MEA Executive minutes March 10 2016

1. Minutes agreed from previous meeting.

2. Accounts 2015: £14k in bank balance. Very few transactions. Key expenditure items: auditor and insurance. Money in from primary conference via Eventbrite £571.92. The Chair to remain, accounts to be returned to companies house and the charity commission. Trustees report agreed.

3. Copyright user portal – Julien McDougall requested to use the mea network to promote a free event at Bournemouth University about the Copyright User Portal. This was agreed by the Exec.

4. Doing text – Julien McDougall has funding to put on an event for a teachmeet at the EMC about studying texts without the boundaries of subjects. Further details will be publicised nearer to the time. Exec agreed to organise.

5. Ofqual Consultation -Publicised via EMC, MEA Newsletter and email to encourage media and film teachers to take part in the second consultation about NEA. Pete Fraser has drawn attention to key areas and will draft some key responses. Pete to talk briefly at the OCR conference for the MEA about recent changes.

6. Future Developments – David Buckingham made a suggestion that the MEA potentially create a free resource for informed, academic, accessible media critique for A-Level and undergraduate students. 1000 word blog post. A potential vehicle for publishing undergraduate critique potentially £200 prize and top ten published online. Something along the lines of ‘everyday sociology’, ‘ the conversation’, ‘ the disclaimer’, ‘byline’. A site for public media. Employ someone two days a week – social media, editing, posting for a set amount of time. Then do a feasibility study. Potential sponsorship – Ofcom, media smarts. Interview noted media theorists. Making academic stuff accessible to A-Level students. David Buckingham to investigate potential funding.

Teachmeets will happen again in the autumn; Melissa Lowndes made the suggestion to Skype or live stream for non-London members.

MEA Primary conference was successful. John Potter to explore running an 8 – 14 media curriculum conference at the BFI for the last weekend in November. Some suggestions for improvements – run workshop sessions twice or a shorter keynote. Potentially a shorter lunch. continue to expand the reach to Trainee Teachers.

7. AOB – Invite to consultation on Film Forever 2 at the BFI – Jenny Grahame and David Buckingham said they would attend.