Media on the Move: The Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Community in their own words – 01 July 2016
‘Media on the Move’ was held on 01 July 2016 at the BBC in the Mailbox, Birmingham, and was chaired by Elonka Soros, a trustee for Rural Media. The BBC partnered with Travellers’ Times (a magazine and website for Gypsies, Roma and Travellers and those who work with them) to hold the conference which brought together members of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Community with journalists and programme-makers.
The event explored how the Gypsies, Roma and Travellers have been portrayed in the media in the past and offered delegates the opportunity to discuss how it might be possible to offer a more informed portrayal in the future.
It offered people from the media the chance to hear new voices, find original stories and consider how programmes featuring the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Community could be made differently.
And for those from the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Community it was an opportunity to find out how the media works and learn some journalism skills.
The Oldest Show on the Road
In this unique film called the Oldest Show on the Road, created specially for the conference by Rural Media, Damian Le Bas explains how society has regarded the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Community through the centuries. Poem performed and written by Damian Le Bas, produced by Rural Media, music by Finn LeMarinel.
Images from the conference
Damian Le Bas, Editor-at-Large of Travellers’ Times
Diane Reid, Head of BBC Outreach
Nic Millington, CEO for Rural Media
Elonka Soros, Conference Chair
Mike Doherty, Editor of Travellers’ Times
Sherrie Smith, Travellers’ Times contributor
Betty Billington, Travellers’ Times contributor
David Jennings, Head of Regional & Local Programming for the West Midlands
Daniel A Lofti & Elias Van Hildebrand, film-makers
Thomas McCarthy, folk singer
Sharon Stokes, BBC Assistant Editor
Sarah Drummond, Senior Outreach Manager for the BBC
Julie Colman, Conference Manager for Rural Media
Helen Amess, Conference Manager for BBC