What do you get when you mix the Thames Whale, fig pies, and worm charming? This blog.

Jan
21

The Thames Whale March is everything that's great about the British public. Fact. 

Earlier today, members of the Great (and great) British public walked from the Natural History Museum to Battersea park beach, to commemorate the incredible few days in 2006 when a bottlenose whale got stranded in the Thames. 'Why?' I hear you ask. Well, why not?

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NCTJ Essential Media Law revision guide

Jan
20
Course Module: 
NCTJ Law
Student Access: 
Year 2
Postgraduate
Convergent block: 
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2016 Sky Bob Friend Scholarship

Jan
20

Competition for the 2016 Sky Bob Friend Scholarship opens next week, and this year there is an important change in eligibility.  Henceforth, with the sole exception that previous winners may not enter again, ALL undergraduate students in the Centre are eligible to compete. So, first, second and third years may enter.  

Students have until 4pm on Friday 12 February to submit their entries for this, the most prestigious prize available to journalism undergraduates in the UK. Shortlisting will take place soon afterwards and candidates who make the shortlist will travel to Sky’s Westminster studios at Millbank, London SW1 to meet a panel chaired by a representative of Sky News.  At least one student from each year will be shortlisted.

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NCTJ Law revision session

Jan
19

All students taking the NCTJ Essential Media Law exam on January 27th - don't forget there is a final revision session on Wednesday 20th from 2 - 4pm in the UG newsroom. Please let me know if there is any particular subject area you are concerned about so that we can discuss it. 

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The Government's cuts to maintenance grants are undemocratic, unwarranted and unfair

Jan
18

A side note to begin; if journalism exists to hold power to account, and freedom of expression gives one the freedom to express their viewpoint, regardless of whether it is critical of power, does openly biased journalism against a government make it any less valid? The New York Times' Herbert Matthews once said that biased journalism was perfectly fine, provided the journalist in question made their personal opinions clear.

So, making it clear, I'm very biased, and I'm also very angry.

On Thursday the Independent ( http://www.independent.co.uk/student/news/government-plans-to-axe-mainte... )  reported that not only was the government axing the non-repayable maintenance grants that are paid to those with a lower household income, but they were axing them without proper Parliamentary scrutiny and debate.

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Why I use AdBlock

Jan
17

I admit I love technology. And I absolutely adore the Internet.

I adore the possibilities it offers for keeping in touch with old friends, forming communities, learning the answers to those random questions that plague us at two in the morning, and just about anything else that might come up to mind. As such, I try my best and spend quite a bit of my free time trying to make sense of and learn a bit of code (although I am pretty sure Java script is going to be the reason for my first grey hairs).

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Journalism: I'll race you to the bottom

Jan
14

It’s always baffled me. From the recent exposé of Victorian-like conditions at Sports Direct to exploited fruit pickers in Chartham, journalism has long been a champion of highlighting injustice — and quite rightly so. But when it comes to the treatment of its own workforce, the motherly embrace reporters often display for those at the bottom can seem a world away.

 

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Sorry not sorry

Jan
14

Although Justin Bieber made it to number one in the UK charts for saying ‘sorry’, the newly released app ‘I’m just not sorry’ believes saying sorry will not get you to a number one spot in business.

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Being Labelled a Cheerleader for Islamic Zealots Is No Joke - Response

Jan
14

Yesterday Lauren Booth posted a piece on the Huffington Post site in response to the tabloids who ran stories about her being “a sinister-sounding woman who takes time off from fund raising for ‘terrorist' families’ only to pander to her rarefied hobby as a ‘cheerleader for Islamic Zealots’.”

Booth is an English broadcaster, journalist and activist, currently working as a freelance writer and media consultant. Her response is entitled ‘Being Labelled a Cheerleader for Islamic Zealots Is No Joke’.

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British newspapers' online coverage of reactions on Cologne sex attacks

Jan
11

Five days into the new year, a press conference shocked the German public with reports about a spate of sexual assaults in Cologne on New Year's Eve.

 

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