University of Ulster Coleraine

Skillset Media Academy competition for GCSE and A-Level students

In recognition of the high quality media production work in schools, new categories are for those aged between 14 to 16 and 17 to 19 at the entry date of 24 May 2010 have been added. Short videos, interactive websites or audio pieces produced for the state exams or independently can be entered by the teacher. It must be copied on five DVDs or CDs and playable on a DVD player. The shortlisted entrants will be exhibited at the university’s Belfast campus from 24 to 26 June at the Ulster Media Show ’10 as well as on Further details and last year’s winners can be seen here.

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.

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’.

The Ulster Media Show

Ulster Media Show ‘09 - Getting started in the media workshops and public exhibition

Ulster Media ShowFormer BBC correspondent Denis Murray will be among the presenters at free workshops on 6 June aimed at students interested in a career in media.

The presentations are part of the inaugural Ulster Media Show which is a two-day event showcasing Northern Ireland’s best emerging creative media talent.

Other presenters include Mairead Regan, group human resources director, UTV, on radio and television careers and Davy Sims, formerly head of BBC NI Interactive.

The workshop will run from 10am to noon in the Conor Lecture Theatre in the University of Ulster’s York Street campus in Belfast city centre on Saturday 6 June 2009. Admission is free, but booking is required. Email: Tel: 028 7032 4449.

Students get insider’s view on politics from minister

Media Film and Journalism Students meet with Gregory CampbellCulture, Arts and Leisure Minister Gregory Campbell gave University of Ulster students an insider’s view on how politics works.

Staff from Northern Ireland's Skillset Media Academy visit Google Dublin

Staff from Northern Ireland's Skillset Media Academy outside Google's headquarters for Europe, Middle East and Africa

Members of the Northern Ireland Skillset Media Academy met with senior executives of Google and Microsoft as part of a fact-finding mission on the future direction of digital media.

The study tour to Dublin, part-funded by Connected, also included representatives from Digital Circle, Nothern Ireland's digital media industry group and University of Ulster's school of languages and literature.

The tour on 6 and 7 November 2008 also met with exectives of the National Digital Research Centre and Digital Hub in Dublin and Dun Laghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology's Cube digital media incubation centre.

MA Documentary Practice

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