Reporting the impact of austerity on libraries and archives

Reporting the impact of austerity on libraries and archives

In this session, following up her key note, Samira wants to gather delegates’ evidence and experiences of the impact of austerity. And how well it has been reported or picked up by the news media. It’s also an opportunity to discuss underreported issues, examples of how cuts have been challenged and how to raise greater public and media awareness. Delegates can also contact Samira in advance via her website: www.samiraahmed.co.uk or her email: samira.ahmed@bbc.co.uk

Samira Ahmed, Journalist and Broadcaster, Presenter Radio 4’s Front Row and BBC1’s Newswatch 
Samira Ahmed presents Radio 4’s flagship culture programme Front Row and BBC1’s Newswatch exploring editorial decision making behind the headlines. She’s also a visiting professor of journalism at Kingston University and a member of the advisory board of the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford. Her documentaries explore the intersection of culture, politics and social change, often focussing on reassessing evidence in archives. They include such topics as Elizabeth, the wife of Oliver Cromwell, novelist Arnold Bennett, David Bowie, Westerns, and the Little House on the Prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder. Samira is currently working a Radio 3 Sunday feature about the Egyptology collections and museums established by Victorian women from Northern mill towns. She’s worked as a reporter on Newsnight, the Today Programme and was the BBC’s Los Angeles Correspondent covering the OJ Simpson civil trial. Samira won the Stonewall Award for Broadcast of the year while a presenter and reporter at Channel 4 News for her film on so called ‘corrective’ rape of lesbian women in South Africa. Her website is www.samiraahmed.co.uk