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Sky Sports News unveils latest signing

Aug
08

Crouch to West Ham? Vermaelen to Barcelona?

Declan Olley to Sky Sports News?

At least one of those is definitely happening, and it's great news for a recent graduate who always dreamed of a career in sports journalism.

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Local TV: no pressure

Aug
01

There's a buzz around the Centre for Journalism following the news that we won our bid to run a Local TV station for Maidstone and Tonbridge this week - and it seems expectations are already running high.

The Guardian's Roy Greenslade, who recently caused a stir with an article criticising the Local TV project in London, has written a blog post today in praise of the KM Group's local credentials and the TV experience of our own Tim Luckhurst.

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Ben Kennedy joins the Kent Messenger

Jul
25

Congratulations to Ben Kennedy, who will join the Kent Messenger as its new reporter for Dartford and Gravesend in August.

He continues a tradition of Centre for Journalism students starting their careers at the local paper - following Lizzie Massie, Matt Leclere, Clare Freeman, Lewis Dyson, Becky Hughes and Alan McGuinness.

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Congratulations to Laura Griffiths

Jun
30

Laura Griffiths has continued a fine tradition at the Centre for Journalism by finding a newsroom job before her graduation.

Laura has been appointed as a trainee sub editor with Newsquest.

We wish her every success in the job and hope that she can take a break from househunting in the south west to enjoy her graduation ceremony, next Tuesday.

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Reporting revision - update

Jun
11

A reporting revision session for first years will be held at noon on Thursday in the main newsroom, for about an hour.

Hope you can all make it.

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Reporting & Writing revision sessions

Jun
03

Can I propose dates for first year reporting revision sessions in the newsroom at 11am on Tuesday, June 10, and 11am on Thursday, June 12?

The newsroom is fully booked this week for a Kent Extra course, but is back in action next week. If those times don't suit anyone let me know and I will try to find a convenient slot.

The two revision sessions will be basic refreshers on news values and ethics. I'd also recommend reading a good selection of newspapers between now and the exam (I'm sure you would do this anyway!).

See you next week.

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NCTJ Portfolio deadline

May
22

Third years should have their NCTJ Portfolio stories uploaded to the NCTJ website for me to look at by Friday, May 30.

Can you let me know when there are stories ready for me to read, by sending me an email. I will monitor the NCTJ site from time to time, but I don't want to risk missing anything.

Anyone who has already had feedback on their stories should let me know when theirs are ready for another look.

They need to be marked and submitted by the end of term, so please make any edits quickly! Thanks.

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Year one news challenge teams

Mar
17

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

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Reminder: Reporting and Writing test

Mar
06

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.

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Parliament and Sky News trip - March 4

Feb
20

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.

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