Jemma Collins and Graham Stothard are first recruits to KMTV


Many congratulations are due to Jemma Collins BA (2014) and Graham Stothard MA (2014). Jemma and Graham have been recruited by the KM Group as trainee multimeda journalists. They will be involved from the beginning in producing high quality video journalism for KMTV's IPTV and terrestrial digital services. Jemma and Graham are the first Centre for Journalism graduates to benefit from the Centre's involvement in this unique and exciting partnership. They are pioneers on a route we hope others will follow.  

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Mathilde Guenegan lands job on top French TV channel


MA graduate Mathilde Guenegan has landed a job at LCI, the 24-hour news channel run by French broadcaster TF1.

Mathilde, who completed our International Multimedia Journalism MA programme and graduated with distinction this year, is working as a producer during an internship with the channel.

Her understanding of British politics made it inevitable that she would be asked to help with coverage of the Scottish referendum. For some reason she thought head of department Tim Luckhurst might be able to help.

Here's a clip from last night's broadcast.

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Diversity Open Day at ITV


ITV News Meridian are hosting an open day for young people from diverse backgrounds who are based in Kent and have an interest in TV news. They will get the opportunity to see the gallery at Whitely and ask questions and see how it all works. Transport from Maidstone and lunch will be provided. Anyone who is interested can email me for more details:

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Ipso is now facto


A new press regulator, replacing the defunct Press Complaints Commission, has been launched today.

It's a historic moment, accompanied by a large helping of controversy. Some victims of media harassment claim it should not exist at all, and some newspapers (including The Guardian) have refused to sign up - so far - over concerns that it will not be robust and independent enough to fulfil the criteria set out by Lord Justice Leveson. Meanwhile, there are interviews with the new head of IPSO, Sir Alan Moses, doing the rounds in other newspapers in which he vows to win over his critics (paywall). Yes, those interviews appear in papers that have signed up to the new regulator. Don't expect this posturing to end any time soon.

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Embrace the inevitable


Someone was going to have to do this eventually, so it might as well be me.

Here's my ice bucket challenge - I nominate everyone at the centre to drench themselves in freezing water. I can't imagine a better way to prepare for the start of a new term.


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More job news from our graduates: Agatha Yuen wins reporting job in China


Congratulations to Agatha Yuen, who graduated last year from our BA in Journalism and the News Industry. She is about to join the English language Global Times newspaper to write news and features on what is happening in China. Global Times is published by the People's Daily newspaper, which is owned by the Chinese government.  

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BA grad Kieran Watkins joins the ranks of Sky and Mail Online


Sky News is going to start stuggling for desk space soon with all of our grads in their newsroom! Kieran Watkins, BA grad, is the latest to join the likes of Alan McGuinnes, Simon Jayawardena, Jay Akbar and Declan Olley at Sky News as a freelance journalist! 

Kieran will also be part of the Community Department at Mail Online, another newsroom slowly filling up with CFJ grads. I'm sure our very own Sara Malm will show him around.

Congrats Kieran!!! 

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Mhairi joins Latest TV


The good news about Centre for Journalism graduates just keeps coming. Our latest success story comes from Mhairi Beveridge, who has secured a job as a news reader and video journalist for Brighton based Latest TV.  The photo shows Mhairi in the studio on her first day at work.

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Sky Sports News unveils latest signing


Crouch to West Ham? Vermaelen to Barcelona?

Declan Olley to Sky Sports News?

At least one of those is definitely happening, and it's great news for a recent graduate who always dreamed of a career in sports journalism.

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Local TV: no pressure


There's a buzz around the Centre for Journalism following the news that we won our bid to run a Local TV station for Maidstone and Tonbridge this week - and it seems expectations are already running high.

The Guardian's Roy Greenslade, who recently caused a stir with an article criticising the Local TV project in London, has written a blog post today in praise of the KM Group's local credentials and the TV experience of our own Tim Luckhurst.

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