ProPublica and the philanthropic future

Does philanthropic funding offer a future for investigative journalism? Richard Tofel, president of ProPublica, believes it can. He explains his case in this interview by Ed Pilkington for Media Guardian. It offers an intriguing insider's perspective on one of the most impressive new initiatives in public interest reporting. Can it work elsewhere? America has a tradition of philanthropic funding and Britain starts from a very different place.

Year 1 and 2 print news day

Here are the long-awaited team details for the year one and two print newsday on Thursday, January 30.

Both teams will have their first news conference at 12.30pm on Monday in the main newsroom.

NCTJ Court Reporting - attention Year 2s and MAs

If you've elected to take the NCTJ Court Reporting module please note that teaching begins this Friday - same times, same rooms as for EML last term. It's VERY important that you make every effort to attend all the sessions as we're on a tight time schedule this term - your exam is on March 19th!

NCTJ Essential Media Law Exam 22.01.2014

The above exam starts at 09.30 on Wednesday 22 January. Please see below for location of exam.

Group 1 - M1-16

Sarah Perryman, Lara Shekete, Stine Wannebo, Alex Norman

Group 2 - M2-04

Emily Chan, Lisa-Marie Janes, Ben Kennedy, Rachel O'Donoghue, Peter Paskell,

Veronica Pozzi, Graham Stothard, Swati Tata

Group 3 - DA 115

Where my women at?

It’s no secret that women are underrepresented in the newsroom. Despite the fact that the number of females in powerful positions has increased and that the number of female journalism students have outnumbered male students for the past fifty years, the gender discrepancy in the news industry overall has remained disappointingly static for over a decade.

Interactive newsprint might add new life to a dying print industry

It is a fact, although a slightly disputed fact, that the print industry as we know it is dying before our very eyes. But the death of the current industry does not mean that print as a whole cannot change to meet the expectations and competitions of the future. One of the exciting courses this development is taking is a new technology called interactive newsprint, combining print and digital technologies to create a new kind of newspaper.

Scott Mitchell shortlisted in PPA New Talent Awards

Many congratulations to Centre for Journalism graduate Scott Mitchell for his appearance on the shortlist for the magazine industry's highly prestigious PPA New Talent Awards.

Scott, who completed the BA in Journalism and the News Industry last year, has been working at Haymarket's weekly magazine Autosport since mid-way through his final year -  having organised a placement on the magazine in his second year at the CfJ. He now works there full-time.

Introducing Lee Kenny, the new News Reporting Lecturer

Dear All,

I hope you’re well and had a nice, relaxing Christmas break.

As this is my first blog post I’ll keep it quite brief, I just wanted to introduce myself as the new Lecturer in News Reporting.

Sherlock: the mystery of the pitfully poor newspaper page designs

It's not unusual for a crime to be committed in the first few scenes of BBC One's acclaimed drama Sherlock. But episode 2 of the new series (I was catching up last night on iPlayer) started with three of the most shocking affronts to the craft of newspaper page design I think I have ever witnessed.

The episode kicked off with the familiar spinning newspaper technique beloved of 1940s Hollywood to introduce the idea of a criminal gang on the rampage in London. But just look at the 3 newspaper pages it used:

Entries open for Independent young journalist prize

The Wyn Harness Prize for Young Journalists, offered by the Independent, is open to anyone under 25 who is in training or in the early part of their career as a newspaper journalist.

It involves writing a 500 to 700 word story on an overlooked aspect of Britain or British society.

The winner gets their story published in the paper, a £1,000 bursary, and work experience at the Indy.