MediaMagazine Student Conference 2019 – Tuesday 10th December, NFT1, BFI Southbank


Inspiring sessions with cutting-edge media practitioners and thinkers, including:

  • Lenny Henry, actor writer and spokesperson for diversity in the media industry
  • Dr Anamik Saha, lecturer in Race, Media and Social Justice at Goldsmith University and author of the book Race and The Cultural Industries
  • Sadia Habib and Shaf Choudry, founders of
  • Emily Caston plus a music video director (TBC)
  • Plus more to be announced.

Teachers said:

The topics covered have already led to some interesting debates in the classroom - it's always positive to expand students' engagement with the subject beyond the narrow examination criteria.

Adam Robinson, Wilmington Grammar School for Boys

The industry insider tips were useful for a lot of our students who are considering a career in the media.

Adam Bush, Greenford High School

Students said:

Tom Edge’s session was like being in a Media Studies lesson but with a successful writer instead of our usual teacher. 

Preslava Lyubenova, Highgate Wood School

I found it educating and it gave me a better understanding about the media.

Hussein, Greenford High School

Booking enquiries

General booking enquiries:

Email Maria

Programme enquiries:

Email Claire


MediaMagazine Student Conference 2019 – Tuesday 10th December


Tuesday 10th December 2019


NFT1, BFI Southbank
Belvedere Rd

Programme & Speakers

Programme & Speakers

Inspiring sessions with cutting-edge media practitioners and thinkers.


Arrival and registration

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Claire Pollard


Claire Pollard, editor of MediaMagazine, welcomes you to the Conference.

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Sir Lenny Henry

Sir Lenny Henry in conversation with Anamik Saha

Lenny has been a comedian since the age of 16. He has risen from being a cult star on children’s television to becoming one of Britain’s best-known comedians, as well as a writer, philanthropist and award-winning actor. In recent years he has starred in The Comedy of Errors at the National Theatre, Fences at the Duchess Theatre, and in 2017 he made his Donmar Warehouse debut in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. He has also been a Trustee of the National Theatre since February 2016.

Photo credit: Jack Newton

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Anamik Saha

Dr. Anamik Saha is a Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London and co-convenor of MA Race, Media and Social Justice. After completing his PhD in Sociology at Goldsmiths, Anamik worked in the Institute of Communication Studies at the University of Leeds. He has held visiting fellowships at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Trinity College, Connecticut. 

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Sonia Livingstone

Sonia Livingstone DPhil (Oxon), FBA, FBPS, FAcSS, FRSA, OBE is a professor in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has published 20 books including The Class: Living and Learning in the Digital Age. She directs the projects 'Children’s Data and Privacy Online', 'Global Kids Online' (with UNICEF) and 'Parenting for a Digital Future', and she is Deputy Director of the UKRI-funded 'Nurture Network'. Since founding the 33 country EU Kids Online network, Sonia has advised the UK government, European Commission, European Parliament, Council of Europe, OECD and UNICEF. See



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The Guardian Foundation: Understanding the Media Landscape and How News is Consumed

The Guardian Foundation is an independent charity which supports media under threat, promotes diversity in the media and empowers children and young people to engage with the news.

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Margaret Holborn

Margaret Holborn runs the Guardian Education Centre for the foundation, she will discuss media ownership and provide an overview of what it is like to work in a busy news organisation. 

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Lucy McCormick

Lucy McCormick is a data specialist at the Guardian who will help us to understand the data behind the headlines and how audiences engage with news across different platforms.

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Mdhamiri á Nkemi

Mdhamiri á Nkemi, Screen Star of Tomorrow 2019, is a filmmaker who graduated from the NFTS, where he received the Toledo Scholarship and was awarded the year’s Most Promising Student Award. As an editor, he has been Academy and BAFTA longlisted, BIFA nominated (A Moving Image: Outstanding Achievement in Craft 2016) and award-winning (Facing It: Animage Grand Prix & Audience Awards; Circle: IDA Student Documentary Award, CIFF Best Short, Masterpiece: BFI Network & Vimeo Staff Picks – Best of the Month). He's interested in films with unconventional and innovative forms of storytelling, supporting distinctive stories navigating new ways of understanding the world.

​Represented by Casarotto Ramsay & Associates, he has cut several feature-length dramas, as well as numerous shorts both fiction and documentary, premiering and winning awards at festivals such as Sundance, Berlinale, TIFF, SXSW and London Film Festival.



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Emily Caston

Q&A with a music video director TBC

Emily Caston is Professor of Screen Industries at the University of West London. Previously a board member Film London (2008-2015), Emily has produced over 100 music videos and commercials for artists ranging from Madonna to U2 with directors including Spike Jonze and Chris Cunningham. She is a member of BAFTA, and has books on music video forthcoming with both Edinburgh University Press and Routledge.

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Sadia Habib and Shaf Choudry

Sadia Habib and Shaf Choudry from The Riz Test

The Riz Test was launched by a Sadia Habib and Shaf Choudry, two film buffs from academic and tech backgrounds. Like many Muslims they were tired of seeing the same old stereotypes and Islamophobic tropes being played out in Films and TV Shows.

Taking cues from the Bechdel Test and inspiration from Riz Ahmed's 2017 speech on diversity, they decided to create a set of criteria to measure how Muslims are portrayed on Film and TV and hoping to start a conversation, to raise awareness and to affect change.

Dr Sadia Habib, co-founder of The Riz Test has taught English in schools and colleges in the UK. She has a MA and PhD in Education from Goldsmiths, University of London. Sadia has authored books about youth, identity and belonging. She currently works at Manchester Museum.

Shaf, co-founder of The Riz Test, has worked on large scale technology projects for over 15 years. He has a degree in Computer Science and is currently researching the impact of biased algorithms.

3.30pm Claire Pollard

Conference ends



Where is the Conference Held?

BFI Southbank, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XT


BFI Southbank has wheelchair access and fixed induction loops in all auditoria.

Getting to the Conference


The BFI Southbank is a short walk from Charing Cross, Embankment, Waterloo and Southwark.


Routes 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 77, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 211, 243, 341, 381, 507, 521, RV1

Travelling by Minibus or Car?

Car park sites available under the National Theatre (off Upper Ground), under the Hayward Gallery and in front of the Shell Centre.

BFI Southbank is within the congestion charge zone.


Coach bays for free drop off and collection only are available by the London Eye (pre-booked spaces only), on the Upper Ground Slip Road off Waterloo Road behind the National Theatre and on the slip road opposite the National Theatre leading up to Waterloo Bridge.

For more long stay or drop off/pick up bays along London’s Southbank check the TfL website.

Important Info

Important Info

Prices, Booking and Cancellation Policy


The fee is £20 per student, with one free teacher place per 10 students. (For small groups of up to nine students, a single free teacher place will be available.)
For additional teachers, or teachers attending without students, for their own interest or CPD, the charge is £50 each.


  • When bookings open on 2nd September, book online and choose to pay by invoice.
  • Conference places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 
  • Please note: we are unable to take provisional bookings.
  • Please do not make final travel arrangements until your final booking has been confirmed and we have contacted you to let you know that you have definitely been allocated places.


Cancellations or amendments can be made without charge until 5pm on Tuesday 12th November 2019.

All subsequent cancellations will be dealt with in the following way:

  • Cancellations after 5pm on Tuesday 12th November 2019 and up to 5pm on Tuesday 26th November 2019 50% charge
  • Cancellations after 5pm on Tuesday 26th November 2019: 100% charge

Please note: We will be unable to make refunds in the case of weather, transport difficulties or other circumstances beyond our control.

Arrangements on the Day

Teachers Accompanying Students

We expect all students to be accompanied by a teacher. There should be a minimum of 1 teacher per 20 students.

We request that teachers meet their students in advance, register as a group and sit with their groups of students. Teachers are responsible for ensuring that their own students maintain acceptable standards of behaviour in the auditorium and in the BFI Southbank building.

Lunch and Refreshments

There is a Benugo café in the BFI bar area open from 10am.

You and your students will be responsible for providing your own lunches. There are sandwich shops and food outlets on the riverfront at the Southbank or supermarkets towards Waterloo station.

There are spaces outside for students to eat their packed lunch but no indoor spaces.

Risk Assessment

We are unable to provide a risk assessment for your students, but are very happy to answer any questions you might have about the venue which would help you in completing your own risk assessment.

Full – waiting list


The MediaMagazine Conference is now full. Places do sometimes become available. Please email if you would like to be added to the waiting list.