Manchester podcast competition

cities@manchester Manchester podcast competition

Do you know something about Manchester that no-one else does? Have you discovered something unusual? Does the city inspire you? Tell us and the world through our Manchester podcast competition.

What are the cities@manchester Manchester podcasts?

The cities@manchester podcasts are short videos exploring unusual stories and histories about Manchester. The aim is to showcase university-based knowledge about the city in an interactive, dynamic format that will appeal to a diverse audience. The podcasts can feature a large area with numerous sites or may stick to a particular street, building or even object. We want original bite-sized fact-packed videos that uncover the layers of Manchester’s fascinating past and present.

We have made one already: anthropologist Dennis Rodgers worked with cameraman Jim Ralley to create Engels, Oxford Road, and the origins of radical thought (it might be useful as an example). Now we want to work with people to make more!

What do you need to do to enter?

Please send us by 5pm, 29 June 2012:

  • A short written script (recording time 6 minutes or less). Sample script.
  • A route map with key locations for filming. Sample route map.
  • A 1/2 page summary of why your podcast should be produced.

The prize and how it works

We have 3 prizes. If selected, you win the resources to make your idea a reality:

  • Pre-filming support and planning with cities@manchester and our professional filmmaker.
  • ½ day filming and post-filming editing.
  • The competition is open to all staff and students at the University of Manchester.
  • The topic must be Manchester-related and feature locations around the city which are suitable for filming.
  • It may be based on your own research or work or it may be entirely unrelated – we are looking for imaginative and well-developed ideas.

For all queries please email



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