COURSE NEWS AND MESSAGES FOR EXISTING STUDENTS.
01.07.2012: Messageboard is closed for the summer. Outline dates for next academic session are here.
29.06.2012: Trailer for the remarkable 'land' documentary. Brilliant work from a truly great cohort of students. Premier will be in October.
17.06.2012: Congratulations to third year students (and one or two second years) who have been nominated for BJTC awards. Here is the list and you can click through to see the work produced by what is rapidly becoming recognised as the best student journalism department in th country. Nominated work.
20.05.2012: Here are the roles for WINOL 2012-2013.
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04.05.2012: ITV traineeship scheme. Any BJTC third year or MA sould have a good chance with this (especially for the Southampton, Channel Island and London openings):
ITV is looking for 9 trainees to start the year long scheme on 1 October 2012. The trainees will be based in one of the following ITV news centres: Anglia (Norwich), Central (Birmingham), Granada (Manchester), Meridian (Whiteley - near Southampton), Tyne Tees & Border (Gateshead), Wales (Cardiff), West & Westcountry (Bristol), Yorkshire (Leeds) and Channel Isles (St Helier).
Further details on the structure and application process for the ITV News Traineeship can be found by following url: http://tinyurl.com/6v6r912
The closing date is: Friday 18 May.
04.05.2012: HCJ year one and year two: This is the best basic introduction to Nietzsche, Schopenhauer and Wagner that I have so far seen on the web. It is from Oxford University version of HCJ course.
Here at last are the Wagner clips I showed as a HCJ-1 screening. 30 minutes of highlights from Lohengrin, Tannehouser, Tristan and the Ring. This would be a minimum to familiartise yourself with Wagner. These operas will be important with our next topics, especially Freud and Vienna 1900-2012 birth of high modernism scene. Wagner Clips
02.05.2012: ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE SHORT SUMMER TERM
The summer term starts next week and unfortunately there is a bank holiday on the Monday which disrupts our plans slightly. Here is what is happening on the BA and MA courses, with details given years by year.
BA JOURNALISM: YEAR ONE
3pm HCJ test to take place in the usual ‘shed of dread’ in the Dytche.
1pm - 3pm Start of TV production short course with Angus Scott. Details are already on the course site at this location: TV news course.
10am WINOL ‘incubation’. This is not required but it is very advisable that you do this. You will participate in selecting a running order of packages for WINOL and help in producing the Wednesday edition. You will be able to shadow the second years and this could help in choosing your role on WINOL next year and generally get you off to a flying start. To control numbers this is restricted to seminar groups A and B only (C and D will be involved in the following weeks). NB staff-student football is back on Monday.
Tutorials in the learning café with CH and BT for groups C and D. These will relate mainly to practical journalism and selection of WINOL roles for year two. We anticipate these meeting will last about 10 to 15 minutes.
10.00 Jack Webb
02.00 Ellen Millard
Groups A and B - WINOL ‘incubation’ in the studio and gallery. This is voluntary but highly recommended.
Thursday and Friday
Continuation of TV production short course with Angus Scott. Details are already on the course site at this location: TV news course.
10am WINOL ‘incubation’ for groups C and D
Tutorials in the learning café with CH and BT for groups A and B. These will relate mainly to practical journalism and selection of WINOL roles for year two. We anticipate these meeting will last about 10 to 15 minutes.
10.00 Spence Spencer
02.00 Georgia Spears
Groups C and D - WINOL ‘incubation’ in the studio and gallery. This is voluntary but highly recommended.
Thursday and Friday
Continuation of TV production short course with Angus Scott. Details are already on the course site at this location: TV news course.
BA JOURNALISM YEAR TWO
Monday - bank holiday, so we will move the normal WINOL de-brief on to Tuesday morning (this is also the case for MA journalism).
10AM - De-brief on the whole year, and tips for what to write about in your critical review. We will also answer questions on all matter relating to the critical review and anything else relating to the completion of the year.
On the rest of Tuesday you will polish up your best packages or work on finishing off or improving features. This is for your show reel or personal blog/website. Also we will then select the best of the best packages (or features for the website) for two purposes - to enter for BJTC, the RTS student factual award and Guardian Media national student awards. There can be nothing better for your CV than winning these awards and we are in with an excellent chance with some of the packages we has this year. Also we can produce brilliant headline sequences, etc. Then on the Wednesday we can produce special ‘best of’ bulletins so that various people can have a go at presenting; and at the same time we can begin to train up some of the first years.
11 AM - FYP briefing
Thursday: HCJ test - usual room in TAB.
Monday - 10 am de-brief and preparation for another ‘best of’ WINOL edition. Jointly with MA journalism and BA journalism first year, mentoring role.
Tuesday/Wednesday - WINOL production as usual. A second ‘best of’ chance to present and to polish.
Tutorials in the learning café
10.00 Louis O’Brien
Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday - the last ever WINOL of the year. Includes polishing up, and more production practice with first years.
BA YEAR THREE
Tuesday - 11am - all day. LAND screening of rough cuts. Briefing for completion of magazine project and all other completion issues. Note that we have moved the deadline for the magazine project back to May 25th.
Apart from the actual handing in of LAND and all other work this is the very final session. But we have got WRAP money for Henry Lewin-Titt to edit Land into a single film. He should be able to do this by the second week of June when people are still around. I think we should have a screening of this, together with a final party or picnic somewhere as a final send off for an absolutely fantastic cohort of students…
10 AM WINOL BRIEFING - the polishing packages and features in the MMC and in TAB9 (being used for screenings). See above (year two) for the aims and objectives. IF you have worked mainly on features and production there is a chance to make a package if you like, or to polish up and complete the features using flash, etc. We will be going for ‘dummy’ runs of WINOL on Wednesdays, so this should be a chance to present if you have not done so already. We will also brief you on the documentary plan exercise (very simple) and on the MA level documentary or equivalent as well.
THUR 10th MAY final tutorials, Learning Cafe
Chris, Brian and Angus - final tutorials with MA students. Will include further clarification on the documentary proposal exercise and documentary project itself. Further tutorials can also be booked. Supervisors will be allocated for the MA level project.
16.04.2012: BA YEAR ONE HCJ:
HCJ Test - 3PM - TUESDAY 8TH MAY - DT1 - The test paper will take one hour and have five short essay type questions about the lectures in Semester Two. REVISION RESOURCES.
04.04.2012: BA Year One - there is a really excellent documentary here about Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Mahler and tragedy in music. Mahler is Nietzsche in musical form, and the 3rd symphony includes a setting of "Oh Mankind!" (Midnight Song) from Nietzsche's Also Sprach Zarathustra. Mahler is a key figfure in modernism and you might think of being like Wagner, but disinfected of Wagner's revolting anti-semitism and laughable Germanic nationalism and Nordic runic Nazi 'Lord of the Rings' mumbojumbo. It is a really excellent documentary and will help you think about the German idealism theme in HCJ in the term just past. The documentary is here.
A further brilliant talk from the educational department of the Sydney Philharmonic on Nietzsche, Mahler and Wagner. Extremely useful.
Also there is this very good recent film Melancholia which is a contemporary setting of Wagner's Tristan and Isolde (itself of course an homage to Schopenhauer's World as Will and Representation). It depicts the annihilation of all life in the universe, and the key scenes are edited toTristan and Isolde. I meant to show it in the screening of highlights of Tristan and the Ring, especially Gotterdamerung. Here is the light that never goes out - the original Love-Death (Liebstod aria). It is a cliche to say that all cinema music dates back to Wagner; or that Wagner 'prefigured' cinema.
In Melancholia the planetary death scene is squarely based on the birth of tragedy, with the three fundamental psychological attitudes to the existential problem portrayed. It is set not to the Liebstod, but to the prelude of Tristan.
The boy is the Schopenhauerian/Buddist typearch. He closes his eyes and nothing exists. The external world is Hindu Maya or dream consciousness. He is completely indifferent to planetary collision because it is occuring only in the realm of Kantian phenomena, or as representation. He obiliterates the sense of self through meditation and becomes ones with the noumena of he university - the Schopenhauerian "will" or the the Hindu Brahma. Note how the boy adopts the beatific expression and sits in the lotus position, aiming for Nirvana. Note that he does not screw his eyes tight to avoid perception of the external world, he looks within..
The dark haired women in contrast is like Christ and resembles Christ from renaissance painting. She suffers, prays and fears extinction. She is unaccepting of fate, and at the point of annihilation she is the only one of the three characters who spasms with agony. She has failed to overcome herself, and has lost her life to grief and fear.
The fair haired woman is like Zarathustra or the "overman" described by Neitzsche. She has no regrets about the past and no fear of the future. She is present at the moment, compassionate to others and at one point, if you look at the clip carefully, even smiles slightly. Essentially her personality reflects a tragic/healthy outlook balancing an Appolonian and Dionysian aspect. The budda-boy on the other hand is purely Apollonian and thus escapes to a nihilistic living-death even before the end; the androgenous christ-woman is dionysian.
We did not get a chance to watch bladerunner, a film based on more on Neitzsche and Wagner than Schopenhauer. The Tannhauser Gate/Tears in Rain speech from the film is here. Clearly the Rutger Hauer "replicant" mortal-god superhuman is Seigfried. Seigfried and Wotan "I want more life".
Also on Nietzsche - 2001 Space Odyssey - Also Spack Zarathustra and post-humanism. More opf the same. 2001: Nietszche and post-humanism.
Summing up the first year of HCJ? I think is very good. We startedthe year with Carl Sagan's Cosmos series, and this is the finale. Lastly the music Carl Sagan used is Beethoven - the eternal, the beloved.
29.03.2012: BA Year two - revision notes for HCJ test which will now take place in the week following the easter break are here.
14.03.2012: BA FIRST YEAR - The first years have training with Corin tomorrow in FW103 not TAB9. Timetable has been updated.
14.03.2012: Winchester students have won three major awards, including the top award in the country in the newly reformed BJTC awards. Shira Pinczuk (MA) is BJTC national student journalist of the year, ahead of 1,000 BJTC students around the country on courses at universities such as London University, Brunel, Cardiff University, Sheffield Unigversity, Newcastle University, Leeds University, City University, University of Kent and elsewhere.
This is an amazing achievment, given that Shira was a member of the very first cohort on the university's new MA in journalism. In the new structure of awards, "student of the year" is the highest award the council can grant to any course or student in the country. We are very fortunate to retain Shira as a part-time visiting lectuer on our BA journalism studies course, where she works with combined honours students.
The BJTC is a very tough external validating body which direclty represent the training arms of the BBC, ITN, Sky, Associated Press TV and the independent local radio sector.
Shira's magnificent documentary KARET also won the individual documentary of the year award.
There is glory too for the entire BA journalism year three cohort, lead by Domonique Jenkins (WRAP supported), Justina Chlad, Charlotte Clarke, Julie Cordier (WRAP supported), Will Cooper and indeed the whole WINOL team as winners of BJTC newsday of the year for WINOL news and WINOL Sportsweek (respectively as producer, director, editor, sports editor and news editor).
In recent years journalism at Winchester has won awards for innovation in teaching methods, and has also done well in the NSS. But this is the first really large-scale formal recognition from the industry of what we in the teaching team have known for a while - that the quality of work being produced by our students is the often best in the country, and sometimes the best by far, It is particularly gratifying and rather remarkable that young women are so strongly represented in the leadership of a group achieving such success at a national and indeed international level.
As ever the thanks go to technical and other support staff who help provide and maintain the technical equipment which contribute so greatly to the student experience. Without that support none of this success would be possible and so it is to them that the credit is largely due.
13.03.2012: HCJ year one - CH notes on the mighty Max Weber here. Additional/optional lecture on Kafka here: FEAR EATS THE SOUL (it was made for year two - existentialism phase of course). Kafka - The Trial. The nightmare of bureaucracy. Fairly good illustrated talk - Weber and Marx. Yale University lecture on Weber.
Looking ahead the next (linked) topic. OK/slightly silly documentary on Wagner here, good if you know nothing at all about Wagner. Amazing "fan video" about Schopenhauer ("Die Miester" - Wagner). Tristan and Isolde (Wagner's homage to Schopenhauer) - the sexual ecstacy of death. Nietzsche's homage to Wagner - The Birth of Tragedy - Apollo and Dionysis. Wagner has re-created the great age of Greek Civilization, but in German form (pace Hegel). OK biopic of Wagner. At 58 minutes Richard Burton presents Wagner's anti-French and anti-Jewish "Jews and Music" rant - "maggots feeding off the decaying sweet fat flesh of the bourgoise brothel which is Paris" (and the commune).A good setting of Seifried's funeral march in the opening sequence - amazing music, insanity in musical form - Thomas Mann's famous 'death in venice' (later a beautiful Visconti movie (Ascenbach = Wagner) with Mahler sountrack [Mahler = 'the non-Nazi Wagner'). Excellent collection of Nietzsche's astounding aphorisms. This is all very heady, intoxicating stuff and is the foreground for modernism in the arts and sciences. Bladerunner - "Humanity is a condition which must be overcome" - Nietszche.
20.02.12: HCJ year two. Lecture notes on Russell and the logical substrata of mathematics. Follow this link. Contextual discussion of Russell and Frege. Very nice video on Russell: The Three Passions of Bertrand Russell. Newsreel: Biography of Bertrand Russell. BR's brilliant explanation of Einstein's relativity (hour long lecture) - we didn't really get through this in the lecture. The mystery of numbers - the mandlebrot equation, A picture of infinity - mandlebrot "set" (Russell's terminology is "class"), The mandlebrot set is a way of illustrating number as a thing in itself - it represents the class (or 'set') of all possible classes (sets). It illustrates the infinity paradox by showing that the sum of an infinite series need not be a finite number.
20.02.12: New AP internship programme for MA and BA students graduating this year and last year:
The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day, more than half the world’s population sees news from AP.
04.02.12: Updated notes here for HCJ-1 - Hegel, Kant, Schopenhauer, Beethoven, Keats, Byron, Romantics...
02.02.12: Last call for BJTC easter work attachments. These are gauranteed work attachments on BBC news, offered to BJTC students only, and you will be offered a place somewhere in London or the south, or perhaps your home town if that is not in the south if you ask for that, and probably over easter or the summer. There are only open in the first place to BA year three students or to MA journalism students, single hons (BJTC). If my notes are correct I already have four names - Justina C, Julie C and Mike C from BAJ3 and Sarah R from MA journalism. I thus have four places left, and I will give these to MA or BAJ 3 on a first come first serve basis. These are newsroom attachments and so you wikk have to be fairly confident on news gathering for TV, radio or the web. If no year three or MA students come forward by Monday I will offer them to BA year two. Of course the same offer will be made to year two and year one students when, in due course, they are in the thrid year.
24.01.12: Year three: the magazine journalism video about how to use fireworks to make a magazine spread can be found on the You Tube channel at this url. In addition Julie Cordier has some excellent animal pictures - owls, etc, which might work for the pratice exercise instead of dogs. So we don't strictly have to use dogs.
24.01.12: First Years- here is the information for the council meeting on Wednesday. Please arrive early. Because you are attending this meeting there won't be a lecture on Thursday.
21.01.12: New schedule for MONDAYS - WINOL team please be in newsroom by 9am, looking for stories, phoning up, etc. De-brief will be 10am - 12noon. News and features conferences will be 12.30 - 1.30 (latest) simultaneously in the newsroom. (1.30 - 2.30 tutors won't be available!). 3 pm - production huddle. A lot of production planning and development will happen on Monday. Main editorial coference 3.30pm.
21.01.12: Staff-student football will be taking place in the Bower (ie the gym) every Monday from here on in between 1.30 and 2.30 pm. The standard is attrocious, and this is 'fun football' largely non-violent and not very competitive and seen very much as a 'keep fit' sesion. All comers are welcome. Think of it as "HCJ for the body" - ie pointess as a thing in itself, but somehow wholesome, involving a lot of aimless dribbling and arguing and good for fighting the flab. If participating please bring a light coloured top (pref white) AND a dark coloured top (pref black, dark blue or blue) so we can form teams, and we've not got bibs. Also somebody please bring a ball. Normal outdoor ball is fine.
21.01.2012: Comments from he external examiner. The extrernal examiner is a very exeprienced journalist and also a senior academic. He gets to see the marking we have done and can investigate any matter. It my experience external examiners are very sparing with their praise. The conclusion of his report about the standards achieved across the board at Winchester is as follows:
"I thought the quality and thoroughness of teaching were excellent, and the level of competence demonstrated by the students was also very high. The design of the course is innovative and balanced, with a stylish blend of theoretical and practical work, and the teaching and learning of a wide range of journalistic skills, all in all representing an outstanding model of best practice in multi platform and multi media journalism" (my emphasis).
20.01.2012: HCJ1 - Brian Thorton's notes on Cobbett (etc) and a previous webcast studio discussion on the topic can be found by following this link.
19.01.2012: HCJ2 - Chris Horrie on Rupert Murdoch's move from newspapers to television on Five Live today is here. Re: 'Tabloid Nation'. Edited highlights of 'Network' - masterpiece exposition of the Frankfurt School of cultural criticism.
16.01.2012: TIMETABLE UPDATES - First year - HCJ is now in the Dytch Temporary teaching room (room number one - DT1) and not in the Stripe. Please note that news on Thursday is 1pm - 3pm and not in the morning slot as previously notified. The details are in the timetable section of the course. Second years - plese note that HCJ is now in the teaching room on the first floor of TAB and not in the perfromance gym. Everyone please look throiugh the timetable and notify and queries.
15.01.2012: BA first year seminar groups have been slightly reorganised. MA journalism timetable fully updated. BA timetables now updated. The third year LAND (radio ballads) project will have the first briefing NEXT Tuesday (not tomorrow). The first session for the third years is this Thursday morning with the start of the magazine journalism course.
01.01.2012: Happy New Year.... And the customary seasonal airing of Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot.
26.12.2011: The New Winchester Review magazine has been cleaned up a bit and is online. It consists of some of the features work done by students in the third year in the final semester and MA students in the second semester (the work here is from students last year). There's a very impressive array of subject material, done in written form, as photojournalism and as video. This is very much a developing area of the course, on top of news which in the nature of things we do first, and where the course is already recognised because of WINOL News. Here it is: The New Winchester Review.
15.12.2011: Pictures of Winchester MA and BA students accepting national BJTC awards at ITN. Current year three students were honoured for their second year work; they were joined by Sam Harper and Sam Homewood who now both work for ITV News. Yet more evidence that Winchester is rapidly emerging as the No 1 college for journalism education in the UK. Pictures here: http://www.winchesterjournalism.co.uk/bjtcawardsalastair.html.
14.12.2011: BA Journalism- YEAR ONE
The practical news writing test will be as stated on the timetable:
Thursday 10am - Groups A & B
Thursday 11am - Groupls C & D
If you'd like to do some preparation, check out the BBC's writing guide here.
12.12.11: BA Journalism, year three
Here is a summary of the thinking for he final project - the remake of Radio Ballads. Various links on the course site messageboard (see below).
Think about which one of these you want to do. Email me as to which one you fancy, or suggest another related topic which I will consider.
We will form teams to make the following 20 minute thematic films. The model is Radio Ballads, updated to Video Ballads. Each film will work in its own right, but them will be edited together over the summer into something potentially sensational. Youy need to work NOW - well before Christmas to book your interviews, especially if going for stars.
1. JUNE TABOR ON EWAN McCOLL, RADIO BALLADS AND FOLK MUSIC - we need to interview her, explain the project and get her to read or sing her song A PLACE CALLED ENGLAND. Then we need to literally illustrate the lyrics - pictures of oak trees, limestone gorge, etc, etc. David Champion if willing will also compose and perform music for the films. If David can't do this, I am giving David in the project the job of booking a composer/performer who will do so - as discussed today.
2. COBBETT, THE RURAL 'WAR' (THE SWING RIOTS) - THE ENCLOSURES, LAND CLEARANCES, creation of vagabonds, etc, emigration, transportation, Australia, etc. In locations around Hampshire. This is a big job and needs a historian (Richard Ingrams on Cobbett - but Simon Sharma would be best, that's the thought. Work now to book people.). NEED TO GET COLIN FIRTH TO READ 'THE MASK OF ANARCHY' (or best voice artist you can persuade - try several, eg the actress that Cara interviewed). This is a good version of THE MASK OF ANARCHY, I like the spaced out music, this needs panning pictures over the countryside in the morning with the mist rising, oak trees, etc. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbS6VVvHZrI
3. NATIONAL PARK - observational material with the park rangers going around and about. FOREST and trees. TREES! TREES! - do the cobbett material about oak trees, and get a voice artist. You might get a celebrity who is somehow involved in the NIMBY campaigns locally - somebody like Joanna Lumley, though possibly Billy Bragg as well. This has got to be about oak trees. There is an oak tree somewhere in England which is 1000 years old and I saw a fantastic documentary in 2000 which had a historian talked about what was happened when the tree was at this stage and that stage. This will eventually work well with films (1) and (2). Orientate this to Oak Trees and bluebells.
4. HOUSING - this is the planning battles - Barton Farm and similar. It is the story of a village or farmland which is about to disappear under concrete and Barrett Boxes.
5. FARMING - factory farming, animal husbandry issues. This will be like one of the Radio Ballads on a dying group of workers. Could include gypsies maybe because of potato picking, migrant workers, eastern European etc. Could be very strong, but difficult access issues.
6. FOX HUNTING - just a copy of the 2006 RADIO BALLADS
Please email me ASAP as to which topic you want to do. You will need to think ahead, though we do not need to start filming until the new year. I will produce a production schedule, with the target windows for filming. You will need to film I would say 10 hours to get 20 minutes for a project of this sort, depending on the topic. Less than that for the Tabor Interview; possibly more for 'A place called England'.
This will be a fantastic project and I am very much looking forward to it.
07,12.11; BAJ year three. Ending with a bang not a wimper our equivalent of coastlines will be called LAND (it goes with coastlines which we think has a chance of being RTS factual student film of the year. But instead of making it an existentialist epic like like Wim Wenders and Heidegger/Tarkovsky - which was a bit of a challenge, we are going down the social realism route, and re-making the landmark Radio Ballads as the Video Ballads, using orginal rap music instead of folk. David Champion will have a key role to play in this as musical director of the film. We will form into small units, each making a self-contained film about various themes - farming, housing development, gypsies, food, history (especially Cobbett, but Shelley has lasted better on the account of the 19th civil war in Hampshire - the land clerances and the 'blanketeers' - the mask of anarchy, the national park, etc. We will mix original music, sound interviews, still pictures, video, etc. It would be very good to have an interview with June Tabor about the original Radio Ballads, and be able to use her Place Called English - a spcial performance or reading for us would be brilliant. A Place Called England. From the original radio ballad (1964) - MOVE! - to get the idea it is Ewan McColl - we add video...
NB HCJ year two Heidegger's 'Angst und Desein': The Mirror from the film you all missed!
03.12.11: BA-2 and BA-3. We have a rough-cut edit for the whole of November 30th to look at in the de-brief. Very impressive. That will be followed by a VJ masterclass with Tom Hepworth of the BBC. We have one last go at WINOL this term so let's take on board Tom's advice and make it stunning.
03.12.11: Year one BA HCJ-1 - baffled by The Draughtsman's Contract? Don't be. On a PPE or History of Art/Art School type curriculum such as the one we follow we would at this stage be looking at Voltaire and the Libertines. But because we inflect the course towards England and towards journalism we "do" Addison instead because of the importance of the Spectator(s) and The Tatler(s). The Tatler still of course exists. The current day Spectator (excellent though it is) is a different animal. All fashion journalism and people-watching type journalism serives from Addison (or Defoe or the 'photojournalist or 'television documentary' maker (before the technology arrived) Hogarth).
The film just shows you what these people were like, and how they spoke and how they say the world (cynical, measured, restrained, polite, sarcasitc, erotic, pleasure-seeking, empiricist, commerical and - above all - contract making). They are the culmination of the enlightenment, and represnt an aspiration for aristocratic elegance and refined living, not least in their clothing and houses (the 'stately home'). These people thought they had essentially solved all the problems of science and phiosophy, of politics and morality and their elaborate gardens (so lovingly drawn in the film) represented both a recreation the Golden Age of Greek Civilization and.or a garden of Eden - complete with miracle fruits (oranges [also a symbol of prostitution - Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe, early journalism. This film is a sort of dumbed down Draughtsman's Contract] but above all the miracle fruit of the pineapple which adorns all their public architecture. Here's another slightly easier film adaptation that we could have watched - Dangerous Liasions. The love poetry of the restoration era is also famously vivid - which undergraduate can ever ignore Marvell's "fine and private place..." . (Also, of course, right at the end of this period - literaaly months before the revolution - the towering genius of Mozart, the culminating figure of the enlightenment) Don Giovani.
They were swept from history by the utterly momentus event of the French revolution when the french equivalent of every character in the Draughtsman Contract would have ben executed on the Guillotine, and the whole modern dialectic of war, revolution and mass murder begins to unfold. To understand this important period (the last age of reason before the collective insanity of romanticism, with its handmaidens of nationalism and religion, the arch conservative Kenneth Clarke's masterpiece TV series Civilization has a particularly good episode on the Age of Elegance which, I notice has just been uploaded to You Tube. This will be good preparation for Brian's lecture on The French Revolution which sets us up for the next phase of the course - Romanticism. We are thus closing the book on the enlightenment, and moving on.
28.11.11: Third years / second years please make sure you attend the debrief as usual - plans for Wednesday to be finalised. Also there is a meeting with the Dean of the Arts faculty, who wants to see how you are getting on. Later, as 12 noon, the head of charity in Winchester is coming in to meet you all - lots of scope for publishing projects, contacts and features.
The graphics for Wednesday have now been done. These are for the top of the hour. I am also working on a countdown, and a crash message. But apart from Charlotte's demo-o-meter there won't be any others. Straps will be the same as a normal WINOL.
24.11.11: Julie Cordier (BA Journalism three) - plans here for the Wednesday national bulletin now on location in Southampton. First years and MA students very welcome as volunteers, especially on location with OB units. Warm and waterproof clothing may be needed! This will be a significant event.
17.11.11: BA Journalism (year one): Good talk by AC Grayling on Descartes.
16.11.11: MA Journalism/Third Year law lecture tomorrow (Thursday) on this week's topic of investigative journalism and FOI is to be given by Claudia Murg - she's worked for Panorama and won an RTS award for her film The Last Peasants. She has loads of great undercover stories. Should be a bit of a highlight. First years are also welcome to sit in if there is room. Will take place in the newsroom TAB9.
5.11.11: Innocence Project - there is still one place available for the Innocence Project Conference in London on 25th Nov. The university will pay the £100 entrance fee but you will have to pay for travel etc. If any first or second years are interested please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org - I will need to know by Wednesday 3pm.
Details of the conference are here: http://www.innocencenetwork.org.uk/events.htm
12.11.11: HCJ Year one - the scientific-rationalist-mathmatical revolution of the 17th/18th century - Leibnitz. A good lecture, but first part is a bit too biographical.
10.11.11: HCJ year two - Keynesianism (1) - TOM WOLFE on the bond market (from Bonfire of the Vanities). (2) Keynes vs Hayek (Modernism vs Classicism - this hugely over-values the importance of Hayek - it is made by his supporters. It is not a bad exposition on Keynes.) (3) Keynes, deficits and the current crisis. The majestic JK Galbraith on JM Keynes - The Age of Uncertainty. Pretty good exposition of Marx's theory of economic crisis - a more technical explanation than mine (from Cranfield Management school). Chris Horrie on Ricardo; CH on Malthus. Really good lecture on demographics and economic history (the Malthusian trap and reproduction rates). Galbraith on Money and Monetary policy. Money - from Cabaret.
09.11.11: No Law session on Thursday 10th Nov for MAs and BAs due to the graduation. There are no sessions at all for the MAs on Thursday 10th because many of the students are actually attending the graduation ceremony.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LAW TEST WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY 1 DEC - THIS IS TO ALLOW STUDENTS TO CONCENTRATE ON THE LAUNCH OF THE RADIO STATION ON 24 NOVEMBER.
03.11.11: BA - HCJ theory - year one video on introduction political theory is here; year two on Freud and psychoanalysis here... year two on Nietzsche here... more on Nietzsche (from pop culture - bladerunner)... The agony of desire and the Birth of Tragedy - Freud, Nietzsche, Wagner and modernism - the agony of desire Tannhauser in Venusberg. Also surrealism/Freudianism in art - Rene Magritte. Analytic logic and hermenutics - things are not what they appear to be. But are they really not what they appear to be?- Meanwhile... I am going to post some video on Frege and the logic revolution soon... In fact I am thinking of doing a whole series on the history of logic, since people seemed to get a lot out of it in the seminars.
02.11.11: BA Year One/ Year Three media law - Please blog on the Christopher Jeffries libel and contempt cases - amazing interview on the Today prog this morning at about 8.15. Can anyone please capture/record the interview and put it up on their blog. Very useful material.
01.11.11: Angus has blogged detailed feedback about last week's Winol - check it out at http://angusscotttv.blogspot.com/2011/10/winol-26-october.html
26.10.2011: First years - INTRODUCTION TO JOURNALISM - Precision English has finished now. There is no session this Thursday. The first session in the new phase of the course will take place on Friday morning at 10am in the room as advertised. The updated timetable is here.
22.10.2011: I have read all the first year blogs. Very good and well worth a read. It would be very good if all students read all the other blogds this week and left comments. This helps the process od consolidating the web we have created. You should also add yourself as a follower of all the other student blogs. If you have time it does make senset o have a look at the year two and year three blogs and subscribe to them (become a follower) as well. Another good thing to blog about is WINOL - http://www.winol.co.uk, reviewing the content - good points and bad points.
10.10.2011: FIRST YEARS - Media Law lecture will take place for this week only in The Stripe Auditorium, and not in the Bower. Please spread the word.
06.10.2011 - blog-able material arising from random points in today HCJ-2 seminars on Modernism and WR Heart - the intellectuals and the masses - John Carey. This interesting book deals with the hatred for democracy which arose in the intelelctuals of the early 20th century - fascists and fascist sympathisers on the one hand; and communists and leninists on the other. The intellectuals and the masses. Also Nietzchean and Social Darwinist objections to democracy. I think this film Idiotocracy makes these points very well (it is by the producer of Beavis and Butthead). Sarah Palin on fruit flies (ie genetic research).
06.10.2011 - Second Year HCJ - Recommend that you listen to the In Our Time radio programme (listen again on iplayer) for a special on David Hume. Hume is an extremely important writer/thinker for journalists because of his stringent empiricism and warnings about the dangers of induction (roughly 'jumping to conclusions'). He is also a brillaint writer and wit - an important and characteristic thinker of the European enlightment.
02.10.2011: First year HCJ timetable explained. The times of seminar groups D, E and F are 3pm, 4pm and 5pm taking place in the Stripe (same place as the lecture). Please turn up well befroe these times and wait for your group to start. Please do not attend if you have not been able to do at least some of the set reading. The purpose of the session will be to listen to what you all have to say about the set reading. If you have been allocated to give the paper this does not mean that you aer required to any more or less reading/thinking/discussion than eanyone else. Groups A, B and C take place in Brian Thornton's office in I think it is called Alwyn hall at the corresponding times.
01.10.2011: I read all the second and third year blogs. There's a lack of HCJ notes in year two, but very good notes on WINOL. Where people have not blogged - I have not of course been able to comment. In year tyhyree the blogging is patchy, but there are excellent law notes from Charlotte which go beyond just teh session. There's a good map of the court system for example. I did a long comment on Poppy's blog where she has started a discussion on the purposes of education.
01.10.2011: 2/3rd YEAR - WINOL debrief (to explain to any MA or first year students reading, the 2nd and third years produced a 'dummy' verrsion of the weekly WINOL bulletin last week - to test the technical systems. It was not webcast/broadcast. But we are giving feedback. There is a good account on Louis O'Brien's blog (second year) about the exercise - he makes some popints. I was going to leave the notes below on his blog, but Louis's blog does not seem to be accepting comments right now. You need toi read Louis blog first and thenm read these notes:
COMMENT ON LOUIS'S BLOG POST: You did fine. It shows though you have to be completely on top of the technical aspects of filming, bcause if not it will dominate and you will be happy to put any content on to the screen. The answer is to practice over the weekends just filming anything at all, or pretend interviews with pals which you can then wipe. Or form groups of two or three with other reporters just to practice white balance and otehr light conidtions.
SCRIPT: Yes "I talked to" is banned from scripts - it what we call from logic "tautology" or a "tautological proposition". You need to completely eliminate all tautology from your script or writing generally. If you look at student/amateur work (eg from Bornemouth uni) the scripts are full of tautologies. They even creep into proper telly as well, but that is rare. There is no excuse for them in student work where you have time to get it right.
CUT AWAYS: Very good to have a range of cutaways - but avoid pictures of signs and also pictures of guilty buildings. People milling about is best - but nobody must be identified because of section 8 - so that is tricky. The other type of shot you need is a sequence, showing you meeting the interview subject, walking along with them. These can be shot after the interview.
PIECE TO CAMERA: It is best to use a drop intro over action of some sort foir your opening shot. If you do a PTC it should be very short and it should be 'walky talky' - like Cara Laithwaite in UKTODAY (see http://www.uktoday.org.uk). Contrast Cara with especially the one from LEEDS - Cara is good, the one from Leeds is hopeless - even though the guy does to be fair have a much, much better hairstylke than Cara.
LENGTH: - Always - less is more - cut, cut and cut again. TV is not a good medium for explaining anything. Interviews should be about people DOING things; not EXPLAINING things. Keep everything short, but keep EXPOSITION to an absolute minimum piece. You exposition is best done as a feature interview (second bite of cherry - ask me about this) which can be run later on the bulletin or elsewhere on the site (see: REVERSIONING -).
AUDIO: Getting the sound right is very difficult. The first thing you have to think about with an interview is the sound. The pictures are much easier and they are easier to correct (you can use cutaways and graphics). But you are absolutely stuck with the sound.
1. Think carefully about the location for the interview - if there is traffic in he background that is difficult because of continuity.
2. Make sure you capture a fair bit of ambient "wildtrack" so youy can mix this if you need to - this is the sound equivalent of cut aways.
3. This is very hard - while you are doing the filming keep an ear out for background sounds which will create continuity problems if you edit (eg somebody shouting, or a plane flying past). For all these reasons it is best to interview indoors (but then you have corresponding problems with light) - best of all is studio where the sound is dead and the lighting artificial. The studio is available Tuesdays if you have time and if you can negotiate with the production manager to get in there.
OTHER PEOPLE - yes you will have to be a one man band, but if you can get somebody to come along with you (just to keep an ear out for the sound) that is good. A two person crew is OK as a student. But to get a job you will have to do it all yourself.
STATEMENTS: Avoid these entirely if possible. If you get a statement yes you MUST get somebody to read it for you. Then keep it very short. The full statement can be in a text version of the story you put on the website. You can tell the production editor/script editor /presenter to add something in the studio script - "... and the full text of that statement can be found on our website www.WINOL.co.uk" - it becomes a way of plugging the site.
But this is an encouraging start. I though your voice and presentation was very good indeed - just a shade too enthusiastic - you need a detached style (in news, and even in sport - in sport enthusiasm = downmarket - eg Sky football; detachment and cool is upmarket - eg BBC radio cricket, but a very good start and you looked and sounded great on camera. You can have rtoo much of a good thing though!
30.09.2011: BA FIRST YEAR: I read all the first year blog - excellent overall, and all very good. I have left comments on most blogs. There are pictures for most blogs. If your link does not have a picture please send that now. It is very useful to have this before HCJ seminars so we know who is talking in the group. We have to record credit for contribution to smeinar discussion. The blogs help us to do that, but a picture helps.
SECOND AND THIRD YEARS - have a read through the first year blogs and leave a comment. Some might soon be interested in volunteering on a Wednesday for help aroudn the studio or similar. I know that sport needs volunteers just to pick up crowd reaction shorts for cutaways for example... that requires minimal training and could be done with handycam... etc, etc. Also - some first years are blogging really good, detailed law ntoes with recent cases etc, so that will help keep year two hand in for law, and also year three for the refresher course. Please subscribe and follow the first year blogs; and first years should follow likewise. I am going to read the year two and year three blogs over the weekend, or in the early part of next week. See how it is all going...
30.09.2011: MA BLOGS - Blogs play a big role in teaching at Winchester Journalism. You will have heard mention of this in the law session. Don't worry - I will get you set up with blogs when I see you this coming Thursday. Then you will be fully on board. I nthe meantime it is worth reading through the BA journalism blogs for media law and some other topics. These blogs - taken as a whole - are a goldmine of journalism notes which are more or less right at the level you need. So navigate to BA journalism blogs and have a browse around them - starting with the third years and working backwards I would suggest.
29:09:2011: HCJ 2 - Modernism - some clips - Tannehauser - Schopenhauer-Wagner-Freud the pain of existence and the denial of the will. Simon Rattle on The Tristan Chord (after 2 mins 30) - but whole clip is moderately interesting/somewhat stodgy on the Vienna 1900 fin de siecle. Stunning performance of Isolde's Love-Death aria from Tristan and Isolde. Nietzsche - Stronger. The Copenhagen Ring. An overview - Modernism HCJ (Wagner and Schoenberg). Nietzsche and 2001.
28:09:2011: HCJ year one (BA journaism) - Here is a link to the start of COSMOS that I wanted to show in the screening session this week, but forgot - it has a brilliant introduction from the the2009 edition that was shown on PBS in the states - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3NAW1U-swc. Cosmos itself was a (slightly cheesy/ lava lamp) CBS re-make of a more austere BBC series called The Ascent of Man by Jacob Bronowski, and The Ascent of Man was a BBC production of the curriculum of the PPE course at Oxford University. You shoudl tryand track down as many episodes as possible of both these TV series - they are brilliantly good and an easier and more enjoyable way of doing the course. Also very, very good companion to Russell's book is Civilization by the great Kenneth Clarke of blessed memory.
The Ascent of Man - Bronowski (history of science)
Civilization - Kenneth Clarke (history of art)
27.09.2011: 2nd / 3rd Year - WINOL production schedule has been updated - editorial conference on Monday now much earlier - see: SCHEDULE.
27.09.2011: First year media law takes place in a room rather confusingly called The Bower. This is in fact in the gym. You go in to the gym, past the reception desk on your left, and turn left heading toward the sports hall. The Bower is a roon on your right. Please be there on time, well before the 10am start.
26.09.2011: I have read all the first year blogs and commented on the first few (not enough time to comment on all). Some really excellent work here - very promising start. Have added pictures of many first years. Where missing please email a picture to email@example.com.
IMPORTANT - first years please put a link to http://www.Winchesterjournalism.co.uk on your blog. Also please set up a You Tube account. Put any favourite video on your you tube account then link from your blog to your tube account. Then when you have a You tube account, please subscribe to Winchester Journalism You Tube Channel.
You won't do much video production until the end of the first year, but the longer you have a You Tube channel set up the better. You will need this eventually to help get work attachements and eventually jobs.
here is a good example of a student's You Tube channel:
2nd and 3rd years. Very good start to WINOL - hit the gorund running and the new dimensiomn of the beefed up radio is really exciting.
Here is a link to UKTODAY - did not have time to look at in the de-brief. Worth a blog review? Alongwith teh Bournemouth bulletin.
UK TODAY - ssee: http://www.uktoday.org.uk AND/OR -
Bournemouth's answer to "WINOL": http://www.youtube.com/user/Winchesterjournalism#p/f/1/kVIqQHJ3KR4
24.09.2011: First year students' blogs have been added to the site. You can see them here: BA Journalism - year one.
07.09.2011: The blogs section of the site has been updated. It might be good to do an update since everyone will be interested in what everyone else has done over the summer.
YEAR ONE (blank at the moment until the first year arrive):
MA JOURNALISM (blank at the moment until the new MA student arrive)
BA and MA ALUMNI (being sorted out at the moment)
We also have a new mini website for with all teh briefing for WINOL. We are just updating the job descriptions in some cases. That will be ready soon. Here is the WINOL PLAN.
We are also putting together this online textbook for the HCJ course. The content is patchy here adn some of the sections are just rough lecture notes. It will remain like that through the year, but it will build up as we go through the year and material is added as HCJ topics come up.
01.09.2011: The messageboard is open again and will be updated frequently.
The timetables for all courses in semester one are now online, though we still have one or two details to sort out so there will be further (minor) updates notified here over the next week or so.
You can find the timetables by navigating to the home page of the BA journalism or MA journalism and then clicking on the "timetable" link
In the meantime I am keeping the outline for dates for the year here Term dates, etc, for 2011-2012. Please note that this includes some important dates for staff as well as students, such as team meetings.
I hope everyone has had a productive summer.
Particular congratulations to MA students Sam Harper and Sam Holmewood who have now left and gained regular shifts at ITN.
MA student and HCJ tutor Shira Pinczuk had her documentary selected for exhibition at an international festival of student film-making ahead of students from more than 100 arts and media colleges across Europe.
The BA documentary COASTLINES was likewise selected by judges for an online festival.
Andrew Giddings BA year three is now working regularly at BBC South as an on-screen reporter. Justina Chlad joined the ITN production team which made the instant obit/documentawry (ie a generic profile) of Amy Winehouse and got a cherished on-screen credit for her CV.
Please let me know of any other triumphs of this type.
For WINOL I know that students have been working hard over the summer on for example an even better programme of guest editors, forward planning of various sorts, and so we will be off to a flying start.
We have made multiple applicantions for national awards - the Guardian Media awards will announce their shortlist in mid September and I would be surprised if Winchester was not represented in that. We are optimisitics about both the Royal Television Society awards and the BJTC awards where students made many submissions.
Winchester has now emerged as one of the leading places for journalism education in the whole of Europe. A new factor this year will be a working relationship with the University of Eastern Illionois near Chicago where there are many possibilities for joint work and international broadcasting and other projects.
We have invested in new radio studios and will have access to a permanent webcast radio radio run by the university where we will make the news bulletins. At the end of the first term we will have a temporary free to air community broadcasting license - a fantastic opportunity to reach a large audience in the region. In addition the radio station aims to be permanently on air - so there's loads of opportunities to practice being on air for fun in the evening and weekends - sort of hospital radio style with DJ'ing, talk programmes, phone ins.
In fresher's week a group of third years will produce the first edition of UKToday - which is WINOL for the whole UK with news being supplied live (or as live) from sister courses in Salford, Leeds, London, Gloucester/Bristol and Buckingham/Birmigham.
Lastly the departing third years filled in the National Student Survey and gave us an overall score of 88 percent - this was the best in London and the south, and hte third best in the country (Sheffield Uni came top in the UK with a suspiciously totalitarian 98 percent). .
Many third years have had job interviews and we will track their progress.
I personally can not wait fo the year to begin, there are all sort of other improvements across the board, we have a really fantastic bunch of students and we are continuing to shock and amaze people in the business with the level of talent, commitment and achieve
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