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Return of the Shorthand Champions League

Jan
23

The Shorthand Champions League is back.

A new winner of the Centre for  Journalism's internationally-acclaimed tournament will be crowned this term - with MA and undergraduate Year 1 students doing battle this time.

The group stages will begin next week on the long road to the live final. Fixtures will take place during regular shorthand sessions on Friday.

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Year 1 and 2 Conference

Jan
22

There's no conference for years 1 and 2 tomorrow because of the third year assessed news day.

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Year 3 news day roles, spring term

Jan
19

The roles for this Friday's assessed news days are as follows:

Editors: Michelle Gleaves, Cian Hodge

Execs: Jade Edwards, Nathalie Evele, Sanam Zeb

Assessed reporters: Victoria Polley,Katie Palmer, Ola Ojuko, Stine Wannebo, Jasmin Sahota, Clara Easthill, Paige Aldridge, Daniel Crook, Cecily Snowball, Alex Norman

News team: Uzoma Jemade, Rebecca Lawrence, Helen Grimes, Amy Nickalls, Sophie Wentworth

Roles for the rest of this term's news days will be published later this week.

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Press freedom groups call for mass publication of cartoons at 2pm in defiance of Charlie Hebdo murders

Jan
08

A number of free speech organisations - including Index on Censorship and Reporters Without Borders - are co-ordinating a mass publication of cartoons in support of freedom of expression following the horrific murders at French magazine Charlie Hebdo yesterday.

The groups are calling on media organisations and individuals who believe in the fundamental right to freedom of expression to join in publishing the cartoons or covers of Charlie Hebdo today at 1400 GMT.

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Aló Doctora! Congratulations to Sunthai Constantini

Jan
08

Huge congratulations to the CfJ's Sunthai Constantini, who successfully navigated her PhD viva yesterday afternoon. The examiners have recommended that her thesis - on Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez's 'Aló Presidente' TV show - be accepted for the degree (subject to some very minor corrections).

This is a tremendous achievement by Sunthai who has worked so hard over a number of years. Aló Doctora!

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A Fairytale of Radio Kent - brought to you by CfJ students

Dec
15

BBC Radio Kent's plan to make a promotional video accompaniment to a musical Christmas classic required some deft work behind the camera and in the edit suite. So who should they call? Third year students from the CfJ's undergraduate degree programme.

Starring BBC Radio Kent's breakfast show presenters, John Warnett and Maggie Doyle, this fine little movie makes an affectionate nod to a previous, but plainly less Kent-based piece of work by The Pogues and Kirsty McColl. Huge congratulations to Amy Nickalls, Victoria Polley and Stine Wannebo and thanks to BBC Radio Kent for this opportunity to showcase the skills we teach here in the CfJ

 

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Jackie Gordon and Sheryll Goddard hit 100wpm

Dec
10

Congratulations to second year undergraduates Jackie Gordon and Sheryll Goddard, who both passed their NCTJ shorthand at 100 words per minute this week. Jackie scored 100 per cent accuracy.

Ali Iverson and Connor Diggin both passed at 80wpm.

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Grapevine hits nearly 6,000 page views

Dec
08

Grapevine, the web site built and populated by Year 3 students for their assessed online news day on Friday, achieved nearly 6,000 page views.

From a standing start on Friday morning, the team attracted 2,818 unique users who read 5,929 pages of their multimedia content - and this was despite problems with the web server that caused connection problems for many users.

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Harriet bags scoop of the year for Hinckley Times

Dec
03

Hinckley Times reporter and CfJ graduate Harriet Robinson has won Scoop of the Year in the Trinity Mirror regional newspaper awards.

Her front-page story - an investigation into suspected child sex offences being carried out by individuals connected to the Concordia Theatre in the town - was praised by the judges for the impact it had on the community. For months children weren't allowed to perform on the stage at the theatre, and the police investigation is still ongoing.

Harriet says: "It wasn't the easiest story to cover - it was complex and upsetting for the theatre who are a huge part of the town and community here. 

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Get creative and win an Easter cruise in the Med

Dec
02

Unlikely as it sounds, CfJ students are being urged to enter a writing competition that could win them a Mediterranean cruise for two.

John Honeywell, editor of World of Cruising magazine, is asking students from accredited journalism courses to submit 450 words on what they would expect to find on board a cruise ship. The only condition is that you have never previously been on a cruise holiday.

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