The 'tipping point' for American journalism

Oct
13

We are witnessing a tipping point in American journalism in which the balance of power is tilting decisively towards new media, Financial Times editor Lionel Barber writes today. In particular the 2008 presidential debate - already dubbed the YouTube election - has "revolutionised the terms of political engagement", he says, as the mainstream media's imperial status has been shaken.

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Is it time to head for the hills?

Oct
13

chicken In my local bookshop this weekend I overheard a customer asking the owner whether she had any books on chicken-keeping. She replied that he was the fourth person in a week to ask and wondered if such thoughts of self sufficiency were a sign of the times.

Similarly in my garden centre there has been a run on logs: fears of the imminent collapse of our food distribution and energy provision systems are evidently causing the good folk of East Kent to ponder survival strategies.

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The Economic chill that put Capitalism in the Deep Freeze

Oct
09

The lead package on Channel 4 News tonight was exquisite. It started with a coruscating tease (the hospice for sick children that has lost a fortune in an Icelandic bank) and moved on through sharp writing, succulent graphics and lancing interviews.

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Student Debt Serious Concern For Most Students

Oct
09

A survey conducted by Journalism students at the Medway Campus yesterday shows that more than half of the students interviewed are worried about their financial situation.

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Room for Improvement at Medway - Survey

Oct
09

Almost half of students surveyed thought the University's nightlife was bad, but that didn't stop three first-year students from being arrested outside the Medway campus on Monday night - for charging into bollards.

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Parliamentary Whips

Oct
09

Here is a basic guide to what whips do in the British parliamentary system. Please read it. You really need to know about this.  This additional link leads you to more information.  

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Moral Hazard

Oct
08

Amid collapsing banks, yo-yoing share prices and widespread insecurity it is natural to look for a culprit. The difficult bit is choosing the villain. Did the banks - particularly the de-mutualised building societies - completely lose touch with reality in their hunger to expand market share? Should their senior executives shoulder all the blame, or is there such a thing as political responsibility?

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Croydon or Coventry: Iceland's new dilemma

Oct
07

Iceland: which is worse, Croydon or Coventry?

You would have thought Iceland's woes were already bad enough. With the krona plunging more than 30 per cent in value in one day, its main banks teetering on the brink of disaster and residents of the once-lauded ‘Arctic Tiger' experiencing one of the worst ‘morning after the night befores' imaginable, they are now faced with a terrible attack of identity crisis.

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Another new dawn for epaper

Oct
07

Cruise Minority ReportCentre for Journalism undergrads may remember that snippet from the Tom Cruise film Minority Report that I showed them in week one's first lecture. Cruise is a cop on the run from his own police force in the year 2054 and jumps on a tube train. The guy sitting opposite is reading a copy of USA Today, whose splash suddenly updates in front of his eyes to reveal the Cop On the Run story, complete with pictures of the fugitive...

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First steps in video

Oct
02

welcome video screengrabDuring Welcome Week, we sent our first year students out with Canon HV30 video cameras and radio microphones to interview each other as an ice-breaking exercise. Today, they used that footage as a demonstration of how to digitise footage from the camera, make a simple cut in Premiere Elements, compress the output file and upload the resulting clip of a minute or so to the centreforjournalism site.

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