The 2015 Chortle Comedy Awards took place at Jongleurs in Camden, where the crème de la crème of the comedy world came together to celebrate the achievements of fellow comedians including those new to the scene.
The Annual Chortle Comedy Awards celebrates the best in live comedy, awarded by a panel of judges and an online public vote at Chortle.co.uk.
A number of University of Salford graduates took the comedy world by storm at the awards, winning the ‘Best Newcomer’ category. Read more…..
Katie Dickinson graduated from the University’s MA Journalism programme in 2013 and secured a job as a reporter at The Westmorland Gazette in Cumbria.
After completing 18 months as a trainee with the newspaper, she has now become a senior reporter by passing the National Council for the Training of Journalists’ (NCTJ) NQJ exam – scoring a record 91 per cent in her media law and practice paper.
Katie, 26, said: “The fact that I got the job at The Westmorland Gazette just days after finishing at Salford is a testament to the quality of the course and the careers support we were given. Read more…..
Held at Blackdog Ballroom NWS last week, the nautical themed #GoodShipSalford was a student led showcase event that offered the chance for established industry professionals to view the portfolios of our BA (Hons) Graphic Design graduating class.
As well as showcasing their work, the event gave the graduating design crew the opportunity to sell themselves and expand their network within the creative industry. An armada of agencies (see what we did there?) from across the Manchester region attended to witness the students’ hard work, blood, sweat and tears.
A number of recent graduates from MA Wildlife Documentary Production have overcome stiff competition to gain employment at a variety of distinguished wildlife film organisations.
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To a countless amount of people, this memorable TV quote is the gateway to nostalgia of arguably the first cult TV show in existence. Let’s go back to the early nineties: Vanilla Ice, neon shoelaces and Hulk Hogan – many would agree this short period in time was a huge atrocity in pop-cultural history. However, there was one cultural saving grace (okay, there were a few!), a small beacon of light gleaming through a terrible Kylie Minogue dance routine – David Lynch’s TV masterpiece, Twin Peaks. Read more…..
Channel 4 has just released an award winning video game, developed by BSc Computer and Video Games graduate Tom McParland and colleagues. The BAFTA nominated puzzle-platforming game started as an entry in the Dare to Be Digital competition, where Tom and his team were encouraged by their course tutor to take part. The team later went on to win the Channel 4 prize, and have since grown their company Lamplight Studios.
In A Pixel Story, taking on the role of the titular pixel, players need to escape from a Pong-like game world and then progress through increasingly detailed game worlds that pay homage to the developments made in gaming across four graphical generations.
Colin MacDonald, Games Commissioner at Channel 4, was one of the judges at Dare to be Digital and has been mentoring the developers since the competition winners were announced. Colin said: “Lamplight Studios’ love letter to video gaming is fun, fiendishly challenging and charming in equal measure, and we can’t wait to share its story with the world.”
The release of the game is a bold step for Tom and his team at Lamplight who hope to leave their mark on the British games industry.
When asked how Tom thought his course at Salford in Computer and Video Games contributed to his success in the industry, he said “Our course taught us how to be self-sufficient as a team, encouraging members to not only focus on a certain skill set but to also learn around this speciality to get a broader understanding of developing a game as a team.”
For more information about the BSc in Computer and Video Games, please visit the coursefinder page.
Yasmin White is the latest MA Wildlife Documentary Production student to achieve success at a major international film festival. She follows in the footsteps of Shaz Syed, who was recently nominated for the ‘Best Emerging Science Filmmaker’ award at the Jackson Hole film festival and Tom Rowland, who won the award for ‘Best Cinematography’ for his film Adapting Anolis at the Screentest National Student Film awards earlier this year.
BA Journalism Broadcast graduate Fizah Tahir is in the running for the Mokhtar Awards, a film festival held in Paris, which celebrates films that are related to spirituality, Islam and Muslims. Voting is currently in progress in order to decide which ten films entered into the competition will make it into the final shortlist for the festival, which takes place from 26 – 28 December.
A total of 20 films will be chosen for the festival, 10 by the judging panel and 10 by public vote. These films will then compete for the chance to win prizes in various categories. As her film is a documentary, she stands to win €10,000 if her film is picked as a winner.
Everybody has their dream job in mind, but very few people actually get to do it. For Gemma Goodall, Salford graduate from 2009, she’s not only doing it but she’s not had to move very far away from home to find it. Gemma is Bury born and bred and a lifelong fan of Bury FC, having been taken to games by her dad from a young age. Today she’s the Marketing and Media Manager for the Club and enjoying every second of the matches that she attends over the season. These days she sits in the press box and at the home matches at Gigg Lane; her dad sits immediately in front of her!
BA (Hons) TV and Radio students at the University of Salford based at MediaCityUK, had a special guest on their live show on Thursday – a 12ft albino Burmese Python named Casper.
The show, which aired live on Shock Radio, focussed on fears and phobia, and the highlight was an attempt to challenge BATAR student Mike Pickston, to face up to his fear of snakes by presenting some of the hour-long show with Casper draped around him. Also featured on the show was hypnotherapist Karin Momberg, who helped Mike through the experience.
It’s the first time the radio studios at MediaCityUK have hosted a snake, and it pushed the boundaries of radio broadcasting.