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Bright Ideas success!

February 27, 2010
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Well, we were runners up at the Bright Ideas awards! The monies sure will come in handy, and it means we can actually pay to get our website built immediately! Sure, the grand would have been lovely, and we kind of felt like we could have got that, but no complaints at all with the runners up position! Yay! This has certainly reenergised my interest in our project, and this has been a very busy week re-contacting all the yesses and getting them to send the pages to us, and building a pitch for rent a coder to find someone to build the website. We’ve also created twitter and facebook profiles for Hold the Front Pages, and whilst the website is being built we shall ┬ábe test running the project through these forums to try out ideas and just see what happens!

Unfortunately, whilst I am super enjoying Hold the Front Pages, uni is becoming increasingly frustrating and unrewarding. I think this is probably magnified for me as being a part time student I have yet to start my specialism. As much as I am enjoying the Creative Economy and finding it valuable, the main reason I am doing this MA is my specialism, and it hasn’t even begun. And in the Creative Economy part, everything seems to be stuck on teamwork and pitching, teamwork and pitching, teamwork and pitching. Surely there is more to the Creative Economy than just that? The leadership and the creative economy section by Miguel was beyond terrible thanks to his unforgivably bad teaching ‘style’, and spending lectures discussing ‘what is creativity’ seems completely out of place. We’re all postgraduate students on a creative course, and we all have backgrounds in creativity in one way or another and have had these discussions numerous times in the past.

I want to learn some STUFF. By stuff I mean facts, data, theories, actual real read-it-in-a-book stuff. I don’t want this to be the whole course, but a portion of it would be nice.

Anyways, Bright Ideas yay!


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February 22, 2010
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The pace has slowed somewhat with Hold the Front Pages, not out of choice, but more out of waiting. It’s very obvious when dealing with the newspapers and magazines that they have a lot of things to do, and our project just gets added to a list, but we have only one thing to do and it’s our top priority! This is frustrating, and I doubt it will be a long term lull, but it’s frustrating none the less.

It’s hard to say how long I’ve spent working on the project this week… Website mock ups are continuing, always evolving, and back and forth emailing is still happening.

Tomorrow is the Bright Ideas event, and we are quietly confident that we will get something… but who knows what! It’s hard to tell what they are looking for but we are confident in our idea, and hopefully the high marks we got is some kind of representation!

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Results time

February 15, 2010
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Was so great to finally get some marks back after months of work, and was particularly brilliant to get the marks I did!

It’s really given me a boost and has motivated me to keep up the high scores and aim for that distinction.

On the business front, we got a yes back from the Guardian and The observer, which is great news. Will be emailing all those who have said yes so we can start receiving their front covers in preparation for launch, hopefully soon!

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Not more acting!

February 8, 2010
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After two weeks of lessons that involved role play in one way or another I was really hoping for a break from all that, but this weeks sessions with Piers were brilliant despite the role play. It really opened my eyes to what leadership truly is, and I learned more in those few hours than I did in two days of being spoken at.

On the business side of things, we have made a breakthrough with Future publishing, who told us that we can access their front covers through their affiliate scheme. We hadn’t approached any other publishers about this method, so we are going to try them all again in this manner. There is also a healthy cut of profits to be made in this manner!

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Software partnership

February 3, 2010
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This week, we decided to focus on the software side of our product. We all know that this is our weakness as none of us have any programming knowledge, so to make the most of our student contacts, we arranged a meeting with Karel Riha to discuss our technical needs and the possibility of working with some other MA students on the programming of the site.

He told us that his students need a project with 600 hours of work, which even though that sounds like a lot we can definitely provide that when you think about all the list of features we have considered for our project!

Fingers crossed when we get the chance to pitch this idea some of the students will be interested in working with us.

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Joe Peach is an Artist and Designer based in London, UK. At present, he is studying Sustainable Communities and the Creative Economy at Postgraduate level in Kingston University.