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“Warning Lights”: A workshop with Tim Sebastian

When Jan 22, 2016
from 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where Corpus Christi College
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On 22 January 2016, Fellow Commoner at Corpus Christi College, Forum on Geopolitics Affiliate and renowned BBC foreign correspondent Tim Sebastian led a student workshop in critical, journalistic approaches to the most pressing foreign policy issues.

“Warning Lights”: A workshop with Tim Sebastian


In this 3-hour session, Tim worked with students to:

  • Identify an international crisis with the potential for serious escalation
  • Break the crisis up into its component parts
  • Plan a process of reporting/research
  • Set a deadline and embark on a piece of original, high-quality journalism

After the session, each student has the opportunity to work either individually or in groups of 4-5 to prepare to produce a powerful, fact-based narrative which showcases the new findings and presents them in clear and compelling stories. Tim will review and comment on each piece, and he will explore national press publication opportunities for the best pieces.

About Tim Sebastian

Tim Sebastian is a journalist and broadcaster, currently the presenter of Conflict Zone on DW Television. He has been a BBC foreign correspondent, based in Warsaw, Moscow and Washington, and reported for BBC Television from more than 25 countries over a 30-year period.

He is perhaps best known for being the first host of the BBC's flagship interview programme HardTalk – for which he was twice named Interviewer of the Year by the Royal Television Society. Sebastian has also won the Society's Television Journalist of the Year award, as well as BAFTA's Richard Dimbleby Award for the most important personal contribution to factual television.

In the last 10 years he has worked extensively in the Middle East, founding and presenting the Doha Debates on BBC TV and the New Arab Debates on DW.

He is a board member of Democracy Reporting International, a Berlin-based NGO that promotes democracy, primarily in South Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.

He graduated in modern languages from Oxford University and is the author of eight novels and two non-fiction books.