Rethinking Media and Journalism Practice Conference
Much has happened in recent times that put the media in the spotlight. Those who scrutinise others must themselves come under serious scrutiny for the role they play in society and their manner since the media remain crucial in structuring power relations and social life. The media are indispensable to governments, businesses and the third sector (charities and community based organisations). The media serve personal and collective interests, within communities and across nations in social contexts which have altered much since the media were first conceived of. There are new configurations of power since the end of the Cold War, the era in which the mass media were established. Economic stability, adequate public services, community participation in service delivery are now no longer development issues confined to the third world. So how adequate are the theories and models that have guided media organisations, media operations and audience expectations of these? This conference seeks to convene academics, critics, journalists and media practitioners to review this broad area of concern.
?We seek to go beyond issues of press freedom and media regulation in the UK, etiquettes in the reporting and production process which have recently dominated the British press. Presenters are encouraged to reconsider existing theories and models in a global knowledge based, post-industrialised context. They could reflect on media management models, nature of media power, audiences in new media era; media, governance and the three sectors. They should be mindful of the priorities expressed in the media and the new realities. How should media organisations now be organised and funded? Where is the place of national media institutions in an increasingly integrated world? What opportunities are there for the marginalised? How seriously do audiences take the media? What new cultures are evolving in the media, with the emergence of new opportunities?
Papers are therefore invited to rethink (practice, theory or policy) on any of, but not restricted to the following areas:
- Theories of Media, Press and Journalism
- Models of Media Ownership and Management
- Citizen Journalism and Social Media Practices
- Tenets of Journalism Education
- De-Westernising Journalism Practice and Education
- Non-Western Media Practices
- Locating Media Audiences
- Effecting Social Change
- Denis McQuail - Emeritus Professor University of Amsterdam, Visiting Professor University of Southampton
- Professor Keyan Tomaselli " University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
- Professor Kevin Williams - Swansea University, Swansea UK
- Professor Daya Thussu " University of Westminster, London UK
- Dapo Olorunyomi - Managing Director/Editor in Chief, Premium Times, Executive Director, Wole Soyinka Journalism Centre Abuja, Nigeria
The conference is scheduled for the 31st of May 2013. New deadline for submission of abstracts February 28th 2013. Please send your 250 word abstracts for individual presentations to Mediaconferences@winchester.ac.uk Proposals for panel presentations are also welcome.
Download the Call for Papers pdf
One day Conference & end of year show
TRANS-MEDIA 2012 incorporates the Digital Media End of Year Show for each year group of BA Digital Media Design and BSc Digital Media Development.
Our new programme 'Masters in Digital Media Practice' student work will also be exhibited.
Following on from last year's first End of Year Show, our students will display and demonstrate the projects they have worked on over the 2011-12 academic year.
TRANS-MEDIA 2012 also kicks off a new element to the End of Year Show. This is 'Pitch your Project' where students will be able to pitch their business idea to a panel of judges throughout the day.
Pitch your Project Panellists (confirmed so far are):
- Jon Merricks
- John Richardson Blue Planet Innovations
- Steve Northam SN Technoogies Limited
There are also Trade stands available in the foyer at a cost of £40
The timetable can be downloaded
(NB " The conference aspect has unfortunately had to be cancelled for this year)
www.transmedia11.co.uk for further information or contact
Exploring Collaborative Learning In Media Studies Programmes
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U-Doc Festival 2012
Its our 4th year of the
U-Doc Documentary Film Festival which provides a platform for 2nd year BA Media Production students to present documentary films that they have filmed over their 2nd year of study.
The films range in length from 25 mins to 1 hour. The topics range from Cabbie lives, Comedians to Living off the Grid and Road Kill. All the documentaries are produced following industry codes and regulations and the students developing their own production houses and promotional sites.
The Students are having to produce all the same material for other film festivals i.e. trailers, press packs, festival supporting materials posters etc. And of course undertaking Q&A from a select panel after their film has screened and questions from the audience. After the festival students send their films to worldwide film competitions using the film and supporting material produced for the U-Doc festival.
Please come and see the next generation of UK documentary film makers and their films and its FREE!
Citizen Camera and The University of Winchester Media Programme in Guatemala July 2011
This media empowerment programme was run by The University of Winchester, BA Media Production's lecturer's Karin Stowe and Hanna Adcock in July 2011. Karin and Hanna's company Citizen Camera Ltd will be running two new workshops in Asia in the summer of 2012, further developing a network on media empowerment programmes around the world that provide media training for marginalised communities so they can produce their own documentary material via film, photography, websites and articles.
BTL Guatemala project website
CALL FOR PAPERS - Exploring collaborative learning in Higher Education media education programmes
Higher Education Academy Discipline Seminar
Thursday 3rd May 2012
School of Media and Film, University of Winchester and the Higher Education Academy.
Collaborative learning is a key pedagogic activity in many media education programmes at universities and higher education establishments in the UK. Research indicates that when well executed, collaborative work enables students to learn much from each other (Gokhale, 1995; Johnson and Johnson 1999). Likewise, media educators argue educational practices and approaches should evolve and shift better to suit the networked nature of contemporary media (Merrin 2009; Hong and Sullivan 2009; Jukes et. al. 2009; Christen 2009). Though collaborative learning activities have raised concerns over increasing the risk of plagiarism and of students not contributing equally to a task, these issues these can be addressed through the design of the assessment process (Brooks & Ammons, 2003; Oakley et al. 2004).
While a variety of methods may be used to foster collaboration, one key way in which collaborative learning can be facilitated is through the use of social media and other web 2.0 technologies. Research on information skills education indicates that social media offer a useful means of building skills in students (Buzzetto-More, 2009; Sumar et. al. 2009; Burton Browning, 2010). Moreover, social media constitute a considerable element of the contemporary media environment and developing criticality in the use of them is now considered an important aspect of media education (Jenkins, 2009).
This one day seminar will allow for academic staff from different higher education institutions across the UK to convene and to discuss the benefits, problems and pitfalls of collaborative learning in media education. Particular attention will be paid to the sharing of good practice and to how technologies (including but not limited to social media) can be used to facilitate collaborative learning.
Papers are sought that examine:
The theoretical underpinning of using collaborative work in teaching
The advantages and disadvantages of using collaborative work
Old and new technologies for facilitating collaborative work
Social media and collaborative work
Planning, trouble shooting and pre-empting problems in collaborative teaching
The impact of collaborative learning on other aspects of learning and teaching
Case studies of the successful (and unsuccessful) use of collaborative activities.
Key-note Address: Prof. David Gauntlett (University of Westminster) "Social media ¡V making, connecting and learning"
Selected papers will appear in an edited collection published by the Higher Education Academy.
The event is free to attend, coffee and lunch are also provided free of charge.
To submit a paper: Please send a 250 word abstract to
firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 2nd March 2012. Full papers of 4-6000 words will be required by the event. A style sheet will be provided once an abstract has been accepted.
To attend as a member of the audience: Please send an email to
email@example.com stating your interest in the topic and affiliation. Audience places are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first applied first allocated basis.
Download the Call for Papers as a pdf
Hollywood Detectives: Crime Series in the 1930s and 1940s from the Whodunnit to Hard-Boiled Noir was published by Palgrave Macmillan just before Christmas, written by Senior Lecturer Fran Mason.
From the back cover: The study of detectives in classical Hollywood has often overlooked the B-Movie mystery series in favour of hard-boiled film, despite the fact that many of these crime series have a cult status among film fans.
Hollywood's Detectives redresses the balance by examining key detective series of the 1930s and 1940s (including Sherlock Holmes, Charlie Chan, The Falcon and The Thin Man), as well as some that are less well-known (Michael Shayne and Torchy Blane) to explore the particular concerns and modes of representation within the detective film before the rise of hard-boiled and noir cinema. The book considers a range of concerns within the detective crime series, including the cinematic vaudeville of the B-Movie, the specific features of the detective film, the detective as an outsider and as a sign of disorder, ethnicity, national identity and class, while also examining the emergence and significance of hard-boiled and noir styles.
Framing Film: Cinema and the Visual Arts
The book project stems from the three-day International Film Conference 'Framing Film: Cinema and the Visual Arts', held at the University of Winchester, 4th " 6th September 2009. The conference was a great success, stimulating in-depth debate, attracting over 70 attendees from an international range of universities, including Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Turkey and the USA.