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Migrant Voice’s annual conference coming up in London

Migrant Voice's third annual conference will be held on 10th and 11th May 2014 in London.

The conference will initiate an inclusive debate on migration, examining public attitude and media representation of migrants, and raising alternative voices and messages.

A highlight of day one will be the Migrant Voice ‘Question Time’ session, chaired by Jackie Long, Social Affairs Editor, Channel 4 News.

Panellists will discuss the current migration issues and the state of the debate as well as the media coverage of migrants.

Panellists are Sarah Teather, Liberal Democrat MP, Jean Lambert, Green Party MEP, David Goodhart, journalist, author, and Director of the think-tank Demos, Dr. Jairo Lugo-Ocando, Department of journalism studies, Sheffield University, Sarah Mulley, Associate Director for Migration and Communities, IPPR and Rita Chada, Chief Executive Officer, Refugee and Migrant Forum of East London.

This will be followed by a summation of the ‘Question Time’ session by Bridget Anderson, Professor of Migration and Citizenship and Deputy Director at COMPAS, Oxford University.

Day one will also feature a messaging workshop and a ‘mash-up session presenting creative and inspiring communication projects and a networking reception.

Day two will engage members of the Migrant Voices for Change Network in hands-on media training by journalists from the Evening Standard and the BBC, as well as activities and facilitated discussions on building the Migrant Voice movement and its strategies and messaging.

The conference will launch Migrant Voice’s photo exhibition ‘A picture is worth a thousand words.’

The conference will engage members of Migrant Voice’s networks in London, Birmingham and Glasgow with other migrants, the media, academics and the public to exchange learning, to engage in an inclusive debate and develop alternative and positive media messages on migration.

Please RSVP by no later than the 3rd May by emailing [email protected] or calling 020 7221 6708 indicating if you would like to attend day one of the conference only or if you would like to join the network and participate in both days of the conference.

Attendance is free but places are limited and will be given on a first come first served basis.

Migrant Voice's Third annual conference will be held at Amnesty International, The Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA.

On 10th May, the conference will run from 12:00pm t0 6:00pm  while on 11th May it will run from 9:00am to 2.30pm.

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