2015 Bob Friend Memorial Scholarship


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


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

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NCTJ Portfolio briefing: new date


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


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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Production team needed for new radio show broadcasting from the CFJ


Researchers and Contributors needed for a Canterbury based radio show on CSR FM.

The show named ‘Hacked off’ is a fun, snarky weekly digest that is aimed to help students keep on top of what is happening in the world.

The show is similar to that of a review show with clips segmented throughout in order to highlight and illustrate the news. Think the style of ‘Newswipe’, ’10 o’ clock live’ or ‘PM with Eddie Mair’.

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Remembering Charlie Hebdo


It's strange. For a long time now, I haven't really considered myself as French. I was born there and lived near Paris between the ages of 2 and 13 but since then, I've spent the rest of my life in England. I probably go to France 5-6 times a year to see my Mum and my family and did exactly that this Christmas break.


As you all know, on the 7th of January, 12 people were killed in an attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, including editor-in-chief Stéphane Charbonnier and staff cartoonist Jean Cabut. The attack took place in the 11th arrondissement of Paris, 1 mile from the apartment I was staying at in Paris that very morning. My Mum and I set off around 10am to get back to the South of France. The shooting took place at 11.30am.


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Press freedom groups call for mass publication of cartoons at 2pm in defiance of Charlie Hebdo murders


A number of free speech organisations - including Index on Censorship and Reporters Without Borders - are co-ordinating a mass publication of cartoons in support of freedom of expression following the horrific murders at French magazine Charlie Hebdo yesterday.

The groups are calling on media organisations and individuals who believe in the fundamental right to freedom of expression to join in publishing the cartoons or covers of Charlie Hebdo today at 1400 GMT.

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Aló Doctora! Congratulations to Sunthai Constantini


Huge congratulations to the CfJ's Sunthai Constantini, who successfully navigated her PhD viva yesterday afternoon. The examiners have recommended that her thesis - on Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez's 'Aló Presidente' TV show - be accepted for the degree (subject to some very minor corrections).

This is a tremendous achievement by Sunthai who has worked so hard over a number of years. Aló Doctora!

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2014 - The Year of the Troll


Katie Hopkins is in the news again. Of course she is. Barely a week goes by when the professional twitter troll doesn’t make it her business to wade into some twitter debate and cause a ruckus. But after reading that Hopkins was being investigated by the police for hate crimes I got thinking about the amount of trolling stories that graced last years headlines; a lot. 2014 was the year of the troll - professional or otherwise.

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NCTJ Broadcast Regulation Exam


The exam will be held on Monday, 12 January starting at 2pm in G3-04.  Extra time students will be located in the small newsroom G1-03.

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