Northern Ireland’s best media work honoured and showcased

The best creative media work produced this year in schools, youth groups and the Northern Ireland Skillset Media Academy has been honoured at this year’s Ulster Media Show.

The four-day showcase of the student work, from 23-26 June and on www.ulstermediashow.com, was opened on Wednesday, 23 June, 2010, by University of Ulster Vice-Chancellor Prof. Richard Barnett with an award’ s evening. It was presented by UTV’s Tina Campbell.

The six categories were judged by top media executives like Michael Wilson, director of television at UTV and Richard Williams, chief executive of Northern Ireland Screen.

The judges said: “The quality of the submissions and thematic content was overwhelming and it is evident that Northern Ireland has a new breed of creative producers and directors in the making.”

The category with the biggest entry, aged 16-19, sponsored by University of Ulster, was won by Cathryn Gamble, Collegiate Grammar School, Enniskillen, with her project - ‘A Boy Named Sue’.

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 www.ulstermediashow.com. Further details and last year’s winners can be seen here.

Professional Development Session

24 November 2009 

NWRC, working with the University of Ulster and Foyle Film Festival, organised and hosted a seminar focusing on career progression and continuing professional development in the moving image and interactive media industries.

Tony Doherty, Ian Kennedy, Eoin Coffey, Tony Talbot, Catherine Ross, Helen Thompson, Jim CurranPhoto: (L-R) Tony Doherty (Ambient Light), Ian Kennedy (Skillset), Eoin Coffey (Ambient Light), Tony Talbot (NWRC), Catherine Ross (360 Production), Helen Thompson (BBC NI), Jim Curran (University of Ulster).

Panellists were Ian Kennedy (Skillset), Helen Thompson (BBC), Catherine Ross (360 Production), Eoin Coffey (Ambient Light Productions) and Jim Curran (UU), who each made a presentation of their work and discussed the moving image/interactive media industry, their education and training, and career development.

 

 

Music/E-media Panel Discussion

The NI Skillset Media Academy at NWRC organised and hosted a panel presentation, discussion and Q&A session dealing with the music industry past, present and future, with a focus on the application of new media in promotion, distribution and sales.

 Maggie Russell (HND Student), Nick Fitzsimmons, Keith Cullen, Tony Talbot (NI Skillset  Media Academy), Martin Neill, Andrew Ferris and Melanie Foster.

L-R: Maggie Russell (HND Student), Nick Fitzsimmons, Keith Cullen, Tony Talbot (NI Skillset Media Academy), Martin Neill, Andrew Ferris and Melanie Foster.

The panel consisted of Keith Cullen (Setanta Records), Andrew Ferris (Smalltown America), Nick Fitzsimmons (Penny Distribution), Melanie Foster (Mastercuts), Martin Neill (No More Art).

The audience were a range of people working and studying within the areas of music and e-media, and the lively, entertaining and informative event provided an opportunity for all those involved to share knowledge and experience and dissect the modern entertainment industry.

James Foster Seminar

 James Foster was the Art Director of ‘Quantum of Solace’, ‘City of Ember’, and most recently the Guy Richie directed ‘Sherlock Holmes’. He is one of the most successful artists/designers working in the modern film industry, currently working on the Louis Leterrier remake of Clash of the Titans.

 Basil Dalton (Head of School, Multimedia and Performing Arts, NWRC), James Foster, Sheila Cunningham (HND Media student), and Finnin O’Callaghan (HND Media student).

 James Foster Photo Caption: L-R: Basil Dalton (Head of School, Multimedia and Performing Arts, NWRC), James Foster, Sheila Cunningham (HND Media student), and Finnin O’Callaghan (HND Media student).

Screen Scene

 Screen Scene is Ireland’s award-winning audio/visual post-production studio (recently completing work for the BBC on Best: His Mother’s Son, and the Inspector George Gently series.

 Rory Donaghey (NWRC), Tony Talbot (NI Skillset Media Academy), Liam Craig (NWRC), Jackie Toal (SRC), Pauric McClafferty (NWRC), Grainne McCauley (NWRC).

 

The Future of Web Applications

 Christian McGilloway (Belfast Metropolitan College), Conánn Fitzpatrick (University of Ulster), James McGarrigle (North West regional College), Jackie Toal (Southern Regional College), James Curran (University of Ulster).

L-R: Christian McGilloway (Belfast Metropolitan College), Conánn Fitzpatrick (University of Ulster), James McGarrigle (North West regional College), Jackie Toal (Southern Regional College), James Curran (University of Ulster).

The Future Of Web Applications (FOWA) Conference took place on in Dublin. FOWA also takes place in London and Miami and this was the first time the conference has come to Ireland.

Speakers included some of the most talented and experienced professionals working in today’s multimedia industry, including representatives from 37signals, DropSend, Last FM, AbilityNet, TechCrunch, Osmosoft, and Trampoline Systems.

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.

Contact deancrumlish [at] gmail.com

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