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Launched in 2001, as Britain’s first online-only current-affairs mag, spiked is a metaphorical missile against misanthropy.

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Brendan O’Neill - editor
Brendan has been editor of spiked since 2007. He is also a columnist for the Big Issue in London and for the Australian in Sydney. He blogs for the Daily Telegraph and writes for the Spectator and runs a personal website here.
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Viv Regan - managing editor
Viv was previously co-director of WORLDwrite, a hardcore charity that demands ‘Ferraris for all’ and which runs online citizen-TV channel WORLDbytes. She also runs the Young Journalists’ Academy which was started by spiked and is now a thriving independent programme that offers free opportunities for state-school students to break into journalism.

Tom Slater - deputy editor
Tom joined the spiked team in September 2013. Besides writing weekly, Tom also runs our campaign Down with Campus Censorship! and the Free Speech University Rankings. Tom is also a regular contributor to the Spectator, the Telegraph and Time Out. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Slater_
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Mick Hume - editor-at-large
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‘Journalism should be open and accessible to all who have something interesting to say and the guts to say it. We hope the summer school will encourage a new layer of journalists to burst through and stir things up.’
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Speakers in past years have included Daniel Finkelstein (comment editor, The Times), Hannah Perry (news editor, Heat Magazine), Tony Evans (deputy football editor, The Times) and Philip Knightley (veteran war reporter).

‘For me, with a major interest in football, meeting a top football editor of The Times – and to hear his words of encouragement – helped a lot.’
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Journalism is an increasingly important area: it offers the opportunity to influence public opinion and make your voice heard. It is a difficult area to get into, however, often depending on ‘who you know’ rather than ‘what you know’. This programme is an opportunity for young Londoners to gain invaluable journalistic experience and win an audience for their writing - perhaps going on to become the opinion formers of the future.

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Send a short piece (300-500 words) on the topic ‘What should Boris Johnson do with Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth?’ to demonstrate your writing skills.

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It is particularly aimed at students who would not otherwise have access to the world of journalism, and the programme is free of charge.

The 2006 spiked summer school was a phenomenal success. The participants got the chance to hear first-hand from industry insiders about a variety of different strands of journalism - from the celebrity splash to the hard-hitting opinion piece, with practical workshops on how to write different types of article and sessions on broadcasting, sports writing and science reporting.

Speakers included the comment editor of The Times, Daniel Finkelstein, veteran war reporter, Phillip Knightley and the news editor of Heat, Hannah Perry.

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Brendan O'Neill - editor

As well as being the editor, Brendan O’Neill writes on war, terrorism and politics for spiked. He is also a regular contributor to the Christian Science Monitor, and his journalism has been widely published - in publications such as the Spectator, the Guardian, the New Statesman, the Sunday Times, BBC Online, Reason magazine and American Prospect. O’Neill founded the online journalism course at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design in Surrey, England.

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Mick Hume - editor-at-large

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Helene Guldberg - managing editor

Helene Guldberg is not only an experienced writer for spiked but also handles the money. Her writing specialises in issues of human psychology and child development. Guldberg has a PhD in developmental psychology and is an associate lecturer with the Open University. She was co-publisher of LM magazine from its launch in 1997 to its closure in 2000, and the author of Reclaiming Childhood: freedom and play in an age of fear, published in 2009. Visit Helene's website here.

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Rob Lyons - deputy editor

Rob Lyons studied law and psychology but now divides his time between editorial duties and maintaining the spiked website. He writes for spiked on issues from food to football, including the long-running Don't panic page. Rob is a regular commentator on television and radio in the UK. He is not married, has no children and does not live in Surrey. His book, Panic on a Plate: How Society Developed an Eating Disorder is published by Imprint Academic and he blogs about food at Panic on a Plate.

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Nathalie Rothschild - international correspondent

In addition to being spiked's roving reporter, Nathalie Rothschild co-ordinates the spiked and Times-sponsored Young Journalists' Academy. She has contributed to a range of publications in the UK and abroad, including The Times, the Guardian, the Australian and Hindustan Times. Read her personal website here.

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Tim joined spiked in January 2008 having previously written for us on sport and television. Hailing from Nottingham, Tim has a PhD in English from Sussex University. As well as writing regularly for us, Tim coordinates spiked events.

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Patrick Hayes - columnist

Patrick writes for spiked on everything from the future of Indian tribes to the English Defence League. He’s also a blogger for the Huffington Post and the Free Society and a producer for the Battle of Ideas. He has commented on political issues in a range of media outlets, including Newsnight, Sunday Morning Live, BBC Radio 5 Live, The Independent, The TES, Sky News and Russia Today. He contributed a chapter to the 2011 book The Lure of the City: From Slums to Suburbs. Visit his personal website here.

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Journalism summer school 2006

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We are looking for bright 16- to 18-year-olds from London state schools to take part in a spiked journalism summer school. The programme is sponsored by the City of London and supported by the London Press Club; and is particularly aimed at pupils who would not otherwise have access to the world of journalism.

The summer school will run between 12 and 19 August. The programme includes:

—two Saturday day schools, including writing exercises, and talks from experienced journalists about their approach to writing;

—three afternoon lectures by top journalists on subjects ranging from war reporting to investigative journalism.

Speakers include Daniel Finkelstein (comment editor, The Times) and Philip Knightley (journalist and author).

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The online debates provided readers with a number of position papers from experts in the field. Each debate ran over a six-week period, eliciting a number of diverse and intelligent responses from around the world. Towards the end of each debate, we held a London seminar, at which over 50 opinion-formers and members of the public debated the issues, and the new questions thrown up by our online debate. As each of the three debates closed, we published a short summary on spiked, which we circulated to the media, policymakers and other interest groups.

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If you could teach the world just one thing, was a survey conducted by spiked in 2005, with funding from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, to celebrate ‘Einstein Year’.

spiked surveyed over 250 renowned scientists, science communicators and educators - including several Nobel laureates - asking what they would teach the world about science and why, if they could pick just one thing. The survey was published as an interactive microsite on spiked, together with four short films and readers’ comments.

We launched the project at the prestigious Royal Institution of Great Britain, with an audience of 400 people. The resulting media coverage included several pages in the Guardian newspaper, and continuing references across the UK media.

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spiked’s 2005 conference Whose Choice is it Anyway? Questioning the New Conformism, sponsored by Cadbury Schweppes, INFORM, the Mobile Operators Association and Hill and Knowlton, debated the thorny topic of choice in relation to issues ranging from politics and euthanasia to food and alcohol. Passionate speakers on all sides of these debates discussed the issue with a diverse audience ranging from health professionals and policymakers to campaigners and school students.

Our 2003 conference Panic Attack: Interrogating Our Obsession with Risk, sponsored by the US publication TechCentralStation along with Hill and Knowlton, International Policy Network, Luther Pendragon,  the Mobile Operators Association, the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, and the Social Issues Research Centre, interrogated our society’s obsession with risk. Held at the the Royal Institution of Great Britain with an audience of 400, this was an international event that brought together debates about risk in relation to science and health with other aspects of our risk-averse culture.

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Young Journalists’ Academy

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During the intense, week-long summer school, students learn all the tricks of the trade, experiencing everything from the celebrity splash to the hard-hitting news piece and live community affairs reporting. There are sessions on how to write concise news reports, hard-hitting comment pieces and insightful cultural reviews. Students get a broad overview of the media industry and the different forms of journalism within it. They also get the chance to visit the headquarters of high-profile media organisations, such as The Times, the BBC and Reuters.

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