David Welch Student Sportswriter Competition


10 February is the deadline for the above competition which is open to all writers but must be (even obliquely) on the subject of sport.  Win work experience at the Daily Telegraph and BT Sport. Trophy to be presented at Sports Journalist of the Year award.  For more information go to



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Neville Thurlbeck Q & A Friday 31 January


Neville Thurlbeck is former news editor and chief reporter of the News of the World. He has broken stories including the revelation that Jeffrey Archer committed perjury during his libel case against the Daily Star. More controversially, Mr Thurlbeck also 'outed' the Cabinet Minister Nick Brown as gay. Last year he pleaded guilty to phone hacking. On Friday at 1pm Mr Thurlbeck will talk about his career and answer questions in the undergraduate newsroom. This is an opportunity to learn about how tabloid journalism worked at a uniquely controversial time. It is a chance to discuss hacking and its consequences with a journalist who knows about tabloid tricks from the inside. Please come, hear him speak. Above all, please ask questions.

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2014 Bob Friend Memorial Scholarship


First year students have until 4pm on Monday 10 February to submit their entries for the most prestigious prize available to journalism undergraduates in the UK: the annual Sky Bob Friend Memorial Scholarship. Shortlisting will take place that night and, on Tuesday 11 February, candidates who make the shortlist will meet a panel chaired by Neil Dunwoodie, Executive Producer Sky News. 

The prize is £3,500 and a fully-funded four week internship at Sky News. Previous winners include Alan McGuinness, who now works at Sky News, Tania Steere who went on to win a place on the Daily Mail trainee reporter scheme and Medwire Editor Jemma Collins. The 2014 Scholar will receive their prize from Neil Dunwoodie at the 2014 Bob Friend Memorial Lecture.

This will take place on the evening of  Thursday 27 February in the Pilkington Lecture Theatre here on the Medway Campus. This year's lecturer, the latest in a highly prestigious list, is Stuart Ramsay, Sky News Chief Correspondent, who will share his experience of reporting from numerous wars and conflicts. The winner, together with their parents and family, attends the lecture and the VIP reception that precedes it. If you need any guidance with your entry, please ask me, Ian, Rob or Lee. We will be delighted to help.  

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ProPublica and the philanthropic future


Does philanthropic funding offer a future for investigative journalism? Richard Tofel, president of ProPublica, believes it can. He explains his case in this interview by Ed Pilkington for Media Guardian. It offers an intriguing insider's perspective on one of the most impressive new initiatives in public interest reporting. Can it work elsewhere? America has a tradition of philanthropic funding and Britain starts from a very different place.

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Year 1 and 2 print news day


Here are the long-awaited team details for the year one and two print newsday on Thursday, January 30.

Both teams will have their first news conference at 12.30pm on Monday in the main newsroom.

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NCTJ Court Reporting - attention Year 2s and MAs


If you've elected to take the NCTJ Court Reporting module please note that teaching begins this Friday - same times, same rooms as for EML last term. It's VERY important that you make every effort to attend all the sessions as we're on a tight time schedule this term - your exam is on March 19th!

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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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