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Magazine of the Chartered Institute of Journalists

Autumn 2017

  • Documentary film-makers scoop major awards

    Whicker’s World Foundation has announced the winners of its latest Funding Awards. The top award, £80,000, for a first-time feature-length documentary maker aged 35 or under, went to Pailin Wedel of Bangkok for “Hope Frozen”, a compassionate film probing the ethics and morality of cryogenics and the meaning of death. Wedel, 34, is a Thai-American…

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  • Charity praises media on mental health

    New research from the charity Mind shows that media coverage of mental health problems improves understanding and promotes help seeking. News reports, documentaries, celebrity interviews, soap and drama storylines about mental health have a huge impact on encouraging people to talk, show new findings released by Mind. More than a third (35%) of people who…

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  • Is disability a barrier to being a journalist?

    Glasgow Clyde College student Kyle Gunn was told by the Scottish Qualifications Authority that he could not receive the Higher National Diploma in Practical Journalism. This was because his cerebral palsy meant he was unable to take the shorthand section of the course. However, following a “clarification” by the National Council for the Training of…

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  • Lament for a fallen giant

    The Medway Valley in Kent was once known for its many riverside industries: from chalk extraction and cement-making, to breweries and paper-making. One of the most famous names in the paper industry was the great Aylesford Newsprint plant, a Kent industrial powerhouse since the early 1920s and a main supplier of essential raw material to…

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  • Training to stay safe

    In July, 37 freelances from around the world joined Rory Peck Trust, Frontline Freelance Register (FFR) and a team of security experts to get their safety questions answered. A team of safety advisers and digital security experts, assembled by RPT and FFR, set up at the Frontline Club in West London for the first ever…

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  • Managing the BBC’s workforce

    The BBC has reduced payroll staff costs and numbers, in particular the cost and size of its senior management, increased the proportion of staff outside London, and created new posts in priority areas, according to the latest report from the National Audit Office (NAO). In the period the NAO reviewed, the BBC improved central management…

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  • Honorary Doctorate for Luke Johnson

    Former Channel Four Chairman Luke Johnson has received an honorary degree from the University of West London. Johnson joined 1,700 graduating students at ceremonies taking place at Wembley Stadium in July. In a stellar career, Johnson has been chairman of both Channel Four and the Royal Society of Arts. After taking control of Pizza Express…

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  • What happens in the body when reading?

    By Mary-Katharine Phillips In recent years, digital news has flourished, perhaps due in part to the ability to gather data purporting to show reader engagement. But so far print editions have not been able to benefit from this. To bridge this gap, we initiated the Digital Reader Engagement project. The goal was to define, measure…

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  • Fake news, Pyongyang style

    Revelations by a defector from North Korea provide a rare opportunity to understand how journalists work in the repressive Communist state. Chang Hae Seong was a journalist for the Pyongyang regime’s Korean Central Television (KCTV) and now lives in Seoul, South Korea. In an article published in the Korean Times, he writes: “While working as…

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  • Diaries shed new light on author

    Iris Murdoch fans and scholars finally have an opportunity to “read between the lines” as 15 volumes of the writer’s private journals, covering the period from 1939 to 1996, become available at Kingston University. The documents have been donated to the University by Mrs Audi Bayley, the widow of John Bayley who was married to…

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