Three more join 100 club


Three more Centre for Journalism stars have joined the exclusive 100wpm shorthand club. They are Alan McGuinness, James Averill and Simon Jayawardena, who is the first postgrad to hit this significant milestone.

Congratulations are also due to Alex Dack, Dean Kilpatrick, Dan May, Scott Mitchell (who passed with 100% accuracy) and Sarah Wilson, all of whom have reached 80wpm.

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Lecturer scoops third green journalism gong in four years


Reporting and Writing Lecturer Sarah Lonsdale won her third award for environmental reporting at a national press awards ceremony this week. Winning the award for 'environment and sustainability writer of the year' for her Sunday Telegraph weekly columns at the National Press Property Awards in London, Sarah was praised for her in-depth knowledge of the subject and her 'engaging writing style'. This is the third award for environmental journalism Sarah has won in four years.

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Year 3 TV news day roles


Roles for Friday's assessed TV news day are as follows:

Editors: Zehra Mullick and Alex Fisk

Executives: Becci Hughes and Kat Cain

Assessed reporters: John Saunders, Nick Poskitt, Mylo Wilkin, Stuart Wilson, Jaak Pardi, Rob Hayes, Lucy Ross-Millar, Alan McGuinness

News team: Beckah Floyd, James Woodcock, Kelsey Williams


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CFJ topline goes live!


Second year students at the Centre for Journalism are creating a news website for one day only! News will be published round the clock o as part of the Centre's Online news day for second year undergraduates. We will be covering from 9am a mix of national and international stories, as well as stories local to Kent using a variety of multimedia techniques. Visit CFJ Topline- spotting stories so you don't have to!

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NCTJ Newswriting joy for third years!


Congratulations to our second tranche of third years who heard they passed the NCTJ Newswriting exam this week. This brings to 11 out of 15 students - nearly three quarters of the year group - who have passed this difficult test. Special praise is due to Beckah Floyd who top-scored on 62 per cent, winning herself a B grade. Our third years' success should be a spur to those second years taking the test later this month. Well done everybody.

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How one council over-reacted to a journalist's Freedom of Information requests


It's mystifying to me what this council thought it would achieve in this hysterical reaction to an unflattering - but entirely legitimate - story about its chief executive having 'life coaching' sessions at the taxpayers' expense. But it is a great example of how councils regard their relationship - or in this case, a lack of one - with the local media. It also reflects how councils, for all their talk of engaging with the public and voters and commitment to transparency, would often much prefer it if their activities were never put under the glare of the public spotlight.

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Free books - be one in a million

Drag your nose from your laptop, desktop flatscreen or Kindle for a bit and stick it into some really ancient technology for a change. A book. They've been with us for 600 years, but I've got some beautiful modern ones to give away.
I was among the 20,000 lucky people selected to get some of the one million books to give away as part of World Book Night. So was Paulene, my wife.
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Jon Snow: People will no longer read newspapers for news


The media is undergoing a revolution in which people will no longer look to newspapers for news, according to Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow.

Delivering the third Bob Friend Memorial Lecture at the University of Kent on Friday night, Snow said events in the Middle East demonstrate the benefits of social media websites but also that newspapers are becoming dated very quickly. Leaders in Tunisia and Egypt have been forced from power after mass protests driven by services like Twitter and Facebook.

Snow said: "I don't think people will look to newspapers for news. I don't think people are patient enough to read news in that way."

Before his lecture, titled ‘From film to Twitter – the media revolution: is the golden age of journalism come or gone?’, Snow presented this year’s winner of the Bob Friend Memorial Scholarship, Tania Steere, with her award.

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Baroness Worthington in intern ad blunder


The topic of unpaid internships has been rather prolific in the news over recent months. In fact, Jon Snow even mentioned it at the Bob Friend Memorial Lecture last night, stating that the media’s use of unpaid interns is ‘alarming’.

The Daily Mail also published a couple of pieces on unpaid interns yesterday. One piece, titled ‘A degree in slavery: The highly-educated graduates forced to work for nothing for MPs, celebrities and even charities’, highlighted the problem of unpaid internships in Parliament. You can also check out my map, which shows every MP’s advertisement for an unpaid intern since January.


View MPs and constituencies adverting for unpaid interns in a larger map


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CfJ Newswire returns for another day!


CfJ Newswire

This morning at 9am the Centre for Journalism Newswire goes live yet again to the world. The project is being undertaken as part of the Centre's Online news day for final-year undergraduates. We will be covering - for one day only - a mix of national and international stories, as well as local stories relevant to Kent using a variety of multimedia techniques.

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