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Stationers' Foundation Postgraduate Bursary sticky icon

I'm delighted to be able to confirm that students studying for the MA in Multimedia Journalism in 2014/15 will be eligible to apply for a postgraduate bursary funded by the Stationers' Foundation. The foundation is the charitable arm of the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers which has been involved in the training and education of entrants to the printing and publishing industries since 1557. The award, which is worth £6,000 plus support and mentoring, will be made on the basis of financial need and academic potential. The Centre for Journalism is proud to be associated with the Stationers' Foundation and to be able to offer this valuable bursary.

Further details of all funding opportunties for Centre for Journalism students are available here.

Colossal cash prizes on offer in first ever Centre for Journalism movie challenge sticky icon


The Centre for Journalism movie challenge invites you make a short film of no more than 3’00" duration. The subject: a student’s-eye view of life in the Centre. We don’t want the details of the degree. We don’t want anything dull, technical or bureaucratic. We want your best depiction of the stuff that makes the Centre’s students unique. What makes studying here fun? What do journalism students do when you are not studying?  Where do you live? What do you eat and drink? Where do you dance, play sport or just relax? We want you to sell the student experience in the Centre for Journalism as colourfully and entertainingly as you can. We’ll use the best films to market and recruit students. So, apart from money (see below) and our undying gratitude, what’s in it for you? Well, it could be the prelude to your first BAFTA, perhaps even the launch of an Oscar-winning career.  We have heard (well, OK, invented) rumours that Vanessa Paradis and Jonny Depp are demanding that their agents secure parts for them.

Reporter vacancy at The Digger

The Digger

The Digger is a Glasgow newspaper and website which reports on unemployed and low income workers who come into contact with the justice system from arrest through the police, prosecution and courts. It describes its mission as follows:

Bob Friend Memorial Lecture

Sky News chief correspondent Stuart Ramsay will deliver the 2014 Bob Friend Memorial Lecture in the Pilkington Lecture Theatre at 7pm on Thursday 27 February. He will also help to present the 2014 Bob Friend Memorial Scholarship to the 2014 scholar, Conor Diggin. Please come along to celebrate Conor's success and hear the lecture. Stuart will speak about his huge experience of reporting from hostile environments. 

Reporting Job in Wales

NWN Media currently have a reporter role available on their weekly titles and are seeking applications from NCTJ qualified students. It would be a great place to start your career, so if you are interested please apply to Barrie Phillips-Jones, Editorial Director. Details below

Neville Thurlbeck Q & A Friday 31 January

Neville Thurlbeck is former news editor and chief reporter of the News of the World. He has broken stories including the revelation that Jeffrey Archer committed perjury during his libel case against the Daily Star. More controversially, Mr Thurlbeck also 'outed' the Cabinet Minister Nick Brown as gay. Last year he pleaded guilty to phone hacking. On Friday at 1pm Mr Thurlbeck will talk about his career and answer questions in the undergraduate newsroom. This is an opportunity to learn about how tabloid journalism worked at a uniquely controversial time. It is a chance to discuss hacking and its consequences with a journalist who knows about tabloid tricks from the inside. Please come, hear him speak. Above all, please ask questions.

2014 Bob Friend Memorial Scholarship

First year students have until 4pm on Monday 10 February to submit their entries for the most prestigious prize available to journalism undergraduates in the UK: the annual Sky Bob Friend Memorial Scholarship. Shortlisting will take place that night and, on Tuesday 11 February, candidates who make the shortlist will meet a panel chaired by Neil Dunwoodie, Executive Producer Sky News. 

The prize is £3,500 and a fully-funded four week internship at Sky News. Previous winners include Alan McGuinness, who now works at Sky News, Tania Steere who went on to win a place on the Daily Mail trainee reporter scheme and Medwire Editor Jemma Collins. The 2014 Scholar will receive their prize from Neil Dunwoodie at the 2014 Bob Friend Memorial Lecture.

This will take place on the evening of  Thursday 27 February in the Pilkington Lecture Theatre here on the Medway Campus. This year's lecturer, the latest in a highly prestigious list, is Stuart Ramsay, Sky News Chief Correspondent, who will share his experience of reporting from numerous wars and conflicts. The winner, together with their parents and family, attends the lecture and the VIP reception that precedes it. If you need any guidance with your entry, please ask me, Ian, Rob or Lee. We will be delighted to help.  

ProPublica and the philanthropic future

Does philanthropic funding offer a future for investigative journalism? Richard Tofel, president of ProPublica, believes it can. He explains his case in this interview by Ed Pilkington for Media Guardian. It offers an intriguing insider's perspective on one of the most impressive new initiatives in public interest reporting. Can it work elsewhere? America has a tradition of philanthropic funding and Britain starts from a very different place.

History of Journalism lecture cancelled Monday 16 December

There will be no History of Journalism (JN300) lecture today 16/12/13.  I will give the lecture scheduled for today in tomorrow's seminar slot. My apologies for the late notice.


Neville Thurlbeck to visit Centre

Neville Thurlbeck, the former news editor and chief reporter of the News of the World, will visit the Centre for Journalism on 31 January 2014. He will speak to students and staff and answer questions in the main newsroom at 1pm.  Neville Thurlbeck spent 21 years at the top of popular tabloid journalism.