IMAGES: Calendar duo Christine and Duncan give a TV masterclass

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By Anna Riley, Images by Matthew Brannen

Calendar presenters Duncan Wood and Christine Talbot gave budding broadcasters at Leeds Trinity University a TV masterclass.

They demonstrated that talk back is essential on what they do in live TV, explaining that earpieces must be tucked in to avoid the viewer being able to see the equipment in their ears.

Duncan advises: “Telly is magic, nobody should know that people are talking to you.”

He added that you should not make it obvious that you are reading from the autocue.

Christine says that presenters should read their scripts in advance, but sometimes there is no time for this so “you have to cover that up.” Try to be prepared and know the story in advance.

She said: “Be well briefed, know what you need to do and have a plan if things fail.”

LIVE: Trinity graduate beats stammer to speak at Journalism Week


By Oliver Lines

James Tennant stunned the Journalism Week audience by doing something he never thought he could do: talk in front of a large audience.

Leeds Trinity alumnus James was determined to conquer his fear of public speaking and overcome his stammer, and shared that journey on ITV programme This Time Next Year, hosted by Davina McCall, earlier this month.

James is now social media coordinator at Take That Ltd, a digital company based in Leeds, having graduated from the sports journalism course in 2012.

He said: “I’m not here to tell you about my experiences in sports journalism. I’m here to tell you a story about a boy with dreams and aspirations.”

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UPDATED: Having a disability is not always the story, says diversity expert Vidar Hjardeng


ITV diversity consultant Vidar Hjardeng discusses the issues around inclusivity at Leeds Trinity Journalism Week.

By Oliver Lines

Diversity is more than just talking to minorities about issues that impact only them, according to a leading expert.

Speaking at Leeds Trinity’s Journalism Week, ITV’s diversity consultant Vidar Hjardeng told students about his concept of incidental diversity and how the media had changed to accommodate it.

“Just because you talk to wheelchair users about access to a building, doesn’t mean that they don’t have as many views about Theresa May or Gareth Southgate,” said Vidar.

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LIVE: Diversity is key to attracting talent into journalism, says Vidar Hjardeng

ITV diversity consultant Vidar Hjardeng discusses the issues around inclusivity at Leeds Trinity Journalism Week.

By Matthew Brannen

News organisations must diversify their TV, radio and written output if they want to connect with the next generation of journalists.

ITV diversity consultant Vidar Hjardeng told Leeds Trinity University’s Journalism Week journalists’ work had an impact on the industry and must appeal to as wide an audience as possible.

He said: “People who are looking for a career in journalism will either be won over or alienated by a news organisation’s output.”

Vidar, who was awarded his MBE in 2012 for services to visually impaired people and to broadcasting, has spent more than 25 years at ITV as well as working for groups that help the blind and partially sighted.

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Calendar hosts hope to inspire the next generation of journalists to achieve their dreams

By Jack Goodman

Co-anchors of ITV’s Calendar for more than 13 years, Christine Talbot and Duncan Wood are returning speakers to Journalism Week – offering advice on news broadcasting and careers in journalism.

Duncan expressed how much they both enjoy being part of Journalism Week – and how they hoped to give students an insight into what they do at Calendar.

Their talk, on Friday 18 November at 10.45am, will be discussing their journeys to where they are now – and how both their career paths are rooted in strong journalistic backgrounds.

They will also be discussing their enthusiasm to embrace new practices in the industry, as well as the possibility of carrying out a ‘studio masterclass’ to talk students through the ‘dos and don’ts of television presenting’.


Duncan added: “There are many opportunities out there for young journalists in this ever changing digital world and hopefully we can play a small part in inspiring the talent of the future to achieve their dreams.”

Christine and Duncan have worked together since he joined the Calendar team in May 2003 – but both began their journalism careers in print before moving into broadcasting. [Read more…]

ITV chief fights for the media to reflect the society it serves

By Oliver Lines

ITV News’ diversity consultant is coming to Leeds Trinity University to talk to students about how his professional and community roles.

Vidar Hjardeng, who was awarded an MBE in 2012 for services to Visually Impaired People and to Broadcasting, has spent over 25 years at ITV as well as working for various groups that help the blind and partially sighted.

Before entering his current role, Vidar was an editor/executive producer on political, religious and social action magazine programmes, which then allowed him to move into ITV News’ Senior Management team.

Mike Best, senior lecturer at Leeds Trinity, said: “Vidar is the diversity advisor for the whole of ITV and as someone who is visually impaired, he understands how important it is to reflect society in its widest area.

“For any producer, writer or actor in the industry, it’s something you can’t afford to overlook and that’s why it’s going to be an important session that Vidar will be running.

“He’s very keen on getting the message across but couldn’t make it last year, so he said to let him know when this year’s was and he’d come.” [Read more…]

Lee Rigby murder footage controversy tested ITV boss: UPDATED

Tim Singleton, director of newsgathering at ITV, speaking at Leeds Trinity's Journalism Week

Tim Singleton, director of newsgathering at ITV, speaking at Leeds Trinity’s Journalism Week

An ITV boss said his team were vindicated and justified in their coverage of the murder of Lee Rigby – the  fourth most complained about story last year.

Tim Singleton, director of newgathering at ITV, was speaking at Leeds Trinity’s Journalism Week, and broke down the ethical and legal process his team went through in getting the story out – in a matter of minutes. [Read more…]