Archive | October 2013

War of the Worlds – did Orson Welles really convince the USA the Martians had landed?

p01kgwlgIt’s 75 years since aliens from the Planet Mars landed in an American field on Hallowe’en, causing a mass exodus of the Eastern seaboard. That’s how convincing the Mercury on the Air radio drama was in a war-paranoid USA. Or so legend has it.
In those days, radio was the voice of authority. Compared to other media in the UK today, to some extent it still is. Radio 4 certainly still thinks it is. But could this kind of hoax happen today, asks Catherine Adams?
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Adam’s anniversary delight

Italian job? Adam Civico

Italian job? Adam Civico

CBJ old boy Adam Civico is celebrating a year at the helm of the Shetland Times.

The Sheffield Wednesday fan who hails from South Yorkshire did a placement at the Barnsley Chronicle when he studied MA Newspaper Journalism in 2002-3. He impressed them enough to get a job as a junior reporter.
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Police Communications expert Matt Tapp a big hit with Media Matters Students

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Almost one hundred first year Media Matters students were treated to a fascinating insight into the world of policing and communications on Wednesday by one of the country’s leading consultants Matt Tapp.

Matt is now in charge of communications for the South Yorkshire force ahead of the forthcoming Hillsborough Re-Enquiry, but gave his time to discuss cases he had worked on including Maddie McCann’s disappearance, the Holly and Jessica murders in Soham and the Jersey Childrens’ Home allegations.
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Leveson is back in the news

Plans to regulate the press are back in the news after reports that the newspaper industry’s plan for a new system of press regulation (IPSO) has been rejected by a sub-committee of senior ministers in the Privy Council.

The full Privy Council is due to make a decision on the Royal Charter requested by the PressBoF (Press Board of Finance) for a new press regulator on 9 October.
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Proud to be a journalist…

PROUD to be a journalist…

Post Leveson and even as Paul Dacre seems to be doing his absolute best to bring our profession into disrepute, I am and always will be proud to call myself a journalist.

I know and, in the past, have experienced that some members of the public find the idea of what we do somehow seedy, or under-hand and that anyone making a living out of telling stories about the trials and tribulations of others must be, at best, ruthless or, at worst, immoral.
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CBJ students grill media experts

We tweeted live from the CBJ consortium event, part of freshers’ week at NTU, where new BA and MA students quizzed our media industry panel. Here’s a round-up of their views, ideas and tips for how to get on in journalism
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Judge named and shamed

Helping hand: Walter Greenwood

Helping hand: Walter Greenwood

Budding court reporters hopefully enjoyed Mandy’s tribute to former McNae’s co-author Walter Greenwood on cbjbanter.

The part that may have particularly resonated was at the end where she highlighted his wish to help journalists stand up to bumptious court officials.

This was the focus of a great article a couple of weeks ago on Hold the Front Page – see link below – about a reporter’s fight to get hold of a judge’s first name.
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