Broadcasting legend and former war correspondent Martin Bell shared his many years of journalism experience with students at Middlesex University, in the latest in a series of talks by high profile media figures.
Questions were posed by BBC Journalist and Middlesex University Professor Kurt Barling alongside media student Philipp Sandmann, and the audience heard about Bell’s experience reporting from the heart of conflict zones like Bosnia, Vietnam and Angola, the art of journalism and his later role as an ‘anti-sleaze’ MP.
During the filmed conversation, Martin Bell said: “If you want to go into journalism to make money – forget it! But if you can write fast and well with a great curiosity about the world then there’s no greater profession and I heartily recommend it.
“You always have to be able to write well and fast and some of the best writing in British journalism day in day out is done by the football writers because the games always end on deadline and it’s very literate and well done.”
Bell spent four years as MP for Tatton in Cheshire and has recently given evidence at The Hague in the trial of Ratko Mladic – the former Bosnian Serb military leader accused of committing war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide during the nineties.
Host Kurt Barling, recently recruited by Middlesex University to pass on his own experience of the media industry, was joined by student Philipp Sandmann who acted as co-presenter at the event which was filmed live in the University’s TV studio. The Media and Cultural Studies student said: “For me personally it was a fantastic experience and to have a video which I could use to help with future course and job applications is great. It’s the first time I’ve been on camera and it was very exciting especially as I want to be a TV presenter.”