NCTJ Essential Media Law Exam 22.01.2014


The above exam starts at 09.30 on Wednesday 22 January. Please see below for location of exam.

Group 1 - M1-16

Sarah Perryman, Lara Shekete, Stine Wannebo, Alex Norman

Group 2 - M2-04

Emily Chan, Lisa-Marie Janes, Ben Kennedy, Rachel O'Donoghue, Peter Paskell,

Veronica Pozzi, Graham Stothard, Swati Tata

Group 3 - DA 115

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Where my women at?


It’s no secret that women are underrepresented in the newsroom. Despite the fact that the number of females in powerful positions has increased and that the number of female journalism students have outnumbered male students for the past fifty years, the gender discrepancy in the news industry overall has remained disappointingly static for over a decade.

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Interactive newsprint might add new life to a dying print industry


It is a fact, although a slightly disputed fact, that the print industry as we know it is dying before our very eyes. But the death of the current industry does not mean that print as a whole cannot change to meet the expectations and competitions of the future. One of the exciting courses this development is taking is a new technology called interactive newsprint, combining print and digital technologies to create a new kind of newspaper.

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Scott Mitchell shortlisted in PPA New Talent Awards


Many congratulations to Centre for Journalism graduate Scott Mitchell for his appearance on the shortlist for the magazine industry's highly prestigious PPA New Talent Awards.

Scott, who completed the BA in Journalism and the News Industry last year, has been working at Haymarket's weekly magazine Autosport since mid-way through his final year -  having organised a placement on the magazine in his second year at the CfJ. He now works there full-time.

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Introducing Lee Kenny, the new News Reporting Lecturer


Dear All,

I hope you’re well and had a nice, relaxing Christmas break.

As this is my first blog post I’ll keep it quite brief, I just wanted to introduce myself as the new Lecturer in News Reporting.

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Sherlock: the mystery of the pitfully poor newspaper page designs


It's not unusual for a crime to be committed in the first few scenes of BBC One's acclaimed drama Sherlock. But episode 2 of the new series (I was catching up last night on iPlayer) started with three of the most shocking affronts to the craft of newspaper page design I think I have ever witnessed.

The episode kicked off with the familiar spinning newspaper technique beloved of 1940s Hollywood to introduce the idea of a criminal gang on the rampage in London. But just look at the 3 newspaper pages it used:

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Entries open for Independent young journalist prize


The Wyn Harness Prize for Young Journalists, offered by the Independent, is open to anyone under 25 who is in training or in the early part of their career as a newspaper journalist.

It involves writing a 500 to 700 word story on an overlooked aspect of Britain or British society.

The winner gets their story published in the paper, a £1,000 bursary, and work experience at the Indy.

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Journalists need to learn to tread carefully - and remember their profession's morals


One of journalism's greatest assets is trust: The public's trust that the facts and information we provide are true and can be trusted.

So journalists need to be careful not to risk their own reputation and this trust. Journalism's image, particularly in the UK, has suffered in recent years, with the population seeing the profession as a collection of celebrity-gossip-craving paparazzi. And it does not look as if we (or at least some journalists) have learned our lesson.

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Make responsible reportage a new year resolution



A highly mobile global population demands measured and well informed debate surrounding immigration. The British press has so far failed in their charge as public facilitator of debate and will continue to do so unless some kind of change is instigated.


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5 reasons why hyperlocal media isn't taking off


The internet is continuing to erode the local newspaper industry at an alarming pace. Hundreds of newspapers have closed in the past few years, and the survivors are left struggling with dwindling staff numbers.

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