'The Grudge Fight of the Century', but is it morally wrong?


Upton Park. July 14th.

We all knew it was coming. From the very moment Derek Chisora’s promoter, Frank Warren, said at a post-fight news conference in Munich last February: “”I’ve got a great idea. If Dereck fights David, the winner fights Vitali”.

But the fight is morally wrong.

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Stop labelling young people


Have a look through a copy of the Daily Mail or the Sun and you are bound to find a cynical story of how young people are destroying society.

It wasn’t until doing work experience on a local paper that I realised how damaging stories like this can be to the image of the younger generation.

As part of my work, I decided that I would take a different approach and try to bring some light on the real situation affecting young people.

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When the people don’t want democracy...


The people of Libya and other countries in the Middle East and South Asia might not be so keen on democracy after all.

The western press have celebrated the Arab Spring as the struggle for democracy against totalitarian dictatorships, but surveys have come to show that the people of Libya and other countries would prefer a ‘strong leader’.

Only 15% of 2,000 people surveyed by academics from Benghazi and Oxford universities said they wanted a democracy installed by next year and more than 40% wanted a ‘strong’ group or leader.

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Who hired the Argentine foreign minister? And why is Argentina still hung up on the Falklands?


With the London 2012 Olympic Games just around the corner, I was left dumbfounded when faced with Argentina’s answer to an ‘Olympic advert’.

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Labour will crow but nobody's listening anymore


The big story of these local elections isn't in the numbers. It's in a single number, in fact. Politicians and newspapers can reel off endless stats detailing huge Labour gains and catastrophic coalition losses to their hearts' content, but there's only one figure that really matters today.

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A crisis around Euro 2012


A diplomatic crisis has arisen which has the potential to make Euro 2012 as interesting for politics as for football, and to humiliate UEFA. It demonstrates - not for the first time - the naivety of imagining that sport and politics can be separated. The issue? In October 2011, Yulia Tymoshenko, former Prime Minister of Ukraine, was jailed for seven years following a trial that her supporters and many western diplomats condemn as politically motivated and luminously unfair. Tyomoshenko has been on hunger strike since April 20 in protest against her incarceration.

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Job Opportunity at NCTJ



The NCTJ is to recruit a journalism intern to administer, promote and develop the Journalism Diversity Fund. There will also be an opportunity to write for the website, press releases and other projects where the intern can develop journalism skills and contacts.Applicants, who must have completed, or be about to complete, an NCTJ accredited course or distance learning programme successfully, will have a demonstrable interest in diversity and understand its importance to the future of journalism. In return we will offer a trainee level salary and further journalism training, development and networking opportunities.  The internship is designed to help the successful candidate develop a career in journalism.The intern will be based at the NCTJ’s offices in Newport, Saffron Walden, Essex.It is expected that the internship will commence in June 2012 for up to six months.Candidates must be bright, flexible, professional, proactive, hard working, organised, confident and willing to listen and learn.  Good administration and IT skills are essential. Applications from those who have not completed an NCTJ-accredited course will NOT be considered. Closing date: Friday, 4 May 2012 Further information can be found here and at http://www.journalismdiversityfund.com

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Does the media coverage help Norwegian mass murderer to promote his far-right views?


Since Monday I have been closely following the trial against Anders Behring Breivik. It has simply been impossible to avoid seeing the pictures and footage of the Norwegian mass murderer smiling with satisfaction before his deeds were read out or the headlines “I would do it again”.  It has been the top story in most of the Scandinavian media outlets for the fourth day now.

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Postgrads celebrate record NCTJ Reporting results


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


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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