The Nubian Times (TNT) was at Lancaster University’s #MakingHeadlines conference on 14 May as the panellists and speakers on one of the most topical issues – women in media.
With never-ending discussions about the representation of women in entertainment and working in the industry itself, it is clear the status of women in media is as bleak as ever.
Topics on the day included the ‘miss-representation’ of women in media, how to combat the issues faced by professional women in the industry, journalism, entertainment and much more. The main aim was to raise awareness of the plight that still exists and draw action plans for preventing and resolving the effects it brings – effectively to bring diversity into the industry.
Chaired by Lancaster University Students’ Union (LUSU)’s vice president of campaigns and communications, Katie Capstick, the conference had multiple speakers and sessions at the university’s Faraday building.
From media and campaign sessions to keynote speeches, all of which were attended by students and the public, the conference shone light on how far women still have to go in order to achieve real gender parity in the media.
When asked how she overcame the barriers in what is a male-dominated industry, the Editor in Chief of TNT Lilian Nevins said: “It’s about watching and observing everybody, reading up on everything pertaining to your industry and trying to be at the forefront…you’ve got to do everything above and beyond”.
Commenting on TNT’s co-founders’ speeches after the conference, @beccap1502 tweeted, “Three very inspiring women from @TheNubianTimes spoke about their print & online publication, great concept”.
Whilst William Hedley tweeted, “Great session from @TheNubianTimes at #MakingHeadlines such good delivery and super important for promote [sic] diversity!”
TNT News Yasin Chinembiri