Linking must have rules

This intriguing letter by Dominic Young, intellectual property director at News International,  in Media Guardian, says a great deal about the state of thinking about online news in a large news organisation. His analogy with the business model employed in conventional shops is very neat, and difficult  to dispute (unless you believe that all property is theft). 

Eady to talk privacy at Kent conference

Sir David Eady will give the opening address to a privacy conference at the University of Kent next month. Arguably the most influential High court judge in matters involving the media, Eady has presided over numerous key privacy hearings, including those of Sir Max Moseley, singer Loreena McKennitt and, most recently, Tiger Woods. Such is his prominence that the Daily Mail has accused him of having a "virtual monopoly over all cases against the media, enabling him to bring in a privacy law by the back door".

Welcome back

A big welcome to all our students returning to Kent and the Centre for Journalism for Spring Term 2010. We hope you had a fantastic festive season and that you are relaxed, refreshed and raring to learn.  See you at conference on Monday.   

Bob Friend Memorial Scholarship 2010

Applications are invited for the 2010 Bob Friend Memorial Scholarship, awarded in memory of the former Sky News presenter and journalist.

The 2010 Bob Friend Scholar will have their first year tuition fees paid, and will be guaranteed a month-long summer work placement at Sky News, for which travel and accommodation expenses up to a maximum of £2,000 will be paid.

Help me investigate: How many student publications are facing interference from student unions?

After being horrified by stories about student unions censoring what student publications can print, I set up an investigation. You can find it on Help Me Investigate. For those that have never heard of HMI before read their "about" section. Due to the vast numbers of universities in the UK, I figured it would take too long to do by myself. If you want to help, let me know and I'll send you an invitation.

A heart warming discovery at checkout 21

Amongst the hustle and bustle of a typically busy Monday morning shift at ASDA Ipswich, I uncovered an unexpected and truly heart warming story which I wanted to share with you all. A man came through my till, having laden the conveyor belt with an extraordinary amount of packets of super noodles, all in different flavours. Naturally I was both bemused and a little bit intrigued. Surely one man couldn’t love noodles that much.

House of Commons visit rescheduled for Tuesday February 9

First Years please note: due to parliamentary and governmental diary clashes, the House of Commons trip has been postponed until Tuesday February 9; please see your Year One timetables for more specifics. As you will see from your re-jigged timetable, your Reporting and Writing class on January 19  will now be a brief introduction to court reporting and the law, in advance of your visit to Chatham Magistrates Court the following week. Happy New Year and see you next week!

Rupert Hamer killed in Afghanistan


Rupert Hamer, defence correspondent of the Sunday Mirror, has been killed in an explosion in Afghanistan. He was one of two Mirror journalists embedded with the US Marines. The vehicle in which he was travelling hit an improvised explosive device near Nawa, in Helmand province. His colleague, photographer Philip Coburn survived the blast but is in a serious condition. Two soldiers, one Afghan and one American, were also killed. These are the risks journalists take when they work to provide eyewitness reports from conflict zones. Every journalist's thoughts and prayers should be with the relatives of those who have been killed or injured.    

Alexander Lebedev and the Independent

 In London newsrooms and bars where journalists drink, rumours persist that Alexander Lebedev, the Russian oligarch who owns a majority stake in the London Evening Standard, is close to clinching a deal to buy the Independent and Independent on Sunday.  If he does buy the titles, it is thought that he may make the Independent a free newspaper. The Guardian asked me to write about what Lebedev ownership and free distribution might mean. You can read my piece here.  


I've made some progress on improving the integration of Twitter with this site. Students and staff members can now register details of their Twitter accounts, which means that any blog they post on centreforjournalism will automatically be tweeted to their own Twitter account as well as to the CfJKent Twitter account. It can also work in reverse - if you choose to, you can opt for your Twitter account to automatically feed to a new section on this site.