Journalism Conversations with Jon Snow

By Samuele Grignoli, BA Creative Writing & Journalism

The second instalment of this year’s MDX Journalism Conversations welcomed one of the most famous TV news presenters – Jon Snow. Professor of Journalism Kurt Barling and Journalism & Media student Petrana Zemanova led the one-hour conversation with Channel 4’s news presenter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the first forty minutes, Mr Snow shared his experience in the industry throughout the years and its transformation. The exchange started with a question from Professor Barling on the importance of a degree to break into the industry. Mr Snow agreed that education helps in the process of becoming a journalist. He added, “the greatest qualification that a journalist can have, beyond the degree, is actually empathy”.

 

 

The conversation touched upon many topics, from his meeting with the dictator Idi Amin in Uganda to the Grenfell tower fire. He seemed to be disappointed with how media covered the Grenfell tragedy and the limited involvement of local papers. He moved to the issues on reporting facts from Syria and the eternal debate on objectivity.

 

 

 

Before the question from the audience, Mr Snow gave a couple of tips to aspiring journalists.  According to him, students should do their best to use digital technologies to get ahead. “Millennials are naturally equipped to take advantage of the digital age. Blog, tweet and [post on] Facebook”, he concluded.

Photography by Aumid Umary

Photography by Aumid Umary

Photography by Aumid Umary