Joanne Newton, LSFM Student | Peru17 Challenge update

Hola from Joanne Newton! LSFM final year Media Production undergraduate with fellow students from the University of Lincoln are doing voluntary work on a media literacy charity project in Peru with Challenges Abroad. Today is their last day said Jo: surrounded by all of the children, their parents and some teachers we watched everyone’s creations. They were so amazed when they saw their little faces on the big screen! We gave out prizes to them and then said goodbye with hugs from all. I won’t lie I even shed a tear! It was incredible and will stay with me forever.

Timely now to reflect with snippets from her blog about the first teaching day: I was feeling a little nervous that morning, not knowing what to expect from the school or the kids. Continue reading

Mentoring | LSFM and Industry

LSFM Mentoring is a unique way to link industry with selected undergraduates. Thanks to volunteer mentors from the world of work who make time to support our final year or level 2 students in an academic year.  Each mentor brings their unique experience of the job market to help our students, during their course, as they plan goals and pursue passions for a career. In the past our mentors and mentees have explored everything from work opportunities to discussing dissertations. Pairs are in contact at least 6 times across semesters, so may be around 6-12 hours during the academic year. Contact time is flexible and pairs choose how to meet: face-to-face, talking on the phone, having a web chat or using other online platforms.

Mentors are offered an induction to mentoring, written guidelines and thereafter the student-mentee liaises with their mentor. If you’re interested in being a mentor, read the introduction to mentoring and download the form to register your interest anytime: LSFM Mentoring_Introduction  |  LSFM_MENTOR_Registration-Form

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Bryony Hooper, Student Volunteer | Sheffield Doc/Fest

LSFM student-mentee and 2015 Graduand Bryony Hooper said: BryonyHooper_groupshot-Sheffield DocFest2015I had the honour of attending Doc/Fest (5th-10th June 2015) for free by volunteering for it. This has to be one of the best media experiences I’ve had. I got to network, see films and enjoy the overall festival.  My job for the week was Cinema Steward, which is basically letting people into the screens, scanning the badges and taking tickets. However I believe there was a number of volunteers that didn’t show up and because I was based in one of the main rooms I was used as a runner as well. I didn’t mind doing this as I got to see more of the festival, however carrying quite heavy chairs across Sheffield isn’t the best way to spend an afternoon. Continue reading

Sophie Gillott, Student Volunteer | Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015

LSFM student-mentee and 2015 Graduand Sophie Gillott said: I had the opportunity to volunteer for Sheffield Doc/Fest (5-10June). I was assigned the role of ‘MeetMarket Volunteer’ after a phone call with Volunteer Co-Ordinator Elliott Thompson who had held a lecture in Semester B of this year.  I booked my hotel super early and ended up having a day and a half spare in Sheffield before my first briefing. I decided to have a wander and came across The Peace Gardens, Sheffield Cathedral and amazing coffee shops and cafes – ‘Tamper Coffee’ and ‘Marmadukes’ both of which you’ve got to go to if you’re ever in Sheffield!

Our first briefing was short, and our Managers and Assistants went through the details on how we conduct the MeetMarket and the plan for the next couple of days.  Continue reading

Lucy Bick, Student Work Experience | Marie Claire Magazine

LucyBick_MagazineMockup-Page18-19Graduand Lucy Bick has posted about her week’s work experience (during Easter) with Marie Claire magazine. This opportunity inspired her when she created her own magazine (pictured on the left) as part of a final portfolio. CLM Degree Show runs until 5 June and you can view Lucy’s page on its exhibition site:

Throughout my three years here studying CLM Contemporary Lens Media (Photography and Video) I LucyBick_CLMGranduand_31.05.2015have found that my passion within photography is the post production side of it, rather than taking the actual photographs. I much prefer the editing of my images and then creating different layouts with my photographs in my sketchbooks.  I have always known that I wanted to work for a magazine but I was unsure of all the different areas within a magazine and what they do.  Back in February we had a guest lecturer and a 2013 CLM graduate, Hannah Wilson, who came to give a talk on her work with the art department at Look magazine. From this talk I had much more of an understanding of the different areas within a magazine, and knew that the art department was the area which best suited me. Not long after Hannah’s visit, she passed me on some details of who to get in touch with at Marie Claire to apply for the opportunity of a week’s work experience. Continue reading

Free Careers Fair 10.30am-3.00pm | 26 November at The Engine Shed

FindYourFeet_CareersFair_Logo_cropped_20Nov2013Invitation to a FREE Careers Fair for all students at the University of Lincoln: THIS Wednesday, 26th Nov, from 10:30am to 3:00pm Careers and Employability’s annual Find Your Feet careers fair will play host to over 60 employers in The Engine Shed.

Attending a graduate fair is one of the best ways to start planning your career, whether you are a 1st, 2nd, final year or postgraduate student – our fair is there for all your career needs!  Find information on graduate careers in areas such as recruitment processes to hints and tips on how to make a successful application or simply use this as an opportunity to network with employers and companies face to face.

What will the fair have to offer? Graduate Careers; Volunteering Opportunities; and a CV Clinic. Employers Attending  |  Know the Employer  |  What to Ask  |  What to Wear   |  CV Clinic |  There’ll also be Postgraduate/MA talks. The Lincoln School of Film & Media PG Information Talk is in the Library, first floor in UL110 at 1.30pm-2.00pm.  Continue reading

Voluntary Work Opportunity – Short Doco for soundLINCS

soundLINCS_B15Can you help to create a short documentary for soundLINCS to capture its B15 event, which’ll celebrate 15 years of community music and try to break a World Record on 3rd May 2014? soundLINCS is a not-for-profit community music group and organisers said: “The event will see 1500 musicians come together to play a brand new piece of music and attempt to break a world record and we hope that this opportunity could give the volunteers some great experience and footage for their showreel, as well as a chance to be a part of this unique day. We would like a team (or individual) who could film the rehearsals during the day and interview the musicians, composers and volunteers. There may also be the chance to film at some of the smaller group rehearsals, but dates of these are still to be confirmed. Own equipment would be an advantage as we’re very limited in what we could provide.” If you’re interested in this opportunity please email your contact details and CV to

For more information on B15 or to register to be one of 1500 musicians, visit soundLINCS

Opportunity! Video Recordist for a conservation project – ASAP

Can you video record the unique conservation project of Montagu Monuments, which are 18th century memorial sculptures, in St Edmund’s Church in Northamptonshire? Work starts in February, so this placement’s needed ASAP!  Organisers say it’s an ideal project for a media student or recent graduate …Conservation project_Monument to Lady Montagu_Northants

… please email: She said: “A DVD is being created to provide a visual record of the Montagu Monuments and to mark the start of the project.  Continue reading

Work Experience – Is It Worth It? By LSM Student Gemma Benefer

For those looking for jobs today, it’s a harsh world. You need experience but to even get the experience you need other experience and to get that experience you need a job. Not making much sense am I? But it is an endless loop.

Gemma Benefer_LSM_Jan2014To 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 have to focus on what it would hopefully do in the long run. My work experience has already paid off and it kinda links to what I said before. There was an opportunity to work on the breakfast show at BBC Radio Lincolnshire during my second year at Uni. By this point, I was already volunteering at Siren FM. I applied, not really thinking I’d get it, but during my interview I was told that I wouldn’t have even gotten an interview if I hadn’t had any other work experience. So it just goes to show that to even get experience you still need other experience to get there.

It’s tough to get experience though, I’ll admit. A lot of the experience I have done is through sheer luck. I worked at Hollyoaks for a week because one of the Director’s was a family friend (and I honestly can’t thank him enough!) from there, I got the bug. Continue reading

BBC work experience placements. Plus advice from our graduates.

The BBC is taking applications for work experience placements this November and December. Deadline’s 14th October. The beeb highlights that “you will only be able to apply for one Work Experience category – TV, Radio, Online or Business and Support. There is no separate category for online work, but all categories offer placements that have a strong interactive element. When you choose your category and fill in your online application, we’ll ask you some questions about what interests you and where in the UK you want to be based. If you are successful, we’ll do our best to match you to a placement that’s right for you.” Find out what you can expect and how to apply, by clicking here.

At Meet the Graduates 2013 here’s what our alumni said about how you can try to get work experience. Produced by LSM’s third year student blogger Rachel Hagreen, with camera crew Tom Anderson and Andrew West.