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October 11, 2013

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» Graduate challenges

Over the summer I was busy collecting stories from graduates about the challenges they faced in the early weeks and months after leaving university.  Unsurprisingly, one of the biggest challenges in the current economic climate is getting a graduate job. So … Continue reading

February 18, 2013

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» Inspiration is what you need to succeed

By Julie Kissick As an undergraduate, I was fascinated by the 19th century novelist George Eliot, (aka Mary Ann Evans). Her unconventional life, strength of character and dogged determination to do things her way inspired me. Eliot was a woman … Continue reading

December 18, 2012

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» Welcome to the digital natives

Young people’s familiarity with social media became very clear to the journalism team at Glamorgan on the first interview day for would-be students starting in October 2013. Not only do they use social media as their main source of information, … Continue reading

August 13, 2012

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» CCI Graduates Making Inroads Into the Media World

As the London Olympics 2012 have shown us, it takes hard work, dedication, determination and a clear focus to achieve success, in any and every area of life. Elite athletes only get to the top by creating and capitalising on … Continue reading

May 21, 2012

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» Using social media to gather 50-year-old smallpox stories

A four-month long experiment in the use of social media to gather people’s memories about the 1962 smallpox outbreak in Wales comes to an end today. Tracking the events of 50 years ago – often day by day – the … Continue reading

March 28, 2012

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» No difference between online and offline illegal activity

WHEN Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapsed at White Hart Lane 11 days ago the incident engendered an almost unanimous outpouring of compassion, not just among football fans, but the country, in fact much of the world seemed to share in … Continue reading

March 16, 2012

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» Ignore Your Digital Footprint At Your Peril

Reputation is everything. Most of us know that. We wouldn’t dream of behaving inappropriately in a professional environment. Neither would we knowingly allow others to see us at our worst.  Over the last few months I’ve tried to impress upon our final … Continue reading

February 27, 2012

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» Old Grumpy – the man they tried to gag – rides again.

Veteran citizen journalist Old Grumpy (aka Cllr Mike Stoddart) is back on the web after an enforced absence of more than a year.  His weekly expose of goings-on in and around Pembrokeshire County Council (of which he’s a member) had … Continue reading

January 23, 2012

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» Exposure radio is live online

The Exposure radio project is live on the web as of 10.00 this morning.  Tune in for news, music and discussion all aimed at the University of Glamorgan community. The project, based at the Atrium in Cardiff, is live Monday to … Continue reading

July 20, 2010

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» Guardian showcase for student work

Glamorgan journalism student Steven Lawless has been writing about ships and libraries for the Guardian local site in Cardiff.

This pilot project in local journalism by the Guardian has proved a useful one for our students. For a snapshot of examples of their work there, and elsewhere, let your cursor hover over the links on the right of the page.

In the meantime, the three best things I’ve read this week on the future of journalism are:

  • this on how algorithms are generating the ‘talking points’ that journalists traditionally find by a mix of instinct and experience
  • this bleak commentary on local news in South Wales which has now provoked a backlash from the Western Mail – see comment below
  • and this report on the Scottish scene, from which lessons can surely be drawn

These are interesting times, with opportunities as well as challenges, as colleague James Stewart pointed out  on these pages just a few weeks ago. And if you want to spend a year pondering some of the questions raised at the links above, there are still places on our MA courses where you can do just that – while polishing your professional skills, too.