Postgrads celebrate record NCTJ Reporting results

Apr
16

No fewer than eight out of our 11 postgrad students have passed their NCTJ Reporting exam at the first time of asking. In percentage terms that's a 73 per cent pass rate for an exam that nationally fewer than 50 per cent of takers pass, so hats off to the postgrads. In addition, five out of the eight successful students scored Bs, an extremely rare achievement, they are all a credit to the Centre. This tops last year's pass rate of 66 per cent for the postgrads' NCTJ reporting exam. Onwards and Upwards.

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The Guardian International Development Journalism Competition

Apr
16

The Guardian recognises that some issues faced by the developing world can be overlooked in the media.  In its fifth year of being run, the competition involves writing a feature 650-1000 words on 'an aspect of global poverty that deserves greater media exposure'.  Around 40 of the best entries will be published on The Guardian website, then 16 finalists (eight amateur, eight professional) will be flown to a developing country where they will be tasked with researching a new assignment.  Two winners will

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The British media fails when reporting Hong Kong

Apr
13

I was very dissapointed by the coverage of the recent Hong Kong elections by the British media.

Before I left to come back to Hong Kong, I was closely following the elections for the Hong Kong Chief Executive via British news outlets.

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When is it right to "whistleblow"?

Apr
13

The NFL has been rocked by the "bounty" scandal in which New Orleans Saints defensive co-ordinator Gregg Williams paid players to injure the opposition. The saga took a new twist last week when audio was released by documentary-maker Sean Pamphilon of Williams ordering his players to "go for the heads" of players who had a history of concussions and to injure the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) of a player who had a previous knee injury.

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Samantha Brick: The Media Equivalent of a Plot Device

Apr
04

'While I'm no Elle Macpherson, I'm tall, slim, blonde and, so often I'm told, a good looking woman. I know how lucky I am. But there are downsides to being pretty - the main one being that other women hate me for no other reason than my lovely looks.'

The above will be very familiar not just to us journalism students. Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 48 hours you will recognise that as an excerpt from the now infamous Daily Mail article written by Samantha Brick.

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Reporter Vacancy at Newbury Weekly News

Apr
04

The NCTJ has asked the Centre to advertise this vacancy to all qualified candidates. So, if you have passed the necessary professional exams please consider applying: 

NEWS REPORTER Newbury Weekly News

A News Reporter is wanted for the Newbury Weekly News and its website newburytoday.co.uk. We need someone who can sniff out a story, make plenty of contacts, write copy quickly and accurately -for print and web - and who can take a good picture too. Some experience of video desirable, but not essential. Successful candidate will most likely have already passed their NCTJ prelim exams and be working towards completing their final NCE. Car driver essential.

Introductory letter and CV please to:

Brien Beharrell, Editorial Director, Newbury News Limited, Newspaper House, Faraday Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 2DW

Closing date - April 20, 2012

The Newbury News Limited offers a defined contribution pension scheme and promotes equal opportunities.

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AdBlock’s cats leave me feeling a guilty April Fool.

Apr
01

From midnight on April fools, instead of blocking adverts online AdBlock has started replacing them with photos of cats.

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Shorthand, my little treasure

Mar
31

It is to be said. Tuesday morning when the alarm goes off half an hour earlier due to the 9 o’clock shorthand lecture, you begin questioning yourself: why in 2012 do I still need to learn it?

For me it is particularly hard because Monday night I usually stay up late since on Italian TV my favourite comedian Maurizio Crozza is broadcasted.

One of these Mondays I was waiting for some kind souls to upload the video on YouTube and finally at around midnight I was able to watch it.

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Message for Third Years

Mar
30

I will be holding a final two-hour newswriting session on Monday, 12 - 2. I heartily recommend that all of you down to take the exam on April 23 come along. We will be going through two question ones, and my failsafe list of top 30 tips for passing. I have cancelled Thursday's newswriting session after listening to pleas re: the project. Additionally: I only have 6 portfolios ready for posting on Wednesday. These are: Nikki, Danielle, Laura, Dean, Sarah W and Sophie.

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Egypt's Revolution continues: through the eyes of Ghada Shahbender

Mar
30

We all know what happened in Egypt. As journalists we are trapped in a current affairs knowledge competition. Knowing becomes a sense of professional pride. But how often do we question if the stories we are getting from a screen or a printed page tell the whole story? Or, to frame it differently, how much do we really know beyond the fact that the Egyptian people fought a dictator and seemingly won before we moved on to more “exciting” news like Libya or Syria?

I recently had the great pleasure of listening to Ghada Shahbender, human rights advocate and grassroots organizer in Egypt. Ghada not only organizes medics on the ground through social media, but also liaises with international reporters of the calibre of Marie Calvin, who she remembers, “did her best to portray the plight” of the Egyptians. Ms Shahbender explained how mainstream western media had misrepresented Egypt’s Arab Spring.

“The media summarized and simplified our revolution because it was easier,” she said.

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