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Media Junction

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Media Junction aims to enhance the Student Experience by creating opportunities for students to network with each other, across degree pathways in order to make films and create media content.

The initiative is designed to allow students to better understand how freelance work and networking is a staple of the creative industries.

The idea is to replicate what happens in industry – the media world is one where work opportunities arise at networking events. So our students have to learn how to network successfully with each other. Networking will help students create media content outside of their curriculum and these projects can arise from anywhere – from within the undergraduate, masters, foundation degree cohorts of students or from an academic who wants to further a film project.

Previous Media Junction networking events have seen industry guests share their knowledge and passion for working in the creative industries.

Media Junction events have also included industry-focused "speed date meetings", pitching of projects, interview techniques and appropriate CV writing.

Previous events programme 2014 - 2015

Wednesday 11 March 2015

Caroline Smith Arts Consultant | Creative Producer

  • 5pm
  • SU Bar Lounge, Campus Centre, Luton
  • Refreshments and networking

Wednesday 11 February 2015

First Annual Committee Meeting

Bring your ideas and nominations for next year's committee!

  • 5pm SU Bar Lounge, Campus Centre, Luton
  • 5.30pm Meeting Commences
  • Refreshments provided
  • All welcome!

Get involved! Hot desk at the Hat Factory, Events, RTS Events, Filming, Editing, Promo Work

Become a member! Chair, Deputy Chair, Social Media Co-ordinator, Crew Co-ordinator, Crew Member

Wednesday 14 January 2015

Victoria Penrose Makeup Artist & Hairstylist

Life as a freelance makeup artist: how I got where I am today

  • 5pm
  • SU Bar Lounge, Campus Centre, Luton
  • Refreshments and networking

Download event flyer - PDF 1.1 MB

Wednesday 10 December 2014

Terry Marsh Royal Television Society

Getting In and Getting On: the bottom rung; negotiating your way up the TV production and presentation ladder

Christmas networking special!

  • 5pm
  • SU Bar Lounge, Campus Centre, Luton
  • Mince pies and mulled wine!

Download event flyer - PDF 3.0 MB

Wednesday 19 November 2014

Edward Cox Fantasy Author

Perspective: a transition from independent into major press.

Plus author signing of new release 'The Relic Guild' published by Gollancz, Orion Books

"Edward takes elements we have seen in fantasy before, and welds them into something new. With two intertwining stories taking place 40 years apart but influencing each other deeply, it is clear that Edward is a very exciting new talent." – Marcus Gipps, GOLLANCZ EDITOR

  • 5pm
  • SU Bar Lounge, Campus Centre, Luton
  • Refreshments provided

Download event flyer - PDF 1.9 MB

Wednesday 5 November 2014

Cathy Hyde Careers and Employability

What will you become? Employability explored.

Plus student film competition sponsored by Randstad

  • 4-6pm (please note earlier time!)
  • SU Bar Lounge, Campus Centre, Luton
  • Refreshments provided

Wednesday 22 October 2014

NasHH Media Ltd Audio Visual Production Services

Nick Asgill & Dami Coker showcase their production company and the work experience they can offer you!

Be inspired, hear how you can be involved with this cutting edge company.

Wednesday 1 Oct 2014

Induction Party with the Departments of Media Art & Production and Journalism & Communications.

  • 4pm
  • SU Bar Lounge, Campus Centre, Luton
  • Refreshments provided

An opportunity to meet fellow students, staff and alumni!

Event Programme (March - June 2014)

Wednesday 4 June 2014

Celebrating Success 2014

'Celebrating Success' Media and Journalism Degree Show 2014

Creative Writing. Moving Image. Radio. Journalism. Magazine Journalism. Music Technology. Media. Television

Hosted by Departments of Media Arts and Production, and Journalism and Communications

Practitioner and Industry Networking event with special industry guests Made in Luton

Wednesday 14 May

Peter Dickson Voice of The X Factor and Britain's best known TV and Radio promo voice.

Interview. Extended Q&A. Demonstration.

Peter Dickson

"We couldn't imagine the show without him. He is The X Factor" Simon Cowell

Peter Dickson voice over artist, blew students away with a live and loud vocal bonanza of his work on prime time TV and Radio; including ITV's Daybreak, The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent to name a few. Students packed into the Campus Centre lecture theatre to hear Dickson's expert tips and tricks from industry in a lively, interactive interview and demonstration.

Students had the chance to perform a medley of scripts with some specialist coaching from Dickson. Connor Cooledge, a third year Media Performance student raised applause for his sharp and witty take on a comical 'terms and conditions' advertisement script. Other demos included a slow and sultry documentary narration and a bold X Factor style introduction for superstar Beyonce.

With humorous anecdotes from a 40-year career in show business, Dickson gave confident words of wisdom for students starting out to promote themselves 'practice, practice, practice and go to every party in town!'. Then it was off the SU Bar Lounge to do just that, where Dickson stayed around for students to network and steel some more time for questions.

Wrapping up his visit with stop at the University's community radio station, Radio LaB 97.1fm, where student managers recorded an interview and a selection of jingles with Dickson. For a schedule of when you can listen log on to Radio LaB 97.1 fm.

Wednesday 30 April

Juliet Gardiner Writer and Social Historian

'From page to film, set a circuitous journey: developing a  portfolio career for writers and journalists'

Former Editor of 'History Today' Magazine, frequent broadcaster on television and radio, historical advisor for 'Upstairs Downstairs' BBC One and the 2007 film 'Atonement' starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy.  Author of 'The Thirties an intimate history' and 'The Blitz: the British under attack ' published by Harper Press.

Wednesday 26 March

Luke Howard Television and Film Director, University of Bedfordshire Graduate 2001

Graduating from University of Bedfordshire in 2001 with a BA (Hons) in Media with Video Production, Luke has been producing, directing and writing ever since. Feature films, short films, corporate and music videos at independent companies and the BBC alike. His latest show 'Melody' has been commissioned by the BBC and is currently being aired twice a day on the CBeebies channel and on BBC iPlayer.

Wednesday 19 March

Steve Haynes Audio Consultant and Foley Artist

Steve Haynes talks about the joys of post-production sound. With 40 years of experience, Steve has mixed feature films, feature film trailers, high end TV drama and documentary, HD lay-backs and conforms, and automated dialogue replacement recording. Now freelancing and lecturing in post production sound, Steve was previously Head of Sound at a Soho post production facility.

Wednesday 12 March

Terry Marsh, Royal Television Society (RTS).

'Getting Your Foot in the Door'  Networking, selling yourself, how to stand out from the crowd.

Terry Marsh was formerly European Programming Vice President of the Sci Fi Channel, and Head of School Programmes at the BBC, has been Chair and Vice Chair of the Royal Television Society London and represents the RTS on the IBC Conference Committee. RTS brings together people who are involved in television from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences to discover more about the world of television and its associated media.

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