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Viewfinder 77

vf77cover_lowresViewfinder 77 was published in December 2009 and includes the supplement Media Online Focus (download MOF issue 38 in PDF format here).

Contents of this issue:

OPEN UNIVERSITY AFTER 40 YEARS

The Open University was established in 1969, when it received its Royal Charter, and is now the largest university in Britain. Yvonne Cook charts its progress over the last forty years and looks at what its future holds.

DIGITAL CONVERGENCE

The University of Wales, Newport, recently opened its Institute of Advanced Broadcasting, established to address the challenges and business impact of convergence in the media, telecommunications and IT industries.

THIS WORKING LIFE – COAL

The British Film Institute’s This Working Life project aims to bring into relief the films made about the most historically important of British industries – coal mining, shipbuilding and steel. Michael Brooke, of the BFI, provides an introduction to the wide range of activities that surround this ambitious project and which will guide access to it.

EAST LONDON LIVES 2012 OLYMPICS

Launched in September 2009, East London Lives is a ‘living’ digital archive project that aims to document the lives of East Londoners and their feelings towards the hosting of the 2012 Olympic Games. Dr Mary Smith, co-ordinator of the project, provides an introduction.

REVIEWS

  • Dr Simon Brown: Entertainment Industrialised by Gerben Bakker
  • Hetty Malcolm-Smith: Inside Story by Dara Marks
  • Peter Hurrell: Science on the Air by Marcel LaFollette
  • Dr Jon Burrows: Shakespeare on Silent Film by Judith Buchanan

MEDIA ONLINE FOCUS

  • Page I MyMedia by Alexander Voss.
  • Page III Moving Image Gateway and Online Catalogues
  • Page IV Online Subject News

PROFILES

Continuing our series on notable practitioners in education and media, Oliver Gaycken looks at the life and work of Jean Comandon.

Front Cover:

Still from KING COAL (1948) (see This Working Life – Coal article).