'A few of my favourite things...'

May
02

Next weekend Julie Andrews plays her first UK concert for nearly 30 years at the O2 Arena.

Ahead of her performance I spoke to fans about their collections of Andrews related memorabilia for a piece in today's Independent on Sunday.

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Half-heartedly taking sides

May
01

Is it necessary for papers to take sides? Reading the Economist's justification for supporting the Conservatives, I was struck by how lacklustre their argument seems. They admit that the Tories' Europhobia, opposition to the economic stimulus, and 'waffle about a Big Society' may be drawbacks, but at least, they write, they've identified the right problem: the size of the state. But if they haven't got the right solution, why vote for them?

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Britain's best satire site?

Apr
28

Is satire journalism? The brains behind The Daily Mash, in my opinion this country's most consistently funny satire site, are former Scotsman reporters. They think what they do is news by other means. You do not need to agree to enjoy their pointed humour and sharp writing. Enjoy, object, just don't suggest it should be banned. After all, sticks and stones may fracture those hard skeletal bits inside me, but... etc. Among today's topics the coverage of Gordon  Brown's gaffe is funny and I particularly like the piece about Adrian Chiles and badgers. You will just have to read it.  

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More impressive toiling

Apr
28

Our slaves labouring in the fertile swamps of work experience continue to produce laudable results. Stories I have spotted so far include; this published work by Sara Malm, this by  Harriet Robinson, this by Joe Cladingboel   several stories, including this one, by Dean Kilpatrick, this by Sarah Wilson    a fine guide to what's on in Kent by Alex Dack  and others mentioned below. I'm sure there must be many other examples. Please link to them, folks. No need to be shy. Every published piece enhances your credibility with potential employers. Your work deserves to be promoted.  

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The right-wing press won't decide this election. You will.

Apr
25

In this excellent piece in today's Independent on Sunday, Brian Cathcart, professor of journalism at Kingston University, is caustic in his criticism of the coverage of right-wing newspapers over the past week.

As Nick Clegg's surge in the polls continued to prove anything but fleeting, 'like children in a tantrum, reporters and commentators reached for every movable object and hurled it at Clegg and his party', he writes.

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Work experience triumphs

Apr
23

I have seen Sophie Jackson's excellent exclusive for the Gravesend Messenger and Melanie Wimmer's impressive contributions to the Medway Messenger. I have also seen Jonathan Stone's fine work for Kent Online and Dan May's equally excellent efforts for the Kent Messenger. I am sure several other fine examples of published work by CforJ undergraduates have emerged from the work placements. Please put links on the site, folks. You deserve recognition and we celebrate your successes. They demonstrate what a diligent, determined and talented bunch our students are (usually!).  

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History rhymes

Apr
23

David Marquand's essay for the Independent, When Three was a crowd, compares the manner in which Ramsay MacDonald's Labour Party replaced Herbert Asquith's Liberals as the main party of opposition during the 1924 election with Nick Clegg's approach today. It is superb history and demonstrates yet again the subject's immense value to journalism. Read and appreciate.  

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The first election debate

Apr
21

With the world of news whipping up excitement for tomorrow’s Leaders’ Debate - and in case you accidentally missed the first one - I thought you could do with a quick summary/reminder of what happened.

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Bush administration knew 'majority' held in Gitmo were innocent, but wouldn't release them as it was 'politically impossible'

Apr
10

Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld covered up the fact that hundreds of those held in Guantanamo were known to be innocent, reports the Times, "because they feared that releasing them would harm the push for war in Iraq and the broader War on Terror". This comes from a court declaration by an aide to Colin Powell, Lawrence WIlkerson. The Times quotes Wilkerson saying of Cheney: "He had absolutely no concern that the vast majority of Guantanamo detainees were innocent...

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Travel Writing Competition: results will be announced in the newsroom, 1.00pm Friday

Apr
08

Due to the newsday cancellation, the results of the Year two travel writing competition will be announced in the newsroom, at 1.00pm on Friday.

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