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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Journalism of lasting value? Really? Google's Spotlight

Sep
04

Google has added a new section to its Google News service that aims to highlight "in-depth pieces of lasting value" culled from its regular aggregate sources of journalism. The service is called Spotlight, and it uses one of Google's infamous computer algorithms to automatically select items of "investigative journalism, opinion pieces, special-interest articles, and other stories of enduring appeal", according to the search giant.

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Angry of Chatham

Sep
04

I have been infuriated by news reporting of the controversy surrounding the release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi. Time and again editors have tried to pin blame on the UK government without considering the bald fact that this decision was taken in Scotland by a Scottish Nationalist government. The pack has been motivated more by ideology than by any desire to find out what really happened.

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CollegeJourn goes global with a reporting project

Sep
01

The very first CollegeJourn “collaborative data-gathering project” was decided on Sunday night. The issue up for investigating is “How does the healthcare on my University campus compare to the healthcare at other Universities?”

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The Murdochs VS the BBC: Round two: twenty years on

Aug
31

By Danny Lee Contributor: Michael Morgan Bain - with many thanks James Murdoch opened the floodgates to hell on Friday night and reopened old wounds as he delivered 34th James MacTaggart Lecture from the Edinburgh International Television Festival. The commercial media sector is in some form of agreement with Murdoch Jnr as he describes the BBC ambition and activities as “chilling.” In reality, Murdoch would love a society without the BBC as he calls for the corporation to be dismantled.

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Lockerbie and the British constitution

Aug
21

 

 

Is it appropriate that the decision to release Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was made by the Scottish government? Was devolution supposed to give a Scottish minister, with no broader UK mandate, the power to influence British relations with the USA? I think not.  The Independent invited me to explain why this decision can be regarded as an alarming example of devolution's increasingly plentiful unintended consequences.  

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Corporate lobbying and health policy

Aug
15

Daniel Hannan MEP's vitriolic comments about the NHS on Fox TV have provoked a torrent of newspaper analysis and commentary. Among the most acute contributions is Peter Wilby's column in the Guardian identifying the vast power of corporate lobbyists to influence the US policy debate. Lobbying is beginning to corrupt British politics in a similar way and Wilby's objections are eloquent. This is a valuable lesson in how politics really works. Such lobbying by unaccountable corporate interests threatens our democracy as much as it undermines the principles enshrined in the US constitution.  

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Don't dismiss Rupert Murdoch

Aug
08

News Corporation Chairman Rupert Murdoch has loosed a tiger among the doves with his announcement that he intends to charge online readers of his newspapers for access to their journalism. Several new media seers have dismissed the idea as a desperate last-ditch defence of the old media model. Even among the wise there is scepticism about whether the pay-to-read model can work. On this occasion I find myself on Murdoch's side and I have interrupted my holiday to explain my stance on radio and in print. Why?

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The sky's the limit: my time at Sky News

Aug
05

Last week I completed my month-long placement at Sky News as part of the Bob Friend Memorial Scholarship. Over the four weeks I kept a diary of what I got up to, and you can read my account of the experience below.

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