Urgent telephone message

Apr
24

telephoneAn important message has emerged from my recent discussions with Kent Messenger Group editors, news editors and reporters. Centre for Journalism students are wonderful and very talented. The KM Group is delighted to have you, but there is always room for improvement and in this case it involves use of the telephone.

Too many of you remain reluctant to make and receive 'phone calls. Some have even tried to contact interviewees by e-mail. Others have allowed telephones to ring in newsrooms without answering them. This is unprofessional. 

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First splash for Centre for Journalism

Apr
23

Gravesend MessengerFirst year student Kelsey Williams has landed the Centre for Journalism's first front-page splash. On work experience at the Gravesend Messenger, Kelsey filed a story about a fatal freight train incident that leads the paper's current edition.

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An emotional roller coaster ride courtesy of Media Guardian

Apr
20

rollercoaster 

Today's Media Guardian seems designed to provoke the sort of mood swings normally associated with manic depression.

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Luckhurst confesses

Apr
14

indylogo

Tormented to the brink of sobriety by the atmosphere of gloom and redundancy pervading our beloved news industry, my friends at the Independent asked me to justify creating a degree in journalism. "How can you subject those brilliant, delightful, inspiring young people to academic rigour, editorial conferences and shorthand when job prospects look less healthy than the Zimbabwe Dollar?" they asked.

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The future of regional journalism

Apr
09

Last night I chaired a debate at the Frontline Club on the future of regional journalism, with panellists Roy Greenslade (The Guardian), Keith Sutton (former editor of the Carlisle News & Star, Jon Slattery (former deputy editor of Press Gazette and William Yarker (media director of Deloitte).

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Cameron to the Rescue?

Apr
02

 DCMP

Conservative leader David Cameron has promised to relax cross-media ownership rules if his party wins the General Election. Some in the industry promote this as a partial solution to the crisis in local journalism. A less generous view is that the Conservative Party is courting popularity with local media owners (Political party woos money and votes shocker, man detained!).

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Parliamentary oratory is not dead

Mar
26

At least not in the European Parliament. There may be irony in a Conservative Eurosceptic delivering a brilliant and blistering fusillade against a British Prime Minister in the European legislature in Strasbourg, but Daniel Hannan, MEP for this region, did so on Tuesday. You do not have to agree with his sentiments to appreciate the economy of his language and the panache of his delivery. This is the sort of speech that makes politics fun. Watch and enjoy it here courtesy of YouTube.

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Pretty boxes full of prizes

Mar
26

Eagle-eyed investigative reporters may have noticed a pair of cute little cardboard boxes lying around the newsroom. They contain promotional board games and, more importantly, the entry criteria for the 2009 Guardian Student Media Awards. These are prestigious prizes.

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Online assignment briefing

Mar
26

The briefing for the online assignment is now published here. The deadline is 1pm, Thursday 9 April.

Please do come and talk to me about the story you plan to do, and I'll be happy to give you some guidance. We'll run through the Vuvox technicalities on  Thursday next week.

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The Centre for Journalism blog challenge

Mar
16

Following today's discussion about search engine optimisation, linking and 'link bait', here are the (very few) terms and conditions for the Centre for Journalism blog challenge. On Thursday April 9 we'll take a look at the Google Analytics statistics for the web site. The student blog posting with the most unique visits between now and then will be declared the winner. The one caveat is that only postings about journalism issues will be considered for the prize - so no lists of Top Ten Greatest Xylophone Solos on Prog Rock Albums.

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