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Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute engages media professionals, scholars and other citizens in programs aimed at strengthening journalism in the service of democracy. RJI generates and tests new techniques and new thinking that promise to improve journalism.

RJI’s work crosses diverse specialties within journalism, including media convergence, editorial content and methods, the evolution of advertising, innovation in management and the impact of new technologies.

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Funding Central

Funding Central

Funding Central is a free website for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. We list thousands of funding and finance opportunities, plus a wealth of tools and information supporting you to develop a sustainable income strategy.

“Funding Central is the best funding tool I have come across.” Quote from our 2012 user survey


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A Rubbish Eureka Moment: An Artist’s Environmental Quest by Julia Barton

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Hello, my name is Julia Barton and I am a visual artist and member of Ragged University, I am based in Edinburgh and I make installations, prints and recently began performing. The work I make is often inspired by the natural world, the environment I find myself in and I am passionate about reclaiming and reusing as many materials as I can to make works and hence I often enjoy beach combing.

Last October I took an early morning walk on Polbain beach in Ross-Shire expecting to enjoy the sea and to search for odd washed up objects, but when I got close everything was reversed, the high tide line was a massive tangle of manmade materials and I had to literally search for seaweed amongst the rubbish. A Rubbish Eureka moment!

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Overcoming the Joy Sponges

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I have been reading the book ‘Share, Retweet and Repeat’ by John Hlinko to help me on my learning trajectory as I take on the maintenance and development of the Ragged website.

As Anthony Ellis (Rad Rooster) – the previous webdeveloper who kindly did a lot of the work – has been absorbed by ensuring food gets on his table, and with the rebuilding of the Streatham business community, the work of maintaining the Ragged website had to move from the intray of this generous benefactor.  To help me on my personal learning journey, he suggested I read the book.

It is a good primer for beginners to get to grips with social media and how to use the internet to get your work out there and realised – whatever it may be.  This said, what is probably one of the most amusing and practical of chapters is ‘Overcoming the Joy Sponges’. It is so useful this chapter, that I thought I would paraphrase it for you with a wry smile…

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Manchester Metropolitan University

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Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) is a British university located in North West England. Its headquarters and central campus are in the city of Manchester, and there are additional facilities in the county of Cheshire. The university has its roots in the Manchester Mechanics’ Institution (1824) and the Manchester School of Design (1838).

It is the fifth largest university in the United Kingdom in terms of student numbers.  Teaching quality inspections place the university within the top twenty in the UK, according to The Complete University Guide. Teaching standards have also been described as ‘among the highest in the country’ by the Quality Assurance Agency. The university is ranked fourth of the new universities in attracting research funds from the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

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