Tuesday 28 January 2020

Next Chapter Women Visit BBC NI Together

Women from Newtownabbey, Mid Ulster, Newry and Belfast, Lisburn & Castlereagh Chapters attend ‘A Working Day at BBC NI’

As part of The Next Chapter PEACE IV Project series of Peace & Reconciliation Events, women from four Chapters - Newtownabbey, Mid Ulster, Newry and Belfast, Lisburn & Castlereagh - attended ‘A Working Day at BBC Northern Ireland' at Broadcasting House, Belfast, hosted by Journalist Yvette Shapiro. A full itinerary was planned and participants spent the morning with BBC editors, producers and presenters hearing a first-hand account of life in the media in Northern Ireland.

Participants were welcomed by Mark Adair, Head of Corporate Affairs, and they had the opportunity to ask direct questions about programming, diversity and breaking down the barriers.


Photo: Mark Adair, BBC Head of Corporate Affairs, welcomed participants from The Next Chapter PEACE IV project


Photo: Panel (from left to right): Adam Smyth, Head of News; Jacqueline McIntyre,  Editor of Radio & Political Programmes; Catherine Morrison,  Senior Journalist and presenter and Emma Vardy, BBC Ireland Correspondent (network news).

Next Chapter women participated in a panel Q & A session with Adam Smyth, Head of News; Jacqueline McIntyre,  Editor of Radio & Political Programmes; Catherine Morrison,  Senior Journalist and presenter; Emma Vardy, BBC Ireland Correspondent (network news); and Marie-Louise Connolly, Health Correspondent.

Topics covered ranged from discussions about how to deliver the best interview and breaking down the barriers for greater representation of women in the media to why we need more diversity in front of the camera.
 
“No amount of preparation will give you a better interview answer,” says Emma Vardy, BBC Ireland Correspondent (network news), “Speak from the heart.”

Yvette Shapiro and Assistant Editor Eunan McConville then led a morning programme of introductions and conversations with various BBC TV and Radio programme Editors, Producers and Presenters, based at Broadcasting House, Belfast.
 

Photo: BBC Newsline Studio: Damien Magee, Editor, TV News explains the technology behind the studio, joined by Presenter Barra Best.
 
“BBC NI has some of the most up to date technology and graphics to help us explain our local stories as easily as possible. The combination of green screen and hard set is unique in the BBC," says Damien Magee, Editor TV News.


 Photo: Next Chapter participant from Belfast, Lisburn & Castlereagh Chapter learning the art of presenting in front of the green screen


Photo: Next Chapter participant form Newry Chapter features in the set of BBC NI's political programme 'The View'


Photo: Next Chapter participant from Newtownabey Chapter in the studio Newsroom anchor seat


Photo: Next Chapter participants in discussion with Talkback Presenter William Crawley
 
“We need more women’s voices on Talkback. Fifty-one percent of the population are female,” says Talkback Presenter William Crawley, “It’s a mostly all female production team here at Talkback.”


Photo: Next Chapter particpants were delighted to meet Radio Ulster Content Editor Jackie Neill and Presenter Hugo Duncan
 

Photo: Particpants listened to first hand accounts from Newsroom Editor Kevin Kelly, Newsgathering & Network News Ireland Bureau

In the Newsroom Kevin Kelly, Editor, Newsgathering & Network News Ireland Bureau, explained the demands of the Newsroom and the importance of fact checking versus social media.


Photo: Thirty minutes before the BBC NI Lunchtime News aired LIVE Next Chapter participants visted the Newsroom and met with TV Newsdesk staff Nicola Hood, Assistant Editor & Cheryl Cander, Producer


Photo: Participants remained silent as they watched the BBC NI Lunchtime News LIVE from the Control Room

 
Tweets on the day
Next Chapter participant @jodyblom1 said
Fantastic start to Next Chapter @BBCnireland visit! We need to "normalise the diversity of us" in media. @williamcrawley @yvetteshapiro @IEFNI @IntegrateMS @PoliticsPlusNI
Next Chapter participant @BeebsyMcA said
The Next Chapter women telling William we want to be heard! @BBCTalkback @PoliticsPlusNI @NextChapNewry
Next Chapter participant @ElitaFrid said
Fantastic day at BBC NI & got to sit in "the chair" in the Newsline Studio as part of @PoliticsPlusNI  #thenextchapter #PeaceIV #womenmakingthedifference Thank you @yvetteshapiro @eunanmcconville & all the friendly staff! @BBCnireland

Throughout the visit the group was accompanied by Assistant Editor Eunan McConville and Journalist Yvette Shapiro.
On behalf of The Next Chapter THANK YOU for an amazing experience.


Photo: Next Chapter women together with (back row) Jacqueline McIntyre, Editor of Radio & Political Programmes; Catherine Morrison, Senior Journalist and presenter, Assistant Editor Eunan McConville, Adam Smyth, Head of News, Emma Vardy, BBC Ireland Correspondent (network news), Marie-Louise Connolly, Health Correspondent and Journalist Yvette Shapiro.
 
The Next Chapter project is delivered by Politics Plus, together with partners Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) and Irish Rural Link, It is funded through the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body. Match-funding for The Next Chapter project is provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland.