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.

Student Wins 2 Awards

 Vaida BlazyteVaida Blazyte has won two awards for her proposed dissertation film ‘Colourless’ on people with Alibinism in Tanzania.

The film will observe the lives of ‘colourless’ African artists - members of the Albino Revolution Cultural Troupe in Tanzania, who are highlighting and resisting the stigmatization and killing of people with albinism. The 20 minute documentary film will portray the extraordinary Troupe and their stories of growing up, surviving and living as an albino in Tanzania - a country which is believed to have the largest population of albinos - yet being exposed to the appalling discrimination and prejudice.

One World Media Trust and the University of Ulster’s Alumni Association have awarded £1000 each to the film, making it possible for Vaida, a Lithuanian studying at Ulster, to produce the film over the summer of 2012.

Businesses to benefit from causeway coast's first digital summit

Northern Ireland Skillset Media Academy is offering a  one-day  summit on digital skills for businesses in the north west. 

The event will include a workshop covering on-line strategy, sales and promotion on-line, incorporating social media into marketing and PR.  Case studies from successful local businesses will be featured as well as keynote speaker, Darryl Collins of Banjax, one of Northern Ireland most successful online businessmen.

This event is hosted by the univesity's School of Media, Film and Journalism and Centre for Media Research.It is a great opportunity for SME’s who wish to improve their on-line business strategy. They can learn from research at the university.

It takes place on Monday 21 May, 2012, at University of Ulster, Coleraine, from 9pm to 5pm.

UTV boss applauds Ulster's end of year show


Productions created by the brightest young media professionals of the next generation have gone on display as part of the University of Ulster’s End of Year Media Show. Organised by the School of Media, Film and Journalism, the annual show features work from Interactive Media Arts, Photo Imaging and Media Studies and Production students.

The exhibition, which is the School’s largest to date, features over 70 projects in script writing, video, radio, and photography.

Michael Wilson, managing director of UTV television, who opened the show, said the exhibition blended excellently creativity with awareness of social issues.

Dr Colm Murphy, Head of the School of Media, Film and Journalism, said: “Judging by the talent on display it is evident that the emerging generation has the creativity to exceed that available anywhere in the world. This show is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our students, their lecturers and their parents.”

University of Ulster students win prizes at the Public Health Media Awards

University of Ulster media production student Kayleigh Mullan won 1st prize of £500 in the Public Heath Agency awards for her work - Photographic, Poverty Begins In The Home.

Second year Media Studies and Production students - Ruth Campbell, Mairead Hasson, Peter McConnell  and Katie Hunter  - received highly commended certificates for their video. The projects were co-ordinated by lecturer Jim Curran. The awards were presented in March 2012.


Start-ups inspired to go global

The Northern Ireland Skillset Media Academy recently organised two one-day courses for SME’s working in the growing digital content sector.

 The theme was selling digital content in a global marketplace. This followed research within the digital content industry which identified a demand for this type of course.

Director of the Northern Ireland Skillset Media Academy Dr Colm Murphy said: "Over 20 ambitious start-ups  were inspired by hearing the stories  of local content companies who are making it internationally. They were given the know how to do it themselves from these companies and the international experts who spoke."

The first day, 20 March, 2012, was staged in the Belfast Met Titantic Quarter and the following day it moved to the North West Regional College, Derry city. It included a business skills seminar led by David Naylor who is a partner in Field Fisher Waterhouse. 

Derry student wins charity’s national video contest

University of Ulster student, Thomasina McCallion, has won a national video contest organised by Irish overseas development charity Trócaire. Thomasina.

Global Game Jam

In late January Interactive Media Arts students collaborated with students from the School of Computing to take part in a global event to produce working video games in a 48 hour period between Friday the 28th January and Sunday the 30th January. The School of Media, Film and Journalism opened its facilities to the students to work in mixed teams and ability groups to produce work in a restricted timeline. Over the course of the weekend students produced 3 working game prototypes for windows platforms using XNA that engaged with the Jams theme of Extinction; Earth Attacks, eXodus, and Extinction. This Jam Site was the only in Northern Ireland and was one of over 170 across the world.

UTV Screen Documentary by University of Ulster Student

A documentary by University of Ulster media student Paddy Trolan has been shown on UTV as part of a specially extended UTV Live Tonight at 10.30 pm.
‘Finding James’ tells the poignant story of Margaret Elliot, whose14 years old son James died tragically in August 2009 after he jumped into the River Bush to try and rescue a pet dog. Since then Margaret and other family members coped with their loss by becoming volunteers with the Bann Community Rescue Service.

Belfast Hacks & Hackers

The Belfast campus of the University of Ulster was the setting for the first ever Irish Hacks and Hackers Day, organised by Scraperwiki on Saturday, November 13th, 2010

Using Scraperwiki, the award-winning new screen scraper and data mining tool, funded by 4iP, the one day practical hack day in Belfast saw web developers and designers (Hackers) team up with journalists and bloggers (hacks) to produce a number of projects and stories based on public data. It was all part of the ScraperWiki UK and Ireland Hacks and Hackers tour.

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