Shortlist for the 2012 Sky Bob Friend Memorial Scholarship

Jan
30

 

Thank you to everyone who submitted a proposal in the competition for the 2012 Sky Bob Friend Memorial Scholarship. The entries were of an exceptionally high standard, so choosing the candidates to go forward to the next stage was harder than ever. However, after very careful scrutiny and discussion, I am pleased to announce that we were able to reach a unanimous decision. Huge congratulations to: Jemma Collins, Lydia Deichmann, Sam Thompson, William Topping and Kieran Watkins. Each of you will sit the test and meet the interview panel on Wednesday. Ian and I will speak to you about how to prepare. Sincere commiserations to all the candidates who did not make the shortlist.  When the process is over we will be happy to offer detailed feedback. I can only repeat that the standard was extremely high this year. The Centre is proud of you.  

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Live ‘hackgate’ debate to mark launch of new book on the state of British journalism

Jan
30

Coventry University is inviting the public to join a panel of prominent media figures for a no-holds-barred debate on the state of British journalism following the phone hacking scandal.
As the Leveson Inquiry continues to investigate the culture, practice and ethics of the UK press, this unique event – which will take place at Coventry University’s London Campus on Tuesday 7th February – brings together a host of journalists and media activists to discuss the controversy and answer questions from the audience.

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Story opportunity

Jan
24

Professor David Nutt, the UK's former leading government adviser on drugs who was sacked by the government in 2009 after making controversial claims about the risks of ecstasy, LSD and cannabis, is to give a lecture at Canterbury from 6pm to 7pm on Wednesday, January 25. This would be a fascinating event to cover, and could be particularly useful for those of you looking for an issue to cover for the Public Affairs feature in your NCTJ portfolios.

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Jon Willams BBC World News Editor in conversation with John Mair, the third years and masters students this afternoon.

Jan
23

Here's the audio recording of a conversation held via skype this afternnoon between the postgrad newsroom and BBC TV Centre. Have a listen to the BBC World News Editor Jon Williams, to hear just what it takes to make it as a correspondent for BBC World News. 

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Bliss magazine columnist

Jan
20

We've been contacted by Bliss magazine, one of the country's most successful titles in the teen market.

They are looking for a male journalism student who would be up for writing a 500 word monthly column on the issues that affect teenage girls from a boy’s point of view.

This could be a great opportunity for one of our students to get some real experience of the discipline of writing a column, and reach a national audience. Needless to say it would be an excellent thing to have on your CV.

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Sky Bob Friend Memorial Scholarship 2012

Jan
20

 

 

 

 

The Sky Bob Friend Memorial Scholarship might plausibly be described as the most valuable award available to an undergraduate student of journalism in the UK. It is certainly the biggest prize available to first year students in the Centre for Journalism.  It reimburses the winner’s first year tuition fee (UK/EU rate) and provides a month-long, funded work placement at Sky News.  Competition is fierce. So, what do you have to do to win? Applicants must provide, by 12 noon on Friday 27 January, a detailed proposal for a multi-platform treatment of a topical news item, appropriate to Sky News. Multi-platform means content suitable for TV, radio, online and mobile platforms. Proposals will be considered by a panel that will draw up a final shortlist of candidates. On Wednesday 1 February the shortlisted students will sit tests in general knowledge and spelling set by Sky News. Finally the candidates will be interviewed by a panel consisting of Rob Kirk of Sky News, Tim Luckhurst, Ian Reeves and Stephen Claypole of DMA Media. The scholar will be chosen according to the scholarship rules (available on request). The scholar will receive their prize from Alex Crawford OBE, RTS award winning Special Correspondent for Sky News and 2012 Bob Friend Memorial Lecturer, at her lecture on Tuesday 21 February in the Pilkington Lecture Theatre.  Our previous scholars, Alan McGuinness (2009), Dan May (2010) and Tania Steere (2011), can reveal all. Ian and I will offer guidance when term begins. 

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Lessons from Malawi for Leveson

Jan
12

Over the last two months the Leveson enquiry has been collecting evidence on the phone hacking scandals and other alleged press abuses which invade privacy. The evidence is being collected with a view to making recommendations for a new, more effective policy and regulatory regime.

All this was fresh in my mind as I read the latest edition of New Internationalist in which Mabvuto Banda wrote about the struggles in Malawi for press freedom.

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How Twitter has transformed court reporting

Jan
06

With Twitter emerging as great source for rapid and concise news, many of the nation's journalists have taken to the social networking site and now use it both an outlet aswell as a source for information.  I found an interesting piece by BBC reporter, Philippa Thomas on how Twitter transformed her coverage of the Stephen Lawrence trial. 

Read here

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2012 the year of censorship?

Jan
04

The first three stories I read in the news this morning were all I suddenly realised about censorship:

-China campaign cuts entertainment TV by two-thirds: the government says there are too many Western values seeping into Chinese TV.

-Belarus puts restrictions on foreign internet sites: a new law will restrict access to foreign websites, force users to only shop through domestic websites and force internet clubs and cafes to report users visiting sites registered abroad.

-Anti-internet piracy law adopted by Spanish government: following the US's tougher measures on internet piracy the Spanish government is implenting new laws critics say infringe on freedom of expression.
 

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Stephen Lawrence - A step too far?

Jan
04

Following yesterday’s convictions of Gary Dobson and David Norris for the murder of Stephen Lawrence, many areas of the media have unsurprisingly erupted in celebration to the verdict. It’s understandable. Few times in history has a case been so widely picked up and campaigned about following a single murder, and for the law to be changed to ensure justice because of this campaigning. But following this verdict has the press in fact stepped over the line from campaigning for justice to lynch mobbing?

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