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.

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: enquiries@ulstermediashow.com 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.

Creative Media Careers Workshop

>As a member of the Northern Ireland Skillset Academy, North West Regional College hosted a one day workshop this week on careers in the Creative Media. The event was designed for creative media sector specialists and new entrants to the careers guidance world who are getting to grips with LMI (Labour Market Information), as well as established professionals taking time out as part of their CPD.

The guests, careers advisers from local schools and the Careers Service, along with some of the College’s own media students heard from experts, Cecilia McAllister, Northern Ireland Manager, Skillset; Vincent Kinnaird, Skillset Careers Advisor and established Writer, Director, and Producer; and Lucy Marris, Training Consultant.

These industry specialists outlined tips on tailoring a CV for this competitive sector, the key attributes and qualifications employers look for, how to get in and get on, including info on entry and progression routes, the pros and cons of work experience, and national and regional perspectives on opportunities in the creative media.

Minister visits College to launch Creative Industries Innovation Fund

The College’s Limavady Campus played host to Minister for the Department of Culture Arts & Leisure, Gregory Campbell, MP, MLA, this morning as he announced a £5million investment in the province’s creative industries.

Speaking at the launch of the Creativity Industries Innovation Fund, the Minister said: “The creative industries sector is a very important sector of the economy and has the potential to generate very significant and long lasting economic benefits for Northern Ireland.

“In terms of the economic value, it is estimated that around 34,600, or 4.7% of the working population, is employed in the creative sector which is growing at a faster rate than the economy in general.

“By investing in the development of talents and skills of our people we will improve our competitive position in national and international markets and reap the benefits in our communities. The drive to develop new markets, and in particular to encourage an outward-looking, global perspective, underpins all.”

Bridge Students Coleraine 2009

bridge students coleraine

names from left to right:
Emmet Gates, Stephen Jamieson, Eoghan Farren, Darren Reid, Andrew Boyle, Marc Mulholland, Gerry Burke, Dean Crumlish, James Mc Nally

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