Just a reminder for those taking NCTJ law exams next week that there are two revision sessions this Wednesday - June 1st. Both in the small newsroom - Essential Media Law from 1.30 - 3pm and Court Reporting from 3.15 - 4.45pm.
The steps of the Royal Hospital Chelsea-home to veterans of the Second World War, known as the Chelsea Pensioners- is adorned with a vast carpet of hand-knitted poppies. Stretching 12,500 sq ft over the hospital's pristine lawn, the imposing installation also features 26,000 stemmed poppies, standing proudly to attention. A crowd five deep huddles at the gate to look at the spectacle.
The good news for our students keeps on coming. Third years Jackie Gordon and Ali Iveson will join the KM Group next month as trainee reporters, continuing the tradition of CfJ students landing great jobs before they've even graduated.
Jackie will be working in the Gravesend and Medway offices, while Ali will be based in Maidstone. We look forward to seeing their bylines regularly in print and online.
Two of our undergraduate students have won scholarships to a prestigious summer course in Prague. Third year Sheryll Goddard and second year Boglarka Kosztolanyi will travel to the Czech Republic capital in August to take part in Journey, a programme run by the Bakala Foundation in which promising students are given the chance to work with and learn from top media professionals.
The NFL offseason is currently in its final stage with reconstructed rosters getting together for the first time as part of a series of ‘Organised Training Activities’ (OTAs) for all 32 teams. And accompanying it is one of the more bizarre attempts at media censorship I’ve seen in recent years. Enter the Buffalo Bills.
Media policy for beat writers is the prerogative of each individual franchise, and the Bills decided on a new one for these practices that would make Alastair Campbell blush.
My year in England has been exceptional so far, except the occasional speed bumps like getting 58 marks on “certain” pieces of work. Or a random kid yelling profanities at me thinking I’m Chinese, which to be fair didn’t really upset me. Or the few times the CFJ has been closed when I wanted to get work done, and no amount of crying to the security guard would open it.
Thanks to all those who volunteered to road-test the NCTJ's new Essential Journalism exam. I'm afraid I ended up with too many names, so have used the time-honoured 'sorting hat' technique (i.e pulling names out of a coffee cup) to reduce the number of volunteers to the 15 that the NCTJ wanted.
The 15 names are below - apologies if you volunteered but are not on the list.