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  • This degree is amazing   1 year 10 weeks ago

    Hi John, thanks for the advice! See you soon!

  • This degree is amazing   1 year 10 weeks ago

    Thank you very much for your kind and accurate words, John. Fear not: the degree remains as rigorous and valuable as ever. I hope you are enjoying the new job. Very good luck with it and best regards to your excellent family.  

  • Year 2 TV news day, Team B   1 year 10 weeks ago

    Fixed now.

  • This degree is amazing   1 year 10 weeks ago

    Hi John, Great to hear that life is treating you well. And no, standards have certainly not slipped in a way you can't imagine. (Although as far as I know, no student has emulated your grilling of a current Prime Minister from 2009).

    And I'd just like to point out that no money changed hands in the creation of John's generous - and entirely accurate - blog post.

     

     

  • Year 2 TV news day, Team B   1 year 11 weeks ago

    Is it just me? Or Safari?

  • Hazard versus ballboy   1 year 12 weeks ago

    Couldn't agree more with your point. Blame lies with both of them but yes it's a sad sight to see the beautiful game become top of the sports agenda because of what went on off the pitch.

  • Hazard versus ballboy   1 year 12 weeks ago

    One look at the ballboy's twitter page shows he is everything that is wrong with football. Instead of being content that he was involved in such a big occasion, he tried to take it one step further and become a 'viral sensation'. He was choosen as the ballboy because his dad is a Swansea director. His twitter page has a picture of himself with a beer in hand and describes himself as a 'LAD'.

    Why would he feel the need to obstruct play? he just flopped on the ball and refused to give it up. Hazard's kick had no force in it, if anything he was trying to get the ball.

    He should  have kicked the ball boy in the head to be honest.

  • Hazard versus ballboy   1 year 12 weeks ago

    I agree, the ballboy should not be wasting time. That's not his role. But perhaps it is also a sad reflection of the way that players react leaking into wider parts of the game.

    He [Morgan] sees timewasting, or gamesmanship, every week by players and reactions to incidents similar to his by players. Those reactions and the gamesmanship give off the wrong message. They are role models and people, fans and increasingly kids replicate what they see by the professionals.

  • Hazard versus ballboy   1 year 12 weeks ago

    Though i wouldn't like to get involved in the morals of the incident, the ball boy, Charlie Morgan, sent out a tweet before the game on his account which read like this: "The king of all ball boys is back making his final appearance #needed #for #timewasting."

    Though hazard should be punished for the action, the ball boy has just as much to be sorry for it might seem in light of this tweet.

  • Precedent or exception? A few thoughts on the Mark Hales court case   1 year 12 weeks ago

    If the principle that the driver should take repsonsibility for breaking the machine were applied on motorcycle launches, several motorycycle magazines and freelance journalists would be very much poorer.It is accepted as likely that machines will be crashed and broken on launches - particularly but not exclusively on track launches. Major manufacturers are sometimes willing to hand a new bike to the rider who has just destroyed one. I accept that a Porsche is more expensive than even the most sophisticated motorcycle, but the principle is the same. I think that in this case the complicating factor may be that the car is owned by an individual not by the manufacturer. In that sense it may not set a precedent that need worry journalists greatly.   

  • Precedent or exception? A few thoughts on the Mark Hales court case   1 year 12 weeks ago

    What sort of insurance? Generally speaking these sort of track tests do not require insurance - it's an agreement, usually, that the owners are letting professionals drive these cars knowing full well something could go wrong, and they will foot the bills themselves.

  • Precedent or exception? A few thoughts on the Mark Hales court case   1 year 12 weeks ago

    Have to ask the obvious... Was he insured? 

  • The depublished column   1 year 12 weeks ago

    Leaving aside the trans issue, it is striking how thin skinned Julie and Suzanne have been. They are apparently OK to dish it out. But get abusive when "ordinary people" -- as they are called in newspaper and TV offices -- answer back. 

    Dr Brooke Magnanti, the former call girl Belle du Jour, has a pertinent take on this. I particularly like her definition of internet "troll" as someone with fewer Twitter followers than you. 

  • Parliament trip still on   1 year 13 weeks ago

    Got it! Thanks for letting me know.

  • Parliament trip still on   1 year 13 weeks ago

    Rob can you confirm that you got my message about not coming?

  • NCTJ production journalism exam, 25 January   1 year 13 weeks ago

    Thaanks!

  • NCTJ production journalism exam, 25 January   1 year 13 weeks ago

    No. Yes.

  • NCTJ production journalism exam, 25 January   1 year 13 weeks ago

    Yes. And yes.

  • NCTJ production journalism exam, 25 January   1 year 13 weeks ago

    One.

  • NCTJ production journalism exam, 25 January   1 year 13 weeks ago

    Does it matter if stories on our page are being submitted elsewhere? Can we use stories which will be going in to our (or other students') reporting portfolios??

  • NCTJ production journalism exam, 25 January   1 year 13 weeks ago

    Can we use articles complied by students on other journalism courses? It's only one page correct?

  • NCTJ production journalism exam, 25 January   1 year 13 weeks ago

    How many pages do we have to produce?

  • NCTJ production journalism exam, 25 January   1 year 13 weeks ago

    Yes you can use the stories you wrote - although there's no requirement that any of the copy should be your own. The only rule is that all the stories on your page should be written by students.

    So if you have used agency copy elsewhere on your page, that will need to be replaced.

  • NCTJ production journalism exam, 25 January   1 year 13 weeks ago

    Use the same story we submitted for the print coursework last term or do we need to write a new main story? Do we have to write at least one or can we use stories entirely from other students?

  • Boycotted Tesco, but now I'm starving   1 year 13 weeks ago

    Now please go to tesco and buy some bloody food!