The council rich list - a town hall scandal - or something else?

Jan
24

The Taxpayers' Alliance has established itself as a high-profile campaign group dedicated to shining a spotlight on public sector spending. On Friday Jan 23, it published its lastest survey of how councils are apparently spending too much of our/your money on middle managers. Our version of the story on kent online can be seen here. You can see from the readers' comments that this kind of thing touches a raw nerve among some. Are they justified?

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Gunning for journalists

Jan
23

Following the news that Alexander Lebedev, new owner of the Evening Standard, has armed reporters on his newspaper in Moscow, Richard has written a piece on the issue for Comment is Free. He mentions Geraldo Rivera, the idiotic pistol-packing American TV 'reporter whose ludicrous television packages from Iraq and Afghanistan broght shame on the profession - but unfortunately I can't find any YouTube footage that does justice to his true awfulness. 

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Voxpoptastic

Jan
22

For those of you who thought audio vox pops were just something you get sent to do as a student exercise for convergent journalism, have a listen to this fine example of the genre from John Kay of Radio 4's PM programme. This was the lead item on the programme last night.

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More from Parliament and Stephen Ladyman

Jan
21

Following our visit to Westminster and the meeting with Stephen Ladyman you might like to look at this piece which Paul Francis (who will be teaching you Local Government) wrote in today's Kent Messenger. If you have been following the story it turns out that Mr Ladyman was not so keen to reveal MP's expenses!  Since then of course the Government has rapidly abandoned the proposal to block us from finding out exactly how MPs are spending their/our money. 

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Sky Bob Friend Memorial Scholarship

Jan
21

Bob FriendI promised to tell you about the criteria that will be used to choose this year's Sky Bob Friend Memorial Scholar. Please note that the timetable is tight and the deadlines are rigid.

The 2009 scholar will be chosen on or before Friday 30 January. A formal presentation will take place at the first annual Sky Bob Friend Memorial Lecture which will take place in the Pilkington Lecture Theatre here on the Medway Campus on Monday 9 February. All staff and students in the Centre for Journalism will be invited to attend.

All current undergraduate students in the Centre are eligible to apply for the 2009 scholarship. The application process has three stages.

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Travel Scholarship for Radiostars

Jan
20

Become a travel journalist, voyage to fascinating far-flung destinations (in this case Guatemala), meet intriguing new people, and interview them for a podcast documentary...with a scholarship offered by Global Vision International. Details and links below 

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Petrolhead journalism prize alert

Jan
19

Bridgestone ereporterAt least one member of the Centre for Journalism newsroom will be leaping with excitement at the news that those rubbery people at Bridgestone have announced details of their ereporter competition for journalism students interested in motorsports.

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BBC newsroom guide for radio

Jan
19

Go through this. It's an invaluable introduction to how radio is put together at the BBC

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Radio journalism masterclass: Phil Harding

Jan
19

Phil HardingI'm delighted to invite everyone to a sandwich lunch in the newsroom on Monday 2 February to hear Phil Harding, whom you will remember from our welcome week dinner, talk about what makes great radio. Phil is an ex-editor of Today (and hired Tim on to that programme). Here's a brief outline of his work

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The blurry line

Jan
13

There were perhaps twenty people when we first arrived. "Oh God, we've come all this way for this," we thought.

By two o'clock, when the march against Israel's invasion of the Gaza strip was supposed to begin, there were a lot more. By the time it actually set off there must have been hundreds of people, shouting as they walked down Cardiff's Queen Street, "Free Free Palestine!"

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