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Shorthand Champions League wk4

Feb
27

Apologies for the late publication of fixtures for week 4. Updated tables attached below.

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Shorthand Champion League week three

Feb
20

Here are today's fixtures in the Shorthand Champions League, as the group table reaches its mid-point.

The second round of fixtures encapsulated everything we have come to expect from competitive Tee-line: drama, heartbreak and unimaginable glory.

The highlight of the round was the Tom derby in Group E. Acres gave his fans a lot to think about on the long trip home after a last-gasp slip handed victory to the flawless Coast.

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Shorthand Champions League: Week Two

Feb
12

It was a high (or should that be low?) scoring week in the opening round of fixtures, and a lot of our shorthand competitors will be looking for better performances in week two.

The first set of tables is published below (pdf). The results included a thrilling 0-0 draw in Group E, where the race for qualification looks set to be tight and brutal.

Meanwhile, here are the fixtures to be played on Friday, February 13:

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Reminder: Year One assessment next week

Feb
06

The first assessed news writing test for Reporting and Writing I will be sat in the newsroom from 11am to 1pm on Tuesday, February 10.

The test is worth 15% of your overall mark for my module, and follows the same format as the mock paper we did in the first week of this term.

Make sure you're there (on time) on Tuesday. I can't offer retakes for unauthorised absences.

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District Challenge: Year 2

Feb
06

Here are the teams for next week's district challenge for second year students.

Each team will produce eight pages of news, which can include features and sport. You are working on weekly titles, which go to press at 4pm on Thursday.

Flat plans will be given to editors on Monday... good luck!

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Shorthand Champions League: Week One

Feb
05

Fixtures for week one of the Shorthand Champions League. Matches to be played in your regular shorthand classes on Friday, February 6.

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FOI: Generating your own exclusives

Feb
03

Every student journalist should get into the routine of sending Freedom of Information requests as a tool for generating exclusive news.

It's a topic I discussed with second year students this week, as part of a 10th anniversary review of the Act. The sentiment is echoed by Press Gazette today.

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Shorthand Champions League: Season 2

Jan
30

First years and postgraduates will clash pens for the first time as the world's premier exhibition of competitive shorthand returns for a second season.

The group stage of the Shorthand Champions League kicks off at 10am next Friday for first years, and at noon for MAs.

Groups were drawn at a glitzy ceremony held in the Centre for Journalism's TV studio, overseen by Laura Garcia of the Central American Competitive Shorthand Federation (CACSF).

Group A

Adham Devenny, Olivia Eden-Brown, Annabelle Letten, Keilan Webster, Leah Wood

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The Medway Mail and Metro: Grab your copy here

Jan
30

First and second year students combined to produce two newspapers packed with news, features and analysis yesterday.

The Medway Mail and the Medway Metro included fresh angles on some of the biggest stories in the county - the fear of fracking, the chaos of Operation Stack, the closure of a major Tesco store, the publication of school league tables and the plans to redevelop Rochester Airport.

They also led the way with some genuine exclusives, including a harrowing interview with a Holocaust survivor and outrage at sexualised clothes being targeted at children in Medway.

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Two tribes go to war…

Jan
23

We can exclusively reveal the teams for the year one and two joint print newsday on Thursday, January 30.

Both groups will be producing a 16 page newspaper in the style of the Daily Mail. Teams will be edited by Rob and Ian. Ron Green has agreed to be an editor “at large” and promises to provide neutral advice (just remember we’ve worked together for years, Ron…).

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