Congratulations to Ben Kennedy, who will join the Kent Messenger as its new reporter for Dartford and Gravesend in August.

He continues a tradition of Centre for Journalism students starting their careers at the local paper - following Lizzie Massey, Matt Leclere, Clare Freeman, Lewis Dyson, Becky Hughes and Alan McGuinness.

But before Ben can start enjoying the UK's hottest weather (a regular headline for Gravesend, thanks to its nearby weather station) or hanging around with Disney princesses (it's the resting place of Pocahontas), there's just the small matter of a dissertation to finish... a busy summer ahead!


Welcome to the KM Ben, I cover Folkestone, good luck!

Thanks Matthew! Hopefully I'll see you around.

Well done, Ben. I'm sure you will enjoy the job. It is a great patch on which to start your career as a reporter. 

When I wrote that post I knew I was tempting fate by trying to list all of our KM graduates... my apologies, Matt! I've added you to the list now.

Rob is a lecturer in reporting and writing at the Centre for Journalism

No worries. Hopefully many more to come with the new TV station. Look forward to working with the next person!

Congratulations Ben! When do you start? I'll see you in August if you're there :)

Cheers Jade! I start August 18 :-) not long till you'll be working there yourself at this rate!

Ben Kennedy joins the Kent Messenger