Zoom, Thursday, 19 November 2020, 1-2pm | More information and booking
A lunchtime discussion with LSE alumni sharing their experiences and insights of working inmedia and journalism, including an overview of the sector, examples of recent projects they've worked on and advice on the recruitment process.
Amanda Farnsworth, Head of Visual and Data Journalism at BBC News (BSc (Econ) International History)
I am currently bringing together diverse digital and broadcast teams to make cross platform visual, graphical and data-led content for the web, social media and broadcast outlets of BBC News in the UK and abroad and in 41 Languages. My team of over 200 people has won over thirty five awards in the past four years.
I lead in data journalism for BBC News.
I have a lot of experience of leading large teams in the highly pressurised , decision-making setting of live broadcasting such as the London Bombings in July 2005 as Editor of the BBCTV Six O Clock News. Other roles include Deputy Editor of Newsight and Bureau Chief in Washington DC.
I had a key role in developing BBC strategy and seeing it implemented across a broad range of policy areas. I was a member of the BBC 2012 Steering Group and chaired the BBC 2012 Paralympic Steering Group, leading on inclusivity and diversity in the coverage.
I also played a key role in developing some of the BBC’s external partnerships around the London 2012 Olympics , most importantly with the London Mayor and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games ( LOCOG).
Ankita Mukhopadhyay, Correspondent at Deutsche Welle in Delhi (MSc History of International Relations)
Ankita Mukhopadhyay(@muk_ankita) is an Online and Social Media correspondent with Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany’s international broadcaster, based in New Delhi, India. In her role, she is responsible for covering stories on South Asia and managing key social media accounts of DW.
She has covered several stories from the field during the coronavirus pandemic, shoring up DW’s coverage on India. In May, she received a grant from the National Geographic Society to cover a story on the impact of India’s lockdown on women’s health in urban slums.
Ankita has previously worked as a tech researcher for Gartner Inc, one of the world’s largest research firms, and as a corporate news writer for a unit of The Economist Group. She was also formerly engaged with the India division of 21Century Fox. Ankita completed an MSc in History of International Relations from the LSE in 2015, scoring a distinction grade in her dissertation.
Suyin Haynes, Senior Reporter at Time Magazine (BSc International Relations and History)
Suyin Haynes is a Senior Reporter covering gender, culture and underrepresented communities for TIME magazine. Now based in London, she was previously based in TIME’s Hong Kong bureau for two years primarily as an audience engagement editor, where she also reported stories from around the region. She reported for and co-authored TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year story on Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, and this year has covered international protests against racial injustice and attacks on LGBTQ rights across Europe. She graduated from LSE in IR and History in 2016.
Laurence Atchinson, Policy Manager, Rail Delivery Group
I graduated from LSE in 2012 with a BSc in International Relations and History. Following that I did a Masters in War Studies at King’s College London and from 2013 to 2015 I worked in the office of an MP in Parliament. I then moved into the transport sector, working at the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety, (part charity, part APPG) and then the European Transport Safety Council in Brussels for a few years. Since moving back to the UK in 2019 I’ve worked as a Policy Manager at the Rail Delivery Group, the industry body for Britain’s railway.