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Wednesday 29 October 2014

Word Up! The annual music journalism conference

Heavyweights from the music industry will be headlining Southampton Solent University’s second annual music journalism conference, Word Up! on Monday 3 November.

Following the success of last year’s inaugural conference, this year’s event has attracted an A-list line-up of writers and editors from top music magazines and newspapers including, The Guardian, Metal Hammer, Clash, The Line of Best Fit and 

Metal Hammer’s Editor-At-Large Dom Lawson

Once again students will be given a crucial insight into the industry and have the opportunity to meet and network with experts at the top of their respective fields.

Sarah Hall, Senior Publicist at Sony Music, will be reflecting on a career promoting mega-selling artists, from Daft Punk to Pink.

The Guardian’s Head Music Critic Alexis Petridis, Metal Hammer’s Editor-At-Large Dom Lawson and The Line of Best Fit’s Lauren Down will be among the experts pondering the role of the music critic in ‘Critical Condition: Why Music Criticism Matters’ – a panel discussion hosted by Fiona Sturges (The Independent).

Also planned is ‘A Day in the Life Of… Alexis Petridis’, in which The Guardian’s music critic will look back on his career and offer his top tips for success.

Michael Cragg, Features Editor at Popjustice, will host a discussion on the pleasures and perils of working on digital publishing with Lauren Down, Dom Lawson and Clash magazine’s Mike Diver.

Guardian music critic, Alexis Petridis

Fiona Sturges, Solent University lecturer, journalist and co-organiser of the event, says:

“This year’s speakers are some of the best-known and most skilled music journalists working right now. If anyone can advise our would-be writers and editors on how to get their careers off the ground, they can.”