Ulster Media Show 2012 - Ulster’s media talent honoured by industry at show

The standard of work produced by the students of the Northern Ireland Skillset Media Academy has been praised by industry judges and the chair of Northern Ireland’s Department of Arts, Culture and Leisure Committee, Michelle McIlveen MLA.

 
The comments came at the fifth annual Ulster Media Show held on 13 June 2012 at the North West Regional College’s new Foyle Theatre in Derry city. The show was presented by BBC Newsline presenter Sarah Travers.
 
The event celebrated the best work by creative and digital media students from Belfast Metropolitan College, North West Regional College and University of Ulster.  The awards were sponsored by BBC, UTV, Northern Ireland Screen and Creative Skillset and judged by the industry.
 
Northern Ireland Skillset Media Academy is a partnership between three educational institutions and industry aimed at developing a new wave of international standard media talent in Ulster.  Graduates from the NI Skillset Media Academy have  worked on American network’s HBO's Game of Thrones, one of the highest grossing new television series in the world in 2011, most of which was filmed in Northern Ireland. 
 
Michael Wilson, managing director of UTV television, in his keynote speech, praised the standard and ingenuity of the work being awarded. He encouraged students to get together through the academy and form their own companies to realize emerging opportunities. He said: “The jobs I will be recruiting for in five years’ time have not been invented yet such is the pace of change.”
 
Chair of Northern Ireland’s Department of Arts, Culture and Leisure Committee, Michelle McIlveen MLA, who opened the awards night, said you cannot underestimate the economic as well as cultural importance of the creative industries in Northern Ireland. Her committee is finalising a report on how to maximise their impact.
 
NWRC will host the event in 2013 as part of the City of Culture. A college spokesperson said: “It is a fantastic honour. We were extremely pleased to see many famous faces from broadcasting and joining us to acknowledge the talented work of the students.”
 
The Northern Ireland Skillset Media Academy is part-funded through the Department of Employment and Learning’s Connected programme.
 
The winners from the event were as follows:
 
1. FE College Award
Category 1: Drama, Documentary and News
Winner:                            Chris Thompson and Conor Bannon, Belfast Metropolitan College
Runner-Up (joint):          Emma Gordon and Eimear Canning, both North West Regional College
 
Category 2: Rich Content, Still Photography and Website
Winner: Ryan McCombe, North West Regional College                          
 
2. Undergraduate Award
Category 1: Drama, Documentary and News. 
Winner: Mark Robinson, University of Ulster, BA (Hons) Interactive Media Arts
Runner-Up: Stephen Bateman,    University of Ulster,  BA (Hons) Media Studies and Production                             
 
Category 2: Rich Content, Still Photography & Website
Winner: Jerome Reynolds, NWRC
Runner-Up:  Sarah Gallagher, University of Ulster, BA (Hons) Media Studies and Production           
 
3. Postgraduate Award
Category 1: Radio
Winner: Paul Mullin, University of Ulster, MA Journalism
 
Category 2: Moving Image
Winner:  Gavin Halpin, University of Ulster, MA Documentary Practice
 
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The award winners and special guests from the 2012 Ulster Media Show held recently at North West Regional College…(from left) Ryan McCombe, NWRC Student, Dr Colm Murphy, Director of NI Skillset Media Academy, Saran Travers, event Host, Paul Mullin, University of Ulster Student, Michael Wilson UTV Director & Chair of Royal television Society, Chris Thompson & Conor Bannon, BMC Students, and Michelle McIlveen, MLA & Chairperson of DCAL Committee.
    
FE Project Winner for Drama, Documentary & News...Belfast Met students Chris Thompson and Conor Bannon display their Ulster Media Show FE College Award in the company of (from left) Dr Colm Murphy, Director of NI Skillset Media Academy, Sarah Travers, Event Host, and Michelle McIlveen, MLA & Chairperson of DCAL Committee.
 
  
Postgraduate Winner for Radio...University of Ulster student Paul Mullin displays his Ulster Media Show FE College Award in the company of (from left) Michelle McIlveen, MLA & Chairperson of DCAL Committee, Dr Colm Murphy, Director of NI Skillset Media Academy, and Sarah Travers, Event Host.
 

 

Ulster Media Show Runners-up in the two Undergraduate Categories Sarah Gallagher, UU, and Stephen Bateman, UU, pictured with  (from left) Basil Dalton, NWRC, Head of School Media, Multimedia & the Arts, Darwin Templeton, Head of News, UTV, Sarah Travers, Event Host, and Seamus Murphy, NWRC Principal & Chief Executive.
 
   
Award through the lens...FE Project Winner for Rich Content, Still Photography & Website, NWRC HND Media student Ryan McCombe pictured with his Ulster Media Show Award with Event Host, Sarah Travers.
 
 

   

Ulster Media Show Runners-up in the FE College Category were NWRC HND Media students Emma Canning and Eimear Gordon.  Also pictured (from left) are Seamus Murphy, NWRC Principal & Chief Executive, Tony Talbot, NWRC Lecturer & Event Co-Ordinator, and Sarah Travers, Event Host.