Possessive apostrophes - Is local government dumbing down?

Jan
31

You might not automatically think that a council's decision over road signs could trigger a national debate about literacy and punctuation. But just to show that there are occasions when local government can touch on such important issues, the news this week that Birmingham City Council plans to drop apostrophes from its road signs managed to spark complaints that it was "dumbing down" and contributing in its own singular way to lowering standards.

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Sky News Bob Friend Memorial Scholarship: the shortlist

Jan
29

All those who applied for the Sky News Bob Friend Memorial Scholarship have now been contacted individually, so I can publish details of the shortlist. Congratulations go to (alphabetically) Laura Hartmann, Alan McGuinness, Lucy Ross-Miller, John Saunders and Kelsey Williams. They will undergo a written test and a panel interview tomorrow (and should check their emails for some addditional details).

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NCTJ student representative

Jan
29

This is just a reminder that I need the undergraduates to have collectively selected an NCTJ representative by tomorrow by whatever means necessary. If not, I'll have to lock you all in a room in the morning until white smoke emerges. 

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The BBC maintaining impartiality

Jan
25

As I’m sure you are all aware, the BBC is facing severe protests outside Broadcasting House amid calls for it to air an appeal to the British public to help those in need in Gaza.

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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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