Study at University Centre Grimsby

One day some undergraduates seem to have a wake up call and realise the degree they chose to commit their life to is not what they expected it to be and so have a dilemma as to what to do next.

Many have chosen their degree, not by its reputation or facilities, but by location. The city/town is known for its excellent clubs/bars or shopping. Or it’s close to where boy/girlfriend is studying. How many actually choose the degree for what it’s worth and where it will take them next?

I’ve written here before about how Grimsby has an image issue. People assume because it’s called Grimsby, that it’s actually grim here or that because it’s at the end of the M180, it’s the road to nowhere. It’s believed to have been named after its founder, a Danish fisherman called Grim who in folklore rescued Prince Havelok from the North Sea. Grimsby, like many places in the UK, has its downside. The upside is, that it is cheap to live, travelling is not an issue as everything is close by and within walking distance. Cleethorpes and its golden beach are down the road, Hull and its nightlife are over the river and the rolling Wolds are a stone’s throw away.

It is a friendly town and people always seem willing to chat and strike up conversations.  Speak to the students and they’ll tell you about the Multi-Platform Journalism programme and the reasons why they chose it.

And so many famous people have come from the town or chosen to live in the vicinity – John Hurt, Julie Peasgood, Chubby Brown, Johnny Leeze to name but a few.

And now the town has its own University Centre, a fantastic new building to house the Institute’s university programmes. It is bright, light and spacious. On the ground floor there is a cafe and coffee lounge/bar. There is a well stocked library which is open 24 hours a day.

On the media floor we have two TV studios – one green screen and a soft studio using Tricaster. There is a radio studio and multi-platform newsroom complete with ENPS, Final Cut Pro and the undergrads learn not only how to audio and video equipment to shoot and edit but also how to use their smart devices.

It’s an exciting course for all things social, digital, media, journalism and iPhone! Plus there are plenty of opportunities for work placements – Grimsby Telegraph, BBC Hull (Look North and Radio Humberside), Seven TV – all of whom have employed ex students too.

As people start to go into clearing then if you have 240 UCAS points then apply for this course. Our external examiner  Chris Walton, Project Editor of the BBC College of Journalism recently said at an exam board that this course prepares students to hit the ground running. As he called them, they’re oven ready! So if you want to learn the skills to become oven ready then give us a call!

Call 01472 311222  for more information and an application form.

The Grimsby Institute, Nuns Corner, GrimsbyLincolnshire Wolds

Riverhead, Grimsby

St James Minster, Grimsby

Multi-Platform Journalism

Tomorrow is the big day. For tomorrow we begin teaching in the University Centre as it is finally finished.

It looks impressive – it is modern, light and smells new. It also features some great pieces of kit in the media department.

We have a Tricaster studio which can be used for recording the news and creating a virtual set, as well as using for motion capture. There is also a soft news studio and a radio studio.

In the multi-platform production newsroom the students have access to ENPS – essential news production system – used by journalists in most major newsrooms and the PA newswire (Press Association).

Students will be using Nagra, Tascam and ipod touches to create audio content and Sony Z1 and also the latest Sony solid state memory recording cameras – Sony EX3.

Practical application of skills will see journalism students working on a daily video news bulletin for Seven TV and a half hour weekly news roundup as well as producing content for radio programmes.

It’s exciting times for students on the BA Multi-Platform Journalism degree and seeing as it’s UCAS time anyone considering journalism should consider our course.

Call 01472 315550 for more information.

Radio studio

The radio studio

The soft TV news studio with the multi-platform production room behind

The Tricaster TV studio

New journalism students & deadlines

Deadlines – that is something the new group need to understand. As I’ve explained to them when I set a task and give a deadline it needs to be adhered to.

It’s no good submitting the story hours, weeks after it has happened as it becomes old news by then. All in all they’re not doing too badly.

Here’s some more of their interviews with people about Grimsby and the fire at Somerfield. Again I’ve not edited anything. The brief was to interview people about their town and their job and write it up as a news story. As you’ll see some are not stories, but they soon will be. They differ in length and writing style.

1. By Christopher Laycock

With so much happening in the world of politics right now, and so many changes affecting people from all walks of life going on around the country, the opinions of the less prominent in society, often are forgotten, or cast aside. With this in mind I decided to go around the town, in search of local people willing to give me their time and their views about life in Grimsby.

One person, who preferred to remain anonymous, took the time to say this:

  1. What do you think of the town in general?

“I think it’s alright here. I mean when you look at the rest of the country, these days it’s no different really to anywhere else. You get the rough parts and those that are more “posh”, but again you get that anywhere. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s not the greatest place in the world, but at the end of the day, it’s where I was born and raised, so no matter what, it’s always going to be close to my heart.

  1. If you could change one thing about where you live, what would it be and why?

“The biggest thing for me that’s slightly disappointing is the bus service. Guaranteed there will be one at some point during the day but for some reason recently, particularly since the snow, for some reason the timings have been off, and busses on a Sunday are few and far between. They’ve just put up the prices as well and to be honest I can’t understand how they’ve managed to get away with that. I don’t think the service is good enough for the prices”

  1. Finally, given the issue with job availability nationwide, how do you rate the opportunities for employment here? And what do you do for a living?

“Well I’m like a lot of people in the country, no job. I hate it to be honest, I get very easily bored and for some reason there’s a sort of stigma attached to being jobless like you’ve chosen it or something and that living off benefits is something you enjoy. No, that’s not the case with me at all. Just can’t find one, I’d agree with most of the youngsters actually that there really is nothing out there.

I spoke to one or two more people briefly about what they thought of the town in general. And the above Q+A with one town resident, seems to be very much the general consensus among many others. Grimsby- always room for improvement, but definitely not the worst place to live.

2. By David Hulme

Julie Bryant, a local resident of Grimsby is very happy to be back living here after being in London for 20 years.

She missed the fresh sea air, and being beside the seaside. She loves the friendliness of the northern community but  she thought there could be more cycle tracks similar to Amsterdam ,and more facilities for the children to participate in.

Julie enjoying the delights of Grimsby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. By Dan Kemp

Shoppers were evacuated from a store in Grimsby yesterday as local fire services rushed to the scene.

Emergency services were called out to the Somerfield store on Osborne Street in Grimsby town centre at around 12:45pm yesterday lunchtime. Following an evacuation from the store, all staff members as well as all customers were left waiting outside not knowing when they could return inside. One local shopper commented “I paid for parking and now I can’t even go shopping!”

Along with two fire engines, the local fire chief was also in attendance to oversee the operation however their response time was hampered by the one way system enforced within the town centre. This meant that the fire engines almost passed the store prior to turning around and heading back for the stores car park. The fire produced no casualties but we still await the cause.

4. By Julian Dugard

  1. About the Area (name not given)

Q: What is your opinion on Grimsby and the surrounding areas and why?

A: I like the town. There isn’t much to do anymore, but what there is, it gets you by. Like the shopping centre.

Q: What do you think about the Town’s facilities, what could be improved and why?

A: The facilities are very good although the public connivances should be cleaned more often and the bins should be collected when they are supposed to week in, week out.

Q: Do you think that the transport is sufficient enough to satisfy the demand for the local residents? If not, how do you think it could be improved?

A: The Transport is not sufficient enough, it should run more regular and the buses looked after properly.

  1. Job interview

Q. What do you do for a living in the area?

A. I’m a council gardener, the work is good but the pay should be better.

(At this, the male walked away and refused to answer any more questions)

5. By Julian Dugard

A lighting failure at Somerfield’s in central Grimsby resulted in two fire crews being called to attend the scene. At approximately 1:45pm last Thursday the crews arrived after a slight delay due to the enforced one way system around the store. Customers inside were evacuated to the fire points whilst the fire chief who was also in attendance, could carry out his investigations. One shopper said that she had “Paid for parking and now we can’t even go shopping”.

6. By Tom Harris

  1. What is it like living in Grimsby?

It’s alright, not the best place to live in.

  1. What is your job position?

I’m retired now, but I use to work in a supermarket as a cleaner.

7. By Leigh-Ann Green

As part of my course I interviewed Kenneth Williams, a man who has always lived in Grimsby on his opinions on the area. “This is my home” he said, the place where he lived in WWII, where he worked as a fisherman from the age of 13. I asked him what it was that kept him here, why he is so insistent that this will be the only place he will ever live. He tells me that although Grimsby has changed so far from what it used to be, he doesn’t care. Williams tells me that he loves that we don’t have the extreme weathers with being on the coast, so he enjoys walks along Cleethorpes Promenade with friends and his large family. Today he was just out enjoying the sunshine and talking to other regular walkers within Peoples Park, as a retired man, he says, he can go back to when he was a child and see how everything has changed. The change in the town, Williams says, started with Courtalds opening in 1957, bringing with it more skilled jobs, something different to a town where the main occupation was fishing. However, Williams was never tempted by more sociable hours and better pay; he tells me that fishing runs in his blood, so that’s what he did until the day he retired. He still likes to go fishing, just for leisure. Today, I found a man who knows so much about the history of Grimsby, not through academia or even stories passed down. He knows it from living through it, taking part in it and being interested in the town that he loves.

New Semester

I know summer is over as a new semester and academic year is about to start. Autumn is on its way and winter too. But never mind it’s exciting.

Second years have progressed into their final year – how quick that’s flown and we have a new group about to start. They’ll come in all fresh and eager to learn. The group keeps growing too as I’ve been fielding clearing enquiries this morning, so if anyone wants a place there’s a few remaining!

Year 3 group next week will be appearing at the Linc Up Live event organised by Glenn Le Santo and Celia Lacey and their partnership. The students will be involved with live blogging.

Then the newbies will be reviewing a play at the Caxton Theatre  in Grimsby in October and hopefully will have more of a similar ilk. Then there’s all the local TV work to do including daily news bulletins that all year groups will be involved with. This is part of Seven’s bid for the Yorkshire and Humber region for Jeremy Hunt’s national TV schedule.

And then come June/July it’s the Lincolnshire Show and Waddington Airshow for TV, podcasts, social media and then I know it’s the summer and there’s a break before it all starts again!

Clearing – East Coast Media – Multi Platform Journalism

There are spaces left on the BA Multi-Platform Journalism programme for those going through  UCAS clearing .

East Coast Media, based at the Grimsby Institute,  is one of 23 Skillset Media Academies in the UK. This is a badge of excellence, recognised by industry and government. Look for the Pick the Tick badge.

Our BA (Hons) Multi-Platform Journalism has been written with assistance from industry to deliver graduates with the right skills and training.

The world of journalism has changed. Journalists are now expected to take photos, shoot and edit video, create audio packages – not only for traditional platforms but for online. This is bi-media, tri-media, whatever you want to label it and if you want to get a break into journalism, then you need to embrace this now.

At East Coast Media you will get the skills and knowledge to develop. There’ll be opportunities for work placements within the broadcast and newspaper industry. You’ll work alongside industry professionals and create real work for publication/broadcast as opposed to simulations. You’ll be encouraged to be creative and have ideas for 360 degree platforms. Recent students have worked on pilot television programmes with East Coast Pictures, an independent production company led by Julia Thompson,  former Director of Sony Entertainment UK. Those students also had to produce content for online and act as researchers, reporters, etc. It gave them real experience of working on a TV programme.

Tutors on the course are all industry practitioners, so you’re in good hands there and the course has excellent work placement relations with some big companies. You can expect your tutor to get to know you personally, rather than being a face among hundreds. This means that you do get one to one assistance and probably feel more valued.

So if it’s a career in journalism you wish to pursue and you’re passionate about it and motivated to do what you can to go far, then come to East Coast Media.

We will want to talk to you to find out why you want to the course and find out if you have the passion and motivation needed. Remember, ask us questions too. We will interview you about why you want to go into journalism. This thorough application process is to ensure you’re suited for the programme – we don’t just give places out to anyone. We need to know that you are right for the course, as much as we’re right for you. It’s all about quality on both parts.

If you know someone who is in this position and wants to do journalism then tell them about this blog. Follow @eastcoastmedia on Twitter.

To look at some of the work undertaken by the current students, visit their youtube channel or check out the course Facebook page.

For further information on the course call 01472 315550 (ECM Reception) or visit the website.

Course entry requirements from September 2011 are 240 UCAS points and a drive/passion/enthusiasm for journalism.

Study at East Coast Media

One day some undergraduates seem to have a wake up call and realise the degree they chose to commit their live to is not what they expected it to be and so have a dilemma as to what to do next.

Many have chosen their degree, not by its reputation or facilities, but by location. The city/town is known for its excellent clubs/bars or shopping. Or it’s close to where boy/girlfriend is studying. How many actually choose the degree for what it’s worth and where it will take them next?

I’ve written here before about how Grimsby has an image issue. People assume because it’s called Grimsby, that it’s actually grim here or that because it’s at the end of the M180, it’s the road to nowhere. Grimsby, like many places in the UK, has its downside. The upside is it cheap to live, travelling is not an issue as everything is close by and within walking distance. Cleethorpes and its golden beach is down the road, Hull and its nightlife is over the river and the rolling Wolds are a stone’s throw away.

It is a friendly town and people always seem willing to chat and strike up conversations.  Speak to the students and they’ll tell you about the Multi-Platform Journalism programme and the reasons why they chose it.

And so many famous people have come from the town or chosen to live in the vicinity – John Hurt, Julie Peasgood, Chubby Brown, Johnny Leeze to name but a few.

The Grimsby Institute, Nuns Corner, GrimsbyLincolnshire Wolds

Riverhead, Grimsby

St James Minster, Grimsby