Shorthand Champions League: Week One


Fixtures for week one of the Shorthand Champions League. Matches to be played in your regular shorthand classes on Friday, February 6.

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Opportunity with ITV News


Hi there all,

As you may know, I'm a former Centre for Journalism student, now working for ITV Meridian. We are looking for students to help cover the election on 7th May.

It would involve going to one of the counts in Kent as a self-shooter and getting some footage and interviews for us to use in the programme and on the website. It would be a great experience and opportunity to use the skills you're learning at the CFJ. 

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FOI: Generating your own exclusives


Every student journalist should get into the routine of sending Freedom of Information requests as a tool for generating exclusive news.

It's a topic I discussed with second year students this week, as part of a 10th anniversary review of the Act. The sentiment is echoed by Press Gazette today.

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Attention Year 2s and MAs - NCTJ Court Reporting sessions


Please don't forget that NCTJ Court Reporting sessions have been arranged for this Wednesday - Feb 4th - to replace those we lost last Friday. Both are in Room M2 - 28. Years 2s from 2pm - 3.30pm and MAs from 3.45pm - 5.15pm. This Friday - the 6th - there will be the usual sessions at the usual times.  

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Research Seminar - Laura Garcia


Laura Garcia will give a presentation on her PhD thesis work on Tuesday, February 17 at 1pm in the undergraduate newsroom. The title of Laura's talk is "Mainstream news coverage of social movements: beyond protests and demonstrations." Everyone is invited to come along and hear about the great research that Laura is undertaking.

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Paul Francis Talk


Paul Francis, the KM Political Editor, will be giving a talk on Tuesday February 24 at 1pm in the undergrad newsroom. Paul will talk about his adventures covering the Rochester & Strood by-election and offer some thoughts on modern political campaigning. Paul is here to talk to the JN513 Political Reporting students but everyone is of course more than welcome to attend. 

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Shorthand Champions League: Season 2


First years and postgraduates will clash pens for the first time as the world's premier exhibition of competitive shorthand returns for a second season.

The group stage of the Shorthand Champions League kicks off at 10am next Friday for first years, and at noon for MAs.

Groups were drawn at a glitzy ceremony held in the Centre for Journalism's TV studio, overseen by Laura Garcia of the Central American Competitive Shorthand Federation (CACSF).

Group A

Adham Devenny, Olivia Eden-Brown, Annabelle Letten, Keilan Webster, Leah Wood

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The Medway Mail and Metro: Grab your copy here


First and second year students combined to produce two newspapers packed with news, features and analysis yesterday.

The Medway Mail and the Medway Metro included fresh angles on some of the biggest stories in the county - the fear of fracking, the chaos of Operation Stack, the closure of a major Tesco store, the publication of school league tables and the plans to redevelop Rochester Airport.

They also led the way with some genuine exclusives, including a harrowing interview with a Holocaust survivor and outrage at sexualised clothes being targeted at children in Medway.

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NCTJ Feedback Session



Hello everyone, 

You should have had an email about this but just in case you missed it, here is a reminder:

Do you have any questions, complaints, ideas or praise that you would like me to bring to the directors of the NCTJ? Now is the time to speak up!

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Return of the Shorthand Champions League


The Shorthand Champions League is back.

A new winner of the Centre for  Journalism's internationally-acclaimed tournament will be crowned this term - with MA and undergraduate Year 1 students doing battle this time.

The group stages will begin next week on the long road to the live final. Fixtures will take place during regular shorthand sessions on Friday.

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