An abuse of freedom of speech

When I first arrived at the CFJ, I had the pleasure of meeting Tim Luckhurst, the former Head of Centre. He told me about his career in journalism, in Washington, Iraq, Yugoslavia and Northern Ireland. Just before the two-hour entrance exam, he spoke about the importance of free speech and democracy, and declared “I will defend to the death your right to offend me”. These words or similar ones, are often accredited to Voltaire, but may in fact have originated in the works of Evelyn Robinson-Hall.

Every student's problem

  I think it’s a common problem for all students. The great part about the CFJ is the sheer variety of career paths we could embark upon once we’ve graduated, but with essays, assignments, weekly reading’s and NCTJ exams out the wazoo, graduating and going out into the big wide world always seems so far away, yet paradoxically looming in the forefront of my mind. I think the hardest part about choosing a career path is not wanting to waste what other skills you’ve picked up on the way.

Why Harry Styles can get you through the New Years blues

I have a confession. It’s something I have been holding in for a while and I think it’s time to come clean.

I like Harry Styles.

It started as everything does; you tell yourself just one won’t hurt. First, it’s Sign of the Times. A simple soft rock track. It doesn’t feel too wrong to allow yourself a listen, but then you forget to pause. Now you’re on the album. Now you’re listening to it for a third time. Now you’re done for.