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2013: What’s on the cards for media in the north

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Starting the year with a look at what could be in store for the media in the north during 2013.

Picture from last month’s Bradford Animation Festival by the National Media Museum on Flickr.

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Good news for Media City?
Of course it was too much to hope for. I had thought we might get all the way into the new year without a knocking story about Media City appearing in the nationals but then this arrived from The Telegraph.

Now I don’t have any problem with the investigation into costs – although I personally don’t see why a single penny needs to be paid out to persuade people to move north when there’s so much talent already here – it’s a fair enough question to ask on behalf of us licence fee payers.

But what I did find startling was the quote attributed to the Angie Bray, a Conservative member of the Culture, Media and Sport select committee (bolding mine):

I can’t help feeling that Salford is an expensive box- ticking exercise. I absolutely understand that the BBC feels the need to demonstrate that they are not entirely London-centric but the fact is the programming from Salford is not as good and it is costing an awful lot of money.

Apart from showing a lack of understanding of long-term costs, where does the evidence for this ‘fact’ come from? How is the quality of programming gauged exactly? Whatever your view on the BBC’s new home, having MPs of any party making unexplained judgements of opinion on the quality of programming and presenting them as fact is something we should all be wary of.

Although I haven’t written so much about Media City recently, I remain an avid follower of all that happens there and I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling a little rush of pride when the announcers say ‘produced in Salford’ or ‘going over to our Salford studio’. Now the site itself looks more established, as well as the general public being more aware thanks to the regular credits, here’s hoping the knocking stage of its evolution is now over.

New look websites and apps for many northern newspapers
Trinity Mirror, which runs the websites for many big city titles including the Manchester Evening News and The Journal is rolling out a new look and new functionality after a launch in Birmingham in October. The new versions reportedly include built-in live blog technology, better presentation of picture galleries and video, and a new hyperlocal section called In Your Area – more on that here.

Meanwhile, Johnston Press gets app-y with titles including The Yorkshire Post, The Sheffield Star and The Sunderland Echo. Developed by Pagesuite Ltd, all 18 titles will also launch Android versions which will work on devices including the new Amazon Kindle Fire, the Google Nexus 7 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab.Alex Gubbay, Director Digital Platforms, said: “The range of more affordable tablet devices now available is expanding rapidly. Our new iPad and Android apps allow us to tap into this growing trend and learn how best to offer users the best from their local title in a more dynamic, convenient way.

The Skinny on its way to the north west
The crowded cultural sector of Manchester and Liverpool is just about to get even busier as Scottish publisher The Skinny prepares to set up shop. Currently seeking various editorial positions (including editor) the magazine will hope the independent stance which has made it a must-read for Edinburgh will travel across the border. Longtime followers of this blog might remember that we’ve been here before…….http://www.sarahhartley.me.uk/2010/04/19/no-skinny-for-manchester/

High praise for north east weekly paper
The Teesdale Mercury, ‘the voice of Teesdale since 1854′, newspaper found itself in line for praise by MPs discussing the future of he local press. It reports that Helen Goodman, Shadow Minister for Media and Communications, said: “Notwithstanding whatever marvellous local newspapers honourable members have, none could be better than the inestimable Teesdale Mercury.”

All change for The Guardian in the north
The irrepressible Martin Wainwright is today replaced by new Northern Editor Helen Pidd who takes on the mammoth task of walking in the outgoing Northern editor’s shoes. As anyone who has had the pleasure of working with, or even just following his writing knows, Martin will be a hard act to follow as a tireless champion of the north against the increasing London-centricity of the national media. He writes more here:

For most of my time, and during my 37 years at the Guardian which will finish at the end of March, my method has been to get as much about the north into the paper as possible. In recent years, that has changed with the move to digital-first and the chance to try new ways of coverage such as the Northerner. I have loved this, as a way of using the resources of the north to describe and discuss the north; more than 200 people have contributed posts in the 22 months since we changed from a weekly email to daily blogging.

A fond farewell to Martin – and a warm welcome to Helen for 2013.

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Written by sarahhartley

January 1st, 2013 at 10:12 am

BBC North job applicants, hires and paygrades

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This morning over at The Northerner I posted details from a recent Freedom of Information request which gives more infomation about the number of people applying for jobs and MediaCityUK, those who were hired and the paygrades in place at the new home of the Beeb in the north.

To provide further transparency, I’ve also published the full document below.

The data referred to is also available in spreadsheet form via my data store page. Please do drop me a line in the comments below if you use this data elsewhere.

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January 16th, 2012 at 8:46 am

BBC North bridge complete and other media moments from the week

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Bridge to BBC North complete
This afternoon came the announcement that the new Salford Quays bridge spans the Quays water from Trafford side to BBC North for the first time. See the webcam image capturing the moment here.

Navigating MediaCity
and talking of MediaCity there’s a special event on next week to consider the opportunities it will yield for businesses and individuals living and working across the north of England
Navigating MediaCityUK is on Thursday 2 December from 6pm-9pm at Waterside Arts Centre.Tickets are £10 and are available from Waterside Arts Centre box office on 0161 912 5616, 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday.
Further information and updates: http://www.creativeindustriestrafford.org

Happy fourth birthday, Techcelerate

The technology network that has brought together some of the digital technology with its investment and support community, celebrated four years of knowledge sharing onTuesday 23rd November.
Manoj Ranaweera, founder of Techcelerate said:

“When we held our first event in November 2006, I had no idea that it would turn into a thriving and trusted network for tech entrepreneurs and their companies. I was simply trying to find few tech entrepreneurs to learn from without having to travel to London often. Today our community is over 1850, made up of tech entrepreneurs, senior managers of technology companies, investors, deal makers and service providers all united to create an ecosystem for UK’s tech community. We are also trying to put the North West on the world’s tech map as a place to set up and grow global tech businesses.”

For further information about Techcelerate and its next event visit www.techcelerate.org.

Launch of Business Week
The new title from the MEN sounded like an opportunity for a new approach in the sector following the demise of Crain’s in the city. I was unable to get my hands on a print copy and so had a look online and found this digital edition. Commenters on HowDo have been typically forthright on both sides of the divide: For: “It’s a good product and congrats to the team for getting something fresh to the market.”
Against: “..can’t see many boardroom doors swinging open, unless it’s to hand over a press release for printing unchanged, in full.”
Which camp do you fall in?

Re-branding of Wythenshawe
I’m late to this post from PR Media Blog but wanted to sneak it in anyway. A fascinating sounding event which considered the Wythenshawe area as a ‘brand’: “The brand needs to shift from industrial estates to what it is today.”

That’s all for now – don’t forget if you’ve got any Manchester media news to share you can contact me via the comments below or via email to SarahMancunianWay AT GoogleMail.com.

Written by sarahhartley

November 26th, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Seven Manchester media moments from the last week

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Here’s my personal pick of media related happenings from the past seven days.

1. Interesting to see city-based PR division of Amaze tasked to work alongside a university in-house communications team to highlight the opening of Salford University’s digital learning, teaching and research space. This report from The Drum says the space will be opening at MediaCityUK next Autumn and will be home to more than 1,500 students.

2. The MEN is reportedly looking to move into the space left by Crain’s demise in the city with a new business offering. HowDo carries details of the advertisement for a new position, “head of business”. to take on this task but has been unable to elicit any further information about the new publication(s) from owners Trinity Mirror.

3. Independent media sites for Greater Manchester became hypervisible last week with live blogs covering the Irlam gas blast (InsidetheM60), the Phil Woolas verdict (SaddleworthNews) and campaigning activity for Hope maternity hospital (Salford Star). Even a police press officer has blogged on the gear shift.

4. In true Sir Alan style, Democracy PR is looking to appoint an apprentice. Founder and MD Jennifer O’Grady explains more about the job on the company’s blog and promises ” to provide a lively working environment where you will make the best use of your strengths in our rapidly growing agency”.

5. The second birthday for Manchester’s Social Media Cafe took place at the BBC Club and there’s a full write up of the night from Jon Clements on the Staniforth PR blog.

6. Changes at the top of MEN Media as Trinity Mirror restructures its digital divisions which sees Dave Raywood, currently marketing director at MEN Media, take the role of digital commercial director of the company’s regional division with a brief to “accelerate delivery of the division’s digital plans”.

7. The How Do Public Services Communications Awards 2010 short list was announced ahead of next week’s judging. I was particularly interested to see those up for the Most Innovative use of New Media which I’ve pasted below. Good luck to all!

  • Marketing Manchester and Creative Concern/Manchester’s Digital Map
  • NHS Sefton/Looking Local: interactive health services by TV and mobile phone
  • Our Life, Smokefree Northwest (SFNW), Vivid, Integral Productions and PHD North/Smoke & Mirrors – See through the illusion
  • Portfolio/Rebrand of Manchester Jazz Festival
  • Sandwell Council/Recycle with the Savewells
  • SKV Communications/Pure Genius – cracking the davinci code
  • The University of Nottingham/Election 2010 blog
  • Wrexham Community Safety Team and Gencia Media/Sexual Violence Awareness Campaign

Digital Editors’ Network: Data special today

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Today’s meeting of digital editors from across the country is a special event to discuss various issues around open data and is being held at the offices of North West Vision and Media in MediaCityUK, Salford.

A live blog has been set up via CoveritLive which you can see updated here as the event gets underway from 1pm.

The progamme is detailed here.

The hashtag for the event is #dendatameet

Written by sarahhartley

May 12th, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Future Everything and a whole lot more this week

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This week is surely the busiest so far in the 2010 digital media calender for Manchester.

While the central focus will undoubtedly be this year’s Future Everything festival, there’s also some great events in the run up too.

Here’s a quick run down of what’s booked into my diary – feel free to share any other events from your diaries via the comments below;

Tuesday: Manchester Social Media Surgery. 5:30pm-7.30pm.
The theme is: ‘What businesses can learn from how social media was used during the 2010 UK elections’.I shall be scrubbing up to be on the panel of surgeons alongside;
Adrian Slatcher
, Senior Digital Development officer, MDDA – Chair
Katie Moffat
, Social media consultant, organiser of Manchester Twestival and Manchester Digital council member
Nigel Barlow
, freelance journalist, co-founder of hyper-local news site for Manchester, Inside the M60
Matt Hackett
, Manager, Digital & Marketing Recruitment Team at Orchard
It’s all free and taking place at the offices of the Manchester Digital Development Agency (MDDA) Lower Ground Floor, 117-119 Portland Street, Manchester M1 6ED.

Wednesday: Digital Editors’ Network. 12:45 PM – 5:00 PM.

The bi-monthly get together of digital editors from newspaper groups around the country is moving from out of its usual setting at Uclan in Preston and heading to the offices of Northwest Vision & Media at Media City in Salford Quays for a special event to consider open data.
Speakers include:Julian Tait (from #smc_mcr and FE), who’s working to make Manchester the UK’s first OpenData City, , Paul Bradshaw, author of the Online Journalism Blog and convenor of the HelpMeInvestigate project and my colleague Martin Belham from The Guardian. Again, it’s free but places need reserving. Follow the link above.

Thursday: Future Everything and Social Media Cafe
The conference element of Future Everything get underway in earnest. The major theme of the day will be around data. I’m delighted to be chairing a panel discussion between 12pm and 13:30pm at the Contact Theatre to look at the rewards and challenges a more transparent future might bring. The expert panellists are OpenlyLocal’s Chris Taggert, IP lawyer Jordan Hatcher, GP and patient records holder Amir Hannan plus recent Gorton PPC Tim Dobson.
The rest of the day’s conference events are detailed on the ‘timetable’ found on the right-hand side of this page.

Social Media Cafe
Due to the FE event, our monthly get together is going global for May with live hook ups to Brazil and Canada. It’s an expanded #smc_mcr which is teamed up with Northern Digitals for a one-off special event – the Global Digital Cafe.Through high-speed synchronous data links, we’ll have the chance to expand our reach out of Manchester.
On the Ning’s blog, Josh says;

“Sit on a sofa alongside a counterpart from Sao Paulo, Brazil using the GloNet Front Room. Or try out the Talking Boxes for a beer and a chat with someone from Vancouver, Canada. Members of Manchester’s digital community will be in both locations, hosting the local interaction for FutureEverything so keep your eyes peeled for faces you recognise.”

Friday: City Debate and Gala
The City Debate: A special event exploring the future of Manchester. 3-5.30pm at Manchester Business School.
This promises to be a fascinating debate coming as it does in the aftermath and chaos of the election. Described as “an ideas event for evangelists, cynics, digital artisans, policy makers, property magnates, media vultures, urban planners, you, and me.”
It puts up key figures working today to build Manchester’s future who will be asked to give their vision. Each will reply to the FutureEverything Proposition, a statement about the future of the city region commissioned from leading international thinkers. A studio audience will then debate the future of Manchester.

Future Everything Gala FutureEverything Award Gala: Friday 14 May, 6-8pm at Manchester Town Hall
Sees the awarding of the debut award of £10,000 cash prize, and the FutureEverything trophy recognising outstanding innovation in art, society and technology.

In fact the week has turned out to be such a worlds collide mix of social media, journalism and digital networking that I’m taking some time off from the day job to make sure I don’t miss anything!

Which means, I’ll be blogging regularly here, and at other locations, as well as keeping everything signposted on twitter @foodiesarah.

I look forward to catching up with plenty of you over the week, on and offline.

Useful hashtags #mansms, #futr, #dendatameet, #smc_mcr

50 (+) Useful MediaCity links

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This struck me as a useful set of links to share – 50 Useful MediaCityUK, BBC North and Salford Quays Web Links.

It’s being added to all the time since Mark Whitfield posted it on LinkedIn and is reproduced here with Mark’s kind permission – check out his website www.markwhitfield.net to learn a little more about WEB technologies (DotNetNuke, ASP.NET, HTML, Java Script etc.)

Offical MediaCityUK
http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/

BBC North Jobs
https://jobs.bbc.co.uk/fe/tpl_bbc01.asp

Offical MediaCityUK Twitter
http://twitter.com/creatingacity

Offical MediaCityUK RSS Feed
http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk/the-latest/rss.htm

MediaCityUK Photographic Timeline Journal
http://www.mediacityuksalfordquays.net/mcuk.htm

About the Photographic Timeline Journal
http://www.luvthecity.com/salfordtimeline.aspx

SkyScraperCity Forum – Special Interest Thread
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=491532

This LinkedIn Group (1000+ Members)
http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=79227

MediaCityUK:Blog
http://www.mediacityblog.com/

MediaCityUK:Blog Twitter
http://twitter.com/MediaCityUK

MediaCityUK Jobs
http://mediacityukjobs.com/

MediaCityUK Jobs Twitter
http://twitter.com/mediacityukjobs

MediaCityUK Jobs RSS Feed
http://www.ponyfish.com/feeds/60831IHorLGCt

BBC North
http://www.bbc.co.uk/jobs/north/

BBC North Jobs 2011 LinkedIn Group
http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=2746890

MediaCityUK 360 Movie Spin
http://www.360spin.co.uk/qtvr/mediacity/index.htm

Official MediaCityUK Flickr Photos
http://www.flickr.com/photos/creatingacity/sets/72157622557199941/

Timeline Journal MediaCityUK Flickr Photos
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mediacityuk

Official MediaCityUK YouTube Movies
http://www.youtube.com/officialmediacityuk

Timeline Journal MediaCityUK YouTube Movies
http://www.mediacityuksalfordquays.net/Movies/MediaCityUK/tabid/181/language/en-US/Default.aspx

Peel MediaCityUK
http://www.peel.co.uk/group/mediacityuk

Creating a City MediaCityUK Twitter
http://twitter.com/creatingacity

The Pie Factory MediaCityUK
http://www.thepiefactory.co.uk/our-history/media-city-uk/

The Pie Factory MediaCityUK Twitter
http://twitter.com/thepiefactory

MediaCityUK Manchester Evening News Articles
http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/search/hprsyq/10/1/publicationdate/1001/2010/mediacity

The Designer Outlet
http://www.lowryoutletmall.com/

The Lowry Centre
http://www.thelowry.com/

The Imperial War Museum North
http://north.iwm.org.uk/

The Quays
http://www.thequays.org.uk/

The Quays Twitter Feed
https://twitter.com/quayspartners

Visit Salford
http://www.visitsalford.info/

MediaCityUK and Quays Point Planning
http://www.salford.gov.uk/mediacity.htm

Ramada Hotel Salford Quays
http://www.ramadasalfordquays.com/

MediaCityUK Media Access Bureau
http://www.northernnet.co.uk/bureaus/mediacityuk-33

Salford Quays.ORG
http://salfordquays.org/news.php

ETAP Hotel Salford Quays
http://www.etaphotel.com/gb/hotel-6003-etap-hotel-etap-hotel-manchester-salford-qu/index.shtml

Merchant Quay
http://www.merchantsquay.org/

The Heart of Manchester
http://www.theheartofmanchester.co.uk/

The Quay Property Investment Salford Quays
http://www.quaypropertyinvestments.com/ukproperty/salfordquays/whyinvest.htm

MediaCityUK – NWDA
http://www.nwda.co.uk/areas-of-work/business/key-sectors/digital-and-creative/mediacityuk.aspx

The Quays on Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salford_Quays

MediaCityUK on Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MediaCity:UK

Manchester Docks on Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salford_Docks

Restaurants in the Quays
http://www.restaurantsofmanchester.com/location-lowry.htm

Trams in the Quays
http://www.thetrams.co.uk/metrolink/stops/Salford_Quays

Salford Quays Software
http://www.insidertech.co.uk

Chris Kane – BBC Spaces
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/spacesandplaces/2010/03/mediacityuk_new_home_in_the_no.shtml

Web Aviation in the Quays
http://www.webbaviation.co.uk/gallery/v/salford-quays/

e-Architect of Salford Quays
http://www.e-architect.co.uk/manchester/salford_quays.htm

Hotels in the Quays
http://www.bedandbreakfasts.co.uk/propertysearch.asp?townCity=Salford


Written by sarahhartley

April 20th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Ambitious plans for BBC online in 2009

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Bigger, faster and more personalised – that’s the direction the BBC news website is travelling in according to head of editorial development and multimedia journalism Pete Clifton.

Addressing students and academics at Salford University this afternoon, Mr Clifton gave a presentation to demonstrate what’s in store for online users – and for media jobseekers in the region.

He said that journalists being recruited in the future would all need to have online skills as well one other specialism, but he thought that would not seem unexpected for graduates from courses such as Salford’s journalism course.

And he said the move north would undoubtedly open new job opportunities for journalists in the region.

“The MediaCity expectation is that we will be able to work across more platforms. Online skills will be the other skill that everybody has to have,” he said.

Users of the website can expect more of social media feel to the site in the coming months. A project called Identity will open up the possibility of a passport-type registration which allows users to travel into different services and another called Spaces, which will give users their own pages.

But he assured the audience that the BBC would not become another Facebook. He said: “We want to make the site feel more social, make the activity of others obvious. We won’t be turning ourselves into a social media site, but giving more of a feel as to what others are doing on the site.”

And the site will continue to be underpinned by an improved breaking news service.
He said: “A lot of audience testing came out with the updating of stories being an issue.

“A fundamental of a successful news site is how we deal with breaking news. It has to be at the very forefront of that. They have to rely on you to do breaking news really well. Yes there’s all the polishing after that, contextualising and analysis but you have to put up the stories quickly.”

The site redesign will make it more obvious to users which stories have been updated and when, even if the running order of the pages has remained constant for an hour or so.

Some of the other developments coming up in the next year for the BBC sites include;

* Bigger video players and more profile on the front pages.

* Larger pictures and galleries which are navigated by thumbnail pictures to encourage users to stick around on the site.
* A new look for the local site which is currently being tried out in Norwich and aims to hold the news elements and local sites together better.
* Moving the management of the mobile sites into main news CMS to make uploading quicker.
* After the success of bloggers such as Robert Peston and Nick Robinson, the blogs are being redesigned, they are wider templates and we’ve learned a lot about how effective they can be about telling stories and letting people know what’s going on.
* Taking inspiration from the work carried out by the meta data team at the New York Times, BBC journalists will be expected to start putting more meta data tags around our stories. “When you start to do that you can start to do many more things automatically than we can at the moment,” said Mr Clifton.

It sounds like an ambitious lists of developments and one which has an ethos running under it which will encourage consumption of content in places other than the website – expect widgets, sharing options and embeddable video.

Written by sarahhartley

March 25th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Salford students hear of BBC online plans

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Bigger, faster and more personalised – that’s the direction the BBC news website is travelling in according to head of editorial development and multimedia journalism Pete Clifton.
Addressing students and academics at Salford University this afternoon, Mr Clifton gave a presentation to demonstrate what’s in store for online users – and for media jobseekers in the region.
He said that journalists being recruited in the future would all need to have online skills as well one other specialism, but he thought that would not seem unexpected for graduates from courses such as Salford’s journalism course.
And he said the move north would undoubtedly open new job opportunities for journalists in the region.
“The MediaCity expectation is that we will be able to work across more platforms. Online skills will be the other skill that everybody has to have,” he said.
Users of the website can expect more of social media feel to the site in the coming months. A project called Identity will open up the possibility of a passport-type registration which allows users to travel into different services and another called Spaces, which will give users their own pages.
But he assured the audience that the BBC would not become another Facebook. He said: “We want to make the site feel more social, make the activity of others obvious. We won’t be turning ourselves into a social media site, but giving more of a feel as to what others are doing on the site.”
And the site will continue to be underpinned by an improved breaking news service.
He said: “A lot of audience testing came out with the updating of stories being an issue.
“A fundamental of a successful news site is how we deal with breaking news. It has to be at the very forefront of that. They have to rely on you to do breaking news really well. Yes there’s all the polishing after that, contextualising and analysis but you have to put up the stories quickly.”
The site redesign will make it more obvious to users which stories have been updated and when, even if the running order of the pages has remained constant for an hour or so.
Some of the other developments coming up in the next year for the BBC sites include;
* Bigger video players and more profile on the front pages.
* Larger pictures and galleries which are navigated by thumbnail pictures to encourage users to stick around on the site.
* A new look for the local site which is currently being tried out in Norwich and aims to hold the news elements and local sites together better.
* Moving the management of the mobile sites into main news CMS to make uploading quicker.
* After the success of bloggers such as Robert Peston and Nick Robinson, the blogs are being redesigned, they are wider templates and we’ve learned a lot about how effective they can be about telling stories and letting people know what’s going on.
* Taking inspiration from the work carried out by the meta data team at the New York Times, BBC journalists will be expected to start putting more meta data tags around our stories. “When you start to do that you can start to do many more things automatically than we can at the moment,” said Mr Clifton.
It sounds like an ambitious lists of developments and one which has an ethos running under it which will encourage consumption of content in places other than the website – expect widgets, sharing options and embeddable video.

Written by sarahhartley

March 25th, 2009 at 7:37 pm