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Third years: NCTJ Portfolio briefing

Feb
04

There's been a change to the NCTJ Portfolios that will affect all third year students. Richard and I will talk to you about it at 11am on Monday, February 8, in the small newsroom.

We'll give you details of a new compulsory element for the portfolio: a story entirely created and published on a mobile phone.

See you there.

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Opportunity with the KM Group

Nov
23

A reporting opportunity has opened up for a reporter with the KM Group at the Gravesend Messenger.

It's a relatively new and very highly regarded paper in an increasingly interesting news patch. You could find yourself covering one of the UK's first new garden cities in a generation at Ebbsfleet, the opening of one of Europe's biggest theme parks as part of a huge regeneration project at Swanscombe and a wide range of colourful festivals and events in Kent's most multicultural community.

Anyone interested should send a CV and cover letter to editor Bob Bounds at [email protected]

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'Forget Buzzfeed... this is the biggest threat to our industry'

Oct
06

Trinity Mirror, one of the UK's biggest newspaper groups, is considering banning users who use ad blocking software from its websites, as concerns continue to grow about the future of advertising revenue online.

The Times today quotes one unnamed newspaper executive: "Forget the arrival of the like of Buzzfeed; this is potentially the biggest threat to our industry."

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JN301 revision sessions

May
18

Revision sessions for Reporting and Writing 1 will be held at 11am on Tuesday, May 26, and 11am on Tuesday, June 2, in the undergrad news room.

We will cover some mock questions and talk through some of the topics that you need to know for the exam.

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JN502 exam revision sessions

May
18

Revision sessions for Reporting and Writing II will be on offer at 2pm on Friday, May 22, and 2pm on Tuesday, May 26. Both will be in the undergrad newsroom. 

We'll cover mock questions, a refresher on ethics, and various other useful bits and pieces. See you there.

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Ile Kauppila takes Shorthand Champions League title

Apr
10

Shockwaves were sent through the world of competitive note-taking this afternoon as Ile Kauppila scored a decisive victory in the Shorthand Champions League final.

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Shorthand Champions League

Apr
08

The final rounds of the Shorthand Champions League will be an all-postgraduate affair.

Huge crowds are expected for the live semi final and final, which will be staged on the same day during a timetabled shorthand session this week.

Hsin-Yi was the first to book a place in the final four in a whitewash, after Latifa failed to turn up for her quarter final passage.

But the other other contests were hard fought and had the SCL officials scrambling for the rule book to determine the winners, in scenes which are likely to be mirrored after the general election on May 8.

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Get informed with the CfJ

Mar
27

Full multimedia coverage of local, national and world events is available now at The Informer - a website run by our second year students for one day only.

They will be producing rolling news updates throughout the day online, as well as hourly radio bulletins which can also be heard on the website.

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Shorthand Champions League - knockout

Mar
23

In a move possibly inspired by The Voice, the first knockout round of the Shorthand Champions League was played in an experimental blind format.

The results - and the draw for this week's Quarter Finals - can now be revealed.

Meanwhile, we can confirm that FIFA has shortlisted the Shorthand Champions League for its inaugural Transparency In Sport awards, while Will.I.Am has branded the competition "dope" (although this may have been "deep". The outline got smudged).

Round of 16

Latifa 0 - Andrew 7

Hsin-Yi 0 - Annabelle X

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Shorthand Champions League wk 6

Mar
20

After an administrative farce which has led to the director of the Shorthand Champions League being fired and an inquiry being demanded by fans across the world, the final league standings can be revealed.

Round One ended in a tooth-and-nail scrap for qualification which did not disappoint in drama.

There was heartache in week six for Shauntal, Matt and Daniel who all missed out on last-minute opportunities to progress.

The biggest shock came in Group F where Evie - who had sat comfortably in a qualification spot for weeks - was overturned by Melisande.

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