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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.

The video, the cinemagraphs, the summer.

Summer. Wahey!

Time to pretend I didn’t do exams and that I don’t have results waiting. Apply to all the internships! I’ve been getting my creative hat out and playing around with a few new things. Cinemagraphs have been the talk on a lot of sites for the past few months. The idea is where you take a still image, and add life to it with subtle movement. It’s important that the image itself holds as a photograph and that the animation you apply is subtle, so it’s not just an animated gif. It takes some fiddling around in Photoshop to get some really nice masks and the more time you take to prep the shot, the better it’ll look. Here’s a couple of examples of ones I did from my iPhone. Just rough and quick attempts, though I’m planning on getting out the tripod and Canon to really making some impressive ones!

Matt Huxley Cinemagraph
Matt Huxley Cinemagraph
Matt Huxley Kettle Cinemagraph
Matt Huxley Kettle Cinemagraph

I think they turned out pretty well. There’s something strangely mesmerizing about it, and I love how it incorporates a lot of photographic principles with some animation and photo editing skill.

Also, I wrote previously about making a video for a presentation I was doing. Well that’s done, and presented, so I shall leave you with this. It’s somewhat tongue in cheek, as is apparent, but fun nonetheless. It’s very dubstep, it’s very over the top, and it was very fun to make. So, make of it what you will, I suppose: