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

Dec
15

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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Jackie Gordon and Sheryll Goddard hit 100wpm

Dec
10

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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Grapevine hits nearly 6,000 page views

Dec
08

Grapevine, the web site built and populated by Year 3 students for their assessed online news day on Friday, achieved nearly 6,000 page views.

From a standing start on Friday morning, the team attracted 2,818 unique users who read 5,929 pages of their multimedia content - and this was despite problems with the web server that caused connection problems for many users.

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Harriet bags scoop of the year for Hinckley Times

Dec
03

Hinckley Times reporter and CfJ graduate Harriet Robinson has won Scoop of the Year in the Trinity Mirror regional newspaper awards.

Her front-page story - an investigation into suspected child sex offences being carried out by individuals connected to the Concordia Theatre in the town - was praised by the judges for the impact it had on the community. For months children weren't allowed to perform on the stage at the theatre, and the police investigation is still ongoing.

Harriet says: "It wasn't the easiest story to cover - it was complex and upsetting for the theatre who are a huge part of the town and community here. 

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Get creative and win an Easter cruise in the Med

Dec
02

Unlikely as it sounds, CfJ students are being urged to enter a writing competition that could win them a Mediterranean cruise for two.

John Honeywell, editor of World of Cruising magazine, is asking students from accredited journalism courses to submit 450 words on what they would expect to find on board a cruise ship. The only condition is that you have never previously been on a cruise holiday.

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Esler: SNP will be bigger story than UKIP next May

Dec
01

The Scottish National Party will have a more decisive effect than UKIP on next May's General Election, Kent University Chancellor Gavin Esler has predicted.

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Meechan crowned CfJ Shorthand Champion 2014

Nov
26

Many congratulations to Lauren Meechan, who took the Shorthand Champions League title this afternoon after a terrific final battle with Katie Palmer in front of an appreciative newsroom crowd.

Such had been the high standard of the the two gladiators over previous rounds of the competition, referee Jenny Grant decided to play the final at 110 words per minute - rather than the previously advertised 100.

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Shorthand Champions League: The live final

Nov
24

The keenly-anticipated live final of the Shorthand Champions League will take place at 1pm on Wednesday in the Undergraduate newsroom.

Katie 'Teeline Terminator' Palmer will take on Lauren 'WPM Wonder' Meechan in a 100wpm clash, with the Shorthand Champions League belt at stake (along with various other CfJ goodies).

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CfJ grads demonstrate their skill at TV interviews and mortar-board-throwing

Nov
20

Such is the reputation we have at the CfJ for producing outstanding journalistic talent, several camera crews made an instant beeline for our graduates as they filed out of Rochester Cathedral following their graduation ceremony yesterday.

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Palmer and Meechan through to Shorthand Champions League final

Nov
12

Pre-tournament favourite Katie Palmer survived a major scare in a classic encounter with Victoria Polley at this lunchtime's live semi-finals of the Shorthand Champions League.

Palmer crucially failed to turn over her final page of notes during transcription, meaning she missed the last four words of the passage. In the end, her total of 8 errors was just one fewer than those made by Polley in the 100wpm passage.

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