Hughes and Cain top shorthand hall of fame

Feb
24

Third year undergraduates Becci Hughes and Kat Cain have become the first CfJ students to reach 120 words per minute in their NCTJ shorthand exams. They now sit jointly at the top of our Hall of Fame. Congratulations to both for setting such high standards.

Congratulations too to James Woodcock, Stuart Wilson and Alex Fisk, who have all reached the crucial 100wpm milestone.

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Journalists beware Churnalism

Feb
24

Harrassed and overworked journalists who are recycling press releases and not taking time to check stories will now be easy to identify thanks to a new site on churnalism launched by the Media Standards Trust . Alas some have already been caught out with fake stories on the Downing St cat. Chris Atkins, the director of 'Starsuckers', was to blame.  

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Linda Melvern, former Sunday Times journalist, to speak on Reporting Rwanda

Feb
20

Linda Melvern was a journalist on the Sunday Times Insight team. She has also written a book about the Wapping Revolution,  entitled 'The End of the Street'. But for the past 15 years she has been investigating the Rwanda genocide of 1994. She has published many articles and two books, and has met and interviewed many of those involved in the story. and unearthed key parts of this shameful episode involving the conduct of the  UN and the wider international community.  Linda will speak to students on 2nd March at 1pm in the Newsroom about 'Reporting Rwanda'.

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KM Group Work Placements

Feb
18

The following students will go on work experience placements to the KM Group during the Easter Vacation: Jay Akbar, Peter Brown, Frances Christian-Acquaah, Anica Colbert, Michel'le Donnelly, Anthony Dunkley, Jessica Fleig, Clare Freeman, Huw Griffith, Alexander Maitland, Scott Mitchell, Tiia Mustonen, Tim New, Chloe Oram, Jemma Rogers, Tom Rowse, Tania Steere, Harley Tamplin, Agatha Yuen. 

The following students will have work experience placements in the summer vacation: Ferouz Berhe, Nicholas Duffy, Oprah Flash, Dwayne Gordon-Harris, Drew Mark, Danielle Morris, James Mullan, Sarina Iskandar.

Easter Work Placements are for two weeks. Group 1 will go between Monday 11 April and Friday 22 April. Group 2 will go between Monday 25 april and Friday 6 May. 

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Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt at University of Kent

Feb
17

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt arrives at the University of Kent to discuss his plans for local television.

Meeting him are MP for Chatham and Aylesford Tracey Crouch and Professor Tim Luckhurst from the Centre for Journalism.

Footage filmed by first year CFJ student Tom Rowse.

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BBC talks rot about human rights

Feb
16

BBC journalists have demonstrated yet again that they have no idea as to how the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA 1998) works. Reporting on the UK Supreme Court ruling last year that sex offenders have the “human right” to apply to have their names taken off the Sex Offenders register, BBC Breakfast News said that the government “absolutely have to do what the Supreme Court tells them” (16th February 2011). M’Lord Prescott spouted similar nonsense last week on the issue of giving prisoners the right to vote in elections.

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Sky Bob Friend Scholar 2011

Feb
09

I am certain that everyone in the Centre will want to join me in offering huge congratulations to Tania Steere who is the 2011 Bob Friend Scholar. Competition for the scholarship is always intense, and this year was no exception.  So, in addition to celebrating Tania's success, I'd like to offer thanks to the other shortlisted candidates: Jay Akbar, Peter Brown, Danielle Morris and Scott Mitchell, and to all the students who competed for this year's scholarship. Your hard work and creativity is a credit to the Centre for Journalism and the University of Kent.  Tania will receive her prize from Rob Kirk, Editorial Development Manager at Sky News, on 25 February at the annual Bob Friend Memorial Lecture when Jon Snow, Presenter of Channel 4 News, will deliver the third annual lecture.  Every student in the Centre is expected to attend and to share in celebrating Tania's achievement. Distinguished guests will include the Vice Chancellor and the two previous Bob Friend Scholars, Alan McGuinness (2009) and Dan May (2010). Alan and Dan have both proved to be excellent ambassadors for the Centre, the University and Sky News. I know that Tania will do a superb job too. 

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Third year live two ways class

Feb
08

Tim and I will be running a class on live two ways 1600 to 1730 on 8 March. You will need to put aside some time beforehand on the day to familiarise yourself with the story I give you that morning. 

We had a briefing about this yesterday. For the benefit of the people who weren't there, this is what we covered.

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Scholar wins top job

Feb
08

Huge congratulations to Alan McGuinness who has become the first Centre for Journalism student to secure a job - four months before anyone has graduated.  After completing his degree this summer,  Alan will join the KM Group as a reporter on the Medway Messenger. He  has made success a habit during his time at Kent. In 2009 he won the inaugural Sky Bob Friend Scholarship. Now he has gone on to set a tremendous example of what our students can achieve.  Staff in the Centre are thrilled by his success. It is richly deserved and, though the achievement is Alan's alone, it reflects well on the Centre and the university. It will be tremendous to have a CforJ graduate covering the Medway Towns. Don't think you can escape, Alan. We will invite you back to inspire students.  

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BBC Exodus from London

Feb
07

The BBC's decision to move network programmes from London to the regions has long been controversial inside the corporation. Last week it leapt onto the national news agenda when Ed Havard, editor of Question Time, resigned rather than move to Glasgow, and David Dimbleby, the programme's presenter, made clear his displeasure. Then the Mail on Sunday added fire to the flames with a splash revealing that a senior figure involved in the exodus is commuting to Salford Quays at public expense...from his home in Kentucky. Armed with its exclusive the MoS  invited me to contribute to the debate. You can read my views here (you have to scroll down below the news story). What do you think?  

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