The FT's Paul McClean Graduate Trainee Programme


This is a really good opportunity for people interested in global affairs and financial journalism - starting in September. Applications close 28 February.

The FT says it encourages international applications.




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WANTED: your views on the local press. Join the debate here


Poor journalism and bad English were among the disturbing findings revealed by Adam Landau in his insightful blog post (Who is writing local news? 31 December, 2017). Below is an equally revealing article by someone who has been writing local news for as many years as I have.

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NCTJ Law revision session - attention Year 2 and MAs


Don't forget there is a joint revision session for your NCTJ law exam on Wednesday January 17th from 2 - 4pm in room G4-12.  Please bring your holiday test paper with you. Also a reminder to all those planning to take the Court Reporting module this term.  There are no classes on Friday January 19th as I'm at an NCTJ law board meeting. Teaching will begin on the 26th.

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Xmas holiday test paper - NCTJ Law


There will be the usual Friday NCTJ law sessions this week....BUT if you genuinely can't make it, please pick up a Xmas holiday test paper from the folder attached to Nicola's office door. We will go through this paper in your revision session on January 17th. 

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NCTJ law - attention Year 2s and MAs


Don't forget the replacement NCTJ law session on Wednesday December 13th  from 2 - 3.30pm in Room G4-12. This session is open to MAs as well as Year 2s as we are all working through the same test paper. DON'T forget to bring the test paper with you - and your McNae. 

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Briefing for 2018 Sky News Bob Friend Scholarship


Attention all undergraduates.

We'll be holding a briefing for the 2018 Sky News Bob Friend Scholarship on Tuesday 12 December at 1300 in the main newsroom. (UPDATE: now in the small newsroom because of the NCTJ sports journalism exam).

This is a unique and immensely valuable opportunity open to all undergraduate students in the Centre - first, second and third years. The winner will spend a month long, fully funded placement at Sky News. They will also receive a £3,000 contribution to their tuition fees. Beyond these rewards there is, of course, the prestige and glory of being a member of the tiny and highly select band of Sky Bob Friend Scholars.

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NCTJ Law - attention Year 2s and MAs


If you were not at last Friday's classes, please go to Nicola's office and pick up an EML exam test paper. They are in a blue box file marked "Sarah" on top of the filing cabinet.  This is the first of the test papers we'll be working through prior to your exam in January so it's really important that you bring your paper - and your McNae - to your Friday class.  

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NCTJ Awards triumph for Boglarka


Congratulations to BA Journalism graduate Boglarka Kosztolanyi, who last night won the prestigious National Council for the Training of Journalists Award for Student Project of the Year.

Centre for Journalism staff were out in force at the ceremony at Hampton Court Palace to support Boglarka, who had been nominated for her superb third-year project Echoes of Horror - a multimedia investigation into the rise of the far right in eastern Europe and the fears of those who survived the concentration camps of World War 2 that history might be repeating itself.

Sky News political correspondent Sophie Ridge presented the awards, and Boglarka's project was praised by a judging panel of senior journalists for its  investigative rigour and use of immersive multimedia storytelling techniques.

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Work Experience at BBC R2's Jeremy Vine Show


The latest opportunity to do work  experience at the Jeremy Vine is up for grabs:  Successful applicants will be given 2 weeks of work experience on the show which now has the biggest audience for a current affairs programme on BBC Radio. It has 7.5 million listeners, slightly more than R4's Today Programme. The experience will take place at some point in the New Year. The application window closes on the 29th November.

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Covering Zimbabwe - first lesson is get the names right and find good pundits


Some random thoughts on Zim coverage so far:

Well done Radio 4's Today - amazing mangling of Mnangagwa. Try to get it right, he might be the next President. Still why bother with these silly African names. Poor Journalism and why give  a London-based, uninformed  ZANU-PF stooge so much uninterrupted airtime? It;'s a shame they didn't get a proper expert on Zimbabwe instead of some writer (and former Cameron speechwriter) who has just been to Zimbabwe. Plenty of real specialists easily available in UK. Very simplistic and uninformative about what is really going on - the exercise of combined military and political power for control of the ruling party.  Not so much as coup as militarised politics within ZANU-PF.  Context and history is everything in this story

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