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Year one news challenge teams

Here are the teams for this week's local news challenge. Remember, you are making local newspapers for Medway. They will be published on Friday evening.

Team one

Editor: Abigail Nuttall

Reporters: Vinesh, Jenna, Sheryl, Conor, Charles, Danny, Ben, Cecilie, Adriene

Team two

Editor: Abigail Morris

Reporters: Ali, Lauren, Sarah, Emily, Jake, Jackie, Gemma, Monica

Reminder: Reporting and Writing test

The second timed newswriting assessment for Reporting and Writing I will be held during Tuesday's session, March 11.

Please try to get to the newsroom as quickly as possible after shorthand, as the test will begin at 11am.

The format is very similar to the last one, but some of the information for the story will be given to you in a short 60wpm spoken statement. We'll do a practice run in Friday's class.

Parliament and Sky News trip - March 4

All aboard! The Westminster trip for first year undergraduates and MA students will be on Tuesday, March 4.

We need to meet outside Parliament at 9am to get registered for our tour. You will need to plan train journeys accordingly. Westminster is on the Circle, District and Jubilee lines so is easy to get to from Victoria, London Bridge and Charing Cross.

We will meet outside the visitor entrance to Parliament, opposite Westminster Abbey. Please see the helpful map below.

BBC Journalism Trainee Scheme now with extended deadline of 17 February

The BBC Journalism Trainee Scheme 2014 is now open for applications with an extended deadline of 17 February.

The entry criteria for this year's scheme has been widened, and it is now also open to people with a qualification in broadcast journalism -- though this is by no means a requirement.

Now in its eighth year the BBC’s Journalism Trainee Scheme offers a year’s paid work as a trainee in one of our UK newsrooms -- across online, radio and TV – and the chance to work in one of the greatest broadcasting organisations in the world.

Year 1 and 2 print news day

Here are the long-awaited team details for the year one and two print newsday on Thursday, January 30.

Both teams will have their first news conference at 12.30pm on Monday in the main newsroom.

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.

Free journalism ebook

One final post (probably) about the NCTJ conference... It was also used to promote a new ebook on the state of the journalism industry and the issues faced by modern reporters, Journalism: New Challenges.
It has been produced by Bournemouth University and is available to download for free at as either an ebook, PDF or to view online.

NCTJ Skills Conference: what we learned

A more considered overview of the NCTJ Skills Conference than the brief burst of words I managed to fire off from my iPad while waiting for a bus in Bournemouth earlier...

1. Embrace social media, but don't rely on it

Peter Bale, Vice President of CNN International Digital, told students to build an online profile and earn trust by being a consistent sharer of reliable, good quality information. He said newsroom recruits are now expected to be Twitter-literate (Twitterate?).

NCTJ Skills Conference

Reporters are being forced to abandon ethical news gathering methods as a direct result of the Leveson inquiry, according to Guardian crime correspondent Sandra Laville.
She made an impassioned plea for journalists to be brave and to trust their own personal integrity during the final session of the NCTJ Skills Conference in Bournemouth.
Young journalists were warned not to slavishly follow rules and accept authority.

Match reporting opportunity

Fans of the table-topping Maidstone United Under-21s have been unable to read about their team's fine run of form this season... until now.

Josh Margrie-Rouse's match report was published on the MUFC website today, after seven sports journalism students attended last nights' Kent derby against Margate.

And more of the students' work may feature in the programme for the next first team league game, I hear.