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By Una Murphy Did 1916 Easter Rising republican leader Pádraig Pearse commit treason against the people of Ireland? That’s the question which will be posed at a courtroom drama in the Shankill Library in the heart of loyalist Belfast. The event has been organised by Anthony Russell, a retired lecturer from Newry as part of Féile an Phobail– Festival of the People, which has grown into the biggest ‘community festival’ on the island of Ireland. The audience is the jury in this political and historical fantasy, ‘The Trial of P.H. Pearse in the Court of History’ which has already had…

VIEWdigital co-founders Brian Pelan and Una Murphy have provided media consultancy to organisations working in the housing, young people and advice sector including Belfast Advice Group Gerry Tubritt, Deputy Director, Ballynafeigh Community Development Association said: As Chairperson of Belfast Advice Group, I would like to thank VIEWdigital for their support in drafting a press release on our behalf highlighting the recent funding crisis threatening the Belfast Citywide Tribunal Service. The piece was expertly constructed to convey concise and exact information and then appropriately circulated to various media outlets. Not only was the piece effective in itself at conveying the urgency…

Masterclass led by Jonathan Stoneman, former Head of Training BBC World Service with Brian Pelan editor of VIEW magazine and VIEWdigital online news site. VIEWdigital has partnered with the Centre for Investigative Journalism, London, to teach a range of skills, including DATA JOURNALISM in a one-day workshop at no cost for participants. Jonathan Stoneman, who worked for the BBC for 20 years as researcher, producer, reporter, editor and finally Head of Training at the BBC’s World Service, will be teaching data journalism. Participants will be taught how to access both open and hidden datasets, interrogate them as they would any…

The lunchtime learning seminar will provide an overview of Digital Media Trends – video, podcasting, infographics, photographs – and why these different types of media content are important as a means to optimise your visual digital storytelling. Plus the latest information on what social media channels to use to reach a bigger audience. Participants will get an expert overview on the best ways to create media content on a low cost budget and to communicate their organisations’ stories on digital channels. • Thursday, February 16, 12 noon to 2pm • Price £89 with 33% discount for Voluntary, Community Social Enterprise…

VIEW is delighted the guest editor for our Arts issue of VIEW is producer, writer and director Jo Egan Below is her editorial which we hope you enjoy and share widely. Twenty years ago I arrived in Northern Ireland believing it was probably one of the most exciting places in the world to make theatre. There was a sense that anything could happen, post-conflict money on the table to fuel dreams, ambitions. The daily conversations were still consumed by paramilitary activity and the excitement of violence but boundaries weren’t as clearly defined, bringing both rocky change and fierce uncertainty. Whether…

Northern Ireland playwright David Ireland talks to VIEW editor Brian Pelan about his latest work Cyprus Avenue, which deals with a loyalist called Eric who is convinced that his newly born granddaughter is Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams Despite the age of digital technology, some things still don’t run smoothly. I had lined up an interview with playwright David Ireland through a Skype connection. After it failed to connect, we switched to mobile. A few minutes into our interview the line suddenly went dead. Was it something I had said? It turned out that David had forgotten to recharge his…

Infographics are a great way to communicate information. They help to translate data into insights and understanding and present complex issues quickly. Engaging infographics will improve your organisation’s visibility and reach and increase your organisation’s audience engagement on social media The process of creating infographics is sometimes referred to as data visualisation. The content has to be rich, well-researched, accurate, and have a strong narrative flow. You will find infographics published in traditional media such as newspapers and magazines and across digital channels, where social media has helped fuel an explosion in their popularity. The VIEWdigital infographics workshop, led by…

VIEWdigital director Harry Reid, a communications specialist and freelance writer, will lead this Digital Media Masterclass which will teach you how to use effective writing to tell your story. Everyone produces written material at work, some more confidently and successfully than others. Whether it’s in reports; fundraising applications; web content; articles or any of the numerous other types of format, the impact of writing depends on how clear, strong and lively it is. This highly practical masterclass is designed to give participants the insights, skills and techniques to more confidently and competently craft the kind of writing that underpins professional and…

By Una Murphy The Strand Arts Centre, east Belfast’s not-for-profit cinema and arts venue – and now the oldest cinema in Northern Ireland – will screen The Last Picture Show as part of Cinema Day today. The event has been organised by Film Hub NI which is part of the BFI Film audience network and a new initiative which celebrates 120 years of film exhibition in Northern Ireland. The Last Picture Show directed by Peter Bogdanovich and released in 1971, tells of a bleak small town in Texas and features the lives and loves of two 1950s high school students played…

References in Professor Siobhan O’Neill article Chang, S.S., Stuckler, D., Yip, P., Gunnell, D. (2013). Impact of 2008 global economic crisis on suicide: time trend study in 54 countries. BMJ. 2013 Sep 17;347. Corcoran, P., Griffin, E., Arensman, E., Fitzgerald, A.P., Perry, I., (2015). Impact of the economic recession and subsequent austerity on suicide and self-harm in Ireland: An interrupted time series analysis. International Journal of Epidemiology, 1–9. Foster, T. (2011). Adverse life events proximal to adult suicide: a synthesis of findings from psychological autopsy studies. Archives of Suicide Research, 15(1):1-15. O’Connor, R.C., Smyth, R., Ferguson, E., Ryan, C., Williams,…

By Una Murphy Féile Women’s Singing Group are to perform today at the Rock Bar on the Falls Road, Belfast, as part of Féile An Phobail 2016. Doors open for Scribes At The Rock at 3.15pm. US writer Stacy Horn, whose book ‘Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others’ says she has found joy and strength in the weekly ritual of singing. She said: “Group singing is cheaper than therapy, healthier than drinking, and certainly more fun than working out. It is the one thing in life where feeling better is pretty much guaranteed.” Whether community singing is something you…

*Culture Night Belfast offers to “Feed the 5000” (with a little help from its friends!) A big pot, an even bigger table, and enough curry to float the Titanic! Organisers of one of the biggest nights in Northern Ireland’s cultural calendar are planning their most audacious events yet. Culture Night Belfast and Belfast Food Network in association with Friends of the Earth, Big Lunch NI and GreenMan Packaging are planning to “Feed the 5000” on the evening of Culture Night Belfast on Friday, September 16. A giant dinner table will be set along the length of Donegall Street in Belfast City Centre, as a giant vegetarian…

Our next issue of VIEW will look at the future of arts on this island. Too often, many artists, struggling to make a living and highly dependant on the next round of funding, feel they can’t speak out and say what they are really thinking. We will include voices from a broad range of the artistic community – music, drama, dance, poetry, painting, photography and writing – who all have a vision of where art needs to go? We are presently looking for sponsors and stories for this edition. Get in touch with VIEW editor Brian Pelan at brianpelan@viewdigital.org if you want…

FISCAL POLICY STUDIES INSTITUTE Open Letter 28 July 2016 Brendan McDonnell Editor of the “Impact Special” publication of the “View” Community Evaluation NI By Mark Friedman The June 2016 issue of “The View” includes several articles critical of the Northern Ireland government’s decision to use Outcomes-Based Accountability (OBA) in its Programme for Government. I think it is important to encourage debate about how to improve outcomes for our communities and I welcome the contributions of your publication. However, amid many worthwhile comments, are articles that reflect a serious misunderstanding of OBA. It seems important to get the record straight so…

Video Using video to create, edit and distribute content will visualise your information, affording it greater impact. VIEWdigital trainers can show your staff how to use iPads and iPhones as well as Digital SLRs to shoot, edit and upload information, demonstrating how to achieve maximum results by enhance clicking through the information, thereby maximising response rates. Photography The course examines visual structure of photographs; from how to frame your shot, lighting conditions, colour, contrast and affinity using smartphones as well as digital cameras. Whether for application on your company’s corporate reports, or for use on social media, well-considered images…

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