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Mediamash London – 19th June

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 MEDIAMASH LONDON – Tuesday the 19th 


Special Guest: Laura Pannack

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MediaMash is an evening where you can talk to your peers and receive feedback about your work.
The evening consists of photography and multimedia screenings at the beginning, followed by photographers
breaking off into smaller groups, sharing and giving feedback on each others work.

Book your free ticket here

Photographer Laura Pannack will be discussing her work. 

Its a night for photographers to get a fresh perspective on their projects, talk about ideas and to generally
network with other photographers.

It’s relaxed and informal, and a BYOB! although there will be wine available for thirsty photographers.

 

Submit some work
If you would like to present some of your own images or multimedia at the start of the next MediaMash please get in contact: info@fireflyphotofilms.com - or simply bring down your work on the night for the table discussions.

Please check for updates and book your ticket at our website: www.fireflyphotofilms.com/mediamash
We look forward to seeing you there!

- The Firefly Team

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Inside the Story: A masterclass in digital storytelling from the people who do it best

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In a world where anyone can pick up a camera and tell a story, there’s only one way to make your journalism stand out and get noticed. And that’s by being very good, by betting the farm on quality.

But what does it take to produce standout storytelling? This unique book lets you listen in on 25 of the world’s best digital storytellers. They each share one golden piece of advice, the sort of wisdom only experience can teach.

This is a book like no other: it’s not about the basics, or the easy wins. It’s about creating remarkable, high quality stories that endure and make an impact.

And it’s written by the people who really know what they’re talking about. Almost all of the contributors have won awards, including Emmys, Webbys and BAFTAs, and work for The New York Times, The Guardian, Media Storm, This American Life, the BBC and others.

After hand picking more than 20 of the world’s

most renowned digital storytellers we gave them a challenge.

Share one practical piece of advice that they’ve learned in the course of making high quality stories. It had to be something you don’t read in your average book or on the average blog. And they had to do it in just 200 words. The result is a book which you’ll be able to digest in a single sitting, but still rich in the sort of knowledge and experience you can’t get anywhere else.

This book is for anyone who wants to be better at digital storytelling, whether in video, photography, audio, web design, interactives and more. From j-students to seasoned pros, it is aimed at anyone in hot pursuit of excellence, over mediocrity.

The advice is something you can apply the next time you pick up a camera.

For more info or to purchase the book visit: http://www.insidethestory.org/

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MediaMash Bristol Tomorrow 23rd of April


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MEDIAMASH BRISTOL – Tomorrow the 23rd


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Grab some work and head down to Under the Stars
7pm – 10pm

 

There will be screenings and then we’ll break off into groups to show work
so make sure you bring some work: laptops, prints, books
anything goes.

 

Want to chat about an idea, show some photographs you’ve recently shot, a finished project or just come and hang out with other photographers?
MediaMash is an evening where you can talk to your peers and receive feedback about your work.
Join us for an evening of crit, feedback and networking.
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Submit some work
If you would like to present some of your own images or multimedia at the start of the next MediaMash please get in contact: info@fireflyphotofilms.com – or simply bring down your work on the night for the table discussions.

Under the Stars Bar
Narrow Quay
Habourside
Bristol
BS1 4QA

Please check for updates and book your ticket at our website: www.fireflyphotofilms.com/mediamash
We look forward to seeing you there!- The Firefly Team
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NOOR – Climate Change

Poland is one of the largest producers of coal in Europe and not coincidentally, also one of the continent’s most polluted countries. The Upper Silesian Coal Basin in Poland, where coal has been mined for more than 150 years, is thick with mines, steel mills, coke ovens and chemical plants.

Waste from these industries fills hundreds of dumps across the region. Smoke from coal-fired plants pollutes the air. Runoff from the mines has contaminated the groundwater, streams and lakes. Underground exploration has caused irreparable damage to the landscape. In Poland, 93 percent of the energy comes from burning coal, a major producer of greenhouse gases.

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The Yasuní National Park

The Yasuní National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon is one of the most bio-diverse places on the planet. It is home to many indigenous people including some who voluntarily maintain no contact with the outside world. Unfortunately the Yasuní also sits atop between 412 and 920 million barrels of oil and the oil companies are desperate to start drilling.

Photographer Julio Etchart traveled to the Yasuní national park and met the Huaorani community who have come up with their own way to keep the oil in the ground.

Photo and video by Julio Etchart, edited and produced by New Internationalist.

For more info visit: http://www.panos.co.uk/multimedia/?sgn=n

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Family Center – Iraq

The Family Center in Rapareen exists to provide knowledge and opportunities to Iraqi women and their families. We provide continuing education to those who want to help their own families, thus giving them a better future. Through programs and innovative ideas, the people of Rapareen, Iraq finally have a chance for a hopeful future.

For more info visit: hebervega.com/help-4/

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Storytelling for Change: One Hedge Fund’s Response to the Occupy Wall Street Movement

It started out as a small group of determined protesters in Manhattan’s Financial District in 2011 but in less than a year Occupy Wall Street has made its way to more than 100 cities across the U.S. This group claims to represent the 99% of Americans living in this country who have become victims of corporate greed and an inefficient government.

“Wall Street” which traditionally represented a certain financial status and a means to the American dream, has morphed into a symbol of the 1% of wealthy Americans responsible for a devastating economic downturn and a struggling middle class.

Whether or not you agree with their premise, the one thing that Occupy Wall Street showed us in 2011 is the power of the people and the strength of the collective through social networks and multimedia.

As shown in the short Occupy DC trailer created by Major Multimedia, the protesters calls for change build a strong case for both government and corporate social responsibility. There is an excellent opportunity today for companies across the globe to identify with the 99% and to contribute to finding solutions to the challenges people face  ?  and one Chicago Hedge Fund is doing just that.

Here is Grosvenor Captial Management’s  answer to the Occupy Wall Street Movement and how it is helping the Chicago community:

Tell us what you think. How should corporations respond to the Occupy Wall Street Movement? What other examples of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) have you experienced firsthand?

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Tips of the Trade – Multimedia

This month’s branch meeting returns to Tips of the Trade, this time multimedia with Chryssa Panoussiadou, Lewis Whyld and a third speaker to be confirmed.

Chryssa Panoussiadou is a photographer and a filmmaker based in London. She has a strong background in editorial photography and TV news production.  From 2000 and for five years she was based in Jerusalem working in Israel and the Palestinian Territories as a freelance photographer for Panos Pictures. Chryssa currently directs, produces and edits news and documentary films while photographing for various international clients. She holds an MA in Documentary Research for Film and TV (University of the Arts London).

Lewis Whyld is a Photojournalist for the Press Association. He recently won the P.A Video Journalist of the Year Award for films in which he combines photography and video.

For more info visit: http://londonphotographers.org/2012/03/march-2012-newsletter/

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Hunger in the Horn of Africa

The droughts affecting the Horn of Africa since July 2011 are labelled by the UN as the worst ones in over half a century, they put an estimated 12 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia in need of relief.

In the area around the border city of Dollo Ado between Somalia and Ethiopia, four large refugee camps – Hilaweyn, Kobe, Malkadida and Bokomayo – are extremely overcrowded, hosting more than 120.000 refugees. A fifth camp is under construction to deal with the big influx of people arriving on a daily basis.

Access the full story by clicking here.

http://vimeo.com/32846558

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HOPE

Premature babies fight for life in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This film looks at the work of Médecins Sans Frontières in the North Kivu district of war-torn eastern Congo. This was one of four films made by duckrabbit for MSF’s 2011 fundraising and awareness campaign which focused on maternal health care in the DRC.

To find out more about duckrabbit’s role in the campaign please visit our MSF delivers campaign page.

For more info visit: http://duckrabbit.info/2011/10/hope/