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Southport Reporter

Edition No. 84

Date:- 24 January 2003

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Press Complaints Commission launch new facility. 
Report send by the PCC.

THE Press Complaints Commission has today launched a new on-line facility to assist students in media studies and trainee journalists when they are studying the work of the PCC and the terms of the Code. This is part of the Commission's deep and ongoing commitment to the vitally important work of training tomorrow's journalists.

The PCC's website now includes a special section - click here to view. 
- designed to answer questions that are frequently asked by students and trainees, and to provide in depth answers to general philosophical and ethical issues.

Acting PCC Chairman Professor Robert Pinker - who has always played a key role himself in the training of journalists throughout the countries and regions of the UK - said:- "I am delighted we can provide this important new facility for students and trainees. In the last ten years, standards of training within the newspaper industry have been transformed - partly on the back of the inclusion in the NCTJ exams of knowledge of the Code and the work of the PCC. That, alongside the growth in media studies courses at Universities and the in-house work undertaken by publishers themselves, means that there is more interest than ever in the work of the PCC. The Commission will continue to play its full part in training tomorrow's journalists and to respond as thoroughly as it can to requests from students and others for information. After all, that is surely the best way to guarantee the future of effective self regulation and the authority of the editors' Code."

Last year, the PCC took part in over 40 training courses across the country. Details of these - and other important issues - will be covered in the PCC's Annual Review for 2002, which is due for publication on Thursday 6th March. Further details will be available nearer the time. 

Training courses wishing a speaker from the PCC should get in touch with Tonia Milton on 020 7353 1248 

Rhombus of Doom brew up a storm
Live at the Brewery, Berry Street Liverpool.

Report by Dom Bommer.

ROCKERS Rhombus of Doom shook the opening night of the Brewery's new music season as students flocked to the frenzy of this experimental band.

Indeed it was a treat that was somewhat reminiscent of Frank Black or Sonic Youth. Yet a more accurate description of this Tuebrook based band is that of Blur meets Ozric Tentacles.

Audience aside, this was nothing less than a solid performance from a band who were bullish enough to get on with the business of playing. 

This no-nonsense style illustrated songs that remained nameless or held titles such as 'Track 2', which in it's own right fused dirge, cacophony and melody. 

The consistency of this style remained throughout this instrumental performance and homed in on the purest 'indie' genre music to be seen in a very long time - A statement of intent that there is a new music scene in town and it is here to stay

The night was rounded off with acoustic based Barry Lemon, who raised many an eye and brought smiles to his audience with his rather brash Scouse oasis moniker, accentuating the intimate experience that remained captivated by Lemon's lush and intricate song's. 

But the irony of Lemon's solo performance was overshadowed by the superb twelve-string clarity that was highlighted evidence akin to Ian McCulloch in days gone by - yet mixed with comedy and banter.

Performances by bands such as these often show the more intimate side of the beginnings of bands that mark intent of things to come. Indeed here Barry Lemon and Rhombus of Doom show signs of going from strength to strength.

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