Shorthand Champions League: Week Two

Feb
12

It was a high (or should that be low?) scoring week in the opening round of fixtures, and a lot of our shorthand competitors will be looking for better performances in week two.

The first set of tables is published below (pdf). The results included a thrilling 0-0 draw in Group E, where the race for qualification looks set to be tight and brutal.

Meanwhile, here are the fixtures to be played on Friday, February 13:

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How Putin saved the Russian bear

Feb
11

In Soviet Russia, even wildlife relies on the State.

When the Soviet Union collapsed, it almost took with it several large Russian animals, a new study finds. Eight large animal species, including the moose, wild boar, and even the symbolic brown bear suffered a sharp population decline. There was an exception though. Amongst the ruins of the fallen Communist regime, wolves were having a field day.

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Year 3 news day roles, spring term

Feb
09

There will be a briefing for the upcoming radio newsday on Tuesday at 12noon in the small newsroom.

The newsday roles for the rest of this term are as follows:

Radio newsday Friday 13 Feb

Editors: Katie Palmer, Sophie Wentworth

Executives: Paige Aldridge, Dan Crook, Ola Ojuko

Assessed reporters: Uzoma Jemade, Rebecca Lawrence, Amy Nickalls, Nathalie Evele, Michelle Gleaves, Helen Grimes, Cian Hodge, Stine Wannebo, Cecily Snowball, Jasmin Sahota

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Victoria Polley wins NCTJ broadcast journalism award

Feb
06

Hearty congratulations to year 3 undergraduate Victoria Polley, who today collected the award for the best performing student in the NCTJ's broadcast journalism exam.

Victoria collected the award, which is sponsored by ITV News, at today's NCTJ student council meeting hosted by News UK in London.

It's an outstanding achievement.

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Reminder: Year One assessment next week

Feb
06

The first assessed news writing test for Reporting and Writing I will be sat in the newsroom from 11am to 1pm on Tuesday, February 10.

The test is worth 15% of your overall mark for my module, and follows the same format as the mock paper we did in the first week of this term.

Make sure you're there (on time) on Tuesday. I can't offer retakes for unauthorised absences.

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District Challenge: Year 2

Feb
06

Here are the teams for next week's district challenge for second year students.

Each team will produce eight pages of news, which can include features and sport. You are working on weekly titles, which go to press at 4pm on Thursday.

Flat plans will be given to editors on Monday... good luck!

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TV project seeks student panellists: auditions next week

Feb
05

A group of television production students from the University of the Creative Arts are looking for panellists and presenters for a discussion show they are producing at Maidstone TV studios.

The team are holding auditions next week for "confident, strong and opinionated" personalities who are happy to talk on screen about a variety of topical subjects. They have specifically asked us to draw this to the attention of CfJ students.

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Shorthand Champions League: Week One

Feb
05

Fixtures for week one of the Shorthand Champions League. Matches to be played in your regular shorthand classes on Friday, February 6.

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Opportunity with ITV News

Feb
04

Hi there all,

As you may know, I'm a former Centre for Journalism student, now working for ITV Meridian. We are looking for students to help cover the election on 7th May.

It would involve going to one of the counts in Kent as a self-shooter and getting some footage and interviews for us to use in the programme and on the website. It would be a great experience and opportunity to use the skills you're learning at the CFJ. 

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FOI: Generating your own exclusives

Feb
03

Every student journalist should get into the routine of sending Freedom of Information requests as a tool for generating exclusive news.

It's a topic I discussed with second year students this week, as part of a 10th anniversary review of the Act. The sentiment is echoed by Press Gazette today.

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