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February 2015

Could you be an expert on television?

(29 January 2015)

As part of efforts to raise the profile of Humanities in the news, the media team is working to promote the contribution that experts across our Faculty, and their research, can make to the national news agenda and policy debate.

Kath Paddison and Deborah Linton took up posts as the Faculty’s Media Relations Officers, based in the Division of Communications and Marketing in the John Owens Building, towards the end of last year. They are currently looking to expand the database of academics and researchers who want to be approached with opportunities for media commentary.

National and regional journalists, both in print and broadcast media, are asking for quotes and commentary from experts within Humanities on a daily basis. Kath and Deborah are keen that these opportunities are reaching the right people and are not missed. They also want to ensure that those who have an interest in cultivating a media presence receive the support or advice they need to do so.

Campaigning for May’s General Election has now started and this will only enhance media opportunities. The team will be drawing up a list of those who can contribute to policy debate on their areas of research and would like to hear from you. This includes those with existing media experience but also those who are interested in finding out more about what it might entail and what would be required of them. Areas to consider might include: the economy, welfare, devolution, education, legislative and constitutional reform and international aid.

Kath and Deborah can also help generate media activity around upcoming research and handle or advise on approaches from journalists.

Please contact them if you are interested in exploring the idea of being a spokesperson, both in the context of the election or more broadly.

 

Kath Paddison
Email: kath.paddison@manchester.ac.uk
Tel: 0161 275 0790

Covers:

  • School of Arts, Languages and Culture
  • School of Law
  • John Rylands Library/main library

 

Deborah Linton
Email: deborah.linton@manchester.ac.uk
Tel: 0161 275 8257

Covers:

  • School of Social Sciences (includes SCI)
  • School of Education, Environment and Development (includes IDPM)

Media relations