The University of Central Lancashire’s School of Journalism and Media established the Media Innovation Studio in 2012. The Studio was set up as a research centre and learning lab. Our staff are engaged in a broad range of media activities spanning community and industry media research, progressive digital teaching and developing new technology.
The Media Innovation Studio operates in the liminal spaces beyond and between the boundaries of traditional disciplines, bringing together areas of research where there are often no obvious connections. The Studio’s research has a social focus driven by asking the sort of questions whose answers create impact through meaningful new opportunities and enriched life experiences.
We generate new knowledge through the creation of disruptive technologies with some of the team team developing web connected objects, wearable technology and tangible interfaces whilst others explore data, drones and digital content creation.
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Trinity Mirror is the largest newspaper group in the UK with nearly 300 regional and national titles. They’ve invested heavily in digital innovation at all levels of the business including high profile experiments like social news site USVTH3M, data journalism site Ammp3d and a unique regional data journalism team. We’ve been lucky to work with them for nearly five years as they grow and develop their digital strategy providing nearly 100 days of workshops for approximately 500 members of staff.
The sessions explore all aspects of their digital strategy with a mix of hands-on training, presentations and conversation to explore what it means to be a digital influencer in a newsroom, the challenges of managing changing newsrooms and just what’s possible with the amazing new digital tools appearing everyday.
The workshops are a great way to get people out of newsrooms and sharing their experiences and think about the future. We’ve had a range of guest speakers from Twitter, the BBC, and national and international news companies. Some of the experiments in the workshop have made it into the real world including the David Moyes Excuse Generator, which generated millions of page views when launched. It’s ‘hearts and minds strategy’ with a practical focus – working journalists would accept nothing less. We are really excited to have the opportunity to work with Trinity Mirror. Their open, collaborative approach means we’ve learned loads about the way organisations are changing to meet digital disruption head-on.