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The Newsroom - Another piece of fiction based on journalists to be marked 'Misconstrued Stereotype'


I got the chance to preview the highly anticipated HBO series The Newsroom the other day. Created, produced and scribed by Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, The Social Network), The Newsroom portrays the behind-the-scenes events in a fictional television newsroom and features an ensemble cast, including Jeff Daniels as news anchor Will McAvoy. It'll be hitting our shores on Sky Atlantic next month.

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Tinker Tailor Soldier...Journalist?


I've finally got round to writing up my experience of the Tinker Tailor Solider Spy premiere which took place last month. It's an attempt to show you what happens at one of these red carpet events and how even in a controlled environment it can still be tricky to perform your job as a journalist. I've also embedded several interviews I managed to get with the cast and crew of the critically acclaimed film. You can find all that wonderful stuff here. Enjoy!

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Writing Opportunity


As you may or may not know from various Facebook statuses, I have been promoted to the editorial staff of geeks.co.uk and like all good editors I need some amazing writers. Which means you guys.


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Daily Mail following the path laid by Twitter?


 In the last few weeks, I've seen more super injunctions than I have easter eggs. In fact, the courts seem to be dishing them out in such a manner you wonder if they have indeed confused these binding laws for egg-shaped confectionary.

But with today's news that a user on Twitter has revealed most of the names that have been quietly associated with recent injunctions, it seems a few journalists have taken the 'sod it' approach to reporting on these stories.

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Not-so-Secret Diary of a Cool Guy


 Any of those first years struggling for inspiration or just generally wanting a few minutes off from doing their Sky treatments this weekend, check out the little diary I did while at Sky documenting all the wonderful things I did. I said in the little talk I did (that was criminally unattended) I'd whack it up for all to see so enjoy.

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Fruit of My Loins


 The documentary that I worked on for the majority of my time at Sky News this summer is airing tonight. 'A Town Like Merthyr' is on Sky News (and Sky News HD so you can see the Chernobyl-like bleakness of Merthyr Tydfil in glorious High Definition)  at 7.30 tonight. It's a half hour documentary looking at the population of the town of Merthyr Tydfil and how its dependence on incapacity benefits may come under threat due to the proposed budget cuts.

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Rotten Apples


Two stories stood out this morning on the Daily Mail's website. So much so, I had to check the business news that Bill Gates hadn't initiated a takeover of the newspaper. Both stories we're fairly high up on the website, and both seemed to be following the current trend set by news outlets of rubbishing technology giant Apple.

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Daniel's Sky Diary


 I start my 4-week work placement at Sky on Monday as part of the Bob Friend Memorial Scholarship.

For those of you who want to follow my progress or just want be generally nosey, I'll try and update this new blog every evening, recounting the day's activities.

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer break so far!

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Amateur Amputation


No other topic seems to get first year politics students riled like devolution. After a week of epic revision on the subject, I feel like a proper devolution expert, William Wallace style. And with all this talk of budget cuts and lack of economic growth, hero of the masses Jeremy Clarkson proposes a (radical, if not a bit tongue-in-cheek) solution to this problem and the devolution question. It's an entertaining read in the middle of humdrum revision, one that I think Tim, you might just oppose to the hills.

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Cashes to Ashes


Labour yesterday revealed their new election campaign poster, depicting David Cameron as the admittedly cool TV cop character Gene Hunt. In an election that seems like it's going to be decided by who has the most unique and original campaign poster, I personally think Labour have scored a massive own goal with this one. Why?

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