Media Mixer Post Scriptum

By Roxana Pomplun, Media and Communications, Year 2

Media is everywhere, and it is such events as Media Mixer where you realise how true it is. Organised by final year media student Sarah King @sarah.amy.king, featuring an inspirational keynote by a wonderful media graduate USA-Asia-Europe-now-UK bound Dr Jodi Nelson-Tabor @digital_resrchr, some great media buzz and a hypnotic DJ set by our Sound Design student Eduard Fadgyas(check him out! https://soundcloud.com/user-697369472) this was a true success. 

That evening, I exchanged phone numbers with some (very important!) people, and even got a hint for a possible part time job opportunity within the media industry for next term. Talking from experience and this particular event, I would encourage everyone to go out to events like this and socialise. You never know where you encounter a great future opportunity, for contacts are indispensable in this industry.

Some photos below to follow the Zeitgeist.

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(c) Valerio Trafeli.

Media Mixer 2018

Are you interested in media? In creativity? In the magic of real social interaction? If so – come along to our Media Mixer Evening!

Organised by Media and Communications final year students for students and anyone interested in media today, this will be a fun and productive event to exchange, create and make new connections. Great speakers, a DJ set, media speed dating and a welcome drink on us!

 

Visiting Framestore

By Wiktoria Przybylska

A mix of creatives from University of Greenwich Media and Communications, Film Studies and Film and TV took a trip to the brand new, freshly paint-smelling Framestore head office in the heart of London, Chancery Lane.

Framestore is one of the biggest post-production companies in the world, with award-winning effects, innovative technology and fifteen thousand talents (just in London) working together to create characters we love (Dobby! Paddington! Digitally recreated Chris Hemsworth!).

Upon arrival, we were greeted by a non-disclosure agreement, which we signed and so yeah, that’d be it for this blog post, thank you, Maria, for organising the visit, it was great!

Just kidding! We were greeted by two guys from their recruitment who were friendly and kind enough to spare a whole hour to guide us through what and how Framestore operates while answering a million questions, most starting with ‘let’s say we wish to work here, how would we…?’

Their lovely team showed us an amazing presentation and talked about all their past projects, upcoming ideas, organisation, creative brains and worked hours behind each detail in each shot of each film and add. I mean.. They took kids to Mars! (Google it, I recommend).

What we learnt is that post-production is hard work, great fun and Framestore is amazing enough to do paid internships and apprenticeships for all media and film buffs to try their best with the best. They also promised to put successful candidates right into the deep end of an actual production! Also, apparently on Fridays at 5 pm they crack open a can of beer, sit around and have fun – which makes Framestore not only the perfect place to work and get inspired but also… well… to be.

Big thank you from all of us to Maria, who organised the tour for us! It was a great experience to see it for ourselves and to talk to the people who work there (…and recruit – be quick, they are recruiting interns for Summer 2018 NOW – with accommodation and travel expenses payed!).

 

 

Hallo Amsterdam!

On the 24th of February, CPDA students took a trip to Amsterdam to explore the sights and the art that the city had to offer, as well as potential links with the University of Amsterdam – one of the top 15 universities in Europe.

Whilst in Amsterdam, Media and Communications students had 5 free days to tour the city. They visited various museums, including the EYE Film Institute, local landmarks and attended a lecture at the university.

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The cold weather may have made for a frosty return back to London but many students and staff are definitely keen to visit again! (Hopefully when it’s a little warmer)

To see more posts like this and to stay updated on what we get up to, visit the main CPDA Blog where we post all the latest activities and events within the department!

The Graduate Show 2016 Catalogue

The full catalogue of student work across the department of Creative Professions and Digital Arts is now available at:

http://cpda.show/2016/

Media & Communications students contribute work to the show from two key final-year courses: Advanced Projects and the Dissertation.

The Graduate Show opens on 15 June 2016, at 7pm all over the Stockwell Street building.

 

Symposium: Student Research at the Graduate Show 2016

Our final year students will present their Dissertation projects at the Graduate Show 2016. Before the private view, we will gather for lively presentations and discussion of students’ research projects, what they found, and how they can communicate their findings.

The symposium takes place in seminar room 2014, from 4pm on Wednesday 15 June, followed by the private view of the Graduate Show, featuring the work of students in the Dept. of Creative Professions and DIgital Arts, and the Dept. of Architecture & Landscape. Refreshments will be available.

Please register attendance on our Eventbrite page (it’s free!).

Tools for Twitter archiving and analysis

What if I want to do a bit of social media listening, and I don’t have access to a fancy subscription-based analytics service, I don’t know how to code (e.g., in Python), or my computer is very basic? Take courage. There are tools for lo-fi social media research that require nothing more than a browser.
 
This is not about having fancy hardware. All but one of the recommendations here would work on a Chromebook laptop (but not a tablet or smartphone). They are presented in order of increasing difficulty to learn and use:
First, to investigate Twitter topics, keywords and trends, twXplorer is a very simple tool. It requires Twitter authorisation, so not much setup. The feature I like the most is the filtering it offers (by terms, hashtags and links), allowing you to drill down into a topic quickly. It’s a great tool for trying out searches to see what’s there.
Then, once you have your search terms ready, you can move on to something a bit more feature-rich: Netlytic is a cloud-based text and social networks analyser that requires no installation. When you register, you get a free basic account, but you can apply to get free student account with more datasets and queries allowed. You can set it up to query the Twitter API at set intervals to gather tweets over time. Netlytic also works with Instagram (location- and hashtag queries), YouTube, Facebook Groups and more.
 
Twitter Archiver is a Chrome add-on which links with Google Sheets to download tweets from a keyword search or hashtag at set intervals. There is a short video introduction here.
 
Blockspring is a service that allows you to query APIs, including Twitter, from your spreadsheet (either Excel or Google Sheets). This requires installing an extension in Google Sheets or Excel to enable you to pull down “live” data from web sources. The most immediately useful blockspring service for this purpose is the Twitter one, but Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram queries are also possible.
 
NodeXL Basic (paid version: NodeXL Pro) is an Excel extension that will load the results of a Twitter search (and searches from other social networking sites) into a familiar Excel spreadsheet environment for analysis. This only works under Windows, with MS Office installed. Because it works within Excel, NodeXL requires a good grasp of spreadsheets, and it will take you some time to get to grips with how to turn the intimidating table of raw data into a pretty network visualization or other analysis. Not surprisingly, it’s also the most powerful tool on this list.
 
Of course, these tools may be simple and browser-based, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have to learn them yourself. You will have to play around with them, try things out, and definitely watch some instructional videos.
 
(Image: Conference tweet network for #drha2015, created in NodeXL)

Communication Asset Mapping with students

I love a good map, especially when the map tells me something that I didn’t know before. This is why we have for some time incorporated spatial methods in teaching communications research at Greenwich. With the help of students on the BA Media & Communications, I’ve put together a slide deck explaining how we have used communication asset mapping as a method for investigating the neighbourhood around the campus.

Slides: Communication Asset Mapping in Practice

One of the fundamental insights of media theory is that media shape space (the light bulb is the classic example of this, as Marshall McLuhan argues). More specifically, communications scholars are interested in questions of how people experience and interact in space – neighbourhoods, urban areas, or even individual streets. This is where digital technologies come in. Mapmaking has become a lot more accessible to non-experts in cartography in recent years. Tools like Google Maps, Mapbox and CartoDB make it possible to add layers of data on to maps of the world, down to a very fine level of detail. We can document and visualise our environment (and share those visualisations) using cheap or free tools online

So, this is why our students can sometimes be found walking around the public spaces of Greenwich, taking notes and pictures. The inspiration for this comes from the MetaConnects group at the Annenberg School for Communication (University of Southern California) whose work aims to link research and practice through the study of communities, diversity and communication technologies. Importantly, they have created a very useful research toolkit, shared online. We’ve borrowed some of their concepts and methods, and put them to use on the streets of Greenwich.

Here’s a link to the map we made, and here are some slides documenting the process. Enjoy!

Creative Conversations – events, research, collaborations

The Creative Conversations project aims to bring together academics, practitioners and students in the creative industries. It’s a collaboration between staff from across the Department of Creative Professions and Digital Arts. Events and research themes this year include ‘the new space of publishing’, the local creative businesses and organisations of Greenwich and SE London, and the relationship between markets and communities (Making London). Media and communication students have contributed to events and even some of the research that is coming out of the project.

Read more on the Creative Conversations blog.

Charlton House collaborating with Greenwich students

Students on the MA Media & Communication are working with local charity the Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust this term on a live project for Charlton House, the best-preserved Jacobean mansion in London. The team of students will be developing ideas and practical suggestions in response to the charity’s communications needs.

We look forward to working with Charlton House to build awareness of this beautiful local gem among a broader audience. A great opportunity for everyone to get to know the mansion and its grounds is coming up on Sunday 18 October, with the annual Horn Fair, a day of events and activities at Charlton House.