Britain In A Day

Students from East Coast Media had a chance to be involved with the BBC Britain In A Day project recently.

The project’s aim was to capture people’s lives in one day – November 12th 2011 – and for them to post their films to the BBC where they are being collated into a documentary and archived. Film Director Ridley Scott and director Morgan Matthews invited everyone in the UK to submit a reflection of their lives on that day.

Our degree students were invited to look at 10 films each and check them for compliance against the BBC guidelines. The films were checked for language, copyright issues regarding music, branding, advertising to ensure they were suitable for inclusion and broadcast. From there they then had to decide which films would be archived and which would join the playlist and then this was whittled down to 10.

It was a difficult choice – there were some excellent films and sadly not all of them made it to our final 10. The students analysed the films and there were deep discussion taking place. Most films were chosen because it’s felt they truly reflected live in 21st century Britain from people washing their clothes to taking a shower to deciding what outfits to wear. Others included tours of where they lived or snapshots of home or family life.

It was riveting to sit and take a peek into their lives knowing they were all shot on the same day. It truly is a big undertaking but what a great project to have been involved in. Sadly I never got chance to make a film to submit on that day. Look out for the documentary Britain In A Day and visit the YouTube archive.

Use #Britaininaday hashtag and follow them on Twitter @Britaininaday

East Coast Media students looking at Britain In A Day

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Prospective students – tips on how to do well at interview

It’s that time of year again when I’m getting applications via UCAS for the BA Multi-Platform Journalism course. I read through each one carefully and check how many points the applicant says they hope to achieve. Everyone is invited in for interview as I do believe in meeting people and finding out more about them, than just reading a piece of paper. I also think it’s good for them to meet staff and see the place and explore it.

I wrote  a blog last year on this, giving some tips for when invited to interview. It’s surprising how many students don’t get an interview but are just offered conditional without being seen, which brings me to another blog I wrote on test drives. If you can go visit the institution and get a feel for it. If taster sessions are offered, take them up and if you get offered media work experience take it! And then there’s the question of UCAS points – another blog where I commented on the points offered on my course and the reason behind it. It currently stands at 180, but from Sept 2011 will move to 240.

The reason being I need to attract students who can write and speak English to a high standard; are well-read and can communicate their thoughts and opinions; plus here at ECM, we are unique in offering a chance to work at the Grimsby Telegraph one day a week and we have access to Seven, the local television station broadcasting on VirginMedia 879 (I’ll write a blog about that soon). Plus a large proportion of our journalism graduates work at the BBC, Sky as well as in other media outlets. Oh and we are a Skillset Media Academy! So because it’s Grimsby and you may think it’s the end of the universe – it isn’t. It’s actually very nice here and cost of living is cheap compared to elsewhere. If you have a car you can travel to Hull or Lincoln for a night out, if you don’t fancy Grimsby or Cleethorpes.

So if you want to know more about the BA (Hons) Multi-Platform Journalism course then call 01472 315550 or contact me through this blog or on Twitter @eastcoastmedia and of course to learn more about me and my ability see my youtube channel or visit my podcasts. I think you’ll find I practice what I preach and the last word can go to one of our recent industry speakers, Lee Smallwood, read what he had to say about East Coast Media in his blog.

Industry interviews

I have done other interviews this week with more of our amazing and talented industry guests. Dougal Wilson, is a great guy, who directs short films, commercials and music videos.  He has won numerous awards for his work and was the man who directed the John Lewis, ‘Always a Woman’ commercial. Hear his interview Dougal Wilson interview .

BBC Writers’ Room paid us a visit and I caught up with Jo Combes to find out more about their work and what they look for in a script writer – Jo Combes interview .

And then one of my Year 2 Nat Dip Level 3 Print and Publishing students interviewed Robin Small about the Royal Television Society (RTS). Listen to her interview here Robin Small interview

Look out for an interview with script editor, Susan Everett, coming soon!

Multi-Platform Journalism team

East Coast Media’s journalism team are industry practitioners, something which is vital to know when deciding what course you wish to take at university.

Programme Leader, Emma Lingard, has worked in journalism for the last 20 years. From newspapers to radio and television to online, she has been there and done it. Alongside running the BA (Hons) Multi-Platform Journalism degree at East Coast Media (GIFHE) she also spends time working in industry as part of continuous professional development. She can be found in the newsroom of the Grimsby Telegraph producing video content for their website, as well as writing articles. Emma is also a keen advocate of social media, especially Twitter (@rosereiki, @eastcoastmedia) and blogging. She was also responsible for helping train the first batch of print journalists into VJs for the Press Association alongside David Dunkley-Gymiah.

She also works on TV programmes,which are broadcast on virginmedia. She recently presented a studio discussion programme called The People’s Jury and has spent the summer covering some of the big events for broadcast later this summer. For many years she fronted a programme about the history of Lincolnshire’s villages called Lingard’s Lincolnshire Rambles and has produced some one-off documentaries, Spotlight on Spurn, To the Manor Reborn.

Also teaching on the degree are Fiona Young, who worked with Emma at the Grimsby Telegraph in the 90s, before moving on to the Press Association. Fiona is our media law tutor. The latest recruits to the team are Ian Barnsley, who came to us from the Lincolnshire Echo and Hugh Riches, who is an ex postgraduate student of ECM and a published journalist. Teaching radio, we have ex-BBC Lincolnshire reporter, Chris Jones and Andy Wilkins delivers our online modules.

We’re always looking for people to add to our teaching list and regularly invite guest lecturers in. In the past we have had people deliver workshops on online writing, video journalism, etc, so get in touch on 01472 315550.