Aló Doctora! Congratulations to Sunthai Constantini


Huge congratulations to the CfJ's Sunthai Constantini, who successfully navigated her PhD viva yesterday afternoon. The examiners have recommended that her thesis - on Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez's 'Aló Presidente' TV show - be accepted for the degree (subject to some very minor corrections).

This is a tremendous achievement by Sunthai who has worked so hard over a number of years. Aló Doctora!

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2014 - The Year of the Troll


Katie Hopkins is in the news again. Of course she is. Barely a week goes by when the professional twitter troll doesn’t make it her business to wade into some twitter debate and cause a ruckus. But after reading that Hopkins was being investigated by the police for hate crimes I got thinking about the amount of trolling stories that graced last years headlines; a lot. 2014 was the year of the troll - professional or otherwise.

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NCTJ Broadcast Regulation Exam


The exam will be held on Monday, 12 January starting at 2pm in G3-04.  Extra time students will be located in the small newsroom G1-03.

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My encounter with the Cricket match-fixers


In recent years Cricket has been tarnished by allegations of match-fixing. New Zealand are in the process of passing a new anti-match fixing law ahead of the 2015 Cricket World Cup to try and tackle the problem. Upon hearing the news it made me cast my mind back to when I met two of the three Pakistani Cricketers exposed as match-fixers by the now infamous News of the World journalist, Mazher Mahmood.

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Great Scott! CfJ graduate races off with journalism award


Congratulations to CfJ graduate Scott Mitchell for being named the MSA and Renault's Young Journalist of the Year.

Scott graduated two years ago from the BA Journalism and the News Industry, and jumped straight into his dream job at Autosport.

The award is for the best young motor sports writer in Britain, and comes with a nice Christmas bonus: £1,000 and a year's membership of the Guild of Motoring Writers.

As if that wasn't enough, a few days later he was promoted to be Autosport's new features editor.

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Year 3 students on BBC Radio Kent Breakfast Show


BBC Radio Kent presenters John Warnett and Maggie Doyle interview Amy, Victoria and Stine on their breakfast show about the video for the 'Fairytale of Kent' they produced.

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NCTJ Law exam 21/1/15. Attention MAs, Year 2s and re-sitting Year 3s


In Anastasia's office in a blue box file marked "SARAH" you'll find a revision guide for January's NCTJ EML exam and a test paper for you to work through over the Christmas break. Please pick them up. You can e-mail answers to me if you wish over the holiday and I'll send you feedback. NOTE - Friday's Year 2 and MA sessions ARE taking place - please make every effort to come.

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A Fairytale of Radio Kent - brought to you by CfJ students


BBC Radio Kent's plan to make a promotional video accompaniment to a musical Christmas classic required some deft work behind the camera and in the edit suite. So who should they call? Third year students from the CfJ's undergraduate degree programme.

Starring BBC Radio Kent's breakfast show presenters, John Warnett and Maggie Doyle, this fine little movie makes an affectionate nod to a previous, but plainly less Kent-based piece of work by The Pogues and Kirsty McColl. Huge congratulations to Amy Nickalls, Victoria Polley and Stine Wannebo and thanks to BBC Radio Kent for this opportunity to showcase the skills we teach here in the CfJ


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Centre for Journalism Daily Mail Scholarship 2015


The 2015 Daily Mail Scholarship is funded by Associated Newspapers, owners of the Daily Mail. It will be awarded to a gifted postgraduate student studying for the NCTJ accredited MA in Multimedia Journalism. 

The Centre invites all students on the degree to compete for the award which is worth £5,000. The scholar will also enjoy a valuable work placement at what is generally considered to be the UK’s most successful news-gathering business.

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Jackie Gordon and Sheryll Goddard hit 100wpm


Congratulations to second year undergraduates Jackie Gordon and Sheryll Goddard, who both passed their NCTJ shorthand at 100 words per minute this week. Jackie scored 100 per cent accuracy.

Ali Iverson and Connor Diggin both passed at 80wpm.

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