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LCC BA (Hons) Photography students capture London with ASUS ZenFone

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Detail from image @ailujjjulia, Instagram

Last week 80 first-year BA (Hons) Photography students were given an ASUS ZenFone 5 LTE smartphone and challenged to create stunning photography around the capital.

For the past few days they have been competing to take the best photos using each of the ZenFone’s camera modes (Low Light, Panorama, Selfie and Time Rewind).

In a fifth category, the students were asked to snap an image that epitomises London.

Here are some of the submissions posted on Instagram:

London Red Bus by Trafalgar Square #London #ZenphoneUAL #ASUSZenphone

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Elliott Dean

Street art in Brick Lane. #AsusZenfone #ZenfoneUAL #London #streetart

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Louise Donohue

#ThisisLondon, my London. Captured this afternoon near Westminster bridge with my #ASUSZenFone for #zenfoneual!We are having a competition within our first year of BA photography at LCC with @ASUShq and @London! Wish me luck!Love, from #London

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Kim Leuenberger

Zenfone Competition!! Give me a like plz~#ASUSZenfone #ZenFoneUAL #London #BigBen #LONDONEYE #UAL #HAPPY # LIFE #BUS #UK #SUN #2014 #lomo #Westminster #riverthames #phone

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Yah-ching Yeh

We will share the winning images when they are announced, but in the meantime search #asuszenfone and #zenfoneual on Instagram to see more.

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LCC BA (Hons) Film Practice students collaborate with Urban Outfitters

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Ruby Heart, aka Harriette Dunn, at work on the changing room graffiti mural. Image © Urban Outfitters

Three students on LCC’s BA (Hons) Film Practice course recently seized the opportunity to work with international fashion franchise Urban Outfitters on a promotional film.

We asked Tom Jeffery, who made the commercial with coursemates Csaba Kondor and Daniel Kershaw, to tell us more about the shoot.

“It came about via a friend of mine who does the interiors for Urban Outfitters stores. He had a video opportunity to shoot his sister [24-year-old artist Ruby Heart] doing a graffiti piece in the Oxford Street store.

“I asked if I could do it with some friends, and after getting it signed off with the Creative Director, I arranged for my course group to film it.

“It neatly fitted in at a time when we had some kit for a short film for a BA (Hons) Film Practice sound project. We actually got a taxi from shooting the first scene straight to the store at midnight and didn’t leave till around 4am. So all in all it was around a 13-hour shooting day!”

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Film // Festival success for LCC staff

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Still from ’72-82′, William Raban.

Three members of LCC staff, William Raban, David Knight and Brad Butler, have recently been featured in film festivals around London, balancing their roles as academics and active practitioners.

Professor of Film William Raban had ’72-82′, his latest film, selected by 2014′s London Film Festival (LFF). ’72-82′ explores the first ten years of groundbreaking London arts organisation Acme Studios and their critical work in housing some of the most renowned artists of our time, such as Richard Deacon and Anthony Whishaw.

Despite having more than 50 films under his belt, William describes the making of ’72-82′ as a “completely new experience”, as it solely uses archival visual materials to revisit the formative years of the organisation.

In addition to screenings at the BFI and Acme Studios, the feature-length documentary will also be screened at LCC’s Inside Out Festival, where William is in conversation with acclaimed sculptor, the two-time Turner Prize-nominated Richard Wilson.

David Knight’s work as Senior Lecturer on BA (Hons) Film and Television at LCC has taken him beyond teaching, as he enjoys success as Director of Photography on ‘The Quiet Hour’, which was nominated for Best UK Feature Film at the 22nd Raindance Film Festival.

“It is hugely satisfying to bring my professional practice back to the classroom. Working at features level brings into play a whole new set of skills to disseminate through workshops at LCC,” said David.

Recently appointed LCC Research Fellow Brad Butler continues the trend with a screening of his short film, ‘The Unreliable Narrator, at this year’s LFF.

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Journalism Guest Speaker Review // BBC News and the Digital Future

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Robin Pembrooke described how BBC journalism is adapting to the digital era

As LCC’s Journalism Guest Speaker talks return for 2014-15, first-year BA (Hons) Journalism student Dylan Taylor reports on the first event in the series.

For the first of these guest lectures on Tuesday 14 October, we were joined by the BBC’s Head of Product for Online News and Weather Robin Pembrooke.

Pembrooke’s visit to LCC comes at an interesting and challenging time for the BBC. The corporation is attempting to advance its news content online, whilst also trying to strike a balance between appealing to consumers both young and old.

It was interesting to hear how the BBC was trying to appeal to the somewhat under-represented demographic of 16-24 year olds, regarding online news.

So how does the oldest and most recognisable broadcaster in the UK go about the digital transformation of its news content? The answer, according to Pembrooke, lies in a more personalised relationship between the news and the audience.

We were given an exciting sneak preview of the BBC’s brand new app, which would allow users to customise their own news content by choosing which areas they wanted their news from and which specific journalists they wanted to read content from.

With the app enabling the BBC to have an enhanced web presence, we were told that the launch of new digital programmes such as this did not come without its problems. It was interesting to find out that the average age of someone looking at the BBC’s homepage was 48.

Pembrooke informed us that most people of this age were very sceptical about any kind of change to an already successful online news platform. Any process that involved change of this nature would have to be a gradual process to keep consumers of all ages interested in the BBC’s news content.

For us aspiring journalists, it was intriguing to hear that the BBC was looking to allow its journalists to publish content on the go, without having to wait for the traditional news slots on television to broadcast the content first.

With the BBC’s tagging and curation now powering their storytelling, Pembrooke encouraged us to have a look at the BBC’s Chartbeat data-monitoring website.

This type of information wasn’t just for the “nerds” though. By monitoring what people were reading, Pembrooke told us that journalists would have a better understanding of what people were looking at regularly and therefore what people were more likely to view in the future.

As a final piece of advice, Pembrooke encouraged us to tweet and promote our own content effectively as in the case of Laura Kuenssberg.

Currently working for the BBC’s Newsnight programme, Kuenssberg is incredibly effective at promoting teaser content online, to get the public interested in what will be on the programme that night.

With many of us creating our own blogs and content throughout our studies, it was inspiring to hear how effectively promoting our own content could help us all up our profiles in a competitive journalistic environment.

Words by Dylan Taylor

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BA (Hons) Journalism at LCC launches brand new magazine designed by Scott King

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Artefact’s first cover star is model and actress Lily Cole

October sees the launch of Artefact, a 52-page A3 magazine produced by students on the third year of LCC’s BA (Hons) Journalism course.

The first issue contains features on ketamine abuse, sugar daddies, the fashion muse Isabella Blow and the couchsurfing phenomenon, as well as reviews of music, films and games.

After this initial issue, the magazine will appear, free of charge, four times a year in the autumn and spring terms. Written and edited by student journalists, it replaces Arts London News, the newspaper produced by students on the course for many years.

Simon Hinde, Programme Director of Journalism and Publishing at LCC, explains:

“I felt it was time to move on from the ALN format and produce a magazine that gives students the opportunity to produce work that they are passionate about and to present that in a quality publication that they’re proud of and can show to future employers.

“LCC has an amazing heritage and culture of art and design and I want Artefact to be part of that tradition.”

As well as being distributed in UAL’s Colleges, Artefact will be available in shops, bars and cafes around London.

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‘Seen on Campus’ profiles students’ sense of style

The magazine was designed by Scott King, UAL’s Chair of Visual Communication. Scott brought to the project his experience of working as Art Director of i-D and Creative Director of Sleazenation magazines.

Through his contacts in the worlds of art and photography, Scott persuaded the likes of Jeremy Deller, Linder Sterling and Juergen Teller to allow their work to be used to illustrate the students’ journalism.

“Scott’s worked incredibly hard on this over the last few months and I’m massively grateful to him,” said Simon Hinde. “We’ve created the basis of a great magazine and the students are already working hard on the next issue.”

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