The Mayor of Mogadishu: what you get when African cliché is dropped


A review article on media images of Africa concentrating on BBC correspondent Andrew Harding's book 

The Mayor of Mogadishu.

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Year 3 sessions on Thursday


Just a reminder that there are two sessions for Year 3 students on Thursday. At 12pm we'll be going over the details of the Journalism Project. And at 2pm there's a preparation session for the first team print newsday on Friday 7 October.

Both sessions in the small newsroom.

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International Tea Party TODAY



 Our first International  Tea party will take place TODAY at 1.30pm in the Small Newsroom. 

ALL welcome. 

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Good blog on shooting video on your phone


Everyone doing the NCTJ portfolio at the CFJ -- that is, all students doing the NCTJ Diploma -- needs to shoot a simple story on their phone.

So I was pleased to find this blog by a BBC journalist about how he is making shooting some quite ambitous stuff on his phone:

It's very good. Take a look. He's updating as he learns more about how to manage the workflow.


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Year 3 Project briefing session


The project briefing session for Year 3 students will be a 12noon on Thursday 29 September in the small newsroom. Please all attend.

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Year 3 students - welcome back, see you Monday


Welcome back to all of our talented Year 3 students. We're looking forward to the amazing things you're going to produce this year.

We'll be running through various important aspects of your project and Convergent Journalism 3 modules at 11am in the small newsroom on Monday morning. 

It's also worth checking the calendar on this web site for the dates of your assessed newsdays. 

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Enter the NCTJ Awards for Excellence


The deadline for the NCTJ's annual journalism awards has been extended until tomorrow (Friday, September 23).

Current students and recent graduates can enter in categories including student journalist of the year, trainee of the year and best student project.

Winners will be given their prizes at a dinner event during the NCTJ Skills Conference which is being held in Portsmouth in November. 

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So you've chosen to study what?



Whether you're here for your first time or returning as a 2nd or 3rd year, we are very happy to have you here. In case you need a little inspiration, here's some excellent advice from Sky News' Harriet Hadfield.

PS. You have to look at it WITH YOUR PHONE cause mobile #journalism is the future!!!

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Calling all International students


If you have just joined us then welcome to the Centre For Journalism! We hope you have a great time whilst you are here. If you are returning - welcome back. 

My name is Lesley Phippen and I'm the new International Student Mentor for the Centre for Journalism. My role is to offer any help, guidance or support you may need. Please do call in to my office any time or send an email if you want to make an appointment. I will be ably assisted by two international  student friends - Duarte Dias and Anita Nkonge. They will be around later this week and I will be saying more about them in my blog on Wednesday.

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