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Student profile: Mohamad Hussain, MA/MSc Digital Journalism

Who I am?

I am Syrian Journalist who has worked for last 7 years in journalism. I was doing three jobs at the same time back in Syria: political editor at Syrian Arab News Agency, Editorial Assistant at SyriaToday Magazine, Researcher At Spacetoon Media Group. I also did a Master thesis entitled “News Characteristics in Arabic Websites”

Why I did this course?

I chose this course after spending around three months looking at and checking courses about media, communication and journalism. I closely looked at more than 200 courses online and asked friends and former students what they though of them.

Finally, I settled on Digital Journalism at Goldsmiths. Firstly, my friends who studied at UK and my British friends rated Goldsmiths very high in fields of media, communication and computing, everyone encouraged me to choose goldsmiths. Secondly, when I looked at the course modules, it struck me that it was as if the person who combined the course content was able to read my mind. I immediately thought: this is what I am looking for.

The syllabus seemed very practical and comprehensive and combined almost everything I wanted to learn to be able to do what I always dreamt of but could not due to lack of knowledge and skills or lack of knowing what is possible. This course made my wishes come true with all the training on journalism and computing.

What skills I have built?

– News writing and editing

– Conducting interviews

– Broadcast journalism storytelling, filming and video editing

– Digital project management

– Web design and development and websites building

– Computer programming

– Digital research methods for online media

This course enabled me to do things faster and more accurately and more efficiently. Things I previously thought were impossible now seem very easy to achieve with the arsenal of digital tools the course introduced me to.

This course made me into a multi-skilled Ninja rather than a soldier and made me an integrated part of any media organization and improved my communication skills and knowledge in the multidisciplinary fields that media organizations operate within nowadays.

I know other students acquired a different set of skills based on what they need the most for the career path they are building for themselves as the teachers are very liberal and supportive of what students want.

What do media organizations think?

When I was doing an innovation internship at Wall Street Journal with two classmates, journalists wanted to learn from us the things we learnt on the programme—especially the digital skills.

Whenever I meet with professionals from media organization and tell them about things we learn and practice on the MA/MSc Digital Journalism they are impressed and wowed, and tell me that there will be high demand for graduates of this programme.

Who is this course for?

Personally, I think this course is for students who have done some journalism before but they feel they can take journalism to the next level with innovation and digital technologies.

It is for journalists who want to make the future of journalism and be at least 10 years ahead of industry. It is for those who are not afraid of learning new things and combining unlikely tools and techniques from previously unconnected domains of science. I found myself combining political science with machine learning with computational linguistics with journalism to do my project for one of the classes.

Finally….

 I will tell you a secret, take advantage of these things when you are at Goldsmiths:

– Ask the teachers for advice for anything comes to your mind, they are very nice people.

– Wander around the books in the library, they have great collection of books.

– They have all the media equipment, studios, labs and software. Use them 🙂

 

All Goldsmiths postgraduate Games students secure industry placements

(Project by MSc student Tudor Nita)

All of the 2012/13 MSc in Computer Games and Entertainment students at Goldsmiths, University of London have secured placements at UK computer games companies.

The students, who finish their masters this summer, will take up placements at some of the UK’s top games development institutions, including The Creative Assembly (SEGA), Rebellion, Supermassive Games, Gamesys, Roll7, Beefjack, Hadrian York, National Film & Television School, and British Petroleum (BP) Graphics Group.

Professor William Latham, co-director and co-founder of the MSc Computer Games and Entertainment, said: “We have created a programme that is line with industry needs and focuses on placing students with companies during this exciting time in the industry – as PS4 and Xbox One arrive and casual games and underlying games analytics demand grows. From the students’ point of view, invariably these placements become a rapid stepping stone to full-time employment”.

MSc in Computer Games and Entertainment graduate Andrew Dyer, now a Programmer at Supermassive Games, commented: “The MSc Computer Games & Entertainment course has done an excellent job preparing me for working at the front lines of the games industry, and as a programmer specifically. It has been intensive and very thorough, encouraging us all to understand first-hand the workings of graphics, animation, and physics systems that ultimately helped me working with them at a higher level during my internship at Supermassive Games and subsequent employment at the studio.”

Professor Frederic Fol Leymarie, co-director and co-founder of the MSc Computer Games and Entertainment, said: “Our lecturers have tens of years of experience in the games industry and still practice on current and emerging titles and consoles, such as Andy Thomason who continues to work as a games programmer at Sony.”

Placements for new students joining in September 2013 are already being confirmed:

Martin Servante, Director of Operations & Finance at The Creative Assembly, makers of the hit series Total War, commented: “Following two consecutive years of taking Goldsmiths MSc Games students on placements, we are pleased to announce that we have reserved a minimum of three placements for Goldsmiths students starting the course in September 2013, on site during the period May to September 2014.”

The programme has attracted partnerships with UK games developer Rebellion, Creative Assembly, Supermassive Games, world-renowned advertising agency M&C Saatchi, and the National Film and Television School (NFTS).

For more information about the MSc Computer Games and Entertainment at Goldsmiths, visit www.gamesgoldsmiths.com.

Goldsmiths Computing Expo 2013: interesting people doing interesting stuff

The annual Goldsmiths Computing Expo is where we open our doors to everyone and offer them a chance to come and see some of our technological innovation and meet the staff and students behind it.

This year’s Computing Expo was a fantastic showcase of the work of our department at all levels from first year undergraduate to PhD and staff research. The diversity of work was impressive, from a durational performance recreating in digital form the collaboration between Marina Abramović and Ulay, to an app that suggests clothing and make-up colours to complement your skin and hair. There was also a first year collaborative music making systems that many attendees mistook for a final year project!

These were all projects that were very creative and well thought out but also highly technically challenging. What was particularly impressive was the number of students who were getting their work out in the real world from iPhone games on the app store to collaborations with Choreographers and open source hardware.

In the early evening, a range of professionals, students and academics took to the Ben Pimlott Lecture Theatre to hear a series of short presentations from some of the departments brightest undergraduate students. Martin Roth, head of research at interactive music company RjDj, and Research Fellow in the department, chaired a panel of industry experts including Lisa Long – Director of Soniq Play , Alan Stuart – Director of Wow Elite, Brendan Quinn from Clueful Media Ltd, and Justin Spooner, Director of Unthinkable consulting. Martin Roth said “It was great to be able to see what Goldsmiths students are up to and how the College is thinking about entrepreneurship.”

Check out some of the projects below:

The Department of Computing at Goldsmiths is arguably Europe’s leading interdisciplinary computer science department for research, teaching and enterprise across the arts, music and social sciences. Our success has been based on a strong strategic focus with London’s creative industries and realised through strong partnerships with other departments in Goldsmith such including Art, Music, Sociology, Design, Visual Cultures, Theatre and Performance and Psychology.

We are already looking forward to EXPO 2014 where, you never know, it might be your work we’re showing off!

See our Expo pics on Flickr

 

Killer Robots: Mark Bishop in New Scientist

The Computing Department’s very own Prof Mark Bishop has appeared in New Scientist this week where he has been interviewed about the development and potential (mis)use of military killer robots. Mark argues that a ban on these kind of weapons is essential.  Read the online version of the article (by Simon Makin) here. 

Image, Will Hutchinson

Mark Bishop is professor of cognitive computing at Goldsmiths, University of London, and chairs the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour