Book Now: #SPANC19, The Student Media Conference

#SPANC19 is the biggest event in the calendar of any student journalist in the UK and Ireland – and it’s about to kick off, with tickets on sale until March 1.

Come prepared for a weekend full of talks and workshops from leading industry professionals, networking, awards – and, of course, hundreds of other student journalists.

This year we’re headed to the wonderful University of York, on April 5 – 7. Here are all the details you’ll need to know:

Tickets and Timings

Tickets for the 2019 conference are only on sale until March 1, so get your tickets sharpish!

Your ticket to the conference will include everything you need for an amazing weekend – there are no added extras, and the event is run by volunteers at cost price.

As well as more than 40 different talks and workshops, delegates will also attend the #SPANC19 awards, with an amazing three-course dinner, as well as our Friday night pub quiz.

Buy Conference Only Tickets  – £70pp

  • Full access to all conference sessions on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th
  • Full access to the prestigious #SPANC19 awards, including a three-course meal
  • Friday night entertainment evening
  • Lunch on both Saturday and Sunday
  • Breakfast on Sunday
  • Full welcome pack filled with goodies and freebies

Buy One Night Accommodation Tickets – £115pp

  • Accommodation on Saturday 6th in a single room in York University’s Franklin House
  • Full access to all conference sessions on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th
  • Full access to the prestigious #SPANC19 awards, including a three-course meal
  • Friday night entertainment evening
  • Lunch on both Saturday and Sunday
  • Breakfast on Sunday
  • Full welcome pack filled with goodies and freebies

Buy Two Night Accommodation Tickets – £145pp

  • Accommodation on Friday 5th and Saturday 6thin shared twin rooms in one of two Travelodge hotels in York
  • Full access to all conference sessions on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th
  • Full access to the prestigious #SPANC19 awards, including a three-course meal
  • Friday night entertainment evening
  • Lunch on both Saturday and Sunday
  • Breakfast on Sunday
  • Full welcome pack filled with goodies and freebies

Conference registration will open on Friday afternoon, with sessions continuing until 4.30pm on Sunday. Full details and exact schedules will be released to delegates.

Book Your Tickets Here by March 1

Location

Wherever you’re coming from, there are a range of options to get to York, with easy access to major roads, train stations and airports.

By Train: York train station has direct services to many major UK cities, including London (1 hr 50 mins), Edinburgh (2 hrs 23 mins), Birmingham (2 hrs 15 mins), Bristol Templemeads (4 hrs), Manchester (1 hr 24 mins), Liverpool (2 hrs 13 mins), Newcastle (55 mins) and Glasgow (3 hrs 24 mins). You can also travel from Cardiff in 4 hrs 35 mins.

The conference venue and hotels are a short bus or taxi ride direct from the railway station.

By Car: Miday between Edinburgh and London, York is easily accessible from both the M1 and M62.

By Coach: Both Megabus and National Rail run coach services to York from major cities and towns across the UK.

By Air: York is within travelling distance of Leeds/Bradford, Manchester, Humberside and Robin Hood Doncaster/Sheffield Airports.

There is a direct service between York and Leeds and Manchester Airports.

Accommodation

All delegates who bought a ticket with accommodation included will be sent specific details and placed in one of the following hotels.

One Night Accommodation – Franklin House

Those who have bought one-night accommodation will be in a single room in York University’s Franklin House, on the university campus.

It is a ten-minute walk from the Student Union building, or a five-minute taxi.

Towels, linen, tea and coffee making facilities, a hairdryer, soap and a TV are provided. Pay and display parking is available on campus.

Check-into the hotel is from 2pm on Saturday, however, the conference venue will provide luggage storage.

Guests must check out of the hotel by 9.30am on Sunday.

Two Night Accommodation – Travelodge

Those who have bought two-night accommodation will be in a shared twin room in one of two Travelodge hotels in York:

Travelodge, York Central, LayerthorpeLess than 10 minutes to the conference venue via taxi, the hotel is also just a 30-minute walk or bus ride away.

Free parking is available on site, however, parking on the university campus is pay and display.

Check-in is from 3pm on Friday, and delegates must check out by 12pm on Sunday. The conference venue will provide luggage storage on Sunday.

Travelodge, York Hull RoadLess than 10 minutes to the conference venue via taxi, the hotel is also just a 17-minute walk or bus ride away.

Free parking is available on site, however, parking on the university campus is pay and display.

Check-in is from 3pm on Friday, and delegates must check out by 12pm on Sunday. The conference venue will provide luggage storage on Sunday.

Awards

The most prestigious student journalism awards in the UK and Republic of Ireland, student journalists and recent graduates can submit their work to 21 categories.

Entries will be shortlisted and judged by professionals from across the media industry, with a shortlist released before the event.

Winners will be presented at #SPANC19’s Saturday night awards ceremony.

Enter by March 7

Speakers

Here’s just a taste of what’s to come – we’ve got plently more in the pipeline!

Rebecca Myers, Journalist at The Sunday Times 

A journalist for The Sunday Times, we’re delighted Rebecca will be joining us on our sports journalism panel.

She was the Times and Sunday Times correspondent for the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast in April 2018, and has also scored exclusive interviews with the sensational Nigerian bobsleigh team, stars of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, and Chelsea Women manager Emma Hayes after the death of one of her newborn twins.

Jim Waterson, Media Editor at the Guardian

Currently Media Editor at The Guardian, we’re thrilled that Jim will be joining us to give a keynote session on the future of digital media in the UK.

Previously, Jim launched the political news section at BuzzFeed, where he served as their Politics Editor and has also previously worked as a business and politics reporter at CityAM.

David Banks, Journalist & Author of McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists

The author of the journalist’s legal bible, McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists, we’re ecstatic to have David Banks joining us to give a bespoke media law workshop for our delegates.

David works with national and regional media as a media law trainer, and also has more than 30 years’ experience as a journalist, currently contributing to The Mirror.

Helena Horton, News Reporter at The Daily Telegraph

A York Vision alum, we’re excited to welcome Helena back to campus on our life after graduation panel, where she’ll be talking about her experiences in the media after leaving student media.

Helena currently works as a News Reporter at The Telegraph, where she also edits Telegraph Refresh, a policy discussion forum aimed at reinvigorating quality debate. She has also previously worked for The Mirror on Ampp3d, UsVsTh3m and Social Content.

Thomas Mackintosh, Broadcast Journalist at BBC London

An award-winning journalist, we’re delighted to be welcoming Thomas to be speaking at #SPANC19 about what to expect in your first five years as a journalist.

After graduating in 2015, he worked his way up to the position of Senior Journalist and Content Editor at the Croyden Advertiser, while also shifting at The Mirror. He has now joined BBC London, working on the BBC News Website.

AGM & Elections

The SPA is your organisation, and the AGM is your opportunity to help shape it. Any member can submit policy to be voted on by the conference – we’ll be releasing details on how to do so soon.

We’re also looking for people to help shape the SPA for the future. Anyone actively involved in student media during the last year can run for election – and there’s no cut off point to announce you’re standing.

Candidates will each be asked to give a short two-minute talk on why they are running and their plans for the role, before answering questions from the floor.

Every member publication present will receive one vote, as supervised by an independent returning officer.

The roles we’ll be looking to fill are:

  • Chair
    Public spokesperson for the SPA, overseeing and supporting officers and the overall running of the association. Responsible for the finances of the SPA, and overseeing campaigns or lobbying. 
  • Digital Media Officer
    Responsible for managing the SPA’s online and social media presence, keeping the SPA website up-to-date and providing technical support as and when needed.
  • Development Officer
    To be responsible for the development of the SPA, recruitment, training and overseeing regional officers, and to offer support, advice and run training for members.
  • Membership and Communications Officer
    To maintain regular channels of communication with publications, increase SPA membership, process membership applications and maintain a public list of publication members, as well as take minutes of all meetings.
  • Marketing Officer
    To oversee all events, including SPANC, and bring in sponsors.

Other roles, such as our regional officers and project officers, will be filled via application at a later date.

Sponsors

More details to follow.

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