Students to quiz Jeremy Kyle at Salford International Media Festival

University of Salford students will have the chance to put Jeremy Kyle on the spot this week as part of a unique programme of events bringing students and the media industry together at Salford International Media Festival.

MediaCityUK-based students will be quizzing the controversial talk show host, and finding out about what goes into the production of The Jeremy Kyle Show, during ‘A decade of Jeremy Kyle: behind the scenes’, one of more than 75 sessions at Next Generation 2014.

Part of Salford International Media Festival, Next Generation is a two-day series of masterclasses, panel debates, workshops and seminars offering students from Salford and further afield unrivalled opportunities to learn from media practitioners covering TV and radio production, film, animation, journalism and new technologies.

Other highlights include BBC radio and TV sports journalist Seth Bennett reflecting on a year which included reporting assignments at the Sochi Winter Olympics and the World Cup in Brazil; a talk from Phil Chalk, MD of animation company Factory TM, which is bringing The Clangers back to TV; tips on how to make it as a sports journalist from Sunday Times football correspondent Jonathan Northcroft; and ITV News’ programme editor Richard Frediani’s thoughts on citizen journalism and the impact of social media on news reporting.

University of Salford students will also be able to hear from alumni who have made successful careers in the media, including CBBC presenter Katie Thistleton, casting director Lee Mountjoy and Andrew Jackson, creative director for Raise the Roof Productions.

Beth Hewitt, Director of Conversion at the University of Salford’s School of Arts & Media, and Next Generation Festival Director, said: “Bringing the media industry and our students together is part the School of Arts and Media’s ethos.

“Next Generation 2014 is a festival for students, delivered by the academics, the festival team and the media industry. Key media figures, from executive producers, camera people and presenters to media technologists, journalists and producers of high-profile documentaries, drama and animation, are keen to meet the new emerging talent and across the two days we will provide students with some amazing opportunities to learn and discover.

“I’m delighted to be this year’s Festival Director, working closely with the media industry to deliver innovative and inspiring sessions for the students and also giving the industry the opportunity to engage with the Next Generation of creative media talent.”

Next Generation 2014 runs from Thursday 20-Friday 21 November at the University of Salford’s MediaCityUK campus. For more information on Next Generation and Salford International Media Festival, visit