Battle of the titans in SCL quarter final line-up


Ali v Frazier. Nicklaus v Watson. Borg v McEnroe. Now it could be time for Palmer v Norman to join the pantheon of great sporting rivalries, as the quarter-final draw for the inaugural Shorthand Champions League has served up a mouthwatering clash of two of the tournament favourites.

Katie Palmer and Alex Norman, having made just 3 errors between them in their previous four matches, will go head to head on Wednesday with a place in the semi-finals at stake.

Meanwhile bookies' outsiders Danny Rust and Ben Kosma will also do battle for a place in the semi-final line-up.

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Centre for Journalism: the student experience


It's finally here. Three years in the making, six months in the edit suite, and featuring a stellar cast of A-List acting talent, this award-winning movie about student life at the Centre for Journalism has finally been cleared by the British Board of Film Classification with an R18 rating - largely thanks to its explicit footage of alarming dance moves.

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Shorthand Champions League group tables - final standings


Final standings for the Shorthand Champions League groups are shown below. Qualifiers for the knockout stages are shown with a Q next to their names.

Katie Palmer is the bookies' hot favourite for the crown following her 100% error-free performances so far, but Alex Norman, Jackie Gordon and Lauren Meechan are clear contenders - with just 2, 3 and 4 errors respectively. As group winners they will be seeded to avoid each other in the Round of 16.

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The Guardian's guide to better writing


Every journalist knows the sight of a newsroom full of flustered and bedraggled reporters cursing every tick of the second hand as the clock pushes on mercilessly towards a deadline.

Every news editor and sub knows that many of those reporters have only themselves to blame.

Reporters have wasted countless hours of valuable newsroom time typing out needlessly complex sentences, empty cliches and other alphabetic fodder. Countless more has been spent expunging the same before the stories can be published.

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Byelection World Cup


You've all heard of the Shorthand Champions League, well now the Centre for Journalism is pleased to announce a new competition - and a fine range of prizes; welcome to the 2014 Byelection World Cup.

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Sky Sports News graduate scheme


Sky Sports News is advertising its graduate scheme for 2015, looking for students with "creativity and natural journalistic flair" for an 11-month paid placement starting next summer.

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Shorthand Champions League group tables - week 2


Standings for the seven Shorthand Champions League groups are shown below as we reach the half-way stage.

At the end of the group stage, the top two from each group will automatically qualify for the knockout stages, and there are a further two places for the best third-place finishers - so it's still all to play for.

Group G has so far proved not to be the Group of Death but the Group of Dearth - with not a single point registered by any of its players.

Meanwhile Katie Palmer and Alex Norman remain 100% error-free from both of their matches.

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Another six-figure bumper payout for a council chief...


Councils are prone to plead poverty and complain bitterly at the government's relentless squeeze on their budgets.

They often have a case.

But then stories like this one make taxpayers wonder exactly how they can claim they are short of cash...

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Research Seminar - Bailey


Please make a note in your diary about our next research seminar presentation on Wednesday October 29 at 1pm. Rob Bailey will be talking on the topic of "Citizen journalist or citizen agitator?" As always, everyone is welcome and we look forward to seeing you there.

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NCTJ Student Logon Area


All year 1 and MA students on the accredited programme please make sure that when you receive an email (on your personal email account) from the NCTJ notifying you of your logon information that you log on immediately with the temporary password (this is only valid for three days) and complete your record.  The email will also contain your Unique Reference Number (URN) which you will need for all NCJT exams.  Once you have logged on and changed your password you will have access to the student area of the NCTJ website.  If you experience difficulty with logging on or the temporary password

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