Late blog post but on Thursday 16th, a handful of us went to the News on the move conference at the News UK building in London.
After waiting around in what looked like a posh hotel lobby we were directed upstairs where lunch was awaiting. Expecting a few jacket spuds and some measly sandwiches I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted with a 5 star buffet!
So I did the hipster thing and took a photo of my pudding.
After a very satisfying lunch, the afternoon started with a few talks and discussions including one from Mike Darcey (news UK chief and publisher of the Sun). He began to tell us a few things about Newspapers so I took some bullet points.
- The public rely on newspapers to tell us facts. Not sure if the public would agree with that one seeing as the papers tell so many lies 😉 haha.
- They remain essential to political debate e.g. the referendum.
- Strong democracies need strong media.
- Newspapers are the home of Journalism.
Whether or not you agree with some of those points, newspapers provide a source of media and news for all generations.
Other topics of the day included how social media is changing the world of news, how people consume their news, and even the neuroscience of memory encoding and emotional intensity. At this point my attention did start to flicker and I just pretended to be taking notes.
I could discuss more and throw some statistics around but frankly anyone who isn’t interested in the topic would be bored. I don’t want to bore you.
As the afternoon concluded we moved on to networking drinks. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t excited about the free beer, but I am practically a student what do you expect?
The evening fast approached and we mooched about editors, reporters, advertising agents, etc It felt good to even be standing next to these well known people!
A few beers later on the train home I realised that I had to drive from the station to my house (oops).
A classy day and there was me being a gross human being on the floor of the train carriage eating dairylea dunkers in a last ditch attempt to stop feeling tipsy.