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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JN302 British Government & Politics Seminar Groups Spring 2014


Wednesday 11.00 - 12.00

Andrae Akeh, Sarah Boast, Conor Diggin, Kristian Eskedal, Sheryll Goddard Jacqueline Gordon, Gemma Josa Huesca, Alistair Iveson, Jenna Kaye, Ben Kosma,

Wednesday 12.00 - 13.00

Lauren Meechan, Abigail Morris, Abigail Nuttall, Vinesh Parmar, Emily Rouse, Danny Rust, Cecilie Rygh Trodal, Monica Samia, Adrien Serre, Jake Taylor, Charles Wagstaff

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Shorthand Groups Spring 2014


Group 1 Margaret

Sheryll Goddard, Lauren Meechan, Jacqueline Gordon, Abigail Morris, Abigail Nuttall, Emily Rouse, Sarah Boast


Group 2 Jenny

Andrae Akeh, Conor Diggin, Kristian Eskedal, Gemma Josa Huesca, Alistair Iveson, Jenna Kaye, Ben Kosma, Vinesh Parmar, Danny Rust, Cecilie Rygh Trodal, Monica Samia, Adrien Serre, Jake Taylor, Charles Wagstaff, Molly Pike, Uzoma Jemade, Ola Ojuko, Jasmin Sahota, Nathalie Evele

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Blog posts: a reminder to Years 1 and 2 and postgrads


A reminder to all first years, second years and MA students:

As part of your Convergent Journalism and Practical Multimedia Journalism portfolios, you are required to  post at least one discussion item on the blog on this web site each term.

Your blog posts should be an item for discussion - at least four paragraphs - about any issue of your choice. Better if it's journalism-related, but it might also be something more personal, or covering an issue you're particularly interested in.

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NCTJ law - attention Year 2s, MAs and (a few) Year 3s.


Please don't forget to check your University of Kent e-mail inbox this holiday. You'll find a delightful Xmas gift from me - a test paper for your NCTJ Essential Media Law exam in January. Have fun!

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