Creating Connections – Bradford

Date: Tuesday 19 September 2023
Time: 14:00 – 19:30
Venue: Kala Sangam Arts Centre, 1 Forster Court, Bradford, England, BD1 4TY
Tickets: Free via Eventbrite here >>
Inquiries: [email protected] | 0203-970-0709

Explore the way religion and worldviews are interwoven into the life of Bradford, as people from long-standing and diverse communities share their stories and open the window into their world.

Join us for workshops and presentations with journalists, academics, religious leaders and invited guests, making new contacts and networking with local media representatives who are looking for stories.

The intention is to raise understanding between religious groups and the media, breaking down misunderstanding, and showcasing the expertise of local journalists and social media content creators.

Four senior editors from the region are taking part representing BBC North and ITV News Yorkshire, together with BBC communities correspondent, Sabiyyah Pervez, BBC local radio’s Tracey Gee and Mary Dowson, BCB 106.6fm, Bradford’s community radio station.

The keynote speaker is Professor Uduak Archibong (MBE) – Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Bradford (Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion).

Bradford is one of 6 cities chosen to host this unique networking opportunity this year, along with Bristol, Coventry, Newcastle, Liverpool and Norwich. Attendance is free, but you must register beforehand.

The event is hosted by the Religion Media Centre, an impartial and independent organisation aiming to increase further cohesion and understanding in society by helping the media report and understand religion and belief. Join our mailing lists here >>


2.00pm Introduction with Michael Wakelin and Ruth Peacock from the Religion Media Centre
and host Khalida Ashrafi

Welcome from:
High Sherriff of West Yorkshire, Zulfikar Kariim
Cllr Abdul Jabbar profile holder for Place and Stronger Communities
and the Bishop of Bradford, Toby Howarth on screen

– What is the Religion Media Centre and why are we all here?
– What are the concerns about the relationship between religion and the media in
– What stories are not being told?-
2.15pmKeynote Presentation: by Professor Uduak Archibong MBE, Director of the Centre for Inclusion and Diversity at the University of Bradford
2.35pmMedia panel: Who are the local media, what stories are they interested in and tips of
the trade?
Chaired by Khalida Ashrafi, with a panel including
– Sanjiv Buttoo, Managing Editor of BBC North
– Katrina Bunker, Head of BBC North and Lincolnshire;
– Mark Hayman, Head of ITV News Yorkshire
– Theodora Fairley, Editor BBC Look North, Former Deputy Editor of BBC News at 6 and 10
– Sabbiyah Pervez, BBC Communities Correspondent
– Tracy Gee, senior producer BBC Radio Leeds
– Aziz Rashid, Bradford City of Culture and former Head of BBC North West
– Natasha Meek, Bradford T&A
– a journalist from Asian Sunday
– Mary Dowson, BCB 106.6fm, Bradford’s community radio station
3.35pmNetworking and coffee / tea break
3.45pmDevelopment Workshops: Opportunity for faith groups and individuals to network and present their stories of interest to journalists, through a variety of workshops and conversations:
– Introduction to media skills for faith groups
– Critical thinking and crisis communications
4.45pmBeing Young and Faithful in Bradford – Young People’s Lived Experience. An introduction into young people from faith backgrounds, and the challenges of the present and hopes of the future, followed by a short panel discussion.
Chaired by Humma Nizami, with
Subhan Asif, Melody Amadi, Jaskirat Singh and Shivali Patel
5.45pmNetworking and coffee / tea break
6.30pmBradford Future Messaging – The Direction of Travel. Plenary and evaluation
Chaired by Ned Lunn, with
Sabbiyah Pervez, BBC Communities Correspondent and
Syima Aslam, artistic director of Bradford Literary Festival

This project is generously funded by the Culham St Gabriel’s Trust and the Methodist Church.


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