Sun comes out for Cameron

Sep
29

It's arguable that more front pages of The Sun have achieved legendary status than those of any other national newspaper. Tomorrow morning's Labour's Lost It splash may not quite be in the immortal class, but nonetheless it's one that will be much discussed in the corridors of Westminster and beyond.

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In defence of realism, as opposed to unfounded optimism

Sep
27

Henry Porter writes in today's Observer that, with regard to the future of the world and our place on it, we have reason to be hopeful. And indeed, he may be right. But not for the reasons he gives.

90 per cent of people, he guarantees us, fear for the world's and our future. "But the sweep of modern history seems to tell a different story" he writes.

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Freshers Week Meal

Sep
25

First of all a big thanks to Tim and Anastasia for the fantastic meal last night. It really gave us all a chance to get to know each other a little better and a chance to enjoy some alcohol we didn't have to pay for!!!

Using my fantastic vuvox skills, taught to me by Ian last year (you first years will no doubt get the vuvox lecture in due course!) I have put together a rough slide of all the photos from last night. You can view it here:

 

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First year essays

Sep
25

I have marked your essays. If you would like to see the results please come and see me today or early next week. I will spare you each five minutes. Appointments via Anastasia please. This (Friday) afternoon would be best.   

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Library Visit for First Years, Thursday 0900-1000

Sep
23

I know it's early, but it is also crucial. If you think you don't need to learn how to use the Drill Hall Library then you are almost certainly wrong. It is a fantastic resource. You will need to use it constantly throughout your three years in the Centre for Journalism. Please attend tomorrow. Our dedicated librarians work very hard on our behalf. It is not reasonable to ask them to repeat introductory tours for students who do not attend at the scheduled time.  

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Centre for Journalism welcomes its second intake

Sep
21

The Centre for Journalism is delighted to open the newsroom doors to its second intake of undergraduate students for Welcome Week this morning. We are very much looking forward to getting to know you all over the coming weeks.

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Games and innovation at Rochester newspaper

Sep
16

It's not our Rochester, but the one in New York state. Still, here's a fantastic example of a newspaper looking for new ways to engage its community, particularly those under the age of 40. The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle has joined forces with a local college to develop a series of online and real world games that aim to entertain, engage and help inform its readers.

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The Listening Post: blogging and anonymity

Sep
11

I have to admit I hadn't come across The Listening Post until now. It's a weekly media programme produced for AlJazeera English, and so discusses some of the international issues affecting journalists that don't often get much of an airing by the British press or broadcasters.

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Second Years: Your Centre Needs You!

Sep
11

We are looking for second year students of journalism willing to act as mentors to the new first years. The task should not be onerous. We are looking for sensible, sympathetic types (i.e.any of you) who are willing to help and support new arrivals. There are no formal duties, the university has professionals on duty to advise about issues such as money, housing and health. But newcomers may find it helpful to have a more experienced student to whom they can turn for informal guidance and friendship.

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Projects to aspire to: Online Journalism Awards

Sep
08

The Online News Association in the US has announced the finalists for its Online News Awards 2009. For students of journalism, it's well worth having a trawl through the (very long) list of categories to see what US professionals reckon to be some of the best online journalism projects around.

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