"Listen and learn before you shout".

Nov
24

As i walked along York Way towards Kings Place Gallery, i was confronted with smoke bombs and Nick Clegg hanging from homemade gallows.

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NUJ Students' Conference tips for journalists

Nov
21

I spent Saturday with a couple of other CfJers at the NUJ Students' Conference in London.

During the day we heard from some inspirational speakers and they offered us some great tips for our future careers.

I have blogged about each session, which I've linked to below in case you missed the day and want to know what was covered.

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Same-day Surveys, Different results

Nov
12

The postgrads recently conducted an on-campus survey, to discover whether students think their courses are good value for money. Their findings clearly have huge implications for University course providers in the light of proposed rises in tuition fees. They came back with fascinating findings, and a useful lesson in reporting: statistics and surveys don't necesarily paint the full picture and can be highly subjective depending on who you ask.

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Centre for Journalism Newswire goes live

Nov
12

The Centre for Journalism Newswire is now live. The project is being undertaken as part of the Centre's Online news day for third-year undergraduates.

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Chishti champions Medway's future – and tuition fee rise

Nov
09

Medway’s MP Rehman Chishti has labelled the rise in tuition fees a ‘fair package’, despite widespread criticism of the Browne Report’s recommendations last month.

Speaking to journalism students at Parliament, Mr Chishti acknowledged that the hike was ‘tough but fair’, but declined to comment when asked if green-lighting a rise of up to £9,000 would alienate voters in support of the coalition ahead of the next election.

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Making news

Nov
06

Today's Independent carries a news report about Steve Mitchell's comments at the Centre for Journalism.  You can read the article here. Note the generous references to the University of Kent, the Centre for Journalism and to John Saunders for asking the question that sparked Steve's observations.  Ian Burrell, media editor of the Independent, read John's story on our website and watched the video clip. The Independent also invited me to write a column about the broad question of Mark Thompson's future as DG.  So, a lot of positive coverage for the Centre for Journalism and an excellent advertisement for the reporting skills and news sense we teach. The only remaining mystery is why it took so long for such a strong story to emerge.

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Thompson ‘compromised impartiality’ by coming out against News Corp bid

Nov
04

One of the most senior figures in BBC News says Director-General Mark Thompson was wrong to oppose publicly News Corp’s attempt to take control of BSkyB.

Stephen Mitchell, Deputy Director of News and Head of News Programmes at the BBC, said that by signing a letter to Vince Cable last month opposing the move by News Corp, Mark Thompson had compromised the perception of his impartiality as editor-in-chief. He is believed to be the first senior BBC figure to criticize Thompson’s actions on the record.

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The Centre for Journalism's Daily Mail Scholarship

Nov
04

The 2011 Daily Mail Scholarship has been launched. Funded by Associated Newspapers it will be awarded to a gifted postgraduate student of multimedia journalism at the University of Kent's Centre for Journalism.  

The Centre invites all students who win places on our MA in Multimedia Journalism to compete for the award which is worth £10,000. 

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Malm versus MacKenzie

Oct
26

Here's second year undergraduate student Sara Malm giving as good as she gets from Kelvin MacKenzie on Richard Bacon's BBC Radio 5Live show yesterday afternoon, in a debate about the new 20p newspaper, i, from The Independent. The other voice belongs to Prof Tim Luckhurst.

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Government spending cuts and the media – why Ron and Fiona are not amused

Oct
24

What’s the most foolish thing anyone’s ever said to you? I can think of quite a few daft things that have been said to me over the years, but one of them leaped back into my mind this week when I read about the spending cuts. It was something said to me about 18 months ago by a senior employee of Ten Alps Digital – we’ll call him Ron (not his real name). Ten Alps is the company part owned by Sir Bob Geldof which used to run Kent TV. The credit crunch was biting hard and I asked Ron how things were going at Ten Alps? “Great”! he replied cheerfully, “Ten Alps loves recessions”!

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