News conference 2.0

Oct
10

The Guardian is launching a fascinating, and some might say reckless, experiment online. It is opening its news lists and editorial conferences to its readers, and inviting them to have a say on what are the most important issues of the day and how they should be covered. The Guardian openly admits this could lead to stories being stolen by rival titles. It is also aware of potential legal pitfalls, as much of what is said in a news conference would be unprintable for a cocktail of reasons.

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A quantum news puzzle

Oct
06

They say journalists never let the truth get in the way of a good story, but the same might now be true of politicians. Was an illiegal immigrant allowed to stay in this country because he owned a cat, or wasn't he? The tale (or should that be tail?) gained momentum after David Cameron backed his home secretary, Theresa May, in his conference speech yesterday and confirmed that a Bolivian immigrant had indeed been saved from deportation because he owned a mog named Maya.

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Deadline Monday 10th October: Come and have a go if you think you're Hard (copy) Enough...

Oct
05

http://www.independent.co.uk/i/so-you-think-you-can-be-is-new-star-columnist-2365368.html

Don't miss this chance. Don't see another Journalism student from another course win this UNIQUE opportunity. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU needs to do this.

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An important lesson to learn

Oct
04

For four years, the media have swarmed around the trials and appeals linked to the murder of Meredith Kercher, and at perhaps the most crucial moment to date - the verdict of the appeals of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito - several news organisations managed to get it completely wrong. 

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Job success for CfJ graduate Alex Fisk

Sep
28

Another of the Centre for Journalism's first crop of graduates has landed a great job in journalism. Alex  Fisk, who graduated in the summer from the BA course, is now motoring and finance editorial assistant at AOL's autoblog. For those of us who remember Alex's almost obsessive enthusiasm for his VW Golf - and the amount of time he spent on a web site dedicated to car valeting - it represents his perfect job.

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Human error or just bad journalism?

Sep
27

After Chris Jefferies’ winning defamation payout in January [Joanna Yeates' landlord who won ‘substantial’ undisclosed libel from eight newspapers] and the on-going phone hacking scandal of the summer, this had not exactly been a great year for journalistic integrity. Today, another story has broken where ITV, in a documentary supposedly examining connections between Muammar Gaddafi and the IRA, accidently included footage which has turned out to be from a video game called ARMA 2. The footage which shows a helicopter being shot down was in the documentary labelled "IRA film 1988".

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A future that's hard to swallow

Sep
26

Here's the rather bleak view of former Independent on Sunday editor Ian Jack, who wrote in The Guardian on Saturday that newspapers could soon become like "artisanal cheese". He says national newspapers could become a fetishised luxury product rather than a daily habit. Why? Because, unlike the cheese, they are being consumed with less relish...

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Introducing the CfJ Style Guide

Sep
24

Some of you will have already noticed a new addition to your personal menus on the Centre for Journalism website - our style guide. Put simply, it's a newsroom dictionary giving advice on good news writing, grammar, common mistakes and cliches that can be avoided. It also sets out how to write numbers, dates, times and other information. You will be expected to follow our style in all your news writing assignments.

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Sir Harold Evans on the 47-per-cent-free press

Sep
22

Back when he was a vigorously campaigning editor of the Sunday Times, Harold Evans gave a famous speech in which he described Britain's newspaper industry as the "half-free press". More than 30 years later, he thinks that current threats to journalism - particularly from the backlash over phone hacking - will mean we'll be back down to about 47 per cent free "if you want to be facetiously numerical about it." He told the Today programme why that's important. And why it's a "not a press issue, it's a people issue."

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The Met Retreats?

Sep
21

The Crown Prosescution Service has persuaded the Met Police not to use the Official Secrets Act to pursue Amelia Hill, the newspaper's reporter who disclosed that Milly Dowler's phone had been hacked. It is not yet clear that the Met will abandon its pursuit of Hill entirely. Readers will remember that police investigating phone hacking were  seeking an order under the Official Secrets Act to oblige Guardian journalists to disclose the identity of  sources who gave them information about the scandal. Geoffrey Robertson QC said  "If the journalists are jailed, it will be an ironic tribute to the stupidity of Scotland Yard: a police service that fails to investigate criminal hackers and puts in jail the journalists who exposed them."  The press has been unanimous in its condemnation of the Met's approach with ideological rivals including the Daily Mail wading in to support the Guardian. But this may not be over yet. Continue to watch, read and debate.

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