Salford alumnus Greg Walker graduated in 2013 with a degree in Film Studies. Since then, he’s worked in film exhibition for the likes of Grimm Up North and Scalarama, as well as founding RAD Screenings, a specialist film night showing old-school double bills. Next up is Pilot Light, a brand new festival dedicated to the best TV content from around the world. We caught up with Greg to find out more.
What is Pilot Light?
It’s a festival dedicated to celebrating the past, present and future of TV and independent web series, with an eclectic selection of screenings and some great Q&As. Whether you’re a TV fan or someone who works in the industry, it’s the perfect way to celebrate the shows you love so much, while discovering new content from the fast developing world of indie TV.
How did you get your first job as a journalist?
My first break in the media industry was landing a job as a trainee news reporter at the Knutsford Guardian, which is a local weekly newspaper. Like a lot of people who work in the media, I landed the job by signing up to do work experience with my hometown’s local newspaper, the Sale and Altringham Messenger. When the job came up in Knutsford, the editor in Sale recommended that I went for the interview and I presumably impressed the Knutsford editor enough to get my first job. So it was really about hard work and effort. Work experience paved the way.
Ahead of her workshop in Create Festival’s Alumni Week, Photography graduate Laura Parkinson talks more about her Salford experience
Q: What have you been up to since graduating?
A: I graduated from Salford in July 2015, and since then I’ve progressed onto a PGCE in Further Education and Training. I’ve just secured myself a teaching role for September 2016, when I’ll be working with secondary and sixth form students teaching Digital Photography and Art and Design. I’ve also been working as a freelance fashion photographer, collaborating with other creatives to produce work for international magazines.
Listen to chancellor Jackie Kay talk about ‘Flight, Feathers and Quilt’, the exhibition she’s curated for Create Salford. Alongside the exhibition, Jackie’s written the new poem ‘Books, Wings’. She reads it for us here. You can see ‘Flight, Feathers and Quilt’ in the Clifford Whitworth Library until Friday 30 September.
Nigel Howe, the Associate Dean Strategy and Operations in the School of Arts & Media, began working at the University 30 years ago today.
And of behalf of everyone in the School we would like to wish you Happy Anniversary for 30 years of working at Salford!
Tuesday 8th December, 12-3pm at MediaCityUK Foyer
Wednesday 9th December, 12-3pm at Adelphi Canteen
Photo Booth Competition
The best photos will win prizes
1st – £50 Amazon vouchers
2nd – Hamper from Unicorn Grocery in Chorlton
3rd – Salfood meal for two in the Bryans suite
4th – School of Arts and Media hoodie
Festive music and a free glass of mulled wine or orange juice, be early to avoid disappointment!
We have a charity bake sale, plus a couple of festive movies…
‘Elf’ and ‘Home Alone’ to be shown in the DPL at the MediaCityUK event
Two University of Salford students quizzed leading media figures as official reporters at the launch of the Asian Media Awards at ITV Studios in London.
MA Journalism postgraduates Tom Percival, 25, and Gorana Jelovina, 22, interviewed VIP guests including award-winning former BBC Sport Editor Mihir Bose and celebrated broadcaster, writer, journalist and documentary maker Sarfraz Mansoor.
Both men called for greater diversity in the media, urging media organisations to employ people from a wider range of backgrounds.
University of Salford students are to rub shoulders with some of the biggest stars in media – as official reporters for the Asian Media Awards.
MA Journalism postgraduates Gorana Jelovina and Tom Percival will lead a team of students who will capture the build-up to the awards and the prestigious red carpet ceremony on October 29.
The event, sponsored by the University, is designed to celebrate the talent, drive and innovation of professionals – including journalists, bloggers, presenters, producers and actors – who excel in the Asian and mainstream media.
Two University of Salford students have been accepted to exhibit their films at the upcoming Manchester International Film Festival (ManIFF), held in July. Lucy Cassidy and Daniel Watts were among 25 BA Television and Radio (BATAR) students to send their work to festival, with the hope of showing their film at a festival screening at the AMC Manchester.
First year students from our Creative Writing and Graphic Design courses have collaborated on an exciting project to produce a series of works in a ‘Typographic Haiku Collaborative Experiments’ exhibition.
Our first year BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing students were asked to create a haiku; a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world. These were then passed to our BA (Hons) Graphic Design students, who were asked to produce a series of experimental typefaces that conceptually reflected the content of their given poem. The final task was to demonstrate how successfully their newly crafted letterforms displayed their respective poem, in poster form.