Today involved a visit to London at 9am to go to The Youth Media Media Summit 2014, held at the BFI London Southbank and hosted by the Youth Media Agency.
I obviously needed to get tube and train tickets, and so after buying a travelcard (thank goodness for railcards), I was on route to London!
As well as a railcard, there’s a handy app you can get too, fellow train commuters! The “Tube Tracker” app on the App Store is brilliant – it displays live info on trains, as well as allowing you to plan journeys! It definitely saved me some time!
Anyway, to the actual event itself… First of all, I got lost. I had to ask numerous people for directions until those handy “you are here” posts pointed me in the right direction.
I’ve never been to the BFI Southbank venue before, so I was uncertain if it was going to be a massive conference hall, or something small scale. It turned out it was a cinema screening room, with an amazing capacity to house what I heard was over 450 individuals from a variety of different media.
Amongst the plans for the summit was networking. The great thing about these events is that you end up meeting so many new people and there are endless possibilities to network.
There were a variety of different talks from both youth media and mainstream media, all of which had useful knowledge that I found really interesting as an aspiring journalist.
One talk in particular was about getting into mainstream media. As old- time followers will know, I am still uncertain as to how to get into such a competitive industry. It was great though as I was able to get a clear idea at the end of the day as to what I should look into when I finish my A-Levels next year.
In summary, I knew that the event was awesome when I have pages full of notes, a bag full of business cards and opportunities, and your phone dies when you’ve used Twitter all day. Also, a big thanks to the folks at the Youth Media Agency for putting on such a great summit!
What do you think about youth media? Do you think the atmosphere of youth media is getting better? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!