Sky Sports News unveils latest signing


Crouch to West Ham? Vermaelen to Barcelona?

Declan Olley to Sky Sports News?

At least one of those is definitely happening, and it's great news for a recent graduate who always dreamed of a career in sports journalism.

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Local TV: no pressure


There's a buzz around the Centre for Journalism following the news that we won our bid to run a Local TV station for Maidstone and Tonbridge this week - and it seems expectations are already running high.

The Guardian's Roy Greenslade, who recently caused a stir with an article criticising the Local TV project in London, has written a blog post today in praise of the KM Group's local credentials and the TV experience of our own Tim Luckhurst.

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Ofcom Awards TV Licence to KMTV


We won. Ofcom has awarded the local television licence for Maidstone and Tonbridge to KM Television Ltd, the joint company created by the University of Kent and the KM Group. Plainly this is excellent news for the Centre for Journalism, our excellent students and staff.

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Ben Kennedy joins the Kent Messenger


Congratulations to Ben Kennedy, who will join the Kent Messenger as its new reporter for Dartford and Gravesend in August.

He continues a tradition of Centre for Journalism students starting their careers at the local paper - following Lizzie Massey, Matt Leclere, Clare Freeman, Lewis Dyson, Becky Hughes and Alan McGuinness.

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Job Opportunity at WhatHouse?


WhatHouse? are looking for an editorial intern.  The job will involve writing articles for the site which is being relaunched this week and getting fully involved with the paper.  They are based at Borough High Street and will pay some travel costs.  Potential for freelance work at the end of the internship. Contact Stephen Maunder


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Lydia Hamilton to join ITV Meridian


More good news on the employment front: Lydia Hamilton, who graduated last week from our BA in Journalism and the News Industry, will be joining ITV Meridian in September on a 12-month paid internship.

It's good evidence of how a strong final-year project can open doors. Lydia's TV documentary on how funding cuts are affecting black and ethnic minority arts organisations was one of the things that helped her to bag the internship.

It's great news for Lydia, for Meridian and for us here at the CfJ.

Trebles all round.

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Congratulations to Clarissa Place


The excellent tradition continues of students finding newsroom jobs before graduation. Many congratulations to Clarissa Place who has secured a position as a trainee reporter just 24 hours before our graduation ceremony in Rochester Cathedral. Clarissa will join Archant South West, based in Exeter.We wish her the best of luck with househunting, car procurement etc.

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Congratulations to Laura Griffiths


Laura Griffiths has continued a fine tradition at the Centre for Journalism by finding a newsroom job before her graduation.

Laura has been appointed as a trainee sub editor with Newsquest.

We wish her every success in the job and hope that she can take a break from househunting in the south west to enjoy her graduation ceremony, next Tuesday.

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Reporting revision - update


A reporting revision session for first years will be held at noon on Thursday in the main newsroom, for about an hour.

Hope you can all make it.

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The Tiananmen Massacre: a Hong Kong girl's view


25 years ago, the People’s Liberation Army tore its way through crowds of unarmed students and civilians into Tiananmen Square with tanks and bullets. As gunshots silenced lives and tanks rolled over bodies, cries for democracy and human rights in China were also brutally smothered.

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