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Come to the Best Ever Student Journalism Conference, #SPANC17!


A friendly reminder that tickets for this year's Student Publication Assocation National Conference will be closing for sales on April 18th at 6pm.

What's the Student Publication Association National Conference I hear you cry? Well, only the conference with the best hashtag in the world, #SPANC17.

It's a weekend long event of student journalists from across the country and we've got talks, workshops, and masterclasses booked in from people from BuzzFeed,, The Times, The Telegraph, The BBC, and more.

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Everyone Enter the 2017 SPA Awards!


Just a quick note to say the 2017 Student Publication Association are now open until March 20 and it would be great to see some winners from The University of Kent this year!

It's pretty much the only full set of awards students can enter their journalism too now, after the closure of the Guardian Student Media Awards last year.

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National Student Journalism Awards Close in 5 Days



The Student Publication Association's National Awards close in just FIVE DAYS.

There are 16 catergories ranging from best comment to best news story, jugded by industry professionals - and they are , of course, free to enter.

They'll be awarded at a glittering ceremony in April and I'd love to see some Kent entries!

Previously CfJ students have done pretty well in the awards:

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Student Publication Association Conference at Kent on Saturday!


The Student Publication Association, the national body for student papers and journalists is holding its regional conference in Kent this Saturday.

Student journalists will be able to attend a full day of lectures, workshops and talks at the Canterbury campus, as well as network with other student journalists from across the South East.

Speakers from the Huffington Post, Wannabe Hacks, The Times and more will tackle issues such as social media verification, finding the best local stories and breaking into the industry.

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CfJ students head up Student Publication Association Awards Shortlist


Centre for Journalism students and graduates are once again leading the way for strong orignal journalism nationally, after it was announced today that three students and recent grads have made the the Student Publication Association's national awards shortlist.

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Half Marathon Running (It's a really long way!)


Apologies for the self promotion in advance - especially to those of you who have already been bombarded with this message on my social media channels!

However, as a self-confessed lazy person and gin aficionado, I never expected to say I'll be running a half marathon so am looking for support and pennies for my run in October.

I'll be taking part in the Great South Run for Devon Air Ambulance so any donations or well wishes, no matter how small would be greatly appreciated.

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Medwire needs your views!


The Medwire is once again looking for your support (otherwise known as your views and shares on this occasion) in our entry to the RBS ESSA Bronze Competition.

The competition gives university societies and groups the chance to win up to £5,000 and the more views we get the more chance we have of winning.

As a fully independent organisation, any money we could potentially get would make a world of difference so we would really appreciate your views and shares!

There's also a cute cat in it.

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CfJ Successes Continue at Kent Union Awards


The CfJ's trend for sucess has rolled over to the the annual Kent Union awards, held in Canterbury yesterday.

In the first ever win for Medway students at the awards Kieran Watkins, a third year journalism student, was awarded Course Rep of the Year.

Jem Collins also picked up the Campaign of the Year Award on behalf of the Medwire's Sexual Health Campaign.

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Success for CfJers at GK Unions Annual Awards


CfJ and Medwire students well and truely stole the show at last nights annual GK Unions Activities and Volunteering Awards.

Nineteen students from the centre and the Medwire attended the awards, all of whom recieved at least a Bronze KSCV certificate in recognition of their volunteering this year.

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