I've been cruisin' and perusin' the internet and have found some interesting stuff to share.
This first one is a page of Guardian articles explaining and commenting on how libel laws are changing and damaging investigative journalism. For me, investigative journalism is one of the most interesting and exciting parts of the profession and it strikes me as a real shame that this important public service is being stifled. As an indication of how savage and far reaching UK libel law has become, the USA are even setting up their own laws specifically to protect their writers and journalists from the British courts. The law is mentioned in this very angry Guardian piece which also contains information on several libel cases which will have not only journalism students, but pretty much anyone who has anything to do with any kind of public forum, quaking in their footwear. It also mentions the "guilty until proven innocent" idea, which I raised in our Media Law lecture, as do a a few other websites. I'll have to consult McNae's and speak to Chris in order to achieve a better understanding of exactly how this works.
Here is a link to a page of the Nieman Foundation at Harvard. This page is plastered with articles about journalism and changes occuring within the industry, so it's full of ideas of what to expect from the world when we graduate. Never hurts to get ahead of the game. There are many articles of interest on there, so I shall add it to my 'Strong Links' list. Note that this page appears to change quarterly, though they do have an archive.
Drilling a little deeper into Nieman, this is a cracking piece on investigative journalism, and new ways in which this is being carried out in the modern world. Well worth a look.
Lastly, if you like things a bit techy, here is an example of one of those methods, crowdsourcing, and how The Guardian used it to compete with The Telegraph during that lovely expenses scandal.