Tracey Crouch, the Conservative MP for Chatham and Aylesford, will visit the Centre on Monday 18 February. Tracey will talk to students and take questions in the main undergraduate newsroom at 1300. As a member of the Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport, she has been actively involved in debates surrounding the Leveson Inquiry. She is also a loyal supporter of the Centre for Journalism, a qualified referee and a talented footballer. Tracey has responded to countless requests for information and she has appeared on CfJ Television and CfJ radio. Please attend armed with good questions. This session is a must for all students.
Huge congratulations to Georgia Fry, 2013 Sky Bob Friend Memorial Scholar. This is the most prestigious and valuable scholarship available to an undergraduate student of journalism in the UK. Georgia won it against stiff competition from an immensely talented shortlist of candidates, all of whom deserve our congratulations and thanks. She will spend a month at Sky News this summer, learning the ropes in a top international newsroom.
Congratulations to the 32 CfJ students who passed last month's NCTJ Essential Media Law exam. We had a pass rate of 85% - with ten people gaining A grades! This is a seriously good result in an NCTJ law exam - and I'm delighted both for the students and the Centre. Special mention must go to Jemma Collins who, with 84%, equalled Kat Cain's best-ever mark by a CfJ student in an NCTJ law exam. Well done everybody!
There is a perfect storm brewing in the aftermath of Leveson that could undermine investigative journalism and radically alter the relationship between press and state.
The government is proposing to change the police’s right to demand information from journalists. It boils down to a lowering of the conditions that must be met before a court can grant police the right to seize confidential material held by a reporter.
The shortlisted candidates for the 2013 Sky Bob Friend Memorial Scholarship are: Georgia Fry, Cecily Snowball, Stine Wannebo, Victoria Polley, Michelle Gleaves and Clara Easthill. Many congratulations to all of you. The standard of entries was exceptional. We are sincerely grateful to all who submitted proposals. Competition is essential to success in journalism and the competition this year has been impressive. At the next stage the shortlisted candidates must sit a test set by Sky News and face an interview panel chaired by Neil Dunwoodie of Sky News. Academic staff in the Centre are available to offer advice and guidance to shortlisted candidates. I know everyone in the Centre will want to join us in offering congratulations to all who made the shortlist, and sincere thanks to all who submitted entries.