Guardian

  • Helen Lawson, features sub-editor, The Times

  • Zoe Beaty, deputy news and content editor, The Pool

  • Barbara Speed, opinion editor, i news

  • Shannon Jensen, photographer, Getty Images

  • Adrian Seal, Press Association

The special two-day summit is hosted by NUS and Amnesty International and is designed to help students improve their skills, prepare them for their next steps in journalism and offer some excellent networking opportunities with professionals from across the industry. It will also provide a unique opportunity to get some fresh and exclusive content.

There will also be stalls promoting trainee schemes with Channel 4’s Investigative Unit, the Guardian, the Press Association and much more, including;

  • Skills sessions on interviewing, news writing, how to get editors to notice you, photography, and investigative journalism

  • Question and answer sessions with leading national journalists in vlogging, ethical journalism, entertainment and foreign reporting

  • An opportunity to quiz the new NUS President Shakira Martin face to face


“The experience has been so exciting, eye-opening and inspiring. I’m buzzing with new ideas.” – 2016 delegate


Book your place for free today!

Student Media Summit will take place at the Human Rights Action Centre in London, the headquarters of Amnesty International UK on Tuesday 29 August (12-7pm) and Wednesday 30 August (9.30am-5pm).

Attendance is free but there is a £5 registration fee to cover administration costs. All food and drink will be provided over the two days.


Due to popular demand, you will need to 
register online in advance.

This event has now reached capacity. If you are interested in attending, please email events@nus.org.uk and ask to be added to our waiting list. Places will be reallocated on a first come, first served basis.