Do We Get the Media Attention We Deserve?

Fri, 24 Sep 2010 18:00 in Discussion Forums

Where: Ramada Leicester, Leicester
Time: 18:00
With: Sir Peter Soulsby MP

Prospective Questions that will be discussed:

  • How is faith viewed by the media today?
  • Can coverage of faith issues ever be positive?
  • What are the tools required by religious leaders wishing to engage with the media?

Executive Summary

The Roundtable Discussion introduces key issues and offers some tools and suggestions to the related problem. In the first part of the discussion, current difficulties and obstacles that are being faced by faith representatives in relation to the way of their representation in the media will be identified. In addition to the problem identification, potential solution methods are going to be initiated so as to open up discussion around them. During the remaining part of the discussion, participants will share their own experiences as well as put forward their ways of solution method to the identified problem under the supervision of the chairman.

Objectives of the Discussion

  • To identify key problems faced by faith-representatives in terms of coverage of faith issues in the media.
  • To expose potential solution methods to overcome the difficulties introduced during the discussion.
  • To bring different parties of the problem (faith representatives, members of council, media representatives) together in order to exchange experiences and ideas.

Anticipated Outcomes

  • All parties of the problem will have a clear understanding of what the problem(s) is (are).
  • Participants will have contemplated on different types of solution methods as well as understood what other parties are trying to achieve.
  • Discussion is expected to nurture cooperation among the participants in an attempt to overcome the examined obstacles.

Biography of Sir Peter Soulsby MP

Peter has lived in Leicester South for over 30 years. During this time he served on Leicester Council – 17 years as Council leader. He spearheaded City Challenge, bringing over £400m of jobs and regeneration to Leicester – including the land for the Walkers Stadium.
Throughout his public life Peter has campaigned for the very best for all our communities. He was knighted by the Queen in 1999 for services to the City of Leicester.

Electoral History

  • Contested Harborough 1979 general election
  • Leicester South by-election, 2004
  • Elected member for Leicester South May 5 2005 general election
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