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Harriet is Newcomer of the Year

Jun
21

Many congratulations to CfJ alumna Harriet Robinson (BA Journalism, 2012) who has won the prize for Newcomer of the Year at the Midlands Media Awards 2013. Yet more evidence that i) professional journalism is alive and fighting and ii) CfJ graduates are taking the profession by storm. Harriet said: "Unfortunately I didn't get to go to the ceremony because I was on holiday - but it was a fantastic surprise when I got home." It's an equally nice surprise for all of us.   

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Matt Charles nominated for national prize

Jun
05

Huge congratulations to Matt Charles, second year student on the BA in Journalism and Deputy Editor of the Medwire, who has reached the shortlist for NUS Student Journalist of the Year. Full details of the shortlist are here To get this far is a huge achievement and we wish Matt the very best of luck in the final round.

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Jobs roundup

Jun
05

The Centre for Journalism has a reputation for producing graduates who get excellent jobs, but the real credit is due to our students who work so hard to convert their education into professional opportunity. This year there are several who have reason to celebrate before they have received their final results. So big cheers for: Jay Akbar, who is working shifts at Sky News; Matt McKew, Trainee Reporter on the Isle of Wight County Press; Scott Mitchell, journalist with Autocar Magazine; Harley Tamplin, Trainee Reporter on the West Sussex County Times; Tiia Mustonen, now Nordic Correspondent Research Europe; Tania Steere who has secured one of the most prized traineeships in British journalism as a Trainee Reporter on the Daily Mail, and Tara Nichelle who has won a place as a Communications Intern at the United Nations in Geneva. Well done all. If anyone else has good news to share we would love to hear about it.

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2013 Sky Bob Friend Memorial Lecture

Feb
25

Stephanie Flanders, Economics Editor of the BBC will deliver the annual Bob Friend Memorial Lecture in the Pilkington Lecture Theatre at 7pm on Thursday, 28 February, i.e. this Thursday. Before Stephanie speaks, Neil Dunwoodie of Sky News will award the 2013 Bob Friend Memorial Scholarship to this year's scholar, Georgia Fry.  Previous Bob Friend Scholars will also be in attendance.  This is the most important public event in the Centre for Journalism’s calendar.  Our established tradition is that every student, undergraduate and postgraduate, should attend.  Dress code is smart/formal (i.e. as you dress for news days). I look forward to seeing you there to celebrate and share in Georgia’s success and show our gratitude to Sky News and the Friend family. 

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It looks like censorship to me

Feb
24

The Sunday Telegraph invited me to comment on the rogue amendments  to the Defamation Bill that were introduced in the House of Lords. You can read my piece here.

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Visit of Tracey Crouch MP

Feb
15

Tracey Crouch, the Conservative MP for Chatham and Aylesford, will visit the Centre on Monday 18 February. Tracey will talk to students and take questions in the main undergraduate newsroom at 1300. As a member of the Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport, she has been actively involved in debates surrounding the Leveson Inquiry. She is also a loyal supporter of the Centre for Journalism, a qualified referee and a talented footballer. Tracey has responded to countless requests for information and she has appeared on CfJ Television and CfJ radio. Please attend armed with good questions. This session is a must for all students. 

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Georgia Fry is 2013 Sky Bob Friend Scholar

Feb
14

Huge congratulations to Georgia Fry, 2013 Sky Bob Friend Memorial Scholar. This is the most prestigious and valuable scholarship available to an undergraduate student of journalism in the UK. Georgia won it against stiff competition from an immensely talented shortlist of candidates, all of whom deserve our congratulations and thanks. She will spend a month at Sky News this summer, learning the ropes in a top international newsroom.

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Shortlist for Bob Friend Scholarship

Feb
11

The shortlisted candidates for the 2013 Sky Bob Friend Memorial Scholarship are: Georgia Fry, Cecily Snowball, Stine Wannebo, Victoria Polley, Michelle Gleaves and Clara Easthill. Many congratulations to all of you. The standard of entries was exceptional. We are sincerely grateful to all who submitted proposals. Competition is essential to success in journalism and the competition this year has been impressive. At the next stage the shortlisted candidates must sit a test set by Sky News and face an interview panel chaired by Neil Dunwoodie of Sky News. Academic staff in the Centre are available to offer advice and guidance to shortlisted candidates. I know everyone in the Centre will want to join us in offering congratulations to all who made the shortlist, and sincere thanks to all who submitted entries.

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Trainee reporter vacancies at LSN Media

Jan
31

 

Two CfJ graduates, Kathryn Cain and James Averill, already work for LSN Media. Now the company is looking to recruit new staff. Qualified canddiates are encouraged to apply. The bare facts are as follows:

LSN Media, a division of Local World, is looking for three ambitious, motivated and talented trainee reporters to join its multi-media newsrooms in Milton Keynes, Bedford and Northampton.

An all-rounder with an eye for a story, you will be expected to produce lively, engaging and accurate content for our newspapers, websites and social media.

You will relish reporting on a range of topics, have a knack for looking beyond the press release and bringing in off-diary stories and enjoy making and maintaining contacts in the community.

You will also have completed your NCTJ preliminary exams or equivalent and have a current full driving licence and access to a car.

Read the full details here

 

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Dean Kilpatrick commended in Kent journalism awards

Jan
29

Dean Kilpatrick, who graduated from last year’s BA course, was highly commended in the W.F. Deedes Young Journalist of the Year category of the Kent Media Awards last Friday.   

Judges praised his Kent on Sunday articles and said that competition for the young journalist category was particularly fierce.

His award was presented by Jonathan Neame, chief executive of Shepherd Neame Brewery, which launched the awards 25 years ago and is the sole sponsor.

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