This is just a reminder that I need the undergraduates to have collectively selected an NCTJ representative by tomorrow by whatever means necessary. If not, I'll have to lock you all in a room in the morning until white smoke emerges.Â
As Iâ€™m sure you are all aware, the BBC is facing severe protests outside Broadcasting House amid calls for it to air an appeal to the British public to help those in need in Gaza.
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.Â You can see from the readers' comments that this kind of thing touches a raw nerve among some. Are they justified?
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 AfghanistanÂ broght shame on the profession - but unfortunately I can't find any YouTube footage that does justice to his true awfulness.Â
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.