The truth about Jessica

Mar
09

During his excellent session yesterday, Allan Little told the story of Jessica Lynch, the 19-year-old US Army Ordnance Clerk  who was captured by Iraqi soldiers in 2003. Allan described how the truth about Private Lynch was spun into a fictional heroic fantasy by the Pentagon's top rotational surgeons. You can read the full version of Jessica's story here.

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Polling the marginals

Mar
09

As diligent students of British politics understand, most votes under our first past the post system make no real difference to the result of a general election. The ones that count are those cast by swing voters in marginal constituencies. The Conservatives have been confident in their assertions that, despite a narrowing gap in nationwide opinion surveys, their lead among these defining voters in the marginals is big enough to make the crucial difference.

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Hughes on Thompson

Mar
08

And big congratulations to Becci Hughes who filed copy on Mark Thompson's lecture to Journalism.co.uk. You can read Becci's account of the DG's defence of public service broadcasting, and the steps he is proposing to preserve it in the twenty-first century, here.  Extra bonus points for getting a second byline crediting the  Centre for Journalism and the University of Kent.

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A tale of two scholars

Mar
08

Very pleasing to read, inToday's Medway Messenger and at Kent Online, the 2009 Bob Friend Scholar helping to draw wide attention to Dan May's success in the 2010 competition.

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BBC Cuts - Is Lightly Trimming the BBC's Publicly Funded Tree What Licence Fee Payers Really Want?

Mar
06

The BBC is the neighbour at the end or your garden with a giant leylandii. He smiles at you and is a nice enough bloke. But the problem is his tree. It’s too big. It greedily sucks in nutrients from the soil and blocks out the sunlight. It’s an impressive tree by any standards, but it casts a massive shadow. And in that gloomy, publicly funded shade, other peoples’ plants struggle to get a foot hold. Some wilt and die. For years the community’s been talking about what should be done. Some people want the eylandii to be severely lopped. Others want it cut down with a chain saw.

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Journalism students will enter a world full of opportunities - BBC Director General Mark Thompson

Mar
04

BBC Director General Mark Thompson thinks the current generation of journalism students will be entering a world that is full of opportunities.

Last night Thompson delivered the second Bob Friend Memorial Lecture at the University of Kent, which awards a scholarship in the former Sky News presenter’s name to a first-year undergraduate student every year.

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This year’s winner was Daniel May, who will have his first year tuition fees paid for by Sky News and spend a month working there in the summer.

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Director General Mark Thompson: Give the BBC some credit for being decisive

Mar
04

The BBC should be given credit for being decisive about its goals and future direction, says Director General Mark Thompson.

Thompson, who delivered the second Bob Friend Memorial Lecture at the University of Kent last night, defended the corporation's decision to axe 6 Music and the BBC Asian Network.

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We can improve our specialist coverage - BBC Director General Mark Thompson

Mar
04

The BBC can improve its journalism in a number of areas, Director General Mark Thompson said at the second Bob Friend Memorial Lecture last night.

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Mark Thompson at the Centre for Journalism

Mar
03

I haven't used Cover It Live before, so tonight's Bob Friend Memorial Lecture, delivered by the BBC director-general Mark Thompson, seems a good opportunity to experiment.

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Do school academies work?

Mar
01

 

I touched on some of the issues surrounding the Government's school academy programme last week. Here is an excellent article that goes into the debate in great detail and is particularly good on whether there is anything more to it than a costly re-branding exercise. I highly recommend reading it - and adding to your notes.

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