Thompson ‘compromised impartiality’ by coming out against News Corp bid

Nov
04

One of the most senior figures in BBC News says Director-General Mark Thompson was wrong to oppose publicly News Corp’s attempt to take control of BSkyB.

Stephen Mitchell, Deputy Director of News and Head of News Programmes at the BBC, said that by signing a letter to Vince Cable last month opposing the move by News Corp, Mark Thompson had compromised the perception of his impartiality as editor-in-chief. He is believed to be the first senior BBC figure to criticize Thompson’s actions on the record.

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The Centre for Journalism's Daily Mail Scholarship

Nov
04

The 2011 Daily Mail Scholarship has been launched. Funded by Associated Newspapers it will be awarded to a gifted postgraduate student of multimedia journalism at the University of Kent's Centre for Journalism.  

The Centre invites all students who win places on our MA in Multimedia Journalism to compete for the award which is worth £10,000. 

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Malm versus MacKenzie

Oct
26

Here's second year undergraduate student Sara Malm giving as good as she gets from Kelvin MacKenzie on Richard Bacon's BBC Radio 5Live show yesterday afternoon, in a debate about the new 20p newspaper, i, from The Independent. The other voice belongs to Prof Tim Luckhurst.

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Government spending cuts and the media – why Ron and Fiona are not amused

Oct
24

What’s the most foolish thing anyone’s ever said to you? I can think of quite a few daft things that have been said to me over the years, but one of them leaped back into my mind this week when I read about the spending cuts. It was something said to me about 18 months ago by a senior employee of Ten Alps Digital – we’ll call him Ron (not his real name). Ten Alps is the company part owned by Sir Bob Geldof which used to run Kent TV. The credit crunch was biting hard and I asked Ron how things were going at Ten Alps? “Great”! he replied cheerfully, “Ten Alps loves recessions”!

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Can a journalist without programming knowledge build an iPad app?

Oct
19

On Friday I had one of those moments of quiet personal satisfaction that are too geeky to convey successfully even to your nearest and dearest: I submitted an iPad app to the the Apple store for approval.

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A new national newspaper for 20p

Oct
19

The Independent is to launch a new compact weekday newspaper aimed squarely at members of the internet generation who want the convenience of a printed quality newspaper for less than the price of a cigarette. It is to be called called i, and is designed to target groups including "lapsed readers of quality papers" and those wanting a "comprehensive digest of news". It will go on sale next Tuesday priced 20p and will publish Monday to Friday. Nearly all of the editorial content will be culled from The Independent which will continue to publish at full price. Will you read it? 

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Journalism students on debt

Oct
12

KMFM and Kent Online knew their audiences would want lively and detailed coverage of the Browne Review. So, to get the student perspective on student finance they asked Centre for Journalism undergraduates Alan McGuinness and James Woodcock to report from the Medway Campus. You can read Alan's piece and listen to James' vox pops here. Very well done both. The selection procedure was straightforward.  Alan and James were in the newsroom reading the 'papers before conference and KMFM called. The moral of the story is plain - if you want to get published, be first on deck and fully briefed.   

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What is fairness?

Oct
11

Today's report by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission has provoked much debate about those complex concepts 'fairness' and 'equality'. It will provoke a lot more. In modern political parlance 'fairness' has the definition of a failed blancmange and is used with all the deliberate lack of precision previously reserved for that now meaningless term  'progressive'. 'Equality' is assumed to be a virtue despite the political regimes that champion it (China, North Korea, Cuba...)  This excellent piece by Julian Glover lays a crucial foundation for understanding. Glover argues that fairness has become meaningless largely because it is widely assumed - not least by the EHRC -  to mean the same thing as equality. Plainly it doesn't. He goes on to suggest that sincere left-wingers should embrace inequality as the inevitable and desirable consequence of any version of fairness worth aspiring to. Discuss, please.     

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10/10/10 - The Global Work Party

Oct
10

Today, the 10th of the 10th, 2010, saw a global movement of volunteers doing their bit to help the world. In 188 countries across the world, 7347 events took place to send a political message to governments; “if we can get to work, you can get to work too”.

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Google TV and local TV. The little black box that will turn online video into real TV and change the way we see the world

Oct
05

Imagine if someone set up a local TV channel for Folkestone or Dover. What would it be like? The Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has recently re-stated his vision for local TV in the UK. “What’s the biggest difference between UK and US television”? asked Mr Hunt; “The lack of local TV in the UK”

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