Sign Press Gazette's petition to protect confidential sources


I shudder to think that the first piece I wrote for Press Gazette about the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) and its potential threat to journalism was last century. Back then there was widespread concern that the new act, which was designed with prevention of terrorist activity in mind, could be used by a variety of public bodies to collect information about reporters' communications with their sources.

That threat has never gone away - despite reassurances from government, police forces and other public authorities throughout the intervening decade and a half. Now my old magazine is so concerned about the creeping use of RIPA that it has started an online campaign.

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Shorthand Champions League: The draw


With fitting pomp and ceremony, the draw for the first round of the Shorthand Champions League took place today in the Centre's TV studio.

The competition will get under way for second and third years next week, with fixtures being played during Wednesday shorthand classes.

The draw - conducted by Ian Reeves and Rob Bailey, and overseen by Laura Garcia - threw up some tantalising clashes.

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New to the news!


Having now survived Fresher's week and completed my first official day as a student at the Centre for Journalism, I must say I'm buzzing to work my way through this course. 

The prospect of experiencing the acamedic modules and practical tasks was exciting enough, but several other opportunities have presented themselves to me, making my first week a bit of a whirlwind.

A lot of you have probably heard about the teenager Ibrahim Kamara, who was killed in Syria last week, after travelling to the country to, may I just point out, fight AGAINST Isis.

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Introducing the CfJ Shorthand Champions League


You all already know how seriously we take shorthand here at the Centre for Journalism. It matters to us because it matters to the people who hire journalists - and they tell us so regularly.

So this year, we'll be introducing a variety of sticks and carrots to encourage more of our excellent students to get themselves across the Gold Standard 100wpm threshold.

The first of these is the CfJ Shorthand Champions League, a competition we confidently expect to become as famous as its UEFA football equivalent.

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Year 3 Shorthand Groups


The following students will join year 1 shorthand classes:

Year 1 – Group 1 – DAN, NATHALIE, UZOMA

Monday 10.00 – 11.00 M2-28

Tuesday 10.00 – 11.00  PK127

Wed 10.00 – 11.00  PK127

Thurs 09.00 – 10.00 G4-04

Fri 10.00 – 11.00 PK125

Year 1 – Group 2 – OLA, JASMIN, SOPHIE

Monday 10.00 – 11.00 M2-29

Tuesday 10.00 – 11.00 PK014

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Jemma Collins and Graham Stothard are first recruits to KMTV


Many congratulations are due to Jemma Collins BA (2014) and Graham Stothard MA (2014). Jemma and Graham have been recruited by the KM Group as trainee multimeda journalists. They will be involved from the beginning in producing high quality video journalism for KMTV's IPTV and terrestrial digital services. Jemma and Graham are the first Centre for Journalism graduates to benefit from the Centre's involvement in this unique and exciting partnership. They are pioneers on a route we hope others will follow.  

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Mathilde Guenegan lands job on top French TV channel


MA graduate Mathilde Guenegan has landed a job at LCI, the 24-hour news channel run by French broadcaster TF1.

Mathilde, who completed our International Multimedia Journalism MA programme and graduated with distinction this year, is working as a producer during an internship with the channel.

Her understanding of British politics made it inevitable that she would be asked to help with coverage of the Scottish referendum. For some reason she thought head of department Tim Luckhurst might be able to help.

Here's a clip from last night's broadcast.

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Diversity Open Day at ITV


ITV News Meridian are hosting an open day for young people from diverse backgrounds who are based in Kent and have an interest in TV news. They will get the opportunity to see the gallery at Whitely and ask questions and see how it all works. Transport from Maidstone and lunch will be provided. Anyone who is interested can email me for more details:

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Ipso is now facto


A new press regulator, replacing the defunct Press Complaints Commission, has been launched today.

It's a historic moment, accompanied by a large helping of controversy. Some victims of media harassment claim it should not exist at all, and some newspapers (including The Guardian) have refused to sign up - so far - over concerns that it will not be robust and independent enough to fulfil the criteria set out by Lord Justice Leveson. Meanwhile, there are interviews with the new head of IPSO, Sir Alan Moses, doing the rounds in other newspapers in which he vows to win over his critics (paywall). Yes, those interviews appear in papers that have signed up to the new regulator. Don't expect this posturing to end any time soon.

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Embrace the inevitable


Someone was going to have to do this eventually, so it might as well be me.

Here's my ice bucket challenge - I nominate everyone at the centre to drench themselves in freezing water. I can't imagine a better way to prepare for the start of a new term.


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