Some thoughts from Picturing the Social Conference – June 2016 #VSMLconf

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I’m on my way to Sheffield to deliver a workshop on Social Media for Early Career Researchers at the first student-lead Sheffield University Doctoral Student Conference tomorrow. I was lucky enough to be able to plan my travels around the second “Picturing the Social” conference in Manchester, hosted by the Visual Social Media Lab. It’s came at a very good…

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Social Reporting and Civic/Citizen Activism – reflections from recent workshops in Belfast/East Renfrewshire

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Back in April, I was invited over back over to Belfast by Democracy Society NI to deliver a day long workshop on ‘social reporting‘ with community groups who were connected to the Building Change Trust programme. I really love visiting Belfast. After my tall ship sailing experience last summer between Liverpool, Belfast and Glasgow – sailing between ports in a…

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Media in Scotland’s Communities – Prelude

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I’ve been the chair of the Brilliant Scotland steering group for the last 2 years – the Media Trust ran project comes to an end in May – and it will end with a celebratory event in Craigmillar, Edinburgh on the 22nd of April. The focus is the title of this post. This post aims to pull together my starting…

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#HEAArts16 Abstract accepted – How can media education and digital participation support professional development for Higher Education professionals – or – “How do you solve a problem like Mahara?

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I’ve been meaning to get this post up for the last few weeks, sorry it is only a quickie – things have been super busy – but do you know what? That isn’t a bad thing when you’ve been working away for a few months on a new job and focusing on that daaaammmnnn PhD write up. Back in January,…

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2015 done. 2016 goals.

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The Internet is now slowly filling up with ‘new year, new me’ posts – and subsequently folk moaning about ‘new year, new me’ posts. I’m in the camp that setting accountable, bloggable goals works for me (and I didn’t really binge over xmas, kept things pretty mundane & hibernated for much of it) so I’m going to camp out on…

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#NaNoWriMo (& other things) for generative (& progressive) PhD writing – an update

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Just under a month ago I wrote a blog post about how I aspired to be a #NanoRebel and aim to write over 50k additional words to my PhD as part of the annual writing flurry of #NaNoWriMo. With only 1.5 days left on November  – how did I do? 19142 new words associated with my PhD in the month of…

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