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Journalism lecturer admits he was wrong,Teesside prepares to refresh and child literacy campaign in Leeds

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‘I was wrong’
Journalism lecturer Richard Horsman proves he’s big enough to admit he may have been wrong in his initial assessment of the BBC Radio England which is due to launch from Leeds next week. He blogs:

This is going to be awkward. Not as awkward as the Mayans trying to explain away January, admittedly, but still difficult……….

Being away from ‘hubs of creativity’ should bring benefits. There’ll be less temptation to recycle guests, as has been known to happen with BBC Breakfast and Five Live coming out of the same building. Producers are more likely to rub shoulders with and pick up the concerns of real  50-summat C2DE local radio listeners in Leeds bus station or Kirkgate Market, the Beeb’s immediate neighbours, than they are in Costa Coffee amid the Disneyworld perfection of Media City. So I for one am prepared to give this version of Radio England a fair chance.

 

Let’s get together
The north’s digital events calendar gets back to work next week with Manchester’s Social Media Cafe on Tuesday and the north east’s Refresh Teesside on Wednesday. Update Mon 7 Jan: This event has been cancelled but will be back in February.

It’s all about the community running the community. It’s always about the people. That’s why the people who do the talks are from the community. They’re all giving back to each other and working together.

Refresh Teesside organiser James Mills explains what’s behind the networking event that’s approaching its first birthday – even though it’s nearly four years old! He explains more here at Betarocket.

Wednesday’s first event of 2013 includes a talk by Charlotte Considine about the Urban Pioneers project. Book your free ticket here.

Meanwhile Smc_Mcr goes informal with a ‘simple get-together, down at The Britons Protection from 6pm onwards on Tuesday 8 Jan. Details here.

 

Get Leeds reading
The Yorkshire Evening Post is going to run a three month long programme in conjunction with charity Beanstalk to help primary school children with their reading.

Features editor Jayne Dawson tells HoldtheFrontPage:  “There is nothing more vital in education than learning to read, but a distressing number of children in Leeds leave their primary school without this basic skill.”

Beanstalk CEO Sue Porto say it aims to recruit 40 new Reading Helpers to double the number of children supported in Leeds from 120 to 240 and aims to raise at least £40,000.

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January 4th, 2013 at 8:27 am

Seven Manchester media moments from the last week

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Here’s my personal pick of media related happenings from the past seven days.

1. Interesting to see city-based PR division of Amaze tasked to work alongside a university in-house communications team to highlight the opening of Salford University’s digital learning, teaching and research space. This report from The Drum says the space will be opening at MediaCityUK next Autumn and will be home to more than 1,500 students.

2. The MEN is reportedly looking to move into the space left by Crain’s demise in the city with a new business offering. HowDo carries details of the advertisement for a new position, “head of business”. to take on this task but has been unable to elicit any further information about the new publication(s) from owners Trinity Mirror.

3. Independent media sites for Greater Manchester became hypervisible last week with live blogs covering the Irlam gas blast (InsidetheM60), the Phil Woolas verdict (SaddleworthNews) and campaigning activity for Hope maternity hospital (Salford Star). Even a police press officer has blogged on the gear shift.

4. In true Sir Alan style, Democracy PR is looking to appoint an apprentice. Founder and MD Jennifer O’Grady explains more about the job on the company’s blog and promises ” to provide a lively working environment where you will make the best use of your strengths in our rapidly growing agency”.

5. The second birthday for Manchester’s Social Media Cafe took place at the BBC Club and there’s a full write up of the night from Jon Clements on the Staniforth PR blog.

6. Changes at the top of MEN Media as Trinity Mirror restructures its digital divisions which sees Dave Raywood, currently marketing director at MEN Media, take the role of digital commercial director of the company’s regional division with a brief to “accelerate delivery of the division’s digital plans”.

7. The How Do Public Services Communications Awards 2010 short list was announced ahead of next week’s judging. I was particularly interested to see those up for the Most Innovative use of New Media which I’ve pasted below. Good luck to all!

  • Marketing Manchester and Creative Concern/Manchester’s Digital Map
  • NHS Sefton/Looking Local: interactive health services by TV and mobile phone
  • Our Life, Smokefree Northwest (SFNW), Vivid, Integral Productions and PHD North/Smoke & Mirrors – See through the illusion
  • Portfolio/Rebrand of Manchester Jazz Festival
  • Sandwell Council/Recycle with the Savewells
  • SKV Communications/Pure Genius – cracking the davinci code
  • The University of Nottingham/Election 2010 blog
  • Wrexham Community Safety Team and Gencia Media/Sexual Violence Awareness Campaign

Happy Birthday Social Media Cafe!

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Manchester’s Social Media Cafe marks its second anniversary tonight – a milestone occasion as I wrote elsewhere yesterday.

For that PDA blogpost I talked to the three people most active in organising tonight’s event at BBC Club – here’s their complete answers to the questions put below.

Unfortunately work commitments will keep me from celebrating at the event tonight however, if anyone wants to submit a guest post from the proceedings, please do get in touch, email is SarahMancunianWay At Googlemail.com.

Have a great night all!

1. When and why did you get involved in the social media cafe?
Josh: I got involved with the Social Media Cafe at the first meeting which I heard about via Twitter. It was held during the first week that I’d moved to Manchester to start a new job in the digital sector and it seemed like a good place to get to meet the city’s digital community. The atmosphere was very friendly and I felt like I’d managed to make a number of positive connections.
Following that, I kept coming back and ran a session quite early on, sharing some knowledge I’d learned about using video and social media. I guess my persistence paid off, as I eventually become more involved with running the event, initially by maintaining the online community side of things at socialmediamanchester.net.

Julian: Originally got the idea for the Social Media Cafe after following a blog by @sizemore who is a screen writer. It was there that I hooked up with Martin. You can see the comments here it didn’t take long http://www.sizemore.co.uk/2008/10/06/one-door-closes/#comments
I felt that it was needed because it seemed that there was a lot of cool stuff being done in Manchester but there was no regular event for people to get together and discuss social media and technology at the time. It was then that I met you by coincidence.

Martin: It all started back in autumn 2008 at a time when Twitter was starting to gain a wider audience and new technologies like live video streaming were being experimented with by geeks, bloggers and reporters. I read a blog post by Mike Atherton, AKA Sizemore, about the Tuttle Club in London. This weekly Friday meetup of people involved in social media sounded great and I left a comment saying
that it was exactly the kind of thing I’d want to go to if it happened in Manchester. Julian Tait, who I’d never met, left a similar comment and Mike replied saying that if we wanted it we should build it.
A couple of meetings later, we’d assembled a group of like-minded people to help set up a Manchester Social Media Cafe. Typically for Manchester, we did it our own way. Rather than a Friday morning coffee
event, we chose to hold it in the evening do so that we could attract people whose day jobs wouldn’t allow them time off to hang out with a load of geeks. It’s not so true now but at the time the number of
people making a living from social media in Manchester was minuscule.
When 80 people turned up on the first night we knew we were onto something. It quickly became a focal point for like-minded people across the northwest whether they had a professional or personal interest in social media.

2. Why do you think it has lasted?
Josh: Despite a rapidly developing digital scene, I think the Social Media Cafe has endured because it’s a dynamic and changing event that keeps up with what the community wants it to do. Though there are a few of us who play a co-ordination role, it’s really up to the community as to what they want to hear about each month; every event, we ‘crowdsource’ the agenda which means we’ll always have something of interest to most people, and something that’s usually quite topical. For example, in the run-up to the last election, we had a talk from Openly Local, a project seeking to open up local election data. That spawned a piece of work by Trafford Council to apply those principles across all their data sets, which is something I’m really pleased to be able to point to as a tangible benefit from getting involved in the Social Media Cafe. This month, we have the team behind the Greater Manchester Police’s Twitter experiment, which created headlines all over the world.

Julian: There is a really nice supportive community that has developed around the Social Media Cafe and I think one reason why this has happened is that I think no-one has tried to take ownership of it. It can be what people want to make of it. I think the format of the event has been such that it reflects the diversity of its audience. This has come about through an evolution of its format from panel discussion through to unConference.

3.What’s your highlight from the past two years?
Josh: It’s tough to pick out a highlight, but something that’s stuck in my mind is the crowdsourced video that was made by Social Meida Cafe participants about their memories of Ceefax. A slightly obscure topic perhaps, but there were some great reminders how Teletext changed people’s lives, and the interactive element that was the message boards: one of the early examples of social media.

Julian: Over the last two years the highlights, for me have been some of the more left field presentations. From talks about Emoticons through Mertz Web and Literature. It also has been crucial to starting a number of initiatives such as the regularly attended Social Media Surgeries, Manchester Aggregator as well as being key in helping Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council releasing election data after Chris Taggart spoke at SMC.

Martin: I don’t really have one highlight but what I’m most proud of is how it’s helped all sorts of projects bloom across Manchester, from social media surgeries for businesses to transmedia storytelling projects.
Many more digital community events have sprung up since like we started and it’s great to have been there, helping Manchester’s digital scene develop in our own small way.

4. Has it had any impact on other parts of your life – new job perhaps?
Josh: Getting involved in the Social Media Cafe has been a great way to network with the local digital community, which has given me access to the skills and knowledge of some incredibly talented people. It’s been really useful to know who to call to solve a problem, who might be available for work or who might want to tender for a project that I’m working on. I also feel that the community is a really collaborative one that looks out for each other – and in a climate where jobs are hard to come by, and more people might lose their jobs, I feel that my future prospects are stronger by having been involved. By taking on the online community management aspect of the event, I also feel that I’ve developed new skills that I can market to future employers.

Julian: It has impacted in numerous ways. For a start Littlestar, my company was supporting the Social Media Cafe with equipment and time at the beginning and through it I came to work for FutureEverything. I have also met many people who I now regard as good friends through the Cafe it is after all a very sociable place

Martin: Social Media Cafe really signalled the start of a new chapter in my
life. The network of people I’ve met through it helped me move from a
job that had run its course for me to one directly involved in social
media and digital content. I’m not the only one though, seeing people
go away from talks feeling inspired and trying new things is really
rewarding.

5. What does the future hold for Manchester’s social media cafe – hopes or fears?
Josh: I think the Social Media Cafe has been an incredible catalyst, bringing together Manchester’s digital and creative community in a unique way. Our attendee list is so diverse every month – comms, PR, journalists, developers, designers, techies – and beyond – teachers, lecturers… I could go on. This has meant we’ve spawned some incredible collaboration and spinoff events, like the Social Media Surgeries, Connecting 2.0 Communities; and been involved in bringing people together to start projects like Inside the M60, the MadLab and the Manchester Aggregator.

However, this has meant that we’re competing for space in a slightly more crowded digital sphere! I feel though, that this has presented an opportunity and, over the last 12 months, I’ve been working with Julian and Martin to develop the online network. Social Media Manchester is centred around the Social Media Cafe, but is a place for everyone and anyone interested in social media to get together, collaborate and start new things. It takes the discussions and the collaboration that happen at the event and lets it happen online. We’re coming up to almost a 1,000 members, and I think this just demonstrates what a strong and enduring digital community that we have in Manchester.

Julian: I would hope that more people get involved with the running of the Cafe which I think will happen, the more people involved with the running the more representative and relevant it will be. It does take work to manage it, especially with finding venues and sourcing guest speakers.

Martin: Although social media is far more mainstream than it was two years ago and the novelty factor has gone, the event still draws big numbers each month and I can’t see it dying any time soon. It’s a good starting point for anyone wanting to get involved in the local scene. We might have to tweak the format but from time to time but it’s such a huge area, with lots to debate and explore that there’s sure to be a role for it for a long time to come. The only thing we’d like is more people to volunteer to help run the event. Julian, Josh and I are all
really busy, meaning that some months end up being organised a little more hurriedly than we’d like.

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November 2nd, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Online news service to launch in Manchester

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The city is shortly to have a new news provider, it was revealed at last night’s Social Media Cafe.

Inside the M60 will be soon be covering local news from across the city by linking up on the ground community reporters and bloggers in the latest hyperlocal project to move into the space left by traditional media’s retreating presence, I’ve posted in full on my Manchester blog here.

Apologies for the cross post,  but I felt this was of most relevance to Manchester-based readers, although those interested in the hyperlocal journalism may also be interested to read it.

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March 3rd, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Weekend of wonder and cake ahead of the cafe

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Good luck to everyone taking part in this afternoon’s Get Fit Run organised by Chi-chi Ekweozor who aims to raise £777,000 for seven charities.

She’s organised the run and photocall as one of the events to raise awareness of her round-the-world fundraising challenge, 7 Wonders in 7 days to raise the money for Sport Relief and 6 other charities: Alzheimer’s Research Trust, Diabetes UK, Open Doors, British Red Cross, Feed the Minds and YoungMinds

Chi-chi has invited anyone taking part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile on Sunday 21 March to join her at Sportcity this afternoon – runners all of experiences are invited, from the regular weekly jogger to the complete beginner so there’s still time to get those trainers on.

“We’ll be doing two warm up exercises and two ‘practice miles’ ahead of the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile on March 21, all within the warm and cosy environment of the 200m indoor running track at Sportcity. It’s the same track used to train Manchester’s budding Olympic athletes.”

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2pm.
Venue: Manchester Regional Arena, Sportcity, Manchester.
Read more about the 7 Wonders in 7 days fundraiser here.

After all that exertion, time for a little cake. There’s a Teawitter (see what they did there) event on Sunday.

“The teawitter party is an excuse for Manchester’s lovers of things tea, cake and twitter related to get together and swap tales, put names to faces and enjoy the best in home made confection!”

Time: February 28, 2010 from 1pm to 5pm
Location: MadLab 36-40 Edge Street

More details and RSVP on the Social Media Manchester ning here.

It’s looking like a very social, media week indeed with an interesting line-up at the monthly Social Media Cafe on Tuesday which, I hear, will include some exciting blogging news.

Time: March 2, 2010 from 6pm to 9pm
Location: The Northern, Tib Street.

See you there.

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February 27th, 2010 at 10:09 am

Data, charity, eggs and geekery: Social Media Cafe returns

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The first proper Social Media Cafe of 2010 was back to form and the usual mix of good natured meet-up, debate, preview – and this time with the addition of egg!

Back at the BBC Club it was a good turnout with a wealth of interesting sessions. The biggest debate of the evening – which subsequently spilled out to the pub and tweets, and is sure to continue into the blog posts – was prompted by Julian Tait’s presentation about work to make Manchester an Open Data city.

Social media co-founder Julian gave us all a trot through some of the initiatives happening in this area including the Govenment’s OpenData initiative, mashups of data such as Mapumental and Urban Eco Map.

In his FutureEverything capacity, Julian makes the case for Manchester to be at the fore of the campaign for opening up data in everything from the town hall to the transport system.

Forward-thinking certainly, but could it be a step too far for some? Reasonable concerns about individual privacy aside, questions about the ability for individuals or groups to make meaningful conclusions about the data, or whether it could be used in a way that’s harmful to the local population, soon appear on the horizon when this topic is discussed.

House prices, health services, tax issues – all areas of life where interpretation of data by bodies looking to charge more, or reduce services, could easily lead to cases being made by manipulative interpretation of such data.

It’s too simplistic to see the debate in two separate camps – all the points made are valid ones – but in weighing it up, for me this issue comes down to who holds that data. If councils did want to re-shape their charging for say, waste collections, at the moment they would be the only people with the data. Surely the free data lobby isn’t asking for anything more than equal access to stuff that’s already there?

As David Bird so succinctly tweeted: “The data is innocent, it’s the mining that makes it guilty.”

Anyone looking for more information on this topic can also follow the national campaign to ‘free data’ on The Guardian’s blog.

* The other session I took part in was Chi-Chi’s update on her ambitious fundraiser 7 Wonders in 7 Days.

The scale and scope of this venture makes it exhausting to even hear about. In brief, it will involve raising £770,000 in charity cash over 10 months in a trip of a lifetime.

It’s always interesting to see Chi-Chi present her ideas – not least because of the way the audience is consulted and encouraged to input into her schemes. I hadn’t realised before that one of the inspirations for her trip had come from the TwitchHiker which took place across Twitter last year and has obviously provided some valuable lessons.

Chi-Chi has posted more about her session here.

* Because it isn’t possible to attend all the sessions at Social Media Cafe with full attention, I missed out on Adrian Slatcher’s look at the annoyingly over-hyped iPad and another fundraiser for Manchester which looks worth further investigation – Shine 2010 as well as a talk about the Digital Economy Bill by Yuwei Lin and news of this year’s Twestival.

And finally, as they say……… yes, that egg. A subject destined to appear on my other blog, perhaps.

The Mancheser Egg – pickled, wrapped in sausage meat and black pudding before being deep-fried in a Warburton’s crust. In the best traditions of journalism, I made my excuses and left it…..

First came surgeons. Then a train. Now, is Tuttle about to start in Leeds?

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The social media scene in Leeds is starting 2010 with a busy diary – and a possible new group for the city.

Some of the keen-eyed Leeds tweeters and bloggers have been in touch about the arrival of this Ning, exploring the idea of a Tuttle for Leeds.

Tuttle is the name given to the club which originated in London and which the Manchester Social Media Cafe (which I’m involved with) is also affiliated to.

The idea of Tuttle is to bring people with an interest in social media together, but, unlike more tightly defined groups which concentrate on specific interests or skills, it has no particular remit and definitely no ‘membership’ criteria – interest, passion or merely vague curiosity is enough.

As the Tuttle for Leeds Ning’s founder, York-based James Hester explains;

“Tuttle is open to everyone. Absolutely everyone. It is a place where anyone active in/interested in social media and its wondrous possibilities in helping people to come together and exchange ideas to meet up off-line, chat, make plans, have a drink and, most importantly, have fun. The location will have free Wi-Fi, so feel free to bring your tech of choice along and blog while you’re there.”

So there’s the invitation – sign up at the Ning here and join the first debate about venue. I’m looking forward to seeing where it leads, Leeds!

Other social media events coming up;

* The second Social Media Surgery will be taking place Thursday 21st January, 5:30-7pm at the Round Foundry in Holbeck Urban Village.  if you want an idea of what goes on, here’s a look back at the first event of this format at the end of last year.

* The Social Media Train will set out from Sheffield on February 10th. Read more about this unusual travel meets unconference here.

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January 7th, 2010 at 7:57 am

Three, no five, dates for January’s digital diary

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Updated: January 6.

With Manchester being such a bustling hub of activity, there’s sure to be more coming along but here’s three five events for social media fans to kick off 2010.

1. First up, this Tuesday, is a low key version of Social Media Cafe to ease into the new year.
Time:
January 5, 2010 from 6:30pm to 9pm
Location: The Britons Protection,
Organised By: Social Media Cafe Manchester
Event Description:
This Month’s SMC is on Tuesday 5th January and is a meetup at The Britons Protection, 50 Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester M1 5LE .
As it’s just after the holidays it should be a relaxed and low-key affair. Join us at 6.30pm for some post Xmas social goodness.
See more details and RSVP on Social Media Manchester Ning:

2. Then the following week, the fledgling Social Media Surgery gets underway for the second time and features special guest Lisa Tse of Sweet Mandarin who will be sharing her experience of using Twitter in the restaurant business.
Time:
January 12, 2010 from 2pm to 4pm
Location:
Innospace, Manchester
Street:
Chorlton Street
City/Town:
Manchester
Website or Map:
http://www.innospace.co.uk/
Event Type:
social, media, surgery
Organised By:
Chi-chi Ekweozor
Once again, check the Social Media Manchester Ning for the latest information on this event.

3. Next day, Manchester WordPress Users Group January meeting.
Time: Wednesday 13th at 7pm.
Venue: Manchester Digital Laboratory. Manchester Digital Laboratory aka Mad Lab, 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester in the Northern Quarter.

4. A new event for the city and one which looks like an interesting development when MySociety and the Democracy Club roll into town the Wednesay after.
Time:
January 20 from 7.30 pm
Location: The Britons Protection.
Street: Bridgewater Street
City/Town: Manchester
Website or Map:The Britons Protection.
Event Type: social, media, surgery
Organised By: Democracy Club

There’s more detail about this event at the Manchester posterous site.

5. Another 1st for the city the week after -  Manchester NetSquared / Net Tuesday meetup. The organisers say; “Net Tuesdays are free monthly gatherings for social changemakers and web innovators to network, socialise and share ideas about how nonprofits and social benefit organisations can use the social web for social change.”

Time: Tuesday, January 26th from 6.30pm.
Location: Manchester Digital Laboratory (MadLab).
Organised by: Manchester Net Squared.

If you’re organising an event in Manchester which is likely to appeal to social media types, please feel free to add details via the comments below.

What’s the future for Manchester’s Social Media Cafe #smc_mcr

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As the first anniversary of Manchester’s Social Media Café approaches, last night’s monthly get together proved a timely opportunity to take stock of where we are – and where it might lead.

Splitting the attendees into three groups, Julian Tait, Ian Forrester and I were able to drill down into some of the issues, concerns and ideas and these can inform the planning of future events.

The notes below are from the group I got involved with, and I’m posting them here partly as an open matter of record, but mainly in case anyone who couldn’t get along to the event last night wants to contribute via the comments below.

Venue
People would prefer to go to a variety of different venues instead of having one home because it could encourage different crowds to give it a go. The group didn’t want the BBC Club to become home and felt that, although the recent events held in the venue have been well-attended, the crowd attracted by a big name like the Beeb have been less participating. The group also made the point that alcohol was not a necessary part of the evening so the venue could occasionally be held in a café or similar venue.
Note from me: We are going to need help sourcing, and securing, suitable venues. Volunteers, and suggestions, welcome.

Timings
All agreed that the evening, out-of-office timings were good and allowed for people to attend in their own time. However, there was some annoyance that an event which is advertised to start at 6pm, might not get fully underway until 7pm and asked organisers to be better timekeepers.
Note from me: We are going to need co-operation from people to arrive punctually for sessions if this is going to be achievable.

Purpose
There were a couple of people who disagreed here, but the consensus was that all the skills, knowledge, talent etc. of those at #smc_mcr could be utilised for a wider purpose in helping the Manchester community. One suggestion was to invite charity groups to address the meetings and explain what problem they had and see if #smc_mcr participants could collaborate to help solve it. Although the group still wanted the opportunity for the current system of experts holding sessions to share their knowledge, they also thought there was space to shift the emphasis by having people who bring issues to the table for the group to consider.

Publicity/Promotion
Related to the point above, the group felt we needed to be more proactive in engaging with different sections of the community in order to avoid “preaching to the converted”. Most people attending either knew someone involved with the group or had found it via Twitter. It was suggested that we go out of our way to invite groups who may not be that digitally engaged at present.

Newbies

It was felt there should be some mechanism where new members were able to tell others about themselves and their projects – perhaps something like an open-mic slot. Also to make that first visit more friendly, a buddy system was proposed. Any new members signing up for the first time could be appointed a buddy for the evening who’d introduce them to people and explain how it ran.
Note from me: I think the buddy system could be a great way of helping to encourage new people, particularly women. Walking into a strange pub, on your own, can be fairly daunting at the best of times.

So where do we go from here? Please contribute your views and ideas either in the comments below or on the wiki.

I’m looking forward to celebrating our 1st anniversary at the Band on the Wall in November so see you there..

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October 7th, 2009 at 10:40 am

Manchester’s busy bloggy September

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Manchester’s bloggers and tweeters are a busy bunch at the moment judging by the number of events dropping into my inbox. Here’s a quick summary of what’s coming up in the next few weeks.

* First up is a charity event this Friday to tempt us all away from the computer. The “Step into the night” 10-mile sponsored walk is being organised by UNICEF and Barclays, who do some joint work over there to help get kids back into schools, after more than 600 primary schools were destroyed and 3,000 teachers were killed or forced to flee during the genocide. Organisers say that if 2,000 people walk in Manchester, each raising one penny for every step taken, their contribution could help construct four new schools. The walk kicks off at 7pm on Friday, September 4th beginning and ending in Castlefield and encompassing Old Trafford, Manchester Cathedral, Granada Studios and Salford Quays. Sign up at www.barclays-step.com and follow on twitter @unicef_uk or by searching for #walk4rwanda.

* The monthly Social Media Cafe Manchester shindigs return after the summer break next Tuesday. Names requird in advance at the wiki for the security at hosts for the night, the BBC Club. I’ll see you there and, be warned, I’m looking for volunteers willing to put their face on camera and give me their thoughts on #smc_mcr’s first year.

* Another charity event on Thursday, Sept 10 with Manchester’s second Twestival. Tickets are now on sale with proceeds this year going to St Ann’s Hospice. MancTwester 2009 – the Twestival local for Manchester is at House9Bar, Century Street, Manchester from 6.30pm – 10.00pm.

* And another welcome return – Manchester Bloggers Meet up a week later on Thursday, September 17 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Cord Bar Street: Dorsey St (alley off Tib Street), Northern Quarter City. Email: themanchizzle AT gmail.com Kate Feld says: “All are welcome… bloggers, friends of bloggers, blog readers, whatever; come on down to the basement at Cord.

“The folks from Creative Tourist, the web magazine of the Manchester Museums Consortium, will be buying everyone a drink or two and giving us a brief rundown of their goings-on. But it’ll mostly be the same informal structure as past events.”

* Lastly, as I’m sure you’ll have heard by now the nominations for this year’s Manchester Blog Awards are open, until September 18 and they’ve already received more than 120 replies. Just goes to show what a bustling blogging scene there continues tio be in the city. Nominate your favourite, your own or your mate’s at the website at manchesterblogawards.com in the following categories: Best Writing, Best Arts and Culture Blog, Best City or Neighbourhood Blog, Best New Blog and Best Personal Blog. Now in its fourth year, the annual awards recognise the best of Manchester’s online writing. Eligible blogs submitted by the close of nominations on September 18. Once nominations close, a judging panel will select the winners, which will be announced at the Manchester Blog Awards event on the evening of Wednesday, October 21 at Band on the Wall on Swan Street. Organisers say: “We think this iconic Manchester venue is the ideal place to celebrate some of the city’s most talented independent voices. “  For the latest updates on the Manchester Blog Awards, subscribe at the website manchesterblogawards.com, or follow on Twitter at @mcrblogawards.

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September 2nd, 2009 at 7:37 pm