Exclusive Interviews

Hassan Alkatib is a British Documentary Filmmaker, News Reporter, Journalist, Presenter, Producer, Director, Researcher, Camera Operator, and Video Editor.

Jeremy Corbyn talks to Hassan Alkatib about his life, activism and role as a politician. Corbyn revisits his role in bringing about a peace settlement in Northern Ireland; his experiences in Gaza; his opposition to the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria; his support for Chilean, Palestinian and Irish independence; and much more.

Brian Haw

brianhawHe’ll be remembered as the man who stood outside Parliament for nearly ten years.

Brian Haw, a peace campaigner, staged the longest protest outside the British Houses of Parliament. His campaign started in June 2001 in protest over the criminal sanctions on Iraq that led to the deaths of half a million children.

His activism became ever more important after 9/11, as Bush and Blair launched wars against Afghanistan and Iraq. The police and authorities continuously harrassed Brian and made various attempts to remove and restrict him.

In 2011, he spent six months in hospital and later died of lung cancer. One year after his death, filmmaker Hassan Alkatib, looks back at his amazing achievement and documents his story with exclusive never-seen-before footage of his life in Parliament Square.

Words By Roger Antony Carter. Music and Performed By Barry David Butler

NewTek Press Release

Bordeaux, France – May 19th, 2009 – NewTek Europe is proud to announce the prestigious University of Westminster, hosting a top conference on Journalism in Crisis, chose to broadcast the event with TriCaster Broadcast™, supported by Jigsaw Systems Ltd, one of NewTek Europe Authorized Resellers in the UK.

JIC conference
JIC conference

After a few days training on TriCaster, Hassan Alkatib, one of the students using the TriCaster, supervised by Rob Benfield, was very enthusiastic about the product developed by NewTek Inc.: “This is a really useful product and simple to operate. It took me three days to get to know the basics and some advanced features (…) I believe the TriCaster is great for outside broadcasts, such as events, conferences, and gives students a valuable experience.”

The University of Westminster – London –organized this conference on journalism in crisis May 19th and May 20th, featuring prestigious figures of the British media, such as Mark Thompson, BBC Director General, Nick Pollard, former head of Sky News or Kelvin MacKenzie, Sun columnist and former Sun editor…

NewTek Press Release

Lib Dems e-husting

Lib Dems e-husting
Lib Dems e-husting

Liberal Democrat leadership candidates Nick Clegg and Chris Huhne yesterday took part in the party’s first-ever election debate to be broadcast exclusively online, filmed at the University’s Harrow site.

The debate was produced and filmed by five students from the University’s School of Media – director Hassan Alkatib (pictured above), floor manager Alexis Lu and camerapersons Veronika Andrasova, Yuntian Tan and Omar Sattaur – in the School’s state-of-the-art multimedia newsroom.

Nick Clegg MP, who was interviewed by student radio station Smoke Radio after the debate, said: “I was very impressed by the professionalism of the journalism students at the University. They have a great facility in the TV training studio.

“As a former journalist I know how exciting and challenging it can be starting out in that career. It was great to reminisce with some of the students, although my days of covering the Netherlands for the Financial Times might not have been as exciting as their current work and aspirations. I wish them well for the future.”

Chris Huhne MP, also interviewed by Smoke Radio, said: “The students and the newsroom were both excellent, and the results look fantastic on the internet. I’m very pleased we’ve been able to involve Westminster’s media students in the political process.”

Television tutor Geoffrey Davies said it had proved a great experience for the students. “Opportunities like this are hugely important for students to gain experience of working with outside organisations and working in a professional manner,” he said.

Source: http://www.wmin.ac.uk/mad/page-1770

Journalism in Crisis conference

The Old Cinema, Regent Street Campus, Westminster University
The Old Cinema, Regent Street Campus, Westminster University

Westminster University in association with the British Journalism Review hosted a conference on the 19th and 20th of May 2009.

Nick davies
Nick davies, author of 'Flat Earth News'

 I loved the panel debate between Nick Davies and Kelvin MacKenzie, former editor of ‘The Sun’. Nick presented good arguments, whilst Kelvin was evasive on the ethical issue of privacy in the press.

Jeremy Paxman received the inaugural Charles Wheeler Memorial Award.
Jeremy Paxman received the inaugural Charles Wheeler Memorial Award.
BBC Director-General, Mark Thompson, gives speech
BBC Director-General, Mark Thompson, gives speech
I was behind the scenes operating the TriCaster Broadcast (a nifty piece of equipment) to stream the whole conference live on the web.
James and I operated the TriCaster Broadcast
James and I operated the TriCaster Broadcast
Conference was streamed live on the web
Conference was streamed live on the web

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