The Daily Telegraph is running a series of exposes of the questionable practices of local councillors and planning officers. Interesting, in as much as you don't often see a national broadsheet go undercover to turn its attention to local government - they will usually go for MPs.
It is rare to see the steps a journalist has taken to gain exclusive access to a story set out in as much detail as is revealed in these e-mails between Isabel Oakeshott of the Sunday Times and Vicky Pryce. They are a must read. They raise several ethical issues; most important among them: whether the Sunday Times could/should have done more to protect its source.
I've put a final test paper on the website - please use this as part of your revision. You can e-mail your answers to me if you wish. It's the last session next Friday before the exam on March 20th - it would be good to see more people making an effort to attend.
Here are the teams for the District Challenge - I'm looking for five pages of strong, original local news from your towns. The stories you find can be used in your assessed portfolios, which are due at the end of the year.
The deadline for the challenge is noon on Tuesday, March 12.