Kazakhstan: poisoned legacy. Al Jazeera screening

Event date: 
20 February 2014 - 1:00pm

All staff and students are warmly invited to a screening of my film for Al Jazeera exposing a British mining company's close links with dangerous lead smelter in Kazakhstan. The company denies it was in control of the highly toxic process, but we uncovered evidence to the contrary. I will show the film and then take questions.  

The screening will be shortly after 1pm in the main undergraduate newsroom this Thursday, 20 February. 


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How councillors will decide how to spend £1.6bn - and increase your council tax


Kent County Council holds its annual budget meeting on Thursday (13) - an important meeting because it will decide if there should be an increase in the council tax for the first time in four years.

County councillors will also vote on an £82m package of cost-cutting measures - cuts - including changes to the school Freedom Pass.

These set piece meetings can be reminiscent of the yah-boo politics of Prime Minister's Questions and there is always a lot  - actually rather too much - of point scoring.

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A familiar face on the News At Ten


Intrepidly he set out this morning across the flood-stricken communities of the Thames Valley in order to see the devastation for himself, and perhaps to bring some small crumbs of comfort to the people suffering such great hardships in Britain's wettest winter in 300 years.

No surprise then, that News at Ten cameras were there to catch the moment, to bring news of his visit to the waiting nation.

Yes, it's the Centre for Journalism's own Nick Gutteridge (MA Multimedia Journalism, 2012) - now a reporter for the Reading Chronicle - seen here with some politician whose name escapes me trying to muscle in on the the photo opportunity.

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Conor Diggin is the Bob Friend Sky News Scholar for 2014


The  selection for the Bob Friend Sky News Scholarship is arguably one of the toughest processes that any first year student journalist in the country will have to undertake. Rightly so, because the prize at stake is so prestigious.

So congratulations are in order for all of the students who had a stab at it this year, particularly the five who were shortlisted following their submission of detailed treatments for 24 hours of Sky News coverage. 

This morning they sat a tough written test, and then went before a panel of senior journalists, who grilled them rigorously on a variety of journalism-related topics.

Only one winner can emerge, though, and this year Conor Diggin has the great honour of becoming the Bob Friend scholar for 2014. His achievement will be marked at the Bob Friend lecture on 27 February, which will be given this year by Sky News chief correspondent Stuart Ramsay.

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CfJ Radio: News programme from Friday 7 February


Two hours of live news radio, as produced by Year 3 students on our BA in Journalism and the News Industry.

Presenters: Christine Stokes and Jack Reed

Editors: Sam Thompson, Ben Wright, Damilola Sole, Dan Sampayo

Executive: Lydia Hamilton

Assessed reporters: Declan Olley, Clarissa Place, Kirsten Ringelmann, Mhairi Beveridge, Matt Charles, Rikki Clarke, Lydia Deichmann, Josh Margrie-Rouse, Charlie Wahl, Kieran Watkins, Carlo Boffa, Bill Topping, Lauren Clarke

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BBC Journalism Trainee Scheme now with extended deadline of 17 February


The BBC Journalism Trainee Scheme 2014 is now open for applications with an extended deadline of 17 February.

The entry criteria for this year's scheme has been widened, and it is now also open to people with a qualification in broadcast journalism -- though this is by no means a requirement.

Now in its eighth year the BBC’s Journalism Trainee Scheme offers a year’s paid work as a trainee in one of our UK newsrooms -- across online, radio and TV – and the chance to work in one of the greatest broadcasting organisations in the world.

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Research Seminar Presentation


Our next research seminar will be presented by Richard Pendry on Wednesday March 19 at 1pm in the undergraduate newsroom. Richard will be talking about his research on the reporting of the conflict in Syria. It will no doubt be a very interesting talk. We look forward to seeing you there.

Fieldwork on reporters covering Syria

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The Eagle and the Evening Champion: newspapers produced by Year 1 and 2 students









Last Thursday Year 1 and Year 2 students spent the day putting together two competing newspapers for their print newsday. Here are the fruits of their labours.


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Talk by Rob Smith BBC South East - 12 February


Rob Smith, BBC South East presenter, is giving a talk to Kent students about his life and career on 12 February at 11.00 in G4-03.

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I talked with Brown Moses about the changing face of newsgathering


“I never really thought myself as a journalist,” British blogger Eliot Higgins says. And yet, he broke some of the most important stories on the Syrian conflict in the last two years, while working from his Leicester home.

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