BA (Hons) Journalism Course Leader Vivienne Francis was recognised for her contribution to diversifying Britain’s media industries as she was shortlisted for ‘Diversity Champion’ at this year’s Diversity in the Media Awards.
Former journalist Vivienne attended the star-studded event at London’s Hilton Waldorf Hotel in September, celebrating those who work to promote diversity across Britain’s media industries. Aside from being a highly-esteemed lecturer and Course Leader, Vivienne has been instrumental in setting up the Refugee Journalism Project at LCC, proving herself a true champion for diversity and inclusion. The project, where refugee journalists were offered a range of workshops, mentoring sessions and placements, received support from a number of organisations including the Foreign Office, The Guardian Foundation, Thomson Reuters Foundation, BBC, Twitter and Google News Labs.
Through partnering with the Migrants Resource Centre, Vivienne has been able to significantly help refugees and exiled journalists build up their network of industry contacts, update their skills and get their voices into the mainstream. Participants include people from Syria, Sudan, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Cuba, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Yemen, and remarkable and compelling stories and work has emerged through their involvement.
We spoke to Vivienne about diversity in the media, how to overcome barriers and what employers can do to address the lack of diversity in the creative workforce…