Kent Messenger jobs

A wave of recruitment is continuing at the Kent Messenger, which is advertising reporting jobs in Maidstone and Whitstable.

The jobs would include producing stories for print, online and radio. The deadline for applications is April 1. As you have come to expect, NCTJ prelim exams and a driving licence are both required.

It would be a perfect first job for anyone about to graduate with a BA or MA. Applications by email (a cover letter and CV) to

And, in the spirit of objectivity, I should mention that other jobs are available. Anyone about to graduate should by now be a regular visitor to Gorkana, Press Gazette, Hold The Front Page, and The Guardian.

CNN favours accused rather than the victim - Steubenville case

For a major news source, severely biased news is one way to get disgruntled viewers and depleted credibility. CNN has recently learned this the hard way.

After two young men were convicted last week of raping a 16 year old girl at a party in Steubenville, Ohio, CNN covered the horrific case; however their sympathy was not placed on the young woman who experienced unimaginable suffering, but the budding sports stars who ruined their lives after they raped someone at a party while she was passed out.

Year 2 briefings for Year 3 elective modules

Over the next couple of days, we'll do a series of briefings for Year 2 students about their elective choices for next year.

On Friday at 12noon in the main newsroom, Sarah Lonsdale will talk about her module the Depiction of the Journalist in Fiction (JN510), and Rob Bailey will talk about his Sports Journalism module (JN512).

On Monday at 2pm in the main newsroom, I will talk about Advanced Multimedia Storytelling (JN506) and Richard will talk about Reporting Conflict (JN509).

Digitising DV video tapes in the undergraduate newsroom.

I have set up a dedicated 'digitising station' for students to transfer video footage they have shot onto a computer for editing. As many of the cameras are no longer communicating with the PCs there is now a DV player connected to the computer by the second (locked) door in the undergrad newsroom. I have laminated printed instructions for how to use this equipment and stuck them on the workstation.

They read as follows:-


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