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'Mad Melvin' mouths off about the Royal Wedding


This call was made to BBC Three Counties Radio this morning and has become a bit of an internet sensation since. I'll say no more and let Melvin do the rest...

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Baroness Worthington in intern ad blunder


The topic of unpaid internships has been rather prolific in the news over recent months. In fact, Jon Snow even mentioned it at the Bob Friend Memorial Lecture last night, stating that the media’s use of unpaid interns is ‘alarming’.

The Daily Mail also published a couple of pieces on unpaid interns yesterday. One piece, titled ‘A degree in slavery: The highly-educated graduates forced to work for nothing for MPs, celebrities and even charities’, highlighted the problem of unpaid internships in Parliament. You can also check out my map, which shows every MP’s advertisement for an unpaid intern since January.


View MPs and constituencies adverting for unpaid interns in a larger map


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Preston wins funding to produce collaborative community media


A group of media projects and charities in Preston are going to receive funding from NESTA’s Neighbourhood Challenge, aimed at helping to change their community for the better.   

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Sky News, Royal Wedding Coverage


Any other third years interested and want to make a group?


Be part of the Royal Wedding coverage on Sky News 

Sky News are looking for short films about celebrations in different parts of the UK to provide an alternative view of the wedding day on 29 April 2011. It could be a conventional street knees-up, a party in a shopping mall, or just a gathering of friends around the TV. Or it could be something more offbeat – anything from a convent to a prison.


They are looking for students (or groups of students) to shoot and edit the films on the day and upload them to Sky News in time for a special programme on the evening of 29 April. You should aim at no more than two minutes on tape.


The key factors are pictures and actuality. Sky News want activity, colour and excitement. And above all they want to hear the voices of the British people - and maybe some visitors. Please do not put a commentary on tape but let the pictures and the actuality tell the story. 


What’s in it for you?


If you’re published, you and your university or college get an on-screen credit on network TV.


Sky News will pay £400 for the report they consider to be the best. They will also pay £100 for each report they publish, and £50 for each report they commission but which doesn’t make it on-air.




Interested NCTJ students should contact Simon Bucks, Sky News Associate Editor,  before Friday, 25 February and put ‘Wedding Video’ in the subject heading.


Arrangements for upload/delivery will be sent out later.


You should pitch your idea, and describe your objectives and treatment. It is important to show you’ve researched it and are 100% committed to delivering the piece.


Sky News want to ensure a wide spread of events – both in type and geography – so won’t necessarily commission all the stories proposed. They will choose the most interesting ideas.



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So you want to be a journalist?


Here's a humorous take on aspiring journalists. It's brilliant, albeit depressing. Enjoy.


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NUJ Students' Conference tips for journalists


I spent Saturday with a couple of other CfJers at the NUJ Students' Conference in London.

During the day we heard from some inspirational speakers and they offered us some great tips for our future careers.

I have blogged about each session, which I've linked to below in case you missed the day and want to know what was covered.

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Reporting Conflict reading: Too Close For Comfort


I have scanned in the reading for everyone - except it is too big to upload to the site. If someone's around tomorrow I'll see if I can get it uploaded to module notes, if not you can get it online on the scanning website - the file is called SCAN1045.

I've put a black and white copy in the postgrad newsroom (see shelf) for people to photocopy themselves, in case you don't know how to access the scan site. Don't be selfish and take it because I will hunt you down. However, there is an upside down colour copy in there which someone is welcome to take.

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NCTJ Student Representative


Every year each NCTJ accredited course sends a representative to the student council where students communicate their views on their journalism training - specifically NCTJ stuff only.

Each course has to select a student to attend. Train fares are covered and it's held at a media organisation each year - the previous two years were held at Bloomberg and the Guardian. It's a good chance to voice your opinions on the NCTJ, as well as meet industry professionals and have a nose around the newsrooms.

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NUJ Student Conference


 This just landed in my inbox - anyone want to go?

The NUJ is holding a special conference for journalism students and new recruits into the industry on Saturday 20th November.

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John Pilger, The War You Don't see.


Here is the link to the film trip we discussed in class, for those who wanted to look. I've pasted the summary of it below:

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