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Great Scott! CfJ graduate races off with journalism award

Dec
19

Congratulations to CfJ graduate Scott Mitchell for being named the MSA and Renault's Young Journalist of the Year.

Scott graduated two years ago from the BA Journalism and the News Industry, and jumped straight into his dream job at Autosport.

The award is for the best young motor sports writer in Britain, and comes with a nice Christmas bonus: £1,000 and a year's membership of the Guild of Motoring Writers.

As if that wasn't enough, a few days later he was promoted to be Autosport's new features editor.

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NCTJ Skills Conference 2014

Nov
26

The NCTJ is holding its annual festival of journalism skills in Sheffield on Thursday and Friday.

It brings together journalists, academics and trainers to discuss the most important issues facing the next generation of reporters.

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By-election competition: the winners

Nov
25

A by-election of national signficance brought many of the country's top political journalists to Rochester and Strood during November.

It was an opportunity too good to miss for Centre for Journalism students, who elbowed their way into some of the glitziest media scrums ever seen in the Medway Towns to report on the historic battle between Ukip and the Conservatives.

At stake was not just the chance to go shoulder-to-shoulder with Nick Robinson, but also the prospect of cash prizes in our election coverage competition.

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Will Cumberbatch save the regional press?

Nov
11

From majestic photo-bombing to strutting like a diva, there is no end to the talents of Benedict Cumberbatch.

So it should come as no surprise that he may have accidentally created a new revenue stream for struggling newspapers.

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The Guardian's guide to better writing

Oct
21

Every journalist knows the sight of a newsroom full of flustered and bedraggled reporters cursing every tick of the second hand as the clock pushes on mercilessly towards a deadline.

Every news editor and sub knows that many of those reporters have only themselves to blame.

Reporters have wasted countless hours of valuable newsroom time typing out needlessly complex sentences, empty cliches and other alphabetic fodder. Countless more has been spent expunging the same before the stories can be published.

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The art of interviewing

Oct
06

I have to admit I was a little worried this morning when my car started to emit a shrill and urgent noise as it approached Chatham.

It turned out to be the radio, struggling to reach the whistle-tone frequency of Mishal Hussain's interview with deputy PM Nick Clegg on Radio 4's Today  (available on iPlayer, if you missed it).

Her determination to ensure Mr Clegg would not get a word in made me think about the interviewing advice Ron and I gave to our new recruits last week.

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Shorthand Champions League: Free wallchart!

Oct
06

The mouth-watering fixture list for our inaugural Shorthand Champions League has been confirmed.

And you will be able to keep track of it with our FREE CfJSCL wallchart (be honest, it wouldn't be a real sporting event without one).

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Shorthand Champions League: The draw

Sep
30

With fitting pomp and ceremony, the draw for the first round of the Shorthand Champions League took place today in the Centre's TV studio.

The competition will get under way for second and third years next week, with fixtures being played during Wednesday shorthand classes.

The draw - conducted by Ian Reeves and Rob Bailey, and overseen by Laura Garcia - threw up some tantalising clashes.

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Ipso is now facto

Sep
08

A new press regulator, replacing the defunct Press Complaints Commission, has been launched today.

It's a historic moment, accompanied by a large helping of controversy. Some victims of media harassment claim it should not exist at all, and some newspapers (including The Guardian) have refused to sign up - so far - over concerns that it will not be robust and independent enough to fulfil the criteria set out by Lord Justice Leveson. Meanwhile, there are interviews with the new head of IPSO, Sir Alan Moses, doing the rounds in other newspapers in which he vows to win over his critics (paywall). Yes, those interviews appear in papers that have signed up to the new regulator. Don't expect this posturing to end any time soon.

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Embrace the inevitable

Aug
30

Someone was going to have to do this eventually, so it might as well be me.

Here's my ice bucket challenge - I nominate everyone at the centre to drench themselves in freezing water. I can't imagine a better way to prepare for the start of a new term.

 

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