‘DMU is different because of the role we play in our community’

Community. 
It’s a word that is often thrown around and is almost never linked to photouniversities writes DMU Journalism student Ajay PandyaI’d always wondered about the communities that Universities exist within. These local areas, often affected by crime and poverty, don’t seem to get any of the benefits of the bubble of University life. Do the locals resent us strutting around like we own the place with our borrowed loan money? My square mile experience showed me how DMU is different, and the role we are asked to play in our community.  Writing for a square mile publication; the Newfoundpool News, I was able to see how DMU had entered the local area just around the corner and helped curtail some of the problems and celebrate everything that’s great about Leicester. 

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Journalism students discuss Newfoundpool #DMUnewshack

DMU journalism students and their lecturer John Dilley took part in a DMU Square Mile FullSizeRender copy 2 podcast to discuss their work on a new website and newspaper which tells the stories of Leicester’s Newfoundpool area. Residents had approached DMU’s award-winning Square Mile project, which works to share the skills of staff and students with the community, to ask whether a newsletter could be created to share news from the area. But students took the idea to their hearts and pledged to go one better – by creating a 12-page newspaper, overseen by DMU’s Director of the Leicester Centre for Journalism in the Leicester Media School, John Dilley. Continue reading

DMU Journalism students report news in Newfoundpool area

Journalism students from DMU have spent the day reporting stories FullSizeRender4about life in Newfoundpool to create a newspaper and news website. Two groups from the BA (Hons) and MA courses at DMU are responding to a request from residents to publish articles that challenge perceptions about the area. They have spent the day in a makeshift newsroom interviewing residents in the neighbourhood about local issues.  Newfoundpool has faced a number of challenges in recent years. Over the past few months, a group of residents have been working with DMU to create a forum involving representatives of the NHS, Police and city council to work together to overcome some of the issues being faced. Continue reading

Hackathon results in impressive new apps for different groups

DMU-open-hack-279Two days of hard work in our Hackathon event to develop four applications to help cancer patients, homeless, adult care and timebanking initiative came to an end on Sunday evening writes DMU Reader in Optimisation and Computational Intelligence and Principal Lecturer Dr Samad Ahmadi.   Developers from DMU, Leicester University, Microsoft, NHS and other organisations came together with medical professionals and directors and managers from the Leicestershire county council to create another impressive show of working together for the good of society during 15-16th Nov. 2014 during our second Hackathon for health, assisted living, social care and community in De Montfort University.

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Journalism students to create a newspaper for Newfoundpool

Journalism students are to write stories about life in Newfoundpool to create a newspaper and news website for the community. Two groups from the BA (Hons) and MA courses at DMU are responding to a request from residents to publish articles that challenge perceptions about the area. People in Newfoundpool are also being encouraged to submit news story ideas to be covered by the students. Newfoundpool has faced a number of challenges in recent years. Over the past few months, a group of residents have been working with DMU to create a forum involving representatives of the NHS, Police and city council to work together to overcome some of the issues being faced.

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