The council rich list - a town hall scandal - or something else?

The Taxpayers' Alliance has established itself as a high-profile campaign group dedicated to shining a spotlight on public sector spending. On Friday Jan 23, it published its lastest survey of how councils are apparently spending too much of our/your money on middle managers. Our version of the story on kent online can be seen here. You can see from the readers' comments that this kind of thing touches a raw nerve among some. Are they justified?

Gunning for journalists

Following the news that Alexander Lebedev, new owner of the Evening Standard, has armed reporters on his newspaper in Moscow, Richard has written a piece on the issue for Comment is Free. He mentions Geraldo Rivera, the idiotic pistol-packing American TV 'reporter whose ludicrous television packages from Iraq and Afghanistan broght shame on the profession - but unfortunately I can't find any YouTube footage that does justice to his true awfulness. 

Voxpoptastic

For those of you who thought audio vox pops were just something you get sent to do as a student exercise for convergent journalism, have a listen to this fine example of the genre from John Kay of Radio 4's PM programme. This was the lead item on the programme last night.

More from Parliament and Stephen Ladyman

Following our visit to Westminster and the meeting with Stephen Ladyman you might like to look at this piece which Paul Francis (who will be teaching you Local Government) wrote in today's Kent Messenger. If you have been following the story it turns out that Mr Ladyman was not so keen to reveal MP's expenses!  Since then of course the Government has rapidly abandoned the proposal to block us from finding out exactly how MPs are spending their/our money. 

Sky Bob Friend Memorial Scholarship

Bob FriendI promised to tell you about the criteria that will be used to choose this year's Sky Bob Friend Memorial Scholar. Please note that the timetable is tight and the deadlines are rigid.

The 2009 scholar will be chosen on or before Friday 30 January. A formal presentation will take place at the first annual Sky Bob Friend Memorial Lecture which will take place in the Pilkington Lecture Theatre here on the Medway Campus on Monday 9 February. All staff and students in the Centre for Journalism will be invited to attend.

All current undergraduate students in the Centre are eligible to apply for the 2009 scholarship. The application process has three stages.

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