The luckiest unlucky journalist


While everyone is anticipating better future and life conditions in Iran after the long-awaited "implementation day" of the nuclear deal finally saw the light, the situation of journalists in the Islamic Republic is only getting worse.

Immediately after lifting the international sanctions, Iran’s official, moderate and reformist media hailed and celebrated the country's reintegration with the international economy.

Meanwhile, politicians from different parts of the world bombarded the media with optimistic statements arguing that the world is a safer place now.

But we, the journalists, understand quite well that the deal doesn’t mark the start of a safer world as Secretary of State John F. Kerry said.

Iran is one of the world’s top jailers for journalists, where journalists are threatened, abused and detained.

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Form over content


The debates that arose these last few months about the possible publishing of Mein Kampf during the course of the year following its entry in the public domain were always going to be deeply divisive. Adolf Hitler’s foul manifesto is, after all, an unequivocally vile collection of self-righteous bigotry and hateful drivel the likes of which have rarely been equalled since, if ever.

But it is not the book that we should be worrying about. Because it is, frankly, terribly written. Because no one doubts for a second that it is racist. Because it was the symbol of a political movement that utterly failed in its mission and is now reviled by most of the world. Because no matter how infamous it is, no matter how big a mark it has left on an era, we quite simply do not respect it as a literary work.

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Killer storytelling is everyone's guilty pleasure


Over the past couple of years there has undoubtedly been a tremendous rise in popularity towards a genre of journalism that has been around for decades. Whilst works such as Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood and Vincent Bugliosi’s Helter Skelter were bestsellers at the time of their publication in the 1960s and 1970s, respectively, modern day works of investigative crime journalism such as WBEZ’s hugely popular podcast, Serial, and HBO’s critically acclaimed documentary miniseries, The Jinx, bring a new audience to the world of true crime. But what makes murder so appealing?


The newest addition to the world of true crime is Netflix’s ten-part documentary series that took ten years to produce, before being released last December. Making a Murderer, despite receiving minor criticism that it was not entirely objective, has captivated the minds of many people, including BBC journalist Louis Theroux, who said he was “hooked”. 

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


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

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2016 Sky Bob Friend Scholarship


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


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


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 ( )  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


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


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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