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PA education correspondent launches blog


The Press Associationís education correspondent Tim Ross has launched a blog to stimulate debate on key issues in schools and universities.

Tim Rossís Blackboard is the weblog written by Tim, 28, who got interested in the potential for direct communication offered by the internet.

The blog, which also features downloadable podcast audio, highlights the important educational topics of the week and is aimed at education professionals, parents and students.

Previous topics have included top up fees, Blairís education legacy and tributes to Ted Wragg Professor of Education at Exeter University.

Tim Ross joined the national news agency in 2000 as an editorial assistant at Westminster. He moved to the newsroom in 2002 and was appointed Education Correspondent in 2004.

Commenting on the launch of the blog, Tim said: ďAs well as being a good outlet for a more reflective kind of writing, blogging is a great way to generate wider debate. Iíd like to hear directly from parents, teachers, academics and students. Anyone who cares about education should take a look and have a say.Ē

Jonathan Grun, editor at The Press Association said: ďThe growth of blogging as a means of communication presents an interesting challenge to journalists - one which PA is keen to explore. This blog gives Tim the chance to provide a topical commentary on his specialism and respond to the news as well as create it.Ē


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