Today is World Press Freedom Day.
Pity nobody told Dartford Borough Council Press Officer Lewis Kirnon.
As the clock struck midnight to usher in the day on which we honour those who fight for the right to bear witness to democracy, Mr Kirnon was ensuring precisely the opposite happened – by refusing two of our students entry to the borough’s election count.
Covering a count is something of a rite of passage for CfJ students. Through the years, hundreds of them have done that familiar all-night stint at general elections and local elections across the county. They have provided footage for ITV, the BBC and KMTV, as well as copy for newspapers and web sites across the county. They are well trained in the dos and don’ts, both technically and editorially. They know what to film and what not to film. They understand the law and Ofcom’s regulations inside out.
So it was with a degree of excitement that third year undergrad Jessica Sharp and her second year colleague Chloe Rose set off to cover the Dartford count as KMTV interns yesterday night.
Year 3 students can collect their Year 3 project marks and TV production marks from Nicola tomorrow (Friday) between 10am and 12noon and between 2.3pm and 4pm. MA students who took the TV Production module can also collect their marks.
Project deadline days are legendary at the Centre for Journalism.
Tears, tantrums, tales of woe - and the wild staring eyes of students who haven't been to sleep for more than 24 hours - are reliable indicators that the submission of this all important piece of work is imminent.
And each year, the academic staff grab whispered conversations in the corridor to compare notes about some of the amazing work that is nearing completion.
So yesterday, as the clock ticked down towards 5pm, we decided to capture at least some of the mania with a time-lapse camera in the Year 3 newsroom.
A couple of reminders for all CfJ students:
Postgrads and Year 1 and 2 undergrads: don't forget to post your second term blog posts on the site - by the end of Sunday (April 7th) please.
Postgrads and Year 2 and 3 undergrads: you MUST have signed up for any of the May NCTJ exams you are planning to take by the end of today. Sign-up sheets are on the noticeboard by the main newsroom. Email me or come and find me if you're not sure where you are with your NCTJ credits.