Tanya Gold's take on the royal family's ability to project an impression of thrift while spending vast sums of public money is, in my humble republican opinion, the most entertaining published response to the appeal court's ruling that Prince Charles's correspondence with Tony Blair's cabinet should be published. The Guardian's leader on the topic of the so-called 'black spider' memos is also a stimulating read. I suspect the attorney general has a real fight on his hands. His argument appears to be that we must not know what Prince Charles's most passionate political opinions are because he is not supposed to have political opinions, and that his correspondence must therefore be suppressed because it might compromise the public's impression of his political neutrality. Convoluted or simply deluded? You choose.
First year students have until 4pm on Monday 10 February to submit their entries for the most prestigious prize available to journalism undergraduates in the UK: the annual Sky Bob Friend Memorial Scholarship. Shortlisting will take place that night and, on Tuesday 11 February, candidates who make the shortlist will meet a panel chaired by Neil Dunwoodie, Executive Producer Sky News.
The prize is £3,500 and a fully-funded four week internship at Sky News. Previous winners include Alan McGuinness, who now works at Sky News, Tania Steere who went on to win a place on the Daily Mail trainee reporter scheme and Medwire Editor Jemma Collins. The 2014 Scholar will receive their prize from Neil Dunwoodie at the 2014 Bob Friend Memorial Lecture.
This will take place on the evening of Thursday 27 February in the Pilkington Lecture Theatre here on the Medway Campus. This year's lecturer, the latest in a highly prestigious list, is Stuart Ramsay, Sky News Chief Correspondent, who will share his experience of reporting from numerous wars and conflicts. The winner, together with their parents and family, attends the lecture and the VIP reception that precedes it. If you need any guidance with your entry, please ask me, Ian, Rob or Lee. We will be delighted to help.