The Medway Mail and Metro: Grab your copy here

Jan
30

First and second year students combined to produce two newspapers packed with news, features and analysis yesterday.

The Medway Mail and the Medway Metro included fresh angles on some of the biggest stories in the county - the fear of fracking, the chaos of Operation Stack, the closure of a major Tesco store, the publication of school league tables and the plans to redevelop Rochester Airport.

They also led the way with some genuine exclusives, including a harrowing interview with a Holocaust survivor and outrage at sexualised clothes being targeted at children in Medway.

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NCTJ Feedback Session

Jan
27

 

Hello everyone, 

You should have had an email about this but just in case you missed it, here is a reminder:

Do you have any questions, complaints, ideas or praise that you would like me to bring to the directors of the NCTJ? Now is the time to speak up!

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Return of the Shorthand Champions League

Jan
23

The Shorthand Champions League is back.

A new winner of the Centre for  Journalism's internationally-acclaimed tournament will be crowned this term - with MA and undergraduate Year 1 students doing battle this time.

The group stages will begin next week on the long road to the live final. Fixtures will take place during regular shorthand sessions on Friday.

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Two tribes go to war…

Jan
23

We can exclusively reveal the teams for the year one and two joint print newsday on Thursday, January 30.

Both groups will be producing a 16 page newspaper in the style of the Daily Mail. Teams will be edited by Rob and Ian. Ron Green has agreed to be an editor “at large” and promises to provide neutral advice (just remember we’ve worked together for years, Ron…).

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2015 Daily Mail Scholarships for Year 3 UGs

Jan
21

The Centre for Journalism is the proud and happy recipient of new scholarship funds from Associated Newspapers, owner of the Daily Mail. This means that we are now able to offer two additional scholarships to third year undergraduates in the Centre. Each scholarship is worth £2,500. How do you win one? We are looking for original news stories suitable for publication in the print edition of the Daily Mail. Deadline is 12 Noon on Friday 20 February.

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Year 3 news day roles, spring term

Jan
19

The roles for this Friday's assessed news days are as follows:

Editors: Michelle Gleaves, Cian Hodge

Execs: Jade Edwards, Nathalie Evele, Sanam Zeb

Assessed reporters: Victoria Polley,Katie Palmer, Ola Ojuko, Stine Wannebo, Jasmin Sahota, Clara Easthill, Paige Aldridge, Daniel Crook, Cecily Snowball, Alex Norman

News team: Uzoma Jemade, Rebecca Lawrence, Helen Grimes, Amy Nickalls, Sophie Wentworth

Roles for the rest of this term's news days will be published later this week.

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2015 Bob Friend Memorial Scholarship

Jan
19

First year students have until 4pm on Monday 9 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 soon afterwards and 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 is a reporter on the Daily Mail and former Medwire Editor Jemma Collins, now a reporter with KMTV. The 2015 Scholar will receive their prize from Neil Dunwoodie at the 2015 Bob Friend Memorial Lecture.

This will take place on the evening of  Monday 2 March in the Pilkington Lecture Theatre here on the Medway Campus. This year's lecture will take the form of a Q & A with John Humphrys, presenter of BBC Radio 4's Today Programme, in discussion with Adam Boulton of Sky News. The scholar, 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, Richard, Rob or Lee. We will be delighted to help.  

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NCTJ Production Journalism Exam 22 January

Jan
16

The exam will start at 2pm in the UG newsroom.  Please remember to bring ID.

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NCTJ Portfolio briefing: new date

Jan
16

Those still seeking inspiration for a new year's resolution will find all the answers they need at a NCTJ Portfolio briefing from noon to 1pm on Friday, January 30.

The session will be held in the main newsroom, and will be a refresher on what the portfolio involves, how it's marked, and some pointers about writing and presentation.

For second years: This does not replace your normal Reporting class - after the portfolio session we'll talk about the next Reporting exam opportunity, in March.

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The broadcasters and the Green Party have more in common than they care to admit

Jan
14

David Cameron has been up to his dirty tricks again. Trying to sabotage our ancient tradition of televised election debates.

In the joint words of Ed, Nick and Nige, “It would be a major setback to the democratic process" if the debates did not go ahead. 

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