The wife of a Spanish reporter held for three months by militants in Syria has broken her silence in the hope that publicity might achieve what negotiation has not. Martin Chulov's report for the Guardian sheds new light on the kidnapping of journalists and aid workers in Syria and highlights the perils of what is plainly one of the most dangerous conflicts for reporters in recent history.
The Centre for Journalism's collection of front-page splashes achieved by students on work placement continues to grow. Postgraduate Katherine Purvis is the latest to make the front page. During her two-week placement at the Kentish Express last week, Kat secured the splash with her story about the money raised by friends of a girl who was killed in a car crash earlier this year.
Meanwhile third year undergraduate Dan May appears in today's Kent Messenger with a bylined page lead about the project he undertook for his Advanced Multimedia Storytelling module. Dan's project, Hidden Treasures of Medway, aims to get readers of the local newspaper to learn more about their surroundings using various interactive tools that link real-world locations to an interactive web site that can be accessed via their mobile phones. The project uses Quick Response codes (QR codes) that Dan placed around the Medway towns, and that readers could scan on their smartphones using free software to link directly to the relevant part of the web site. The project's home page is at www.centreforjournalismprojects.co.uk/danielmay/wordpress.