9th August 2001

 

NEW FACE TAKES HELM OF MEDIA AGENCY

 

Lincoln’s new media development agency is up and running after the appointment of its first development officer.

 

Jane Hooks has moved to the city from Nottingham, where she worked for three years at the media development agency Intermedia. Before starting work she graduated from the University of Derby with a degree in English Literature and Art History.

 

The aim of the Lincoln Media Development Agency – provisionally named The Pool – is to encourage the development of media industries in the area and to retain as many Media Production, Journalism and Communications graduates in the city as possible.

 

The agency, which is being housed in its first year at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, is being funded by the Regional Arts Lottery Programme, East Midlands Arts, Lincoln City Council, Lincolnshire County Council, ULH, De Montfort University and the East Midlands Development Agency.

 

“The agency has three key objectives,” says Jane (27). “To seek to help retain ten per cent of media graduates in the city within three years; to support the area’s indigenous film-making community; and to work with community groups on social inclusion issues using new media and digital technology.

 

“Ultimately I’d like to see individual media practitioners operating on their own and forming their own relationships with funding bodies, broadcasters, exhibitors and media agencies,” she added.

 

The University of Lincolnshire & Humberside has received funding from the Innovative Clusters Fund to support plans to create media incubator units on campus for new business start-ups.

 

A proposed arts and media industries centre in the Brayford area will eventually provide a home for media-related micro-businesses and SMEs as well as a range of other performing arts spaces.

 

 

For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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