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Journalism students’ blog reaches 100,000 hits

A blog by journalism students at a university is thought to have become the most popular of its kind in the UK after reaching 100,000 hits since it was launched.

CUtoday was launched in March 2009 at Coventry University and its journalism students report on news and events from the media department, the university and further afield.

It was launched by former journalism student Jason Craig and has been run by four student editors including him.

The blog has reported from events in Coventry, Glasgow and London and live from the Formula One trackside in China.

Senior broadcasting lecturer John Mair said: “I am very proud of the journalism students at Coventry and what they have achieved with

“It is a triumph for them. This is a living demonstration of students and open media and trusting them to do it well and legally. That was doubted in the inception.

“Success never comes easy and the original obstacles seem light years away now. The success is down to their talent, blood, sweat and tears. They deserve huge praise for this signal target reached.”

Nearly 700 posts have gone up on the site in total and daily hits average 200.

The blog is now edited by Natasha DeSilva and Radena Choleva, with founder Jason now having a career as a journalist in his native Ulster and the second editor Marc Johnson starting a PR career.


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  • January 5, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Thank heavens the blog wasn’t called: CU Next Tuesday!

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  • January 6, 2011 at 11:37 am

    I’m surprised that in 2011, journalism lecturers (and HTFP) are making (and reporting) claims about “hits”, which is a completely meaningless online metric. How many unique visitors and page impressions has this site recorded? As for being the largest site of its kind, this is very unlikely. 100,000 “hits” (whatever it actually means) over the course of nearly two years is not a big number, even for a student site.

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