Centre for Media Research

Workshop for final year students

Honeycomb is offering a series of free ‘Take Flight’ workshops to help you to set yourself apart from the crowd and improve your interview skills and employability chances. Places will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis to all final year students, so sign up now to secure your place.

Alastair Creamer, workshop facilitator can be seen on stage at Tedx Oslo

The workshop for UUC will take place on the day of the vivas between 12noon and 3pm at Flowerfield. The workshop has been scheduled so that those doing their vivas can take part – if you need to duck out for twenty minutes that’s OK, you can still sign up.

Fliers for this event can be downloaded here – Take Flight workshop flier

Honeycomb Creative Buzz Award.

The ‘Honeycomb Creative Buzz Award’ is a prestigious competition to find the digital creators of tomorrow.  The top twenty graduates from the Class-of-2014 will be selected to receive the Honeycomb Buzz Award. Your course is one of the main courses which is being targeted for talent.

The twenty award winners will win a week-long immersion at  CultureTech, taking place in Derry/Londonderry from September 15th – 21st 2014.  Importantly  you will also secure a place on the bespoke Honeycomb Bootcamp@CultureTech, a four-day intensive mentoring and networking experience taking place at the heart of CultureTech.

Bootcamp@CultureTech will culminate in a pitching competition judged by industry experts to select a single prizewinner to attend CultureTech Brooklyn USA from November 12th to 14th fully funded by Honeycomb.

To qualify for the Creative Buzz Award, all you need to do is submit a digital piece of work eg digital photography portfolio, online game, movie or clip up to 15 minutes, website, animation, music, digital design for evaluation.

For full details and to apply, please go to https://www.thehoneycomb.net/creative-buzz-award

You can print off a flier here – BUZZ AWARDS POSTER V3

Regulating The Press – IMPRESS, an Independent Monitor For The Press?

Regulation of the press is an ongoing discussion in government, legal, academic and journalistic circles.

Press regulation will be the topic of discussion at a meeting organised by the Centre for Media Research and the School for Media Film and Journalism at the University of Ulster. The guest speaker will be Jonathan Heawood, Director of the IMPRESS Project.

The meeting will be on 8 May, 2014, 5.15pm for coffee, with discussion starting 5.30pm in The Boardroom, Room 82D23, at the University of Ulster campus, York Street, Belfast.

You are warmly invited to attend.

IMPRESS, in its own words, is “Developing plans for press regulation which is independent of politicians and press owners, affordable for small publishers and websites, and accountable to the public.”

Jonathan Heawood has been touring the UK, speaking to local publishers and interested university departments involved in journalism training, to explain IMPRESS and to seek support for it. He will be joined at the Belfast meeting by John Horgan, the press Ombudsman for the Republic of Ireland, who gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry about how press regulation works in Ireland. Many UK publications also publish in RoI.

We very much hope you will be able to join us at this meeting and contribute to the discussion.

IMPRESS is keen to have as many local and regional voices involved in this project as possible.

Please contact Milne Rowntree to confirm that you are interested in coming to this event.

Refreshments will be served, so we need to confirm final numbers a week in advance, but, if you could let us know of your potential interest now, it will very much help our planning.

Professor Máire Messenger Davies PhD, FRSA, MBPsS


Centre for Media Research

University of Ulster


Trauma Film Screenings at University of Ulster

TRAUMA Movie Screenings

Trauma is a free film reading group based at the University of Ulster in Coleraine. We screen films every Thursday during term time, with each season lasting three weeks. These themed seasons generally deal with films which are extreme in filmic practice, theory or content, all constructed and delivered by people who attend regularly. Each screening consists of a ten to fifteen minute introduction, followed by the film and then a group trip down to the Senior Common Room (SCR) bar for a few drinks and a discussion about the film. Screenings start at 7pm and are usually held in LT1 (South Building). Everyone is welcome and admission is FREE.

So, welcome to Trauma film screenings at the University of Ulster, showcasing films from around the world that offer a vibrant alternative to the boring daily diet of mainstream multiplex fodder. Although we are launching Trauma with some fairly mainstream content, we aim to choose films that explore strange ideas in radical new forms, films that push at the boundaries of realism, comedy, satire, and horror. In the first five seasons, you will find films from Canada, Finland, France, the United States and the UK. made by directors with a unique and distinctive style, following few rules, but their own.

Today, films that are extreme in filmic practice, theory or content have become widely available. At present, our censors consider that, in most cases, adults should be able to choose for themselves what they watch, changing their primary focus from censorship to classification. Yet censorship still remains in the form of exhibition and distribution, with films that exist outside the mainstream being increasingly marginalised and silenced by the rise of multiplexes. More and more screens are showing fewer and fewer films.

We don’t have an independent cinema here in the North coast of Northern Ireland, yes; we have access to digital 3D, bucket-sized drinks, and 10 simultaneous showings of the new Twilight film at the local Movie House, but an arty Polish abortion drama, for example, would likely be off limits. So, we present you with a wide, wild, and wonderful world of films, available to anyone willing to venture beyond the mainstream.

Trauma film screenings on the Coleraine campus will constitute an important outlet for students and faculty interested in cinema, whilst fostering the study of film. The club will provide a further framework within the Centre of Media Research for viewing and discussing films, for developing theories and for making films. Indeed, it is hoped that Trauma will promote the appreciation of the art of film and re-emphasise the social dimension of film in culture.

Keep an eye on the Centre of Media Research blog for the latest Trauma seasons. You may love some of the films, you may hate some, but none of them will leave you unmoved.

Northern Ireland: ‘a pleasingly blank canvas for regeneration’?

Urban regeneration in Belfast is the subject of an article just published by Dr. Phil Ramsey, a graduate of the Centre for Media Research. Entitled “‘A Pleasingly Blank Canvas’: Urban Regeneration in Northern Ireland and the Case of Titanic Quarter” it looks at how the site on which the Titanic was built has been redeveloped as an area for tourism, business, education and the creative industries. He considers its development using a significant inflow of private capital, with the additional support of local government and public finance. In the article Phil takes a critical look at how these economic and political forces have coalesced in Belfast to the point that the violent period of the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland can be said to have created a ‘pleasingly blank canvas for regeneration’.

The article is published in Space and Polity and can be found by clicking here. Coming in its wake is the forthcoming Culture, Economy and the Contemporary City symposium in Belfast on the 20th September, where participants will be discussiing how the contemporary city ceaselessly trades on and monetises its culture as commodity. Phil’s article makes an important contribution to than on-going conversation.

Phil Ramsey is currently Assistant Professor in Digital and Creative Media
in the School of International Communications, The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China.