Referendums don't strengthen our democracy, they undermine it.


I used to be so enthusiastically in favour of referendums. I admired the Swiss system of semi-direct democracy. I naively thought it could be adopted here in the UK one day. Now I believe that referendums hurt our democracy much more than they help it.

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Why Mental Health Month isn't enough, from someone living with the 'black dog'


As I’m sure all of you will know, May started on Wednesday. What less of you may know, however, is that May is World Mental Health Month, or MHM for short.

This is a month in which everyone comes together to promote advocacy for mental health support, share their stories and raise money for charities such as Mind and CALM. Millions of pounds are raised every year in the UK alone and thousands of people share their stories and pitch in, whether that be doorstep work such as asking for donations or volunteering at their local Mind charity shop.

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Sticking up for marginalized people is part of my DNA: Mayor Steve Adler


Steve Adler is the Mayor of Austin, Texas. He is Jewish but his advocacy for the rights of Muslims and immigrants and his vocal resistance against the exclusion of minorities from important social and political decision-makings have made him a popular politician and lawyer nationally and internationally.

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REVIEW: Star Wars – Secrets of the Empire @ The VOID, London


I’m not sure how exactly to review the ultimate “you had to be there” activity, but I emerged from The VOID’s fully immersive Star Wars VR experience with a burning desire to scream about it from the rooftops, so here we go. 

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TV presenting opportunity - but you'll have to be quick!


The Street Soccer Foundation - a charity that uses the power of football to help homeless people get their lives back on track - is looking for some help from CfJ students to present a series of TV interviews for its Street Soccer Show.

The show's episodes will help to promote the charity to a wider audience via its web site and Youtube. Episodes will include interviews with people who are benefitting from Street Soccer's academy system, interviews with the business that are supporting the cause, and fun football challenges. 

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Want to help with AMMPE's social media presence?


Do you love social media? do you take pride in carefully crafted instastories? Do you want some CV experience running accounts for a big organisation? The Worlwide Association for Women Writers and Journalists' biannual conference is coming to the UK Nov 6-9 and we need some help! The Centre for Journalism is one of 4 partner organisations getting things ready. We are on twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn but need help keeping it updated. Maybe even coming up with an Instagram account. 

We are looking for volunteers to help beef up our online presence. This is an unpaid position that will cover expenses if needed, but it also gives you privileged access to the conference in November. So many incredible journalists will be there. You wouldn't be left alone: our lecturer Laura Garcia will be coordinating and guiding the people who are chosen for this. 

INTERESTED? Please send an email to with a couple of ideas of things that we could do for AMMPE's social media presence. Men and women are welcome to apply for the position. Deadline to express interest is May11th, 2018. 

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Taking the pressure off


In a recent study, completed by the Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention at Hong Kong University, it has been revealed that UK students suicide rates are on the rise. To some people, this may come as a shock. Often the student lifestyle is portrayed as fun, wild and free and for a lot of it, it is. However, there is the side that isn’t always spoken about which is the stress, anxiety and fear that comes with doing a degree. Students pay thousands upon thousands of pounds and spend years studying for a piece of paper that may or may not even get them a graduate job at the end of it.

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The Witcher is getting a TV show and I don't know if I should be excited


A bit of background for those of you who are not as nerdy as I am. The Witcher is a series of books by Poland’s answer to JRR Tolkien, Andrzej Sapkowski. They focus mostly on the adventures of a monster hunter called Geralt of Rivia in a dark fantasy world. It’s a bit like Game of Thrones but with the boring political bits cut out and the magic and monsters wacked up to eleven.

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Sabah is A-grade star of our magnificent 17


Belated but sincere congratulations to the 17 MA and Year 2 students who recently passed the  NCTJ's Essential Journalism exam. 

Sabah Jalal triumphed with a rare A grade and B grades were achieved by Alice Beer, Rob Bryne, Tommaso Dimiddio,  Grace Gausden,  Harry Howard, Max Mead, Daniel Otyway and Laura Trussell.

Well done all. 


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APPLY for two work placements at BBC South East Today


The good folks at BBC South East Today have offered two of our students work experience placements in their Tunbridge Wells newsroom. This is an incredible opportunity for anybody interested in working in broadcast. Both our MA and BA soon-to-be graduates can apply. 

Interested? All you have to do is USE THE FORMAT ATTACHED to write up a story idea for BBC South East, explain why it fits their format and give us a shot list of how you would shoot it. This means you need to watch their programme, get to know their style, the stories they cover, etc. 

Email your proposal to Laura Garcia on and use the format provided here. You need to click on the story to see the whole post - the downloadable format is there.  DEADLINE: 9th of May, 2018  midnight.  


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