LSM is proud to mark 20 years of media education at the University of Lincoln. We love our graduates, students, et al to share stories here. 

Gemma Pass_2013GradHi, my name’s Gemma Pass. After working in the media for 6 months I think it’s so important that current students realise that there is so much more to the media than just production!  Continue readingMore Graduate stories    Twitter_new

Gemma Benefer To get work experience you often need to do it for free. It can kind of suck, especially when other people you know are getting paid for having a real job. But you focus on what it’d do in the long run. Continue reading → More Student stories    Twitter_new

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£500 Grants for Creative Projects from Ideas Tap

Ideas Tap-logoIdeas Tap can open up a range of benefits for creatives. The networking charity shares opportunities with around 135,000 creative people and said “it takes about a minute to become a member.” It’s free to join and you can apply for briefs and funding, see the latest arty jobs, sign up for career development sessions at the Ideas Tap Spa and build an online eportfolio.

Currently Ideas Tap has twenty £500 grants for creative projects, divided into two age categories for you to apply either as an individual or as part of a group project: (1) 16-22 year olds and (2) aged 23-30. Deadline for this brief is 28 May 2014.  Ideas Tap said: “In the past we’ve funded everything from dance and film projects to music videos and photography collectives. Whatever creative field you work in, we’ll consider your application – take a look at some previous winners.  We’re looking for projects that are inspiring, original, innovative and that we think you can realistically deliver. We’ll be inviting a panel of expert judges to pick their favourites. Continue reading

Standby for Simon Owen, Class of 2005

Simon-Owen_camera_StandbyI left University with a 2:1 BA Hons in Media Production. During my degree I began doing freelance work for friends and friends of friends at the place where I worked. I did this under the production company banner name of Standby Productions, with the 1st project going out in 2003, I think. I also made a load of skateboard videos under that name too, before I even got to University.

When I left Uni I worked in bars etc to earn enough money to go travelling around the world, which I did with 3 friends from University for 14 months. It was an absolutely incredible experience and I would highly recommend it. On my return to the UK I began searching for jobs in the Media industry, something that I found extremely difficult, as there never really seemed to be any jobs available and everyone kept telling me it’s who you know and not necessarily what you know. I had my own camera gear and home edit suite, so began producing some more projects on a freelance basis, just by speaking to as many people and possible and then telling them that they should have a video made for their company, haha!

If I have one piece of advice it would be to talk to as many people as possible and keep everyone on your side as you never know when they might be able to help you – and tell people what your interests are and what you’d like to do, you never know who they might know! Continue reading

Opportunity! British Council 2014 Internships | Deadline 9 April

BritishCouncil-Interns2014If you’re a recent graduate with a 2.1 or in your final degree year and on target for that classification, then how about a paid internship at the British Council in London? You must be available for 12-weeks this Summer.  Interns range from the Arts (Film Assistant and Music Assistant) to Digital (Content Assistant) and from Education (Digital Assistant) to Corporate (Communications Assistant). The British Council said:

“To grow and develop as an organisation it is vital that we continue to bring fresh ideas and creativity into the British Council. This year we will be taking on 10-12 interns over a 12 week summer period from 16 June – 5 September. As one of our interns you will learn new skills whilst exercising your own initiative and creativity. As part of the programme you will join a specific department and work with a dedicated line manager. You will also partake in group training and receive vocational training as part of the scheme.  Deadline for all applications is midnight, 9 April. Please note that you must be available on 6, 7 and 8 May for further assessments.

Go to the site here and click on the internship you’re interested in and apply. Good luck and let us know how you get on!

Listen up! Update from Matt North, Class of 2012, and ‘Headspace’

“I cannot remember a time when I did not have a love for sound” said Matt North.  He was in the first cohort of BA (Hons) Audio Production students and has successfully pursued his passion as a sound recordist. Matt is on LSM’s mentoring pilot (thanks again!), which links professionals with our students: “Media mentoring is going great. It’s good to be able to pass on advice to soon-to-be graduates using my knowledge and experiences. I would have found media mentoring really useful in my final year.” See Matt on-campus for ‘Headspace’.

Matt-North_APgrad_Marc2014He will be joining sound industry professionals on 30th April. Senior Lecturer Zara Healy’s organising the networking event for radio and audio students, which will be on a first come basis. More nearer the time, but you can see the audio & radio guest list below! First a career update from Matt:

“After graduating from AP in 2012, I started work as a Technical Operator for Ideal Shopping Direct, across their range of shopping TV channels including Ideal World and Create & Craft before being promoted to Audio Operator, where I mixed over 500 hours of broadcast audio across the company’s network until last June when I was fortunate enough to land a job as a Location Sound Recordist for a small kit & crew company called Videoheads, based in White City in London. Since then, I have been recording location sound for a wide range of TV programming, commercials, corporate and legal films with credits including Crimewatch, iTunes Festival 2013, The Gadget Show and have recently come back from shooting in the Philippines in conjunction with BBC’s The One Show & Sport Relief. I also work on audio post-production at home in whatever spare time I have for both short and feature films.” ‘Headspace’ is a joint LSM radio and audio event where students can meet 10 industry professionals, some are our graduates. Continue reading

Congrats LSM’s Rosie Turner 4Crew Social Networker & Photographer

LSM’s second year student Rosie Turner is on our mentoring pilot between industry professionals and undergraduates. Rosie’s media mentor is 2006 graduate Katy Atkinson who runs a successful not-for-profit media production company called The Reporters’ Academy, based in Manchester. Next month, Katy has kindly arranged a MediaCityUK tour for Rosie and the two will continue to discuss career strategy. For now, Rosie has this super story to share.

Rosie-TurnerHi, I’m a Television and Photography student. Here’s a little piece on my recent job success at Channel 4.  I’ll be working as a Social Networker and Photographer as part of the 4Crew team, travelling around the UK to film and document 4Talent Days.  

I had heard about the job whilst working for the 4Talent department last summer through work experience so when the opportunity was posted online in February I quickly applied and crossed my fingers. At the start of March I had an e-mail back saying I was successful and invited down to London for a day-long interview at Channel 4. After an initial panic because my train was over an hour late and a little jog from one side of Westminster to the other, I made it to the interview, where I met all of the candidates for all job roles (Reporter, Director, Production Manager & Social Networker) within the 4crew team. The first task was a pitch presentation and I was up first! Continue reading

VFX Freelancer Holly Smith, Class of 2010

Holly Smith I graduated from Media Production in 2010 specialising in Digital Media. My first role in the industry was as a Runner at a post house in Soho and whilst working there I showed everyone I could my showreel, most of the time just on my phone in one of the kitchens. This led to one of the VFX editors recommending me to the VFX Company he was working with and I gained a junior position at The Brewery VFX where I have been working up until a few weeks ago when I decided I was going to take the leap to go freelance.

Over the past 2 years at The Brewery VFX I have been constantly learning new skills and gaining invaluable experience working in the industry on both Film & TV projects. I also helped to establish and run the work experience scheme for the company, which gave me the responsibility of reviewing CVs and showreels & interviewing shortlisted candidates. I contacted one of my old lecturers at the beginning of the year because I was tired of seeing the same mistakes made on applicants CVs and showreels and I wanted to be able to offer my advice to students ready for when they graduate. I think it’s so important to have a strong showreel and CV, as often this is the only way you can showcase your skills. Don’t be afraid to get a job as a Runner but make sure you are armed with your showreel or CV ready for any opportunity that might arise. Continue reading

George Horne | Director

LSM Graduate George Horne (LSM Graduate 2010) is building a name for himself as a Director, based at lonelyleap an independently owned, multi award winning production company with offices in London and New York City.

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Clients include: BP, BBC, Channel 4, Bentley, CNBC, Intel, Kew Gardens, KPMG, Levis, Rio Tinto, Save the Children, Alcatel-Lucent, Ogilvy & Mather, Tumi, Film4, McCains and The World Economic Forum.


Recently George wrote, directed and graded this new Rimmel London promo.

“We edited in house on FCP, shot on 2 5D MkIIIs, sound was recorded on an external boom and clip on mics, shoot ratio was really high as we wanted to capture certain elements of spontaneity, fun and movement, oh and we also used a Sony Hi8 camera for the little vintage camera bits.” Continue reading

Year 2 Students Get Ready for Graduate Schemes with Kickstart

Do you want to know the best way to find and apply for graduate schemes and jobs? Then Kickstart is for you in your second year of study at the LSM, University of Lincoln. Graduate training schemes cover a variety of fields from media to music, marketing to publishing, design to the charity sector and many more. HURRY! The deadline to book is 21st March. Head’s up from Helen McCarron, Careers and Employability Adviser for the College of Arts:

KickStart2014Last semester Careers and Employability piloted the programme Kick Start.  This intensive 5 week programme introduced second year students to graduate training schemes, skills analysis, assessment centres, CVs and applications. This year’s programme has also been expanded upon from last time’s feedback to include a session on financial planning for your future.

You will need to send your CV and an email of interest to Lynda Crosby before 21st MarchLcrosby@lincoln.ac.uk. Involvement in this programme counts for the full academic activities AND the additional activities section of the Lincoln Award.

Coming? The Lincoln YouTube Gathering on 3rd May 2014

YouTube_gathering2014LSM students and YouTubers Dean Dobbs and Elliot Gough are organisers of the 3rd annual Lincoln YouTube Gathering on 3rd May. It’s in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. Our alumni like Bing [Slomozovo], TomSkaJack Howard and Daniel J. Layton will be appearing. Ticket’s £8 from the Engine Shed for an event that’s billed as seeing ‘incredible performances from some talented YouTubers’. See FB.