BA Multi-Platform Journalism

BA Multi-Platform Journalism

If you want to be a Multi-Platform Journalist and work in this digital age then the BA Multi-Platform Journalism degree at the University Centre Grimsby is perfect for you.

Accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC), and seen as one of the best in the UK, the programme teaches you how to master the many skills that journalists need today – writing and interviewing for different platforms; shooting and editing video for TV and online; recording audio for radio and podcasts; presentation and voiceover skills as well as how to use social media as a source and promotional tool. 

Students embrace not only how to use traditional methods of audio and video capture but also how to use iPods, iPhones and smart devices to create content.

Working with Industry – ConocoPhillips

At East Coast Media we work hard as tutors to forge links with industry to give our students an experience. These links involve industry coming in to give talks or do workshops and in other instances it is to offer work placement opportunities. It’s important for education and industry to work together. It’s a two way process, at the end of the day these students could be the future employees. It’s an opportunity to have a say and help shape the training and development, so as education providers we get it right.

A recent link that has been forged for journalism students at FE and HE level, is with ConocoPhillips’ Humber Refinery. Their press officer, Nina Stobart, is working with second year National Diploma students on a press conference to take place next month. The students will participate in an emergency exercise and will test their interview techniques and professionalism.

Students will also be working with Nina on helping produce video content for their Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mayflower-Wood-Houltons-Covert/168804863163482. The refinery owns a wood – Mayflower Wood and Houlton’s Covert. This is a great opportunity to write content for a client and practise their journalistic skills. We look forward to working with them on this project.

Visit http://www.mayflowerwood.co.uk/ for more information.

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YouTube Channel

Check out my YouTube channel if you get chance http://www.youtube.com/user/elingers on here you will find work I have produced over the years for the Grimsby Telegraph and Seven, broadcast on VirginMedia 879.

You will also find material I have shot on my iPhone as when I’m out and something catches my eye I will capture it. You’ll also find on there other films, which I have not shot. They belong to my son who likes to experiment and make his own films!

I also encourage all my students to set up their own channel as it is a great way of collating and showcasing your work, especially when you can link it to your blog and your social media accounts.

Industry Partnerships

Students at East Coast Media are fortunate that the department has good industry contacts. Over the years journalism students have done work placements at BBC Hull and the Grimsby Telegraph on a regular basis.

The partnership with the local newspaper has now gone one step further. Final year students have always gone in for two to three weeks as part of one of their modules, but for the first time second year students are going in, but they are working in the newsroom for a day and a half for a year.

The reason for this is for them to gain hands-on practical experience of life in a newsroom. To work alongside the professionals and get to understand how the newsroom operates. The students are working as patch reporters. In small groups they have been given three patches. It gives them the confidence and the experience to go and talk to people and find stories at grass roots level and it gives the newsroom extra pairs of hands. And if lucky, their stories will be published, not only in the paper but also online.

The module they are being assessed on is called Multi-Platform Newsroom, so the students have to find stories and then translate them into different formats – online copy, photos, video and audio. They already have a website that they have been working on since October to showcase their work and talents for assessment purposes http://nelincolnshirenews.webs.com/ Any work gathered for the newspaper will be published there first before going on to this site.

This is exciting for all concerned and while some out there may grumble about “working for free”, this is the only way these students are going to be able to get the practical, hands-on experience. It is not just about sitting in the lecture theatre reading books and taking notes. It is about getting into the real world and for someone to let go of your hand and push you forwards.

Their first half day was spent in two groups walking down the length of Freeman Street (once the grand entrance to the fish docks and sadly now a run-down area) talking to traders and shoppers for the sole purpose of making contacts, getting a feel for the place and finding stories.

Somehow the groups had split into male/female. The latter, I have to say, found five stories, while the boys found three. The competitive streak was very evident! They were sent out with notebooks and pads and had 1.5 hours to uncover things. The News Editor, Lucy Wood, already knew of three big stories down there and wanted to see if the groups would come across them (I have to say they did uncover two of them).

I followed the groups to see how they were performing and to prompt when necessary. The boys I lost in Foresight, but I managed to catch up with the girls who were in and out of shops introducing themselves. I had to give one or two prompts with interview techniques, but it probably did not help having your tutor breathing down your neck or knowing she’s hiding in the shop listening to you.

Everyone they met was friendly and approachable, which I think surprised some of them. They’ve made their first contacts and many traders invited them to come back and speak to them next week. Those first tentative outings will form lasting contacts (hopefully).

Then it was back to the newsroom and the story writing process began. They also started to think about pictures to accompany their pieces and how they would cover it for a podcast and video. Deadlines are real and there’s no hoping the story will disappear if you’ve forgotten to ask someone their name – they’ve realised that one. “Phone them up” I’m saying.

I’ll keep you updated on this experience and you can follow their antics on twitter @rosereiki or @eastcoastmedia. We’re lucky that the News Editor is very enthusiastic about this project and she’s also very keen to enhance the opportunities online with audio and video content.

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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.

Getting through clearing

It’s that time of year when many youngsters will be awaiting their grades. Will it be enough to get them on to the course of their choice? If not, what will happen and what can they can do about it?

If you haven’t achieved the grades to match the UCAS points for the course, there are various options you can take, so don’t feel it’s the end of the world (I know easy enough for me to say!).

UCAS clearing (http://www.hotcourses.com/clearing-2010/clearing-houses-clearing-help/16180339/news.html) is where you need to go. For those unable to get on their first choice, then clearing offers places on courses who have vacancies.

According to the news release (see link above) there are around 35,000 people every year who go through this system. There is hope for those. Getting on your first choice is competitive, but if it doesn’t happen, know you still have a chance of getting a place.

So once you get to clearing you’ll need to know make a decision about what course you’d like to apply for and where in the country you want to go. If it’s journalism then look no further than East Coast Media. Based at the Grimsby Institute, we are one of 22 Skillset Media Academies in the UK. This is a badge of excellence.

From September 2010 the BA (Hons) Multi-Platform Journalism degree will run. This is exciting, as there are very few programmes in the UK offering this. It 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 and you’ll also have to sit an assessment test on the day and there is a written task to do as well. 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. Maybe we’ll see you soon!

Cleethorpes Camera Club

I produced a blog the other day about Cleethorpes Camera Club and felt I should follow it up with a little bit more about the group.

They are based in a clubhouse behind houses in the resort and meet most nights. They have a video section who meet on Thursday evening; multimedia section who meet on Friday and photography (digital stills) who meet on Monday evening.

The average age is, I would say 60ish, but they are all dedicated and every year have a film competition, which I have helped judge the last two years. The films range from travelogues to animations and news stories. There are certainly some very creative people there who do this for fun. There are one or two who are very serious and there is one chap in particular who even builds his own jibs, tracks and dollies to save money. How dedicated is that?

The club has been going for many years and would love to see young blood, but it seems many youngsters are not interested in joining the club. At the moment the club are fund raising to buy the club house (bit.ly/aYTf5q) .

Members also produce their own film each year, which they also act in, as local drama groups don’t seem to want to get involved. There is a lot of spirit here and good feeling with a lot of talent and experience. I would love to see this group keep going and have been persuading them to go online more and reach a bigger audience.

If anyone can help, whether it is through being a guest speaker, or judging or maybe ideas or financial help then visit the club website http://www.cleethorpescameraclub.co.uk/index.htm

I enjoyed delivering my talk and got a lovely e-mail to say how fantastic it was and how much they’d felt they have learnt from it. I would hate to see the club go, as it is community groups like these who need to be nurtured and engaged with.