Two more of our MRes students are delivering research papers in the School of Media, Art and Design.
Dr Ruth Sanz Sabido and Emma Graves are to discuss news values in the context of postcolonial relations.
Reader in Digital Transformations, Dr Ágnes Gulyás, is to present a paper on local media in the digital age.
Canterbury Christ Church University
School of Media, Art and Design and Centre for Research on Communities and Cultures
Research Seminars 2016-2017
22 February 2017
Local media and local communities
Speaker: Dr Ágnes Gulyás, Canterbury Christ Church University
What are the roles and importance of local media in their community? How has the subject area been studied? How are the internet and online platforms impacting on the relationship between local communities and their local media? What is local news in the digital age? – These are the key questions for this talk, which will provide a review and (meta) analysis of the relevant literature outlining the key areas of concerns, main approaches and gaps in the field. As an important topic in the literature the talk will explore more closely how local media are changing in the digital age and the key issues regarding the impact of internet and online platforms on how local communities communicate and how information are mediated for them. Findings of an empirical study on local news and communication in the digital age carried out by the presenter and Sarah O’Hara will be presented to illustrate particular points.
Dr Ágnes Gulyás is a Reader in Digital Transformations in the School of Media, Art and Design. She is the co-director of the Centre for Research on Communities and Cultures, CCCU and teaching on the Media and Communications, Multimedia Journalism and MA by Research programmes and supervises PhD students in the School. Ágnes’ research interests include digital transformations, social media, communities, media organisations and industries and journalism.
Powell Building – Pf06
North Holmes Road Campus
Email Dr Andrew Butler – Andrew.Butler@canterbury.ac.uk – for further details
— All welcome —
The opening weekend of July 2016 saw the deaths of two significant figures in the history of British genre cinema – director Robin Hardy and producer Euan Lloyd.
Hardy became a hugely respected figure thanks to his 1973 masterpiece, The Wicker Man (1973). That film, the jewel of the minor sub-genre identified as ‘folk horror’, featured Christopher Lee in what was reportedly his favourite role. Millions of words have been used to eulogise The Wicker Man, and so I would like to shift attention onto its ignored (and occasionally maligned) follow up, The Wicker Tree (2011).
Hardy wrote the screenplay based on his novel entitled Cowboys for Christ (2006). It is a thematic sequel to the earlier film, involving a Christian pop group attempting to convert pagans in Scotland.
It is understandable as to why the film was met with disappointment. Its production values occasionally reveal the (relatively) low budget (though there are also plenty of beautifully shot sequences), such as a shot against a green screen cameo by Christopher Lee. Also, the plot is convoluted in comparison with The Wicker Man.
Senior Lecturer Magz Hall has been awarded her Phd entitled ‘Radio after radio: Redefining radio art in the light of new media technology through expanded practice”. Dr Hall studied at the University of the Arts where her supervisor was Professor Angus Carlyle.
This is a great achievement and a reward for the hard work the Magz has put in over many years.
Lecturer Craig Smith has recently provided graphics and user interface design for ‘Atoms NG’, a fast moving multiplayer turn-based strategy game for iPhone and iPad. You can read more about the project on our projects page.
Lecturer Craig Smith has recently provided graphics and user interface design for ‘Atoms NG’, a fast moving multiplayer turn-based strategy game for iPhone and iPad.
“Part of my contribution for the latest incarnation of the game was to create the branding, promotional video, user interface (UI), and illustrations for human and computer opponents. The graphics really come into their own once you start playing the game, as new Atoms animate, spin and explode on the board. Lead developer John Girvin has also included some eye-catching particle animations, and the board itself warps as Atoms are added and explode across the grid. It’s a game that relies heavily on tactics, yet has a very dynamic ‘feel’ to the gameplay. There’s nothing quite like seeing your atoms ‘chain react’ across the board to win a game against the computer or a friend. Conversely, one slip-up can result in your opponent seizing their opportunity to win!” (Craig Smith, 2014)
Senior Lecturer Tim Jones unearthed rare footage which sheds light on the man who inspired the children’s book Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. His work was featured on the local median news and will be screened during a series of public lectures and screenings based in Canterbury.
Senior Lecturer in Film, Radio and Television, Tim Jones has recently discovered unseen footage of Count Louis Zborowski, who lived at Higham Park, near Canterbury, in the early 1900’s, and who was the inspiration behind Ian Fleming’s children’s story, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Tim’s discovery was featured in The Sunday Express where he spoke about his finding.
Project by: Tim Jones
Archive film footage collected by Tim Jones, Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University as part of a research project tracing old film footage of Canterbury from the past century.