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Ulster MA Journalism Degree Named Best In UK

MA journalism students meet DUP representative Gregory
Campbell MP on a recent visit by the politician to the Coleraine campus

The University of Ulster’s MA Journalism course is the UK’s best performing postgraduate journalism programme – and that's official!

The accolade came from the industry's authoritative standards watchdog body, the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), as the Coleraine course topped the country in the body's seven national professional exams this year.

There are over 80 NCTJ accredited journalism courses in the UK.

The award was presented at BBC Scotland on 3 December, in front of editors and journalism course directors from across the UK at the journalism skills conference.

Dean Crumlish, ‘Stephen’s Journey’

Stephen on the bus reflected in the drivers mirrorA third year student from the School of Media, Film and Journalism has had his film, ‘Stephen’s Journey’ accepted by the New York Independent Film and Video Festival. This poignant documentary, by the subject’s son, is about a middle aged man who suffers from a lung disease and travels every week for medical treatment from one part of Ireland to the other. Stephen has been making this round trip of 280 miles for the last thirteen years and in this short film we follow his journey in one day, providing a glimpse into a life that moves at a more measured pace than most.

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Ulster recognizes Guerin’s journalistic work with doctorate

BBC’s Orla Guerin has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Ulster in recognition to her contribution to broadcast journalism.

The station’s Parkistan correspondent was formerly Middle East Correspondent, reporting from the BBC's bureau in the Middle East. 

Prior to joining the BBC, the Dubliner worked for Ireland's RTE News.  

While with RTE she travelled widely, covering Eastern and Central Europe, the former Soviet Union, the break-up of the former Yugoslavia and the siege of the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo. 

Presenting Guerin for the award, Colm Murphy, the University’s subject leader in Media, Film and Journalism said: “It is recognition for her gritty reporting from difficulty places of dark events over the past 17 years.”

She received the degree of Doctor of Letters (DLitt) from the University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard Barnett on 3 July 2009 in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall.

Industry impressed with Northern Ireland’s media academy talent

The Award Winners

Back from left, Dr Sarah Edge, Kevin Jackson, BBC NI, Dean Crumlish, Richard Williams, chief executive Northern Ireland Screen, Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof. Alastair Adair.
Front from left, Laura McKay, Gesha Zhu, Aisling Healy, and Patrick Cassidy.

The Northern Ireland Skillset Media Academy has honoured the best work of its students at a gala ceremony at the Ulster Media Show ’09.

Patrick Cassidy, Creggan, Derry city, a North West Regional College student, won the Best Drama and shared with Aisling Healy the Best Further Education award.

University of Ulster students Dean Crumlish, from Buncrana, Co Donegal won the Best Documentary Project category and Laura McKay from Randalstown, Co Antrim picked up the award for Best Rich Content.

University of Ulster’s Gesha Zhu from China won the Best Postgraduate award.

Foundation Degree Interactive Multimedia Lecturer on Study Visit to Tallinn Estonia

Interactive Multimedia Lecturer on Study Visit to Tallinn Estonia Jacqueline Toa acqueline Toal, a lecturer from the school of Computing and Multimedia undertook a weeklong study visit to the city of Tallinn in Estonia at the beginning of November. The study visit was funded under the Transversal study visits programme which is part of the Life Long Learning programme. Many of the participants came from all over Europe such as Finland, France, Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Greece, the Netherlands and Belgium.

SRC Students on Visit to The Ulster University

Students visit University of UlsterStudents across SRC recently attended an information event held in the computing department at the University of Ulster Jordanstown Campus.

This event was for students who are studying on a Foundation Degree which is linked to Honours Degree Computing courses at the University of Ulster, and was designed to help students to understand more about the linked courses and the progression opportunities available to them.

At the event, students had the opportunity to speak to academic staff from the courses that are on offer. They could also speak to current students who came to Ulster through the Foundation Degree route. The event included a tour of the campus and the computing facilities.

Students attending the event were from the, FdSc Interactive Multimedia, Newry Campus.

Degree show work improves children’s learning on disabilities and diabetes

Students with the Dean of Arts at the End of Year ShowChildren with diabetes will be able to manage their condition better following a project by Faculty of Arts students.

Third-year Interactive Media Arts students worked with Altnagelvin Area Hospital, Londonderry, via the Science Shop, to make its diabetes educational material and consumption tracking booklets more user friendly. They also designed fridge magnets and jean-pocket sized booklets to improve access to materials.

The project was one of over 35 projects in photography, interactive media, audio and video exhibited at the School of Media, Film and Journalism’s year end show in Coleraine’s Riverside Theatre which ran for three weeks to 9 June [2009].

Other students worked with charity Disability Action to produce a range of interactive characters that children could relate to that featured in a game and teacher workbooks. The aim was to teach children about disability.

UTV Managing Director gives talk to MA students

Michael Wilson, Managing Director UTV, recently took time out to meet with students at the University of Ulster. The media chief gave a talk and ran a workshop on April 30th for the MA Film and Television Management and Production course at Coleraine.

Along with Nikki Orr, Scheduling Manager at UTV, Michael explained what challenges are currently faced in the digital age, and how ethical issues are addressed in busy newsrooms.

The students, who have benefited from a range of professional speakers throughout their course, were able to take part in role-play decision making and welcomed the opportunity to hear two of the local broadcasting scene’s most important players.

MA Documentary student wins One World Broadcasting Award

Film Maker Ryan WuA University of Ulster MA Documentary Practice student, Ryan Wu, has won a travel award from the One World Broadcasting Fund to make his dissertation film in China.

Entitled, ‘The End Of The Rainbow’, the film will follow a 16 year-old boy living in rural China who must give up his family and what is familiar to set out alone on a daunting, life changing journey to Guangzhou city in search of work.

Ryan explained, ‘The rural areas have traditionally suffered from low economic development thus forcing the children of impoverished families to migrate to the cities. But now the cities are grossly overcrowded and the global financial crisis means that many industries are collapsing and factories closing. China is in economic crisis. Wu’s story is the human face of that crisis. Compared with other documentary films about China this will be a film made by an insider for a worldwide audience’.

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