2012 the year of censorship?


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?


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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CfJ postgrads' video airs on Community Channel


Congratulations to MA students Laura Garcia, Lizzie Massey and Qandeel Warrich, whose video about lone yachtsman Oliver Rofix went out on the Media Trust's Community Channel this week.

You can see it on the Community Channel web site here - it's the first item in the programme.

And for older viewers, it's a chance to see how Anthea Turner's career is panning out.

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A part of history


I did not buy a copy of the News of the World when it hit the shelves for the final time earlier this year. I had no affinity with the paper – a source of some great stories and superb journalism it may have been, but it was not my first-choice Sunday.

However, I do have in front of me a copy of the last ever edition of the East Kent Gazette, purchased earlier this evening while at work. It’s on sale for the final time after its owner, Northcliffe Media, announced a few weeks ago it would cease publication of two papers – the EKG (which includes the Sheppey Gazette and the Faversham Times) and the Medway News.

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Sara Malm: iWriter


Third year undergraduate Sara Malm's latest iWriter column appears in the Independent's compact edition today (Monday 5 December). It depicts the tough life of a Soho cocktail waitress during the Christmas drinking season. Sara's experience speaks plainly from every sentence and makes me very glad - not for the first time - that I'm not a banker (or 'bawwa' as waitresses apparently call them - you'll have to read the article for a translation of this particular modern insult ). Well done, Sara. This is a superb achievement so early in your career and an excellent advertisement for the Centre for Journalism.  

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Equality should mean exactly that


About eight stories down on the UK section of the BBC news website, a small link reads ‘Teenager murdered near home named’. It is sad but unsurprising that such a tragic event should merit only a lowly position in the national spotlight: knife crime seems to have become an almost everyday occurrence in much of Britain over the past decade.

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Official - Kent is simply the best for Journalism


The Centre for Journalism's BA in Journalism and the News Industry has been recognised as Britain's top performing undergraduate degree in journalism.  At an NCTJ awards ceremony in Belfast City Hall last night Prof. Tim Luckhurst and Ian Reeves were presented with a certificate confirming our top ranking in academic year 2010/11.  Tim Luckhurst said: "This award is an immense tribute to all the excellent staff in the Centre who have worked so hard to design and deliver this unique combination of professional education and academic rigour - and to the excellent students who study with us. When we launched the degree we pledged to make it the best in the country. It is particularly gratifying to know that we have beaten all the competition." 

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Will the media ever learn?


So for the second time this year, union led strikes and protests will be dominating the country and of course the News Agenda across media outlets tomorrow.

Again, for the second time this year, the press so far has been extremely negative and unfair towards those who plan to strike.

Teachers are going to make up a large number of those striking with it being estimated that nine in ten schools will be shut tomorrow.

This poses a massive inconvenience to parents either having to take a day off work or find some form of alternative childcare. 

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Social media justice


Twitter and YouTube users’ disgust has drawn swift attention to the appalling racist behaviour of a woman on a Croydon tram today. In a video called My Tram Experience a woman with her son on her lap is shown swearing and insulting fellow passengers. She shouts at them: ‘My Britain is f--- all now,’ and ‘Go back to Nicaragua, or wherever you come from.’

Social media helped the matter to come to the attention of police who arrested the woman today.

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Kickboxer tale is a knock out


The story leading Medway Messenger's website this lunchtime is a cracker by our own Alex Maitland. It tells how his flatmate - a kickboxing champ - managed to foil some car thieves in Medway last week. The story also leads page 5 of the Medway Messenger's Monday edition. Great work.

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