Tanya Gold's take on the royal family's ability to project an impression of thrift while spending vast sums of public money is, in my humble republican opinion, the most entertaining published response to the appeal court's ruling that Prince Charles's correspondence with Tony Blair's cabinet should be published. The Guardian's leader on the topic of the so-called 'black spider' memos is also a stimulating read. I suspect the attorney general has a real fight on his hands. His argument appears to be that we must not know what Prince Charles's most passionate political opinions are because he is not supposed to have political opinions, and that his correspondence must therefore be suppressed because it might compromise the public's impression of his political neutrality. Convoluted or simply deluded? You choose.
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.