The wife of a Spanish reporter held for three months by militants in Syria has broken her silence in the hope that publicity might achieve what negotiation has not. Martin Chulov's report for the Guardian sheds new light on the kidnapping of journalists and aid workers in Syria and highlights the perils of what is plainly one of the most dangerous conflicts for reporters in recent history.
Congratulations to various students from the MA programme and Years 1 and 2 of the BA programme who have passed the recent NCTJ shorthand exams. They are:
60 words per minute:
Paige Aldridge, Sarah Boast, Clara Easthill (at 100% accuracy), Michelle Gleaves (at 100% acccuracy), Cian Hodge, Sanam Zeb, Gloria Emily Chan
80 words per minute:
Cian Hodge, Alex Norman