Kelvin takes aim at university journalism courses

Apr
08

You can always rely on former Sun editor Kelvin McKenzie to stir up a hornet's nest. He's taken aim this time at university degree courses in journalism, suggesting all journalism colleges be shut down.

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Reform the House of Lords? Just get rid of it!

Mar
30

The progressive reform of the House of Lords could reach a quick conclusion if only we choose to follow the single-chambered footsteps of countries like New Zealand. This was the tongue firmly in cheek suggestion made by Baroness Dianne Hayter in a talk to Centre for Journalism students earlier today at the Houses of Parliament.

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Legend visits Centre

Mar
30

Chris Moncrieff, veteran former political editor of the Press Association, enthralled students in the Centre today with tales from his fifty years as a frontline political reporter. He recalled how he broke the news of Margaret Thatcher's resignation, ended the Gulf War five minutes early because his clock was fast and watched Denis Thatcher feed a bun to the wrong end of an elephant. He advised aspiring journalists always to carry a passport, to dress smartly and to use shorthand. He said his only regret was that his parents wanted him to be a solicitor, so he spent a few months working for a law firm in London before he got his first job as a reporter. That was in 1949. He has met every post war British Prime Minister, including Clement Attlee and Winston Churchill. 

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Success at the BBC

Mar
26

Stephen Maunder, a postgraduate research student in the Centre for Journalism, is on a work experience placement at the BBC. You can read his  first article here.  

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Three more join 100 club

Mar
24

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

Mar
23

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

Mar
22

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!

Mar
11

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!

Mar
10

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

Mar
08

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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