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FACE­BOOK IS PAY­ING TO TRAIN JOUR­NAL­ISTS

NEWS reaches us this week that Face­book is dip­ping into its pocket to the tune of £4.5m to help pay for the train­ing of new UK jour­nal­ists.

These new re­porters, who will re­ceive train­ing from the Na­tional Coun­cil for the Train­ing of Jour­nal­ists (NCTJ), will be known as “com­mu­nity” jour­nal­ists, and will be placed in news­rooms around the coun­try to help off­set the dwin­dling num­bers of re­porters pub­lish­ers them­selves are able to af­ford.

Maybe Face­book feels a lit­tle bit guilty about its role in putting the news busi­ness un­der strain in the first place...

Any­way, the cash will be pro­vided as a grant to the NCTJ, which will then in­vite ap­pli­ca­tions for fund­ing from the ma­jor UK re­gional pub­lish­ers, like Reach, Newsquest, and Ar­chant.

Pub­lish­ers them­selves have promised they won’t use the ex­tra cash to pay for their own trainees, but will treat it as an ex­tra re­source.

The cash will fund train­ing for two years, af­ter which the re­porters – who will by then be fully-trained – will ei­ther be taken on by the pub­lisher they work for, or seek em­ploy­ment else­where.

SMART ME­TERS – LOOKS LIKE WE HAD BET­TER GET A MOVE ON

THE gov­ern­ment has a plan in place to have ev­ery­one run­ning a smart me­ter for their en­ergy sup­ply by the end of 2020 – a date which sounds like it should be way off in the dis­tant fu­ture, in an age where we’re all jet­ting about in fly­ing cars.

It is, how­ever, just over a year away in re­al­ity... and fly­ing cars re­main a pipe dream.

As does the plan to move ev­ery­body over to smart me­ters, if a new re­port by Which? is to be be­lieved.

It says the en­ergy com­pa­nies are way be­hind in their in­stal­la­tion pro­gramme, hav­ing fit­ted just 11m to date, with an­other 46m to go.

That means they’d have to re­place 30 me­ters a minute ev­ery day for the next two years to catch up (which seems un­likely given they’re man­ag­ing 9.7 a minute at the mo­ment).

So, it seems the gov­ern­ment will have to re­assess the sit­u­a­tion and re­cal­i­brate the tar­gets...

Per­haps we’ll see those fly­ing cars be­fore ev­ery­one is able to mon­i­tor their en­ergy spend­ing more closely af­ter all.

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