Sophy Ridge delivers inspirational Bob Friend Sky News lecture

Karina Pavlova joined the pantheon of Bob Friend Memorial Scholars at a glitzy annual event attended by senior Sky News journalists in Medway last night.

Karina, who is in her final year at the Centre for Journalism, was presented with her prize by Sophy Ridge - presenter of Sky's flagship political discussion programme every Sunday - and Peter Diapre, assistant editor (mobile).

She won over Sky News executives with her pitch for a story about defibrilators being legally required in schools, universities and sports centres. Her prize was £3,500 towards her tuition fees and a month's work experience with Sky News this summer.

Karina was joined on stage by other former winners: Emma Rae Woodhouse, Alan McGuinness, Jem Collins and Laerke Christensen.

Print newsday - let battle commence

All first and second years will be in action for a print newsday on Thursday, January 31.

As ever, you'll be split into two mixed teams in a challenge to out-scoop each other. Rumour has it both teams will be producing newspapers in the style of The Guardian.

Conference will be held at 1pm on Monday in G1-04 for Rob's team and G3-19 for Angela's team. And here are the squads:

A feather in Bella's cap

MA student Isabella Fish has something to crow about this morning - a byline on page 3 of the Daily Mail.

Bella is currently on work experience at the newspaper after winning a scholarship through the Centre for Journalism. And she couldn't have got off to a better start.

Her story about an adopted rook with "separation issues" leads page 3 today.

We'll have a flutter on it being the first of many stories bearing her name in national newspapers.

Calling second years - module fair on Monday

It's time for second year students to choose their elective modules for next year - so we'll be holding a module fair to explain your options in the main newsroom at 1pm on Monday, February 13.

In most cases you will be choosing one module per term from an a la carte menu that includes: Propaganda; Humanitarianism and Communication; Reporting Conflict; Sports Journalism; Travel Journalism; Reporting the Second World War; Advanced Multimedia Storytelling; Political Journalism and Contemporary Screen Documentary.

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