Colossal cash prizes on offer in first ever Centre for Journalism movie challenge



The Centre for Journalism movie challenge invites you make a short film of no more than 3’00" duration. The subject: a student’s-eye view of life in the Centre. We don’t want the details of the degree. We don’t want anything dull, technical or bureaucratic. We want your best depiction of the stuff that makes the Centre’s students unique. What makes studying here fun? What do journalism students do when you are not studying?  Where do you live? What do you eat and drink? Where do you dance, play sport or just relax? We want you to sell the student experience in the Centre for Journalism as colourfully and entertainingly as you can. We’ll use the best films to market and recruit students. So, apart from money (see below) and our undying gratitude, what’s in it for you? Well, it could be the prelude to your first BAFTA, perhaps even the launch of an Oscar-winning career.  We have heard (well, OK, invented) rumours that Vanessa Paradis and Jonny Depp are demanding that their agents secure parts for them.

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Year one news challenge teams


Here are the teams for this week's local news challenge. Remember, you are making local newspapers for Medway. They will be published on Friday evening.

Team one

Editor: Abigail Nuttall

Reporters: Vinesh, Jenna, Sheryl, Conor, Charles, Danny, Ben, Cecilie, Adriene

Team two

Editor: Abigail Morris

Reporters: Ali, Lauren, Sarah, Emily, Jake, Jackie, Gemma, Monica

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Conboy research presentation


We are also fortunate to have Professor Martin Conboy, one of Britain's leading journalism scholars, visit the Centre on Friday April 4 at 1pm in the undergraduate newsroom. Professor Conboy, from the Department of Journalism Studies at the University of Sheffield, will present a talk titled: "'Why we are here': Role Perceptions of Journalism in the UK in the British Journalism Review 1989-2013".

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Pendry research presentation


Don't forget our next research seminar this Wednesday (19/3) will be presented by Richard Pendry at 1pm in the undergraduate newsroom. Richard will be talking about his research on the reporting of the conflict in Syria. It will no doubt be a very interesting talk. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Conference Thursday 13 March


Both UG and PG conferences are cancelled tomorrow Thursday, 13 March.  This is due to an NCTJ exam and the year 3 60 sec bulletin.

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The CFJ and the environment .....


Please could we all be mindful when printing or photocopying onto paper on any of our machines in the CFJ.

As a school we are unique in allowing students to print without paying per sheet.

However, the cost of our 'consumables' - ie. paper, toner and indeed the lease on each machine is currently running too high. Paper consumption (and waste) is the biggest contributor - we must reduce this

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Reminder: Reporting and Writing test


The second timed newswriting assessment for Reporting and Writing I will be held during Tuesday's session, March 11.

Please try to get to the newsroom as quickly as possible after shorthand, as the test will begin at 11am.

The format is very similar to the last one, but some of the information for the story will be given to you in a short 60wpm spoken statement. We'll do a practice run in Friday's class.

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Test NCTJ Court Reporting paper


Any students sitting - or re-sitting - NCTJ Court reporting on March 19th please note there is a test paper in module notes on the website. If you want to take it, please e-mail me your answers and I'll send you feedback. 

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Carolyn Quinn talk


We are fortunate to have Carolyn Quinn, the presenter of Radio 4's PM programme, as a speaker next Monday. Carolyn was also the first woman chair of the Parliamentary Press Gallery. She is also a graduate of Kent and was awarded an honorary doctorate last year. She will be joined by her husband, Nigel Morris, the Deputy Political Editor of The Independent. 

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NCTJ Broadcast Module TV MOCK


Dear MA students doing the TV exam next week,

Please find TV exam sample 2 in your TV folder and send FLVs and scripts to me. I'll give you feedback. 

Would you mind alerting any colleagues you suspect may miss this note?




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