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The ‘Buzz’ on CUToday- Sky News Special

This is a special ‘Buzz’ news-letter based on the Sky News Coventry Conversation, it has kindly been supplied by Editor: Amel Guettatfi. To read the information, click on the image to enlarge! Continue reading

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Alex Crawford- Special Sky News Correspondent visits Coventry

Four times winner of the Royal TV Society Journalist of the Year award, Alex Crawford visited Coventry in a Special edition of Coventry Conversations to discuss her story in Libya. Formally based in Sky’s Dubai bureau, Alex has reported on the Gulf and the MIddle East, most recently covering the Arab  Spring uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, and Libya.

Alex’s name became a household one when was the first reporter to broadcast live from Green Square as rebel forces took over Tripoli. Arriving in the capital on the back of a pickup truck with a rebel convoy, Alex’s reports were broadcasted to the world vie manually operated satellite signal and a camera plugged into a cigarette lighter charger.

Written by Tsvetomir Valchev, Second Year Journalist

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Travels with my Camera Crew- Alex Crawford

Coventry University welcomed a very special guest this week, Alex Crawford, Special Correspondent for Sky News, and four times winner of the Royal Television Society (RTS) Journalist of the Year Award. This special Coventry Conversation began with the Universities Vice-Chancellor, Professor Madeleine Atkins, CBE, starting the afternoon off by welcoming Alex. She talked about how Alex is known as a ‘fire-fighter’, to which Alex responded: “Amongst other names” making a joke about how people see her. The V.C. went on to describe some of Alex’s incredible story about how she reported from the back of a rebel pick-up truck into Tripoli during celebrations in Libya.

Alex took the reins from there, saying that: “My crew, I couldn’t actually do anything without them.” She joked about how they make her look good and she then picks up all of the awards. Alex explained that the crew suffer through the same perils she has too when out getting a story including staying in squalid conditions and having no food. She moved onto how she has: “been doing it for a long time.” but never got lots of recognition until the past six months since her reporting in Tripoli, Libya.

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What’s On at Cov Uni?

Spring is upon us and whilst the weather doesn’t feel much like Spring, there is a lot in store to keep you entertained around the Uni as we move through the last term.

Starting with the Coventry Conversations:

Friday 4th May (1pm): The Herbert plays host to a special Coventry City Football Club event in which the fans have the chance to meet CCFC chief-executive after an unsuccessful 2011-2012 season in which Coventry are relegated.

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Alex Crawford – Being A Mother And Making History In Libya

She trended worldwide on Twitter last Sunday. Alex Crawford of Sky News was one of the first three journalists-all women-entering Green Square Tripoli with the Libyan rebels. She simply broadcast live to Sky and the World from the back of a pick up truck ‘the most exhilarating moment for all of us’ she called it Her explanation of that coup? ‘Right people, right place, right time’ . It was stunning stuff to watch and exhilarating for her ‘An incredible ten days’ in a journalistic life that has been already pretty action packed.

Crawford has won the uber prestigious Royal Television Society Reporter of the Year award three times already. A record. That will be broken when she wins it again next February for this stunning piece of reporting. Her Sunday had started in Zawiyah to the west but ended in Green Square Tripoli thanks to luck, judgment, courage and contacts developed during a siege in the town five months before when Crawford had been besieged in mosque. ’I was getting ready for death’ she recalled.

This is a woman born to be on the frontline. She understands the risks but also the responsibilities .She also see the pressing need for professional journalists to report even in a world of Twitter and Facebook. ’I feel really privileged to do this job.We make a difference-it’s what we do We bear witness to what is going on..it adds credibility having journalists’ boots on the ground’

Written by John Mair – Senior Lecturer.

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