Schedule for #MediaPAC

The Media Practice Academic Conference (#MediaPAC) is a an annual one day conference at Birmingham City University for media practice academics in British Higher Education.

Monday July 7th 10.30-4.30, The Parkside Building, Birmingham.

  • 10 – 10.30 a.m. Registration and reception, P424.
  • 10.30.  Opening Address by Professor Diane Kemp
    Aims and purpose of holding and developing a space for media practice professional academics to share best research, teaching and industry/HE practice.
  • 11 Visiting Professor Tim Crook.
    The Practice/Theory Divide? Have we made any progress since University of London’s Diploma for Journalism course 1919-1939?
    Tim introduces the research done by his late mentor Fred Hunter in ‘Hacks and Dons’ and argues that the divide has not been resolved and may have been at the expense of practice.
  • 11.45 a.m. Questions.
  • 12  Bob Calver chairs discussion with Richard Horsman (Leeds Trinity). ‘Sheep and Goats.’
    The discriminating impact of the PhD qualification in HE practice media teaching. The bias against practitioners in the UK and further afield.
  • 12.15 Questions and discussion.
  • 12.45 Lunch.
  • 1.30 Professor Diane Kemp – Floors and Ceilings – the language and ways in which we express our academic practice (are we colluding in being seen as ‘button pressers’?)
  • 1.45 Questions and discussion.
  • 2. Creative discussion: themes for innovation, development and progress.
  • (2-2.30) Is the Practice PhD the way ahead? Presentations of Staff PhDs at BCU: Sam Coley and Vanessa Jackson followed by questions and discussion.
  • (2.30 – 3) Do we need a new platform for ‘publication’ of practice praxis output? A new Journal publishing output of the annual conference and further conferences? Seizing the agenda in research output publication- peer-reviewing and publishing the books that HE education fails to approve, encourage and enable for publication.
  • (3 – 3.30) The new BCU radio archive. How to develop an independent and research/teaching enabling archive strategy regionally, connecting universities. Joint grant funding? Curating professional media output – a method of consolidating links and achieving a new synergy?
  • (3.30 – 4). Achieving advances in promotion and status. Ideas and strategies – need for actual research through qualitative surveys, boosting morale, networking referees, positive and constructive liaison with HR. Setting minimum national standards for induction and staff entry and development/mentoring for professional media academics.
  • 4 – 4.30. Closing address and summary.
  • 4.30 to 5.30 p.m. meeting of a national steering group to discuss taking ideas, recommendations forward.