Rhino Horn debate at Royal Institution


For anyone interested in the public/media debates over conservation, there is a major debate taking place at the Royal Institution in London on 3rd August. It pits the South African conservationist and proponent of a legalised rhino horn trade, John Hume, against Will Travers, the head of the Born Free Foundation and a committed opponent of all forms of wildlife trade.  The organisers are keen for people to go alojgn and then report on the event and tweet while it is in progress.  There could be foreworks and I'll be there helping to light the fuse.


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Nice Attack


Well, I have been following the Islamic State terrorist and social media activities for quite sometime now for research purposes. So I thought of writing some points that you might find interesting and helpful on Thursday’s Nice attacks that left at least 84 killed and tens injured.

Some info and facts on ‪#‎Nice attacks:

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Keith Somerville wins Marjan-Marsh award for work on conservation and conflict


Professor Keith Somerville given Marjan-Marsh Award

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Immediate vacancy at Purple Media Solutions


Purple Media Solutions describe themselves as "a friendly, progressive publishing company based in Tonbridge", They are looking for "an in-design-savvy, ambitious new graduate to work as editorial assistant across two business to business titles – Electrical Times and The Probe (the UK's oldest dentistry title)."  If you are interested, please contact Anna Lambert. Anna's details appear below.

Anna Lambert, Editor, The Probe, Purple Media Solutions, The Old School House,St Stephens Street,Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 2AD.

T: 01732 371 581

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The Economist seeks social media interns


The Economist is seeking two social media fellows (interns). These are paid positions (£2,000 per month) and Adnan Sarwar, assistant community editor at The Economist, tells me that 'there will be no making of tea unless they want one themselves'. He adds that he started his career with the famous title as an intern. You can find all the details at .Note that you will need to make yourself very familiar with newspaper to have a realistic chance of success. The effort will be worth it. This would be a superb place to start a career in serious journalism.  I encourage you to apply. The Economist is a truly great title and has been for a very long time. It features prominently in my recent research into newspaper coverage of the doctrine of unconditional surrender between 1943 and 1945...but of course you knew that already....  

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Kenya - hate speech raises its ugly voice


Analysis of resumption of politically-motivated hate speech in Kenya as political tensions rise.


Keith Somerville - for The Conversation.

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