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How Do Awards 2010 – the winners

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Unfortunate timings might have put the annual north west awards ceremony up against the Leaders’ Debate but, thanks to the wonders of twitter, the ‘ow dos became a second must-have back channel event last night.

Several hundred of the region’s most influential media and creative industries folk attended the awards dinner with around 75 companies shortlisted for the 14 awards.

Congratulations to all those who walked away with awards – the Best Media Website ( and Best Newspaper (Crains Manchester Business and the Westmorland Gazette) particularly caught my eye but the full list of winners can be found here.

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April 30th, 2010 at 1:10 pm

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April 26th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

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Kinofilm European Short Film Festival is finally back next week

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Guest blogger David Hartley (no known relation!) invites you along to next week’s Kinofilm European Short Film Festival.

“If you’ve not got the time to watch a full-length film, watch a short one instead,”

So said Orson Welles, privately to me just before he died (honest…). Unfortunately, Orson, I replied, there aren’t many opportunities to watch short films these days except if they’re shoehorned into the special features bit of disc two of the special edition DVD behind an Easter Egg and a password.

Come to think of it, I for one would much prefer two or three quirky shorts before the main feature at the movies instead of those annoying Orange ‘mowbill’ adverts. What I want is a festival where I can see lots of short films at accessible venues, in a range of genres, maybe from lots of different European countries…

That being said, its a good thing the Kinofilm Festival has returned. After a three year hiatus, Manchester’s premiere European short film festival is back kick-starting on the 27th April straight through a jam-packed week of the best UK and European short films, until the 2nd May.

Kinofilm has gathered a strong reputation in the city it its 15 year existence and shows no sign of deviating this year with a programme featuring over 200 shorts, 8 feature films (including Oscar-nominated Revanche and critically acclaimed UK film Kandahar Break) and a series of educational sessions for budding film-makers. Cinematographer Tristan Oliver (Fantastic Mr. Fox, Chicken Run) will be conducting a masterclass, and if you fancy yourself as the next Cary Grant or Helen Mirran, try out your best movie-star pose at the Acting workshop.

This year there is a special focus on Polish films in conjunction with an exhibition of Polish movie posters featuring the incredible artwork of designers such as Wiktor Gorka and Andrzej Krajewski.

The exhibition was launched last night and will continue until the 16th May. Head down to the basement of the Triangle Shopping Centre to feast your hungry eyes. As ever, there is a Facebook group to join to keep abreast of the latest developments and if you are super-keen, Early Bird festival passes are available now from Eventbrite for a measly £25. Get ‘em while they’re hot, cinephiles!

Find out more at the Kinofilm website.

Thanks to David for the guest post – if you’ve got a project or event going on in Manchester and would like to publicise it here on Mancunian Way, please do get in touch through the comments below or by email sarahmancunianway AT

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April 23rd, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Big Chip Awards 2010 shortlist released

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The Big Chip Awards has this morning announced its shortlisted entries – see the full list here.

Some great projects named in there and selected from a record number of entries according to orgnaisers with 257 entriesreceived from 138 companies, freelancers and organisations.

The 2010 awards will take place again at the Palace Hotel Manchester on 10 June.

A couple of other snippets of Manchester digital news from this week in case you’ve missed;

  • Hyperlocal news service for Greater Manchester, InsidetheM60 launched this week. Looks like Nigel and Louise have their hands full of elections at the moment!
  • I was very happy to announce that East Salford Direct have been awarded for their use of video. They were honoured at an award ceremony following the Talk About Local and Guardian Local unconference held in Leeds at the weekend – my full report here.

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April 22nd, 2010 at 11:16 am

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April 20th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

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50 (+) Useful MediaCity links

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This struck me as a useful set of links to share – 50 Useful MediaCityUK, BBC North and Salford Quays Web Links.

It’s being added to all the time since Mark Whitfield posted it on LinkedIn and is reproduced here with Mark’s kind permission – check out his website to learn a little more about WEB technologies (DotNetNuke, ASP.NET, HTML, Java Script etc.)

Offical MediaCityUK

BBC North Jobs

Offical MediaCityUK Twitter

Offical MediaCityUK RSS Feed

MediaCityUK Photographic Timeline Journal

About the Photographic Timeline Journal

SkyScraperCity Forum – Special Interest Thread

This LinkedIn Group (1000+ Members)


MediaCityUK:Blog Twitter

MediaCityUK Jobs

MediaCityUK Jobs Twitter

MediaCityUK Jobs RSS Feed

BBC North

BBC North Jobs 2011 LinkedIn Group

MediaCityUK 360 Movie Spin

Official MediaCityUK Flickr Photos

Timeline Journal MediaCityUK Flickr Photos

Official MediaCityUK YouTube Movies

Timeline Journal MediaCityUK YouTube Movies

Peel MediaCityUK

Creating a City MediaCityUK Twitter

The Pie Factory MediaCityUK

The Pie Factory MediaCityUK Twitter

MediaCityUK Manchester Evening News Articles

The Designer Outlet

The Lowry Centre

The Imperial War Museum North

The Quays

The Quays Twitter Feed

Visit Salford

MediaCityUK and Quays Point Planning

Ramada Hotel Salford Quays

MediaCityUK Media Access Bureau

Salford Quays.ORG

ETAP Hotel Salford Quays

Merchant Quay

The Heart of Manchester

The Quay Property Investment Salford Quays

MediaCityUK – NWDA

The Quays on Wikipedia

MediaCityUK on Wikipedia

Manchester Docks on Wikipedia

Restaurants in the Quays

Trams in the Quays

Salford Quays Software

Chris Kane – BBC Spaces

Web Aviation in the Quays

e-Architect of Salford Quays

Hotels in the Quays

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April 20th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

links for 2010-04-19

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  • For example, it was interesting to hear how one London based commercial website sells advertising, in a much more competitive environment than Leith – and makes a lot more from it than Greener Leith does! And similarly, the opportunity to do a little informal benchmarking with peer sites, and learn about 'market research' techniques was also really interesting.
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  • This section, therefore, is for people to find out how to learn more advanced skills, or ask someone technically-minded for help. The TAL team and anyone else working with offline communities can also use these resources to ‘translate’ community issues into the sorts of problems with parameters that developers love to get their teeth into. We don’t want to reinvent any wheels, so please use this very simple and friendly questionnaire to ensure we’re not missing anything that already exists, or if you prefer dive straight into the editable Google document of this page to add content.
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  • And as if this wasn’t enough, we have also been selected by the widely read American site as one of their top ten “cool hyperlocal blogs”. In fact, we’re the only British site to make the list! Once again, we’re very pleased to be recognised in this way.
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  • Ploughing through Council minutes and agendas can be time consuming but unearth really useful local information. Actually attending Council committees and meetings of the Local Strategic Partnership can give you a first-hand insight into local issues and decision-making. Keeping track of Council planning Committees and sub-committees, by online and/or physical means, is another useful activity routinely carried out by journalists. Making full use of information released under FOI (the Freedom of Information Act) and actually making FOI requests is another useful activity that can often result in stories from a differnt 'expose' angle.
    (tags: tal10)

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April 19th, 2010 at 8:05 pm

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No Skinny for Manchester

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Kate Feld at Manchizzle reports today that the expected launch of Scottish listing magazine The Skinny has been shelved.

Manchester’s media watchers will be aware there’s been speculation about the plans since HowDo reported their activities back in February.

But it seems those denials are to be borne out according to Kate. Within an excellent round-up of the city’s zines and some other publications, she says;

“The Skinny, the Glasgow listings magazine that was planning a Manchester edition, has now reportedly shelved those plans. They started posting a bit of MCR content online, but stopped short of launching a print mag. Just like Time Out. That’s right, we got stood up again. (sniff.) Come on, what’s wrong with us? We deserve a what’s on magazine just as much as anyone else does, dammit. Is it something we said?”

Rosamund West, editor of The Skinny confirmed it this evening. She told me;

“Yes we have shelved plans to develop our Manchester coverage further. We did invest some time investigating the possibility of launching online content for Manchester, and the results were very positive with feedback from a few industry types and freelancers. However, due to the economic climate and various changes within our Scottish operation, we’ve decided not to move plans any further forward until such a time as we can focus more of our energies on providing the best possible coverage for Manchester and arriving in the area with a bang. “

So there you have it. The city awaits…….

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April 19th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Talk About Local and Guardian Local Unconference award winners


and the winner’s were……….

The following publishers of hyperlocal blogs, journalists and data junkies received (un)awards at an (un)glittering ceremony held down the pub following yesterday’s (un)conference.

While the light-hearted prizes themselves (including a broken walking stick, mugs and a very fetching plastic Marilyn) may be relatively worthless, the reasons for the awards, and the sincerity behind acknowledging achievement in these areas, shouldn’t be diminished.

The awards which were presented – with typical aplomb – by William Perrin from TAL were;

I was very happy to handover the following awards to people who have made a significant contribution in their area;

  • Most Inspirational site went to Josh Halliday for firing up young journalists with his doorstep project SR2.
  • Best local special interest website Greener Leith for its dedication to the local environment north of the border.
  • Best use of video East Salford direct tv - not just because there’s a general shortage of Mancunians in loud shirts on mainstream telly, but also because they do, as they say ‘ride the recession like a Blackpool donkey!’
  • Best use of a map – Openly Local for the hyperlocal map which tracks us all.
  • Best council coverage for PitsnPots by Tony Walley and Mike Rawlins for the site’s dogged Stoke City council coverage.

The awards finished a day which saw independent publishers coming from as far north as Edinburgh, as far south as the Isle of Wight and as far west as Cardiff.

It was a day of intelligent conversation, debate and lively catch-up. You can re-cap on the debates at the liveblog from myself and the beatbloggers here;

And I’ve already spotted these different takes on the event too;

Plus I’ve started this Twitter list of all those who attended if you’re missing, please do let me know.

Finally, there’s a few people I wanted to say a public thank you to for making the event run so smoothly – Linda and Holly at ntiLeeds, the entire TAL team and finally, let’s not forget the foodies, Bagel Nash, Leeds for a splendid lunch spread.

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April 13th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

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