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Alex Crawford- Special Sky News Correspondent visits Coventry

Four times winner of the Royal TV Society Journalist of the Year award, Alex Crawford visited Coventry in a Special edition of Coventry Conversations to discuss her story in Libya. Formally based in Sky’s Dubai bureau, Alex has reported on the Gulf and the MIddle East, most recently covering the Arab  Spring uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, and Libya.

Alex’s name became a household one when was the first reporter to broadcast live from Green Square as rebel forces took over Tripoli. Arriving in the capital on the back of a pickup truck with a rebel convoy, Alex’s reports were broadcasted to the world vie manually operated satellite signal and a camera plugged into a cigarette lighter charger.

Written by Tsvetomir Valchev, Second Year Journalist

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The Phone Hacking Scandal: Journalism on Trial- Advise to Murdoch

As mentioned in a previous article, Roy Greenslade, Guardian contributor, is currently publishing extracts from ‘The Phone Hacking Scandal: Journalism on Trial’, written by a number of contributors and edited it by Coventry University’s own John Mair and also, lecturer at the University of Lincoln, Richard Lance Keeble.

Greenslade’s last post on his Guardian blog about the book was an extract from former director general of the Public Relations Consultants Association, Patrick Barrow with some advice to Rupert Murdoch following on from the scandal.

Written by Alex Maidment

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The Phone Hacking Scandal: Journalism on Trial- Have a preview through the Guardian….

‘The Phone Hacking Scandal: Journalism on Trial’ is about exactly what is says on the cover. It is a book all about one of the biggest scandals journalism has ever seen. A scandal which has seen people involved imprisoned, a newspaper being shut down and a long inquiry into media ethics by Lord Justice Leveson, which has further led to the closure of the Press Complaints Commission.

It is a scandal which is reshaping print journalism and caused the loss of so much trust from the public. The book gives an insight to the whole hacking ordeal and has information about everything which has gone on so far and is written by numerous industry professionals and Masters students and is edited by John Mair, Coventry University Senior Lecturer in Journalism and Professor Richard Lance Keeble, Professor of Journalism at the University of Lincoln.

Written by Alex Maidment

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The Phone Hacking Scandal: Journalism On Trial? Book and event listings.

Senior Journalism lecturer for Coventry University, John Mair and Richard Lance Keeble have put together another book featuring professional journalists discussing certain subjects. This book, entitled The Phone Hacking Scandal: Journalism on Trial? follows the Leveson case on phone hacking in journalism, where many writers and editors are on trail over allegedly tapping celebrities phones to find stories.

The book features work from lecturers from top universities, professional journalists, authors and MA Journalism students from Coventry University and contains over 30 chapters surrounding the case. It will be available in February 2012 and CU Today will be exclusively extracting chapters from the book throughout January as articles to read and learn from, or work to support academic essays.

Furthermore, John Mair is holding an event to showcase the release of the book, with details found below:

Written by Jon Dudley – Editor.

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Can Coventry Conversations conclude Cameron & Coulson Controversy?

“The North Korean’s couldn’t come up with better propaganda than the Murdoch’s.”

Nicholas Jones, famous for his previous political reporting at the BBC, described one of the Sun’s many iconic front pages. May 5th 2005 sees Tony Blair and Gordon Brown spliced in to two Manchester United football tops featuring the headline “Come on you Reds!”

When looking at how loyal Murdoch’s signature paper was to the Labour party during Blair’s run as Prime Minister, its tough to imagine that this is the same paper David Cameron occasionally wrote for and stands by to this day, despite the incredulous fall from grace the Murdoch family is currently undergoing.

It illustrates the point that Jones made earlier in today’s Coventry Conversation; for years the Prime Minister was so fearful of Rupert Murdoch and his army of media that they would dance to whatever music the fallen media baron played.

This is the effect that Andy Coulson had, or even has on the current Prime Minister. His link with Rupert Murdoch helped secure British public support of the Conservative party leader. The effect the ‘Red Tops’ have had on the country is undeniable; their persistent campaigns have changed laws – the campaign for ridding the country of plastic bags was a success within 3 days; they topple high-level officials – the Baby P debacle cost the jobs of at least five Haringey Council Staff; and they win and lose elections for Prime Ministers – Neil Kinnock never did get a chance to turn out the lights.

Written by Huw Hopkins – Student

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CU Today reaches 140,000 hits landmark

CU Today.net can proudly announce hitting 140,000 hits this week, continuing its strong success rate as a trusted news source for Coventry University.

Under the watchful eye of Senior Journalism lecturer John Mair, and student Editor Jon Dudley, this website has grown over its two year life span thanks to submissions of hundreds of articles from students both past and present, guest writers, and a multitude of Coventry Conversation posts. The website also has a strong following in China due to many exchange trips, and even features articles translated from English to Chinese for overseas students.

With a complete redesign over the course of last term and a Twitter page followed by many, CU Today has evolved – and will continue to – over the next year, to keep up with the current styles of interesting and informative journalism. Despite a slow summer (due to less university news happening) CU Today gained thousands of hits in the holiday months, and we can only expect it to get bigger over time.

This year will feature many more high profile Coventry Conversations, events and media related news – including live blogging and more audio and video articles as time progresses. It is without a doubt that CU Today will reach a huge record of 150,000 hits in no time at all.

Written by Jon Dudley – Student Editor
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Barney Jones Coventry Conversations – Producing Andrew Marr and David Frost

Barney Jones, the Editor of ‘The Andrew Marr show’ and previously Editor of ‘Breakfast with Frost’, shared his unique experiences of producing such well-known shows at a Coventry Conversation on the 13 th October 2011.

Mr Jones started off by talking about the very well received; ‘Breakfast with Frost’ which started in 1993 and was hosted by Sir David Frost and he went on to mention that they had to argue about the title and Mr Jones said: “David was very keen that it should have his name in it” and referred to some of the other programs which Sir David Frost hosted and how many had his name in the title. He then joked that this was so they couldn’t replace him with another presenter.

Mr Jones showed the lecture audience some clips from ‘Breakfast with Frost’ and as he came across one with some of the cast and production team he pointed out Sir David Frost and also himself and smiled as he said: “A youthful editor.” Mr Jones talked about some of the huge names they had on ‘Breakfast with Frost’ and in the fourth show they managed to get George Bush Senior who was at the time, President of the USA. He said that he was shocked the way that Sir David Frost just took a number out and rang the President whilst sat at his desk. He described himself as being “Flabbergasted.”

Written By Alex Maidment – First Year Student

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