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Digital pioneer Emily Bell to give Hugh Cudlipp Lecture 2015

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Emily Bell, Founder Director to the Tow Centre for Digital Journalism at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York City, will be the guest speaker for the Hugh Cudlipp Lecture 2015, taking place at London College of Communication on Monday 26 January.

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“It is a great and humbling honour to be asked to deliver the Cudlipp Lecture. The Cudlipp tradition is an important part of the rich, robust and innovative soul of British journalism,” said Emily Bell.

As former Editor-in-Chief of the Guardian’s websites and director of digital content, Emily led the strategy to make the Guardian an open platform for journalism.

“We are delighted that Emily Bell has agreed to give this year’s Cudlipp Lecture. At a time when the media industry is being transformed by digital, her thoughts and research on its impact on the business of journalism and news output will be seminal, not least because she was one of the digital pioneers in the UK at the Guardian,” said Natalie Brett, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Head of College.

Now in its twelfth year, the annual Hugh Cudlipp Lecture – named in memory of the late Lord Cudlipp, former Editorial Director of the Daily Mirror – also serves as a platform for the Hugh Cudlipp Award, given to a student who has made an outstanding contribution to journalism.

Entries are now closed for this year’s student journalism prize of £2,000, with the criteria widened this year to include video journalism. The winner of this prestigious award will be announced at the lecture.

London College of Communication has hosted the Hugh Cudlipp Lecture since 2005 and we are once again partnering with sponsors The Daily Mirror for the event.

“The Daily Mirror is honoured to be sponsoring the Hugh Cudlipp Lecture for the second year in a row. Emily Bell is one of the leading lights in digital journalism. The Mirror has been making great strides online, so it’ll be enlightening to hear her speech,” said Lloyd Embley, Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Mirror.

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Yve Lomax talk: Photographs, Writing.

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A research talk by Yve Lomax:

‘Photographs, Writing’

Wednesday 11 March 2015, 4.30.
Street Lecture Theatre, London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle.

All welcome.

The Photography and the Contemporary Imaginary Research Hub at LCC is pleased to announce a research talk by Yve Lomax:

‘Within this talk I will give examples of my writing and, in so doing, say something about photographic images. There will be examples that embrace what I can only call the ‘art’ of writing. There will also be examples of me toing and froing as, in writing, I enter into conversation with myself. And finally there will be ideas regarding the example itself and how, if only for a moment, a photographic image can be considered as that.’

Yve Lomax is a visual artist and writer. She is author of Pure Means: Writing, Photographs and an Insurrection of Being(2013), Passionate Being: Language, Singularity and Perseverance (2010), Sounding the Event: Escapades in Dialogue and Matters of Art, Nature and Time (2005) and Writing the Image: An Adventure with Art and Theory (2000). She is currently Senior Research Tutor for Photography and Fine Art at the Royal College of Art. She is also a director of and commissioning editor for the Common Intellectual series of Copy Press.

This event is organized in association with TrAIN, the UAL research centre for transnational art, identity and nation.

Please direct enquiries to: Weibke Leister, w.leister@lcc.arts.ac.uk

Teaching excellence award for LCC Course Leader

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The four UAL Teaching Scholars 2015

Congratulations to Paul Lowe, LCC’s Course Leader for MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography, who has been awarded the prestigious title of UAL Teaching Scholar.

This new award is for academic and support staff at UAL who demonstrate excellence in teaching and support.

The title is held by successful applicants for two years. Teaching Scholars also receive £5,000 project and development funding, a special responsibility allowance and professional development support to become a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Receiving the title alongside Paul were Anne Marr (Course Leader, BA (Hons) Textile Design, CSM), Fred Meller (Course Leader, BA (Hons) Performance Design and Practice, CSM) and Dr. Natascha Radclyffe-Thomas (Course Leader, BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing, LCF).

The awards were presented at the 2015 Learning and Teaching Day by Professor Susan Orr.

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Course Leader, MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography, Paul Lowe

Speaking about his achievement, Paul said:

“This is a fantastic initiative from UAL that really recognises that teaching is central to our practice and I am delighted to be with such a great group of fellow scholars.

“I’m really looking forward to building on all our work and collaborating together over the next two years”.

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LCC announces major photography, sound and moving image exhibition ‘Staging Disorder’

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Opening on Monday 26 January and curated by Christopher Stewart and Esther Teichmann, ‘Staging Disorder’ explores the contemporary representation of the real in relation to modern conflict.

The project is initiated and supported by Karin Askham, Dean of the School of Media.

The exhibition includes selected images from seven photographic series that were made independently of each other near the start of the new millennium:

Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin’s ‘Chicago’, Geissler/Sann’s ‘personal kill’, Claudio Hils’ ‘Red Land Blue Land’, An-My Lê’s ’29 Palms’, Richard Mosse’s ‘Airside’, Sarah Pickering’s ‘Public Order’ and Christopher Stewart’s ‘Kill House’.

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’747 Heathrow’, Richard Mosse

These artists portray fake domestic rooms, aircraft, houses, streets and entire towns designed as military and civilian mock-ups in preparation for real or imagined future conflicts across the globe. Their work asks questions about the nature of truth in current photographic practice.

The images in all seven series are documentary images of something which appears real but has in fact been staged to mimic a disordered reality.

In capturing this constructed reality, the works explore modern, premeditated conflict, and analyse a unique form of architecture.

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‘High Street’, Sarah Pickering

The ‘Staging Disorder’ concept refers not to how the photographers have staged disordered reality themselves, but rather to how they have recognised and responded to a phenomenon of staging that already exists.

These themes are also extended throughout the LCC gallery spaces in work by sound artists from UAL’s Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice (CRiSAP) research centre.

CRiSAP artists Cathy Lane, Angus Carlyle (and his collaborator, the anthropologist Rupert Cox), David Toop and Peter Cusack add a multi-dimensional element to the photographic works with sound and moving image installations and written texts.

The show coincides with a symposium on the afternoon of Tuesday 27 January and a book launch at 6pm of the publication ‘Staging Disorder’ by Black Dog Publishing, co-edited by Christopher Stewart and Esther Teichmann.

Staging Disorder
Private View: Tuesday 27 January 6-9pm
Exhibition open: Monday 26 January – Thursday 12 March
Opening times: Monday-Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday 11am – 4pm, Sunday closed
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Venue: London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle, London SE1 6SB.

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News // Third-year BA (Hons) Film and Television student’s film selected by London Short Film Festival

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Still from ‘Torpor – Wintersleep’, Jannik Schmoller, 2014.

Jannik Schmoller, a third-year LCC BA (Hons) Film and Television student, has just had his film ‘Torpor – Wintersleep’ accepted to the London Short Film Festival.

The experimental short film tells the story of Lucia, a nineteen-year-old struggling to overcome the traumatic memories of her childhood with an abusive father. This unique film tells Lucia’s story entirely through gesture and contemporary movement. Citing David Lynch as one of his greatest courses of inspiration, Jannik explains “in my short films, I aim to explore our vast and fascinating subconscious.”

‘Torpor – Wintersleep’, a project Jannik wrote and directed whilst in his second year at LCC, was one of a few films selected from over a thousand submissions to this year’s festival. Jannik is particularly excited to be screening his film in the London Short Film Festival because he considers London to be the creative capital of the world.

However, whilst enjoying his success Jannik has already moved on to his next project, an ambitious graduation film, and is looking for passionate and dedicated collaborators.

The festival runs from Friday 9 – Sunday 18 January.

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LCC Postgraduate Shows 14 // Spotlight on MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography

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‘Abide with Me’, Andy Barmer, 2014.

Kicking off 2015 at LCC – with a Private View on Thursday 8 January – is our final Postgraduate Show of the season, featuring work by thirty-three talented postgraduate students from MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography.

In this year’s show, ‘Consider This’, we see how Rwanda is making a new history through competitive cycling, picture the private lives of Iranian women differently, view a mythical interpretation of Galicia, northern Spain, and explore how history is recorded and remembered via the story of an unresolved plane crash.

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‘X-Ray’, Betty Zapata, 2014.

Work also includes Betty Zapata’s undercover project ‘X-Ray’, which reveals how public hospitals in Venezuela are locked in their own emergency.

‘X-Ray’ shows from the inside the decomposition of public healthcare facilities and the suffering of vulnerable patients as the country undergoes huge political and economic crisis.

The constant realities of poverty, violence, internal political conflicts, corruption, negligence and abandonment are found to be present both within the walls of public hospitals and within the borders of Venezuela itself.

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‘Abide with Me’, Andy Barmer, 2014.

Andy Barmer is showing ‘Abide with Me’, a fourteen-minute film short and four-minute dual screen looped video installation exploring three generations of one family – daughter, mother and grandfather – and the influence of the past upon the present.

Daughter Beth travels to France, Yorkshire and Scotland to explore her grandfather’s traumatic Great War history, and psychological issues are shown to resonate down the generations.

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‘And the Mountain Said to Munzur: You, River of My Tears’, Miriam Stanke, 2014.

In ‘And the Mountain Said to Munzur: You, River of My Tears’, Miriam Stanke presents the story of Dersim, a remote mountainous area of Eastern Anatolia with the Munzur river and valley at its heart.

Dersim is the historical heartland of the Kurdish Alevis, a heterodox religious group that has suffered a long history of oppression and violence and continues to fight for its heritage.

The project captures glimpses of a society whose cultural and religious history reveals itself not only in special prayers and rites but in clear political actions towards autonomy and equality.

LCC Senior Lecturer Max Houghton introduces ‘Consider This’:

“Photography’s ability to create or extend discourse is not yet utilised fully in our sophisticated culture; its use more frequently associated with instant, devourable satisfaction, as defined by the unsavoury neologism ‘click-bait’.

“The gentle invitation, then, to look longer; to consider, may be the most radical act you could engage in today”.

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‘Not a Blank Canvas’, Joshua Irwandi, 2014.

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Exhibition open: Friday 9 – Thursday 15 January 2015
Private View: Thursday 8 January 6-9pm
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Late night opening: Wednesday 14 January until 9pm

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New postgraduate courses announced

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We’ve been making some very exciting changes to our postgraduate offer lately, so below we’ve rounded up all our new and revised postgraduate courses in one place.

New courses //

Starting in September 2015, we are offering a range of fantastic new courses in order to meet demand and expand applicants’ options in a number of fast-evolving and developing creative industries.

We hope that there will now also be even more opportunity for undergraduate-to-postgraduate progression.

Our new postgraduate courses, subject to validation, are:

MA Animation: Students create, explore and play with both 3D digital and 2.5D analogue technologies. This course offers the chance to develop a personal practice that understands animation in multiple forms, creating innovative approaches to animation driven by critical understanding.

MA Design Management and Cultures: Students develop high-level leadership, management, communication and analytical skills for a career in the creative and cultural industries. The course combines academic study with creative and professional practice in a project-led curriculum.

MA Film (2016 entry onwards): Information available shortly

MA Games Design: Rooted in experimental practice, MA Games Design ensures that students are equipped with both the technical and critical skills that allow them to produce a broad portfolio of innovative game prototypes. Concepts of goal, challenge and obstacle are also explored through critical evaluation.

MA International Journalism (Online): A new course developed to help journalists get an international perspective on the world and the way in which global media is now accessible across traditional frontiers thanks to rapidly-evolving communications technology.

MA Television: This unique course delivers the skills needed to design and make fact-based television programming. Students learn how to translate their ideas into practical, hands-on advanced programming and also learn about pitching, budgeting, and how to establish their own production company.

Postgraduate Diploma Photography: This course builds a foundation of technical skills, from analogue to the latest digital technologies, and expand your ideas through a set of course projects. Students learn to develop a strong conceptual approach and personal identity to your practice, and finish the programme with a high quality portfolio as well as the professional skills to launch your career in photography or continue in education at a higher level.

Updated courses //

Some of our other postgraduate courses have been significantly revalidated and are now offering updated content.

MA Arts and Lifestyle Journalism (revalidated MA Journalism): Students develop the advanced skills needed for a successful career in journalism, create substantial pieces of journalism on aspects of arts, culture and lifestyle, and learn from tutors with extensive professional experience of arts journalism in print, broadcast and online.

MA Graphic and Media Design (revalidated MA Graphic Design): Students establish a distinct understanding of the fields of graphic design and visual culture, as well as those that infect, destabilise and unravel it. This course invites thoughtful, critical, productive individuals interested in the effective articulation of design.

Changes //

We’re also ensuring that all our Masters programmes (MAs) start in September. Courses which currently have January starts will have one final January intake in 2015, then standardised September starts will begin in September 2015.

All full-time MA courses will also move to a four-term model, with part-time MAs using a seven-term model.

We hope you enjoy exploring our new postgraduate possibilities!

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LCC alumna reveals lives of hospice patients in new exhibition

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Jade Sempare, 31, was diagnosed with MS at the age of 13. She told Eléonore about how her house keys represented living independently from her mum.

MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography alumna Eléonore de Bonneval has recently been working with patients at St. Joseph’s Hospice, Mare Street, Hackney, to create a series of intimate portraits capturing the most important objects in their lives.

Launched to coincide with Hospice Care Week, Eléonore’s ‘Everlasting Lives’ exhibition features photographs of objects selected not for their materialistic value but for the personal and emotional stories attached.

St Joseph’s Hospice is one of the oldest and largest hospices in Britain, founded in 1905. It is an independent charity providing compassionate support and care for people with life-limiting conditions and terminal illnesses in Hackney and the City of London, Newham and Tower Hamlets.

Speaking at the exhibition opening, Eléonore said:

“I want to thank St Joseph’s Hospice staff and patients for their support and trust throughout this project.

“Jade, Sanjay, Lucie, John, Josie, Susan and Viviane told me about their life stories, we identified together five objects that mattered to them, but really those objects don’t matter.

“What do matter are the stories attached. Through those you’ll get a window into their lives, hear about their trips, favourite books or music and most importantly you’ll hear about the essential role played by their beloved friends and family.”

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John Waterhouse’s photograph of his dad

John Waterhouse, 77
Diagnosed with blood cancer in January 2013

My dad
I was born the wrong time, 1937. I didn’t see my father. I don’t remember seeing my father until I was 8 years of age. It wasn’t a normal upbringing because my mother was in the hospital. She had TB. She died at 32. I was 9.

I was about 8 years of age when my dad came back, he was like a stranger because I had not seen him at all really. I remember he came in, he gave us a little jar of sweets and went round the pub. I still remember that day. I don’t know what sweets it was in those days, everything was rationed.

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Toys belonging to Susan Murray’s children

Susan Murray, 52
Diagnosed with MS on January 18, 2008

‘Eric the Sheep’ and ‘Stripey Zebra’, my children’s teddy bears.
I had my first kid Alfy, now 15, when I was 38 and Jake, now 12, when I was 40. The only thing I didn’t do is travel to South America, which is the next place I wanted to go to. But I had the kids instead.

My life has completely changed since I had the kids. It does. They are really important to me.

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Perfume bottle belonging to Viviane Fatimani’s grandmother

Viviane Fatimani, 29
Diagnosed with MS in December 2009

The scent of my French grandmother
My grandmother died last year at Christmas, two days before we came to visit but I think it was on purpose because she always made me promise I would be at her funeral. When I was living in Mexico, sometimes she said ‘you will come back for my funeral right?’ ‘Yeah of course I will Mémé !’.

I have kept her perfume because it smells of her. It is Cinema by Yves Saint Laurent. I can’t believe she used to bath herself in this stuff. I used to think that it was just what she used to smell of. I didn’t realize it was perfume. My aunt told me ‘you should take the perfume’.

I took it to my sister and I said: ‘Close your eyes, smell this, what is it ? What does it smell of?’ She said, ‘it smells of Mémé!’

‘Everlasting Lives’ continues at St Joseph’s Hospice until Friday 16 January 2015 and is open every day 9am-6pm.

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Review // David Goldblatt and Anthony Clavane turn spotlight on football’s big issues

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David Goldblatt, award-winning author of The Game Of Our Lives.

Second-year BA (Hons) Sports Journalism student Stephen Kilbey, winner of the 2014 Sir William Lyons Award for best young motoring journalist, reports on the latest in LCC’s popular series of sports guest lectures.

Award-winning authors David Goldblatt and Anthony Clavane recently tackled the good, the bad and the downright ugly sides of the ‘beautiful game’ as guests of LCC’s BA (Hons) Sports Journalism course.

Goldblatt’s latest book, The Game Of Our Lives, has been widely acclaimed as a seminal look behind the money-fuelled hype surrounding English football at its elite level.

Clavane, who is also a Sports Journalism tutor at LCC, is the author of Promised Land, about his emotional ties to his home city Leeds and its football club, which was named as both Football and Sports Book of the Year in 2011.

He also writes on football for, amongst others, the Mirror, Independent and New Statesman and is an authority on the Jewish influence on the English game.

On their agenda at LCC were hot topics including club ownership, recent incidents of racism within the sport, and the growing popularity of the women’s game.

“I think with the rise of women’s football, we should see a new type of following,” said Goldblatt. “I don’t know quite what it is yet, but I certainly think it will be better to see something other than a clone of the Premier League.

“Will it ever be as big as men’s football to truly rival it? I’m not sure… Women’s football still has a long way to go, but it’s certainly the most prominent it’s been for the public since its boom during the early 20th century.”

BA (Hons) Sports Journalism Course Leader Anne Coddington said after writing her 1997 book One Of The Lads: Women Who Follow Football, she expected to have seen more progress by now in terms of female fandom, roles within clubs and in the sports media.

Clavane illustrated the progress made in dealing with racism in football with anecdotes from his time supporting Leeds United while growing up, when it was still widespread among fans.

“It was hard,” he explained. “I actually gave up my fandom for a couple of years because it got too much for me.

“When there’s several thousand fans chanting the same obscene things at black players, your fellow supporters, sometimes people you’d call friends… The only way I found I could deal with it was to get up and leave.”

The session ended with some thought-provoking questions from the students, who left motivated and eager to continue the discussion.

Words by BA (Hons) Sports Journalism student Stephen Kilbey

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Journalism Guest Speaker Review // Magazines, Fashion, Style and Apps

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Joanna Montgomery (far left) and Deborah Joseph speak to LCC’s Programme Director of Journalism and Publishing, Simon Hinde.

Last month the Podium Lecture Theatre at London College of Communication hosted a talk on the digitalisation of media and how fashion magazines build interest through social media.

Joanna Montgomery, head of digital at Bauer Media, responsible for the publishing of products such as GRAZIA, Mojo, Kerrang, Q, most recently The Brief and many more, was one of two guest speakers.

The creative director of emerging fashion app ASAP54, Deborah Joseph, joined the talk to share her experience as a fashion journalist and also entrepreneur.

BA (Hons) Journalism student Desislava Todorova reports on the event.

Joanna Montgomery began by telling us about her experience in the industry. As a head of digital in Europe’s largest privately owned publishing group since 2012, she takes care of digital marketing, audience and content strategy, product management, media analytics and a bit of technology.

According to Joanna, social media has become an important element of the marketing strategy and people are becoming more aware of that. Accurately building up an audience on all social media channels could be crucial for the success of a campaign, for instance.

Another topic touched on was the digital content of magazines and how, as she mentions, “three years ago” websites were regarded as pure marketing tools, while now they are separate editorial products in their own right. As a result, the best content is being selected and later included in the print version.

To the question of whether or not digital is killing print media, she referred to the mobile versions of Bauer’s products. In this way, people are not focusing on the magazine as an object but more on its content. So her answer was “yes and no” because in the end, apps, websites and mobile versions are simply different mediums for information and digitalism has provided us with more options without necessarily excluding their print versions.

This is when Deborah Joseph stepped into the talk. She is the creative director of mobile app ASAP54. Her career more recently involved being an editor-in-chief of Condé Nast’s publication Easy Living magazine.

Her vision of the fashion world has changed through the years, as well as her perception of publications. She recalled saying years ago during an interview that she couldn’t imagine reading a book (as an example of print publication) without physically feeling it as part of the experience.

Today, she carries her Kindle and explains how fascinated she is with this swift pace of change due to digitalisation. Her most recent project, ASAP54, is a combination of trend research, fashion styling and cool-hunting which completely changes the shopping experience.

Therefore, this product is an example of the reshaping power of digital media and how this has changed our everyday perspective.

The talk was attended by students from various courses and concluded with a Q&A session which proved very useful for students aiming at fashion and digital journalism.

Words and image by BA (Hons) Journalism student Desislava Todorova.

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