End of Democracy?

Feb
14

At the end of the cold war Francis Fukuyama wrote a ground breaking book about the triumph of liberal democracy and asking if we had reached the end of history. Twenty years later he has changed his views and in this piece in the Spectator he surveys the current fragility of democratic principles in so many states and asks if we are now witnessing the end of democracy?

 

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Bankrupt banks, Bjork and guaranteed freedom of speech

Feb
12

Known until recently for its banks, cod, Bjork and little else, Iceland is planning to remake itself as a safe haven for investigative journalists. Julian Assange, editor of WikilLeaks, explains the move's significance in this piece for Media Guardian.

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Is Britain broken?

Feb
11

The Economist says no. Teenage pregnancies, violent crime, and excessive drinking and smoking are all down - so what's Cameron's beef?

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First year radio news day

Feb
10

As you know, on Friday first years will be making some more radio news programmes. Please everyone come to conference tomorrow, Thursday, and we will tell you who the editors are and how the day will be structured. Editors will be running their own conferences tomorrow and Friday, so everyone needs to come with ideas that may work on the day.

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Kent TV: The Party’s Over

Feb
10

So What Lessons Are There for  Online Video and How an Organisation Communicates?

When the first railways were built, they used horses not steam engines to pull the carriages. Everyone could see the benefit of rails, compared with the inefficient, muddy roads of the day, but not everyone was convinced that the new fangled steam engines were the way forward. Yesterday Kent County Council announced it was axing its online video channel Kent TV.

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Daniel May named as 2010 Sky News Bob Friend Memorial Scholar

Feb
03

Daniel May has been named as the Sky News Bob Friend Memorial Scholar for 2010. He will formally receive the award from Sky News's editorial development manager Rob Kirk on the evening of March 3 at the Sky Bob Friend Memorial Lecture, to be delivered this year by BBC Director-General Mark Thompson. 

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$10k up for grabs in YouTube journalism competition

Feb
02

For the second year running, YouTube is offering aspiring journalists the chance to win big money - and more importantly, the chance to work on a journalism project with the Pulitzer Center. For the first round of the Project Report competition, entrants are required to submit a video package based on a day in the life of a person they feel should be brought to the world's attention. The deadline is February 28.

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Bob Friend Memorial Scholarship shortlist

Feb
01

We are delighted to announce that the shortlisting panel has chosen the following three students to face the scholarship panel on Wednesday. Congratulations to Sara Malm, Daniel May and Melanie Wimmer.

Many thanks to everyone who took the time to submit applications.

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Update: another super-injunction we now can tell you about

Jan
29

As the Guardian is now reporting - and as much of the online world was already well aware this morning - the philandering swine with the powerful lawyers was that fine upstanding gentleman, Mr John Terry. Expect pages of detail in the News of the World this Sunday.

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BBC Director General to speak at Centre for Journalism

Jan
29

Mark ThompsonMark Thompson, the Director-General of the BBC, is to deliver the second Bob Friend Memorial Lecture at the Centre for Journalism in March.

At the same event one of our first year students will be awarded the Bob Friend Memorial Scholarship by Rob Kirk, Sky News's editorial development manager.

Both the lecture and scholarship were established in 2009 in a partnership between Sky News, the University of Kent and the Friend family, to provide a lasting memorial to the life and career of Bob Friend, who became the original face of Sky News after a long-standing career with the BBC.

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