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Universities and freedom of speech


Fascinating piece in Guardian about the pressures applied to student journalists to prevent them reporting the affairs of their own universities. This is why we have always advised the Medwire team to maintain complete independence from the institutions it should hold to account.  

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Byelection World Cup


You've all heard of the Shorthand Champions League, well now the Centre for Journalism is pleased to announce a new competition - and a fine range of prizes; welcome to the 2014 Byelection World Cup.

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Deutsche Welle seeks trainee journalists


The German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle is offering an eighteen month journalism traineeship for English native speakers.
It is looking for talented young people with an interest in politics, society and culture.

The programme prepares up-and-coming journalists for international reporting for television, online and radio.

Applications are now being accepted until October 31. Full details are available here.

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Jemma Collins and Graham Stothard are first recruits to KMTV


Many congratulations are due to Jemma Collins BA (2014) and Graham Stothard MA (2014). Jemma and Graham have been recruited by the KM Group as trainee multimeda journalists. They will be involved from the beginning in producing high quality video journalism for KMTV's IPTV and terrestrial digital services. Jemma and Graham are the first Centre for Journalism graduates to benefit from the Centre's involvement in this unique and exciting partnership. They are pioneers on a route we hope others will follow.  

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Mhairi joins Latest TV


The good news about Centre for Journalism graduates just keeps coming. Our latest success story comes from Mhairi Beveridge, who has secured a job as a news reader and video journalist for Brighton based Latest TV.  The photo shows Mhairi in the studio on her first day at work.

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KM vacancy in Sheerness


The KM Group is seeking to recruit a multimedia reporter to work from its office on Sheerness High Street. Details are available at www.kentjobs.co.uk; simply click on the KM logo, which you will find under Featured Recruiters, and all you need to know about the recruitment process will be revealed.

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Ofcom Awards TV Licence to KMTV


We won. Ofcom has awarded the local television licence for Maidstone and Tonbridge to KM Television Ltd, the joint company created by the University of Kent and the KM Group. Plainly this is excellent news for the Centre for Journalism, our excellent students and staff.

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Congratulations to Clarissa Place


The excellent tradition continues of students finding newsroom jobs before graduation. Many congratulations to Clarissa Place who has secured a position as a trainee reporter just 24 hours before our graduation ceremony in Rochester Cathedral. Clarissa will join Archant South West, based in Exeter.We wish her the best of luck with househunting, car procurement etc.

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Reporter jobs at North Wales News


Barrie Phillips-Jones, Editorial Director of NWN Media, tells me that he has several vacancies for reporters at the company's newspapers and websites. The names of the titles are listed below. If you are interested in applying, please contact Barrie at

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Kent is first for Journalism


The Centre for Journalism has been ranked first in the UK for journalism in the Guardian University Guide for 2015. We come top of the league table, above all of our rivals. Details are available here This placing reflects exceptional levels of student satisfaction with teaching, feedback and course content. 

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