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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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BBC Journalism Trainee Scheme now with extended deadline of 17 February

Feb
11

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.

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Year 1 and 2 print news day

Jan
24

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.

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Entries open for Independent young journalist prize

Jan
14

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.

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