Enter the NCTJ Awards for Excellence

The deadline for the NCTJ's annual journalism awards has been extended until tomorrow (Friday, September 23).

Current students and recent graduates can enter in categories including student journalist of the year, trainee of the year and best student project.

Winners will be given their prizes at a dinner event during the NCTJ Skills Conference which is being held in Portsmouth in November. 

Updated: JN301 revision

Apologies - I managed to book two of these sessions at times when I'm not available.

Revision sessions for Reporting and Writing I will be held on the following dates in the main newsroom at 11am:

Wednesday, May 18

Tuesday, May 24

Wednesday, June 1

We'll go through a mock exam paper, look again at the Editors' Code of Practice and talk about how to revise for the practical questions. There may be snacks.

Third years: NCTJ Portfolio briefing

There's been a change to the NCTJ Portfolios that will affect all third year students. Richard and I will talk to you about it at 11am on Monday, February 8, in the small newsroom.

We'll give you details of a new compulsory element for the portfolio: a story entirely created and published on a mobile phone.

See you there.

Opportunity with the KM Group

A reporting opportunity has opened up for a reporter with the KM Group at the Gravesend Messenger.

It's a relatively new and very highly regarded paper in an increasingly interesting news patch. You could find yourself covering one of the UK's first new garden cities in a generation at Ebbsfleet, the opening of one of Europe's biggest theme parks as part of a huge regeneration project at Swanscombe and a wide range of colourful festivals and events in Kent's most multicultural community.

Anyone interested should send a CV and cover letter to editor Bob Bounds at bbounds@thekmgroup.co.uk

'Forget Buzzfeed... this is the biggest threat to our industry'

Trinity Mirror, one of the UK's biggest newspaper groups, is considering banning users who use ad blocking software from its websites, as concerns continue to grow about the future of advertising revenue online.

The Times today quotes one unnamed newspaper executive: "Forget the arrival of the like of Buzzfeed; this is potentially the biggest threat to our industry."

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