I was appalled, but not particularly surprised, to hear about some of the fallout to a story in the Mancunion this week, which demonstrates some of the attacks student journalists are facing nationally.
The 60-second TV bulletin assessment for Year 3 takes place on Thursday in the main newsroom. Please be there by 9.30am.
You will be writing, cutting and presenting a 60-second international news round-up using footage from Reuters World News service. The style is based on BBC Three's 60-Second News. There's an example here.
There is an intriguing court case going on in Wales involving a council chief executive being sued for libel by a blogger who filmed a council meeting and the council making a counter claim for defamation against the blogger.
As so few of you now come in on Fridays, voice training is being moved to Thursday mornings 1100 - 1300. The first sessions will take place on Thursday March 14th. I will put a new rota on the newsroom door. As before, please make every effort to come to your session - if it's really impossible, please organise a swop with a colleague so that the time slot is not wasted.
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.