Sky Sports News placement opportunity


Sky Sports News has just advertised a fantastic opportunity for newly graduated journalism students to compete for an 11-month paid work placement, starting next summer . 

Note that they require applicants to have 100 wpm shorthand. 

Apply here. The closing date is 20 December.

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Infographic award winners


Infographics play an increasingly prominent role in journalism, so it's always worth taking a look at what the field's best practitioners are up to.

The winners of the first ever Information Is Beautiful awards have been announced, and include several journalism successes - including The Guardian's visual spread on government spending. The overall winner in that category was CNN's interactive online feature, Home and Away, which details the deaths of US service personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan in a brilliantly compelling way.

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BBC's live iPhone two-way follows CfJ trailblazing


Yesterday the BBC claimed an interesting broadcasting first - a live interview with a guest conducted using only an iPhone.

The experiment used an app called Dejero, which the BBC has on trial at the moment. Nick Garnett from 5 Live has blogged about it here, and you can see a clip of how it worked out.

Of course regular readers of this site will remember that back in 2009 we tried a similar experiment with some of our undergraduates using a Nokia phone and a video streaming service called

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Loaded with potential


This might not be for everyone, but an intriguing new journalism training scheme for students has been launched by Loaded magazine.

As reported in the Press Gazette, one successful candidate will get to spend their academic holidays as a feature writer on the magazine's news desk.

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Welcome Week Dinner - photos


I've put a few pictures of Thursday night's highly-enjoyable Welcome Week Dinner for journalism students over on our Facebook page.

And meanwhile, congratulations to Team Lightning, who stormed to victory in the Welcome Week quiz against some tough opposition.

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Olympic legacy


Olympic organiser and former athlete Lord Moynihan will discuss the legacy of the London 2012 Games at another of the University's free open lectures.

He will present a lecture at the Pilkington Building in Medway on Wednesday, October 31, from 6pm. Another great test of your shorthand - and an interesting subject for anyone interested in sports journalism.

No booking necessary. More details here.

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A vicious cycle...


Sunday Times and Guardian journalist Leon McCarron will visit the University of Kent on October 3 to talk about his experiences during two epic journeys through the world's toughest environments.

He cycled 14,500 miles from New York to Hong Kong, and then trekked 3,000 miles from Mongolia to Hong Kong - filming his fights with extreme cold, bears, tarantulas and jungles for National Geographic.

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Welcome to the CfJ's 2012 students


The Centre for Journalism is delighted to extend a warm welcome to all of our undergraduate and postgraduate students for 2012.

The undergraduates are: Paige Aldridge, Nageen Anwar, Daniel Cook, Clara Easthill, Jade Edwards, Nathalie Evele, Amy Farrant, Georgia Fry, Michelle Gleaves, Sheryll Goddard, Helen Grimes, Cian Hodge, Uzoma Jemade, Zeynep Karabuda, Ching Lam, Danielle Lowe, Amy Nickalls, Alex Norman, Olamide Ojuko, Katie Palmer, Victoria Polley, Jasmin Sahota, Cecily Snowball, Debra Unoarumhi, Stine Wannebo, Sophie Wentworth, Sanam Zeb, Luyin Zhang, Linyuan Zhu.

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Football reporters needed


Young reporters who are interested in sports journalism are needed to write football match reports for the Kent FA.

It is looking for volunteers to cover U16 and U18 men's matches and open age ladies games. There is no limit to the amount of games you can cover. You would have to arrange your own transport to home matches in Kent, but would be given a seat on the team bus to away games.

The reports would be about 400 words, and would be published with a byline on the Kent FA website.

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