So we've been here a while now, and it looks like the course is going to be great. A little bit worried about the comment Ian made to our tutor group 

 that most of them haven't actually taught before, but now that we've started lectures it seems like they've got it all sussed.

Am I the only person scared by the idea of coursework essays, multi-media packages and portfolios being submitted in the next couple of months?! We're getting chucked right in at the deep end; it's exciting, but scary too.

I'm doing a 'presentation' on Hugh Dougherty's 9.11 piece in a bit; it's our first seminar and I'm really curious to see how it turns out, I don't think we've seen what kind of political leanings most of us have, yet, so it could be interesting stuff...



Glad we've got away with it so far, John. Hope we can keep up the facade.

Ian Reeves is head of the Centre for Journalism

Fear not John, Prof Luckhurst has lectured as a guest at countless universities, he taught all of the initial recruits to Radio 5 Live and was responsible for graduate training schemes at the BBC and The Scotsman.  Sarah has spent many hours teaching ugs for the School of English (Sarah holds a post graduate certificate of HE (PGCE for university lecturers).  Ian and Richard may not be as experienced with blackboard and chalk but boy do they know their stuff! You're in safe hands.  Hope the presentation went well!

The coursework etc. doesn't sound so bad at the moment - the thing that I found most intimidating was that we are supposed to have looked over a range of newspapers all by 9.30 in the morning! That hour hasn't been seen in my life for quite some time; it's going to take a bit of readjusting. 


p.s thumbs up for your presentation!

It does all seem a bit overwhelming but I agree it is exciting. I'm just worried about how much we're expected to know about everything that has ever happened in the world and why. It's good that we are learning to be proper journalists though. :)

Journalists are really good at finding things out, not knowing everything. Much easier

I don't think I'm particularly good at either one just yet.

Kat, surely you don't need reminding that we were also really shit at opening a tin of beans... but with a really sharp knife and a grill handle we did it! That's a really obscure way of saying you'll be fine! And when you are struggling it's just an excuse to eat lots of chocolate - so it's not all bad.

It does seem daunting but I think if you put the work in you'll get a lot out if it. It's been good so far.

Ignorance is bliss. Just try to either ignore the urgency and deadlines of the work (does not mean, ignore dealing with them) or recognise the fact that all those works we are supposed to do, what we are graded on, are either going to be closely connected to classwork and will be greatly helped by our professors - or they're full-scale, big, national exams for which we have to lie face-in-the-book and study for about 2-3 weeks.

Gotta enjoy it, then the problems will solve itself. In any case, how wrong can things go anyways?

First couple of days