NCTJ Reporting exam results

Congratulations to 10 students who began the new year in fine style with news that they had passed the NCTJ Reporting exam.

It's a notoriously tough test, so we are extremely proud of the 83 per cent pass rate in December's exam. Nine of the 10 were sitting it for the first time, which makes the figures even more impressive.

The lives of elevators

Not exactly a pick of the day - it's from 2008 - but I was just reminded of this brilliant piece from the New Yorker's Nick Paumgarten after reading a conference pitch by Year 2 student Josh Morl. It's a superb example of long-form journalism, and how you can make even the most unpromising-sounding subjects (in this case, lifts) sing if you put the spadework in. Make time to sit back and enjoy it.

Congratulations Dean Kilpatrick and Sara Malm

Huge congratulations to Dean Kilpatrick who will join Kent on Sunday as a trainee reporter on May 23 and also to Sara Malm who has started working shifts at Mail Online, probably the world's most successful newspaper website. It is becoming something of a pattern in the Centre for Journalism that our most determined students secure jobs in journalism before they have graduated. I hope everyone will join me in celebrating Dean's and Sara's achievements in continuing a fine tradition. Dean will be covering the whole of Kent and he tells me that he hopes the opportunity will help him to expand skills he has learned in the Centre and to supply a regular stream of exclusive stories for his paper. He adds: "The course has obviously pushed me in the right direction as the NCTJ preliminary certificates proved essential in getting the job. I think it also benefited my application that I was able to suggest multimedia ideas and had carried out previous work experience." Sara's byline has already appeared on a string of stories for Mail Online. She also tells me that her multimedia skills are proving particularly useful.   

When is it right to "whistleblow"?

The NFL has been rocked by the "bounty" scandal in which New Orleans Saints defensive co-ordinator Gregg Williams paid players to injure the opposition. The saga took a new twist last week when audio was released by documentary-maker Sean Pamphilon of Williams ordering his players to "go for the heads" of players who had a history of concussions and to injure the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) of a player who had a previous knee injury.


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