In case you ever wonder what goes on in a normal week, we have started to publish a weekly summary of activity so that you can be aware that your membership contributions are being put to good use. Thank you for your continuing membership and support.
Week commencing 17 July 2017
Proposals to reform the Official Secrets Act would have a wide-ranging and chilling effect on the public's right to know, the Society of Editors warned this week. Responding to the Law Commission's consultation on the Protection of Official Data, the Society said that the proposals present a realistic prospect of journalists facing imprisonment for reporting in the public interest. Read more here.
The Society expressed concern that a local authority's plans to ban staff and councillors from speaking to The Sun in protest at the paper's coverage of Hillsborough was an attack on "freedom of expression". Read more here.
Week commencing 3 July 2017
The Society has announced this week the first confirmed speakers for its 'Fighting for Real News' conference in November. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick is one of the key speakers. Read more here.
The Society has also called for more international pressure to be put on individual countries to guarantee the safety and rights of journalists to report in the public interest. Ahead of the Society’s conference in November, which will look closely at restrictions placed on freedom of expression in the UK, Europe and more widely, the Society has called for more to be done to highlight countries worldwide that have a poor record of protecting the rights of journalists. Read more here.
Week commencing 26 June 2017
The Society issued a statement condemning the decision by senior councillors in the Royal Borough Kensington and Chelsea to scrap a meeting in relation to Grenfell Tower in response to the attendance of journalists. Journalists have a right to report from public meetings of local authorities and had been given permission to attend after a high court ruling in their favour. Read more here.
The Society held a roundtable discussion of the National Press Awards with national newspaper managing editors this week.
Society of Editors Deputy Executive Director Ian Murray spoke at a Freedom of Information event staged in central London on June 28.
Freedom of Information: Ensuring an Open and Transparent Public Sector was organised by Westminster Briefing for delegates from the public sector across the UK to better understand the workings of FoI, threats to its future, and best practice.
Ian spoke of the importance of FoI to the media, but also to wider society through ensuring transparency in public bodies.
Other speakers included Maurice Frankel, Director, Campaign for Freedom of Information, Sue Markey, Senior Policy Officer, Information Commissioner’s Office, Councillor Ric Pallister, Leader of South Somerset District Council, Tom Felle, lecturer in journalism at City College, Jane Moore, solicitor for the National Association of Local Councils, and Lynn Wyeth, Head of Information and Governance and Risk at Leicister City Council.
Delegates represented local authorities, the NHS, police and academic bodies.
Week commencing 19 June 2017
The Society of Editors this week joined senior executives from Twitter and Facebook at an event organised by the Digital Editors’ Network in London. Organised by Society of Editors’ board member Nick Turner and the University of Central Lancashire’s Francois Nel, the event on June 20 was also attended by New York-based Peter Greenberger, Twitter’s Global Head of News and Facebook’s Manager of News Partnerships Aine Kerr. Hosted by Twitter at its London offices, the discussion focused on how quality journalism can over overcome two of its biggest challenges.
Week commencing 22 May 2017
The Society has this week praised coverage by the Manchester Evening News of the Manchester Arena terror attack describing it as an example of ‘exceptional local journalism’.
Speaking in the wake of Monday's attack which killed 22 and injured more than 100, the Society said that the regional daily’s coverage had kept both the local and international community informed of developments in the aftermath of the atrocity and that its journalists should be applauded for the work they had produced under difficult circumstances.
The Society said: ““In terrible circumstances, the Manchester Evening News has this week proved that local newspapers are an essential and valued source of information in their communities. Read more here.
Week commencing 15 May 2017
The Society of Editors Regional Press Awards for 2016 took place on Friday 19 May at the Marriott Square Hotel in Grosvenor Square. Hosted by LBC's Nick Ferrari, the awards recognise the best journalism published by the regional and local media. See a full list of winners alongside high resolution photos, video and citations at www.regionalpressawards.org.uk
The Society of Editors has this week welcomed a manifesto pledge by the Conservative party to repeal Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act if they are elected on 8 June.
Speaking after the publication of the Conservative manifesto which pledged not to commence the controversial legislation and not to proceed with the second stage of the Leveson Inquiry, the Society of Editors has said that the commitment would enhance press freedom in the UK. Read more here.
Week commencing 8 May 2017
The Society has this week said that the proposals set out for press regulation in the Labour Party's leaked manifesto are inconsistent with press freedom. Speaking after publication of the party’s plans, the Society called on Mr Corbyn to clarify the party’s position on Section 40 and highlighted the very real threat that the legislation poses to the national, local and regional press. Read more here.
The Society's parliamentary and legal committee has this week held a meeting with the Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham to discuss important issues around data protection and press freedom.
Representatives of the Society attended a meeting of the Defence, Security and Media Advisory Notice System's committee.
Week commencing 1 May 2017
Ahead of World Press Freedom Day on Wednesday (3 May 2017) the Society this week sought manifesto commitments of promoting the value and importance of press freedom in the UK ahead of the general election on 8 June. In a letter to all the leaders of the main UK political parties, the Society, which represents more than 400 editors in national, regional, local and broadcast media, has called for manifesto commitments to protecting press freedom and of support for the public’s right to know during the election campaign.Read more here.
The Society has suggested that newsrooms should look to invest more resources in ensuring journalists are able to cover courts. Speaking after a senior barrister warned that court reporters are in decline and justice is not being seen to be done, the Society of Editors highlighted the value of reporters in court and the important role journalists play in policing justice in their communities. Read more.
Week commencing 24 April 2017
The Society of Editors has this week called on the government to take urgent steps to protect press freedom in the UK, the Society of Editors has warned. Speaking after the UK dropped two places in the World Press Freedom Index this week, the Society warned that creeping legislation and increased surveillance powers is leading to a general erosion of press freedom in the UK. Read more here.
The Society has also called on UK technology and media companies to commit more resources to tackling fake news after the announcement today of another plan to combat the phenomenon by Wikipedia's founder.Read what the Society has said here.
The Society was also represented at the annual London Press Club Awards. See coverage of the winners here.
Week commencing 10 April 2017
The Society of Editors has this week called on the government to reform no win, no fee rules and introduce 'fair and proportionate' costs orders in relation to defamation and privacy cases after the Supreme Court ruled against three newspapers and said that they should pay extra costs to claimants that will cost them millions. Read more here.
The Society of Editors has welcomed an apology by the Chief Constable of a scandal-hit police force who has apologised to three journalists for using the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) to spy on their phones. Cleveland Police used the controversial legislation to track calls and texts made by reporters from the Press Association after critical stories were published in July 2013 about a senior civilian officer's resignation.
Commenting on the force's apology Ian Murray, Deputy Director of the Society of Editors said: "The use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act by numerous forces to access journalistic material is now as well known as it was unsurprising. In the majority of cases, the legislation was used as a means of reputation management rather than exposing criminality."
Read more here.
The Society has also released the shortlist for the Society of Editors Regional Press Awards for 2016 this week. Booking is now open and anyone wishing to attend should email Angela Upton at firstname.lastname@example.org
Week commencing 3 April 2017
Former Editor in Chief of the Southern Daily Echo Ian Murray has been appointed to the post of Deputy Executive Director of the Society of Editors, the Society confirmed this week. Ian, who has a career of almost 40-years in journalism and is a Past President of the Society, takes the helm while Executive Director Bob Satchwell is recovering from illness. Ian’s role will be to head-up the Society’s secretariat and ensure the organisation continues its work, among other issues, to defend and promote the freedom of the media, to champion the universal right to freedom of expression, encourage the highest editorial standards, and promote diversity throughout the industry.
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The Society has this week welcomed the introduction of a 28 day limit on pre-charge bail which comes into effect from today. The measures, contained in the Policing and Crime Act 2017, will see an end to the injustice of people being left to languish for lengthy periods on police bail and follows a widely-publicised 'Justice Delayed, Justice Denied' campaign launched in 2014 and supported by the Society of Editors. Read more here.
The Society has also this week welcomed comments by the FA chairman calling for more respect to be given to journalists doing their jobs. Speaking in the wake of criticism of David Moyes for threatening to “slap” a BBC reporter for questioning him on a subject he did not like, Greg Clarke accused the Sunderland manager of showing a complete “lack of respect” to the reporter.
Judging for the Regional Press Awards for 2016 has also been completed this week with more than 50 judges taking part in the official judging day at the Press Association in London. Our sincere thanks is extended to all who have given up their time to judge more than 550 entries on behalf of the regional and local press. Shortlists will be announced next week at www.regionalpressawards.org.uk.
Week commencing 27 March 2017
The Society has this week backed a campaign by Amnesty International to call for the release of 150 journalists jailed in Turkey. Since the failed coup attempt against President Erdogan in July 2016, 150 journalists have been jailed and more than 180 news outlets have been shut down under laws passed by presidential decree. Read what the Society has said here and join the campaign on Twitter and social media - #journalismisnotacrime.
Following the publication in December 2016 of the Taylor Review into Youth Justice the Society of Editors attended a roundtable discussion this week with the Ministry of Justice. The Society of Editors warned, upon publication of Taylor's Review, that granting lifelong anonymity to all youth defendants would go against the principle of transparency and open justice. The Society commented on the Taylor Review recommendations upon publication last year. Review the recommendations and our comments here.
The Society attended the Museum of London to hear veteran BBC broadcaster Jim Naughtie deliver the annual Hugh Cudlipp Lecture. Read more about his lecture here.
The Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham has this week kindly accepted an invitation to meet with the Society's parliamentary and legal committee. To be held in May, the meeting will be attended by members of the Society's parliamentary and legal committee comprising representatives from the national, regional and broadcast media. Any members wishing to raise any issues for discussion at the meeting should contact us at email@example.com
Week commencing 20 March 2017
Following the publication in December 2016 of the Taylor Review into Youth Justice the Society of Editors will be attending a roundtable discussion with the Ministry of Justice on 30 March. The Society of Editors warned, upon publication of Taylor's Review, that granting lifelong anonymity to all youth defendants would go against the principle of transparency and open justice. Ahead of the meeting, if any members would like to share their views on this please email Claire Meadows in the SoE office. The Society commented on the Taylor Review recommendations upon publication last year. Review the recommendations and our comments here.
The appointment of George Osborne as editor of the London Evening Standard has this week been described as a "coup" for the London-based paper by Society of Editors board member Ian Murray. Speaking to Share Radio in the wake of the announcement that the former Chancellor will succeed outgoing editor Sarah Sands despite having little journalistic experience or qualifications, Murray said that while the appointment was a "surprise", Osborne was a coup for the Evening Standard and that his editorship would see the content of the paper monitored in respect of political impartiality. Ian also spoke to Talk Radio on the subject - listen here.
Week commencing 13 March 2017
The National Press Awards for 2016 was held on Tuesday 14 March. Organised by the Society of Editors, the awards recognise the best of national news journalism produced in 2016. The evening, held at the London Hilton on Park Lane, brought together more than 450 senior industry figures and saw the Daily Mail crowned Newspaper of the Year alongside big awards for The Times, The Guardian and the Financial Times. The event also raised more than £3,000 for the Journalists' Charity. A full list of winners and highly commended alongside video, high resolution photographs, citations and copies of the winners work is available at www.pressawards.org.uk. Interviews both before and after the awards are also available via the Press Awards Twitter account at @PressAwardsuk. The official hashtag for the event was #PressAwards.
- Ian Murray, a board member of the Society of Editors and former editor of the Southampton-based Southern Daily Echo appeared on the BBC Radio 4 Media Show to discuss the awards. Catch-up here.
- The Society of Editors this week attended an industry roundtable event to discuss 'Fake News'. Organised by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and held in Westminster, the event was also attended by representatives from Facebook, Google and Twitter. Read the Society's response to the DCMS Select Committee's inquiry into Fake News here.
Week commencing 6 March 2017
This week the Society has been finalising preparations for the Press Awards for 2016. The awards, which recognise the best national journalism published in 2016, will be handed out an evening ceremony at the Hilton on Park Lane next Tuesday 14 March. The event will be livestreamed at www.pressawards.org.uk with a list of winners, citations, high resolution photos and video available after the event. Follow @pressawardsUK for further updates and use the hashtag #PressAwards
Week commencing 27 February 2017
- The Society has this week published its response to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee's Inquiry into Fake News. The Society warned that the phenomenon presents a worrying threat to the traditional and professional media. It also called for social media companies to do more to combat the problem and warned that already in the US, legitimate reporting was being incorrectly labelled as 'fake news' by politicians and elected representatives in an attempt to dismiss and stifle opposing views. Read more here.
Week commencing 20 February 2017
- The Society has this week reiterated its opposition to the commencement of Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 following the publication of the Select Committee for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport's response to the government consultation. The committee called on the Independent Press Standards Organisation to make substantial progress in establishing a low cost arbitration scheme to consider complaints against the press, to increase the resources at its disposal to launch investigations, and to fund a campaign to inform the public about how and where to make complaints to IPSO. The Society has responded to the committee's recommendations. In the wake of the closure of the consultation on Section 40, IPSO has published its response to an independent review by Sir Joseph Pilling where the regulator sets out how it will address his recommendations.
- The Society has backed concerns raised by Lord Black of Brentwood that the industry is "deeply concerned" by Cabinet Office reviews that strengthen the government's control of information. In a letter to Ben Gummer, Minister for the Cabinet Office, Lord Black outlined his concerns that both last year's review of the Freedom of Information Act and the Law Commission's recommendations for a new Espionage Act threatened both the public's right to know and the media's ability to publish journalism in the public interest. The Society will be responding to the government consultation on the Official Secrets Act before the 3 April deadline.
- The shortlist for the National Newspaper of the Year has this week been announced. Decided by a respected individuals with extensive experience of the national newspaper industry, the shortlist consists of the Daily Mail, the i, The Mail on Sunday, The Sunday Times and The Times. The winner will be announced at the London Hilton on Park Lane ceremony on 14 March. Tickets and tables are selling fast so if you have yet to book please email firstname.lastname@example.org urgently.
Week commencing 13 February 2017
- The Society has this week opposed proposals, put forward by the Law Commission as part of an overhaul of the Official Secrets Act, to jail journalists for obtaining leaked official documents as part of an updated Espionage Act. The Law Commission’s recommendations, which set out plans to increase custodial sentences from 2 to 14 years, are being consulted on and the Society will respond to the consultation before the deadline on 3 April in liaison with the News Media Association. Read more here.
- The Society has this week attended the first meeting of a police and media forum aimed at discussing key issues and improving professional relationships between officers and journalists in a post-Leveson landscape.The planned bi-monthly meetings, which the Society has helped to organised alongside the National Police Chiefs' Council, will be attended by representatives of both the national and regional media. If you have any issues that you would like to see discussed at these meetings please email email@example.com.
- Representatives of the Society attended a roundtable discussion on whether Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 is a threat to investigative journalism. Organised by the Society of Editors, London Press Club and Stationers' Hall, the event heard from Sir Alan Moses, chairman of the Independent Press Standards Organisation, Jodie Ginsberg, Chief Executive of Index on Censorship, Will Gore, Deputy Managing Editor of the London Evening Standard and Pia Sarma, Legal Director for News UK. The panel was chaired by Roy Greenslade of The Guardian. The decision on whether to implement Section 40, which could see newspapers forced to pay both sides costs in privacy and defamation cases regardless or whether or not they successfully defend a case, is yet to be decided by the government. The Society has strongly opposed Section 40 - read our response to the official consultation here. Go to @socofeduk for coverage of the debate on Monday.
- The Society has this week announced the shortlist for the National Press Awards for 2016 which recognises excellence in the national news media. A shortlist for the Newspaper of the Year will be released next week after the judging on Wednesday. The awards, which are a vital source of funding for the Society's lobbying on behalf of its members, also raise much-needed funds for the Journalists' Charity. Individual tickets and table bookings are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @PressAwardsuk on Twitter for further updates.
Week commencing 6 February 2017
- The Society has strongly opposed attempts by members of the House of Lords this week to put pressure on the government to enact Section 40 by adding a mirror amendment that would effect digital publishers in the same way. The amendment, although later withdrawn, was added to the Digital Economy Bill, and proposed to force news websites to pay both sides' costs in legal cases. Read more here.
- The Society can now confirm that the first meeting of the police and media forum that it has helped facilitate will take place next week. The bi-monthly meetings will be attended by the Society and representatives of both the national and regional media and will discuss key issues. The forum has been introduced with the support of the Society of Editors and the National Police Chiefs' Council. If you have any views that you would like to be brought up at the meeting please email email@example.com.
- The judging for the National Press Awards for 2016, organised by the Society to recognise the best national journalism published in 2016, has now been completed (the Newspaper of the Year category will be judged later in the month). The awards, which are a vital source of funding for the Society's lobbying on behalf of its members, also raise much-needed funds for the Journalists' Charity. A shortlist will be published at www.pressawards.org.uk next week. Follow @PressAwardsuk on Twitter for further updates. Individual tickets and table bookings are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Week commencing 30 January 2017
- The Society has this week welcomed the announcement that the creation of 150 local democracy reporters and proposals set out in the BBC White Paper to support local journalism have now been given the go ahead to be rolled out across the country. The proposals, first announced by the BBC’s Director of News James Harding at a Society of Editors conference in Southampton in 2014 and supported by the Society of Editors, will also see the creation of a News Bank and a Data Journalism Hub. The Society has been actively involved, alongside other media representatives, in attending a working party set up in 2016 and led by Matthew Barraclough to look at the proposals. See our comment on the announcement here. The progress of the plans was also discussed at the SoE conference in Carlisle in October 2016 - to hear more about the NewsBank, reporters and data unit re-watch the session here.
- The Society has this week finished the first stage of judging for the National Press Awards for 2016. The next stage of judging will take place on 9 February 2017. Thank you to all our judges for giving up their time to read more than 650 entries.
- Entries are now open for the Regional Press Awards for 2016 and will close on Friday 3 March 2017. A full list of categories and guidance is available at www.regionalpressawards.org.uk. Good luck to all entrants!
Week commencing 23 January 2017
- The Society of Editors has helped broker discussions to set up a new forum to improve relations between the police and the media. Following the discussions this week with the National Police Chiefs Council, it has been agreed that the six monthly meetings will bring together senior officers and journalists to discuss areas of concern. The national media will be represented by the Crime Reporters Association and Society members are invited to nominate regional representatives. They could be crime reporters, or executives with daily experience of dealing with the police. The first meeting is due to take place in February. Please email email@example.com to nominate a representative.
- The Society has this week finalised the categories for the Regional Press Awards for 2016. Entries will open next Friday 3 February 2017. A full list of categories and guidance will be published at www.regionalpressawards.org.uk early next week.
Week commencing Monday 16 January 2017
- The Society has this week attended an exercise with the Metropolitan Police and other media organisations.
- The Society has this week finished checking more than 650 entries for the National Press Awards for 2016 and has now opened the first stage of judging. The Georgina Henry Women in Journalism Prize for Innovation is still open for entries. See details on how to enter here. Booking is now open for the ceremony on Tuesday 14 March and individual ticket sales and table enquiries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Week commencing 9 January 2017
- The Society has this week submitted its response to the consultation on Section 40 stating that the legislation should be repealed in full on the basis that it unfairly targets the 95 per cent of the 'entirely innocent' newspaper industry. The Society has spent weeks working alongside industry bodies, newspaper executives and organisations that value freedom of expression to oppose the commencement of the legislation. The government will now take time to consider the responses before deciding whether it intends to implement the measures and commence the second phase of the Leveson inquiry.
In the run up to this week's deadline for the consultations, industry bodies and newspapers have continued to voice their opposition. The News Media Association warned that Section 40 would cost the industry £100million a year while The Guardian and the Financial Times, both of which have chosen not to sign up to the Independent Press Standards Organisation, also called for the repeal of Section 40. The NUJs submission can be found here.
- The secretariat has been busy this week assisting national newspaper journalists to finalise their entries for the National Press Awards for 2016. The awards have now closed and the team is currently checking a record 700 entries. The first stage of judging will commence next week and a shortlist will be announced in February. Follow @PressAwardsUK on Twitter for updates and visit www.pressawards.org.uk.
- The Society attended a meeting at the Ministry of Justice to discuss the future provision of court lists and registers.
Week commencing 2 January 2017
- With only six days left to OPPOSE SECTION 40 and Save Your Right to Know, the Society has been active in continuing the campaign this week and encouraging coverage and responses to the consultation.
Section 40 was one of the topics of discussion this week on BBC Radio 4's The Media Show. Listeners heard from David Blunkett and Index on Censorships's Jodi Ginsberg who opposed Section 40. Listen here.
The Maidenhead Advertiser this week published a front page which urged readers to support the campaign and 'Don't let politicians kill off your local papers'.
Tony Gallagher, Editor of The Sun appeared on the Radio 4 Today Show last week to voice his opposition to Section 40 and Society of Editors board member and Editor-in-Chief of the Southern Daily Echo, Ian Murray, spoke to Nick Robinson this week.
Bob Satchwell, Executive Director of the Society of Editors wrote a piece for the Oswestry Advertizer in Wales against Section 40.
Newspapers across the country continue to fight back against Section 40.
Just some of the papers and press freedom supporters spotlighting Section 40 include Richard Littlejohn in the Daily Mail, Index on Censorship, The Telegraph, Bournemouth Echo, the Metro, the Dorset Echo, the St Helen's Star, the Shropshire Star, Worcester News, St Albans and Harpenden Review, Eastern Daily Press, the Westmorland Gazette, the Oxford Times, the Southern Daily Echo, the Bury Times, the Thurrock Gazette, the Swindon Advertiser, The Sun and the Daily Mirror.
- The Society has warned that a proposal for child criminals to be given lifelong anonymity would go against the principle of transparency and open justice. Executive Director, Bob Satchwell, spoke to The Times in the wake of recommendations contained in Charlie Taylor's review of youth justice. The Society has cautioned against introducing a blanket-ban on naming child offenders and the government has said that it will seek views and consult on Taylor's recommendations. The Society has been approached by the Ministry of Justice to take part in the consultation and we will keep you updated on progress in due course.
Week commencing 19 December 2016
- The Society attended the annual Journalists' Charity christmas carol concert at St Bride's in Fleet Street. Outgoing chair of the JC and SoE board member Sue Ryan paid tribute to reporters around the world. Read her speech in full here.
- The fight to Save Your Right to Know has continued the week and a new website Free the Press has been launched to support the campaign. Karen Bradley has spoken about the consultation on Radio 4's Today programme and she said that she wants to defend a free press and protect victims of abuse in the wake of a legal challenge to the consultation. Read more here.Sir Alan Moses, chairman of the Independent Press Standards Organisation, has also written an op-ed piece in the Evening Standard this week in which he says that readers will suffer if Section 40 is implemented. Read more here.
Newspapers across the country continue to fight back against Section 40 with regional editors hitting back this week against claims by Hacked Off that regional papers are "scaremongering" over the impact of Section 40. Read what they have to say here.
Bob Satchwell, Executive Director of the Society of Editors, has written a piece this week for the Wrexham Leader on Section 40. A number of newspapers have also published articles explaining the dangers of the Section 40 costs sanctions and called on readers to respond to the consultation.
Papers spotlighting Section 40 this week include Kent Online, The Courier and the Bradford Telegraph and Argus
Week commencing 12 December 2016
- The Society joined media executives at the Communications industry carol service at St Bride's on Fleet Street
- The Executive Director and the President attended a meeting with other board members and SoE members with Damian Collins MP, Chair of the House of Commons culture, media and sport select committee. The topic of discussion was the consultation on the Leveson Inquiry and its implementation.
- The Society has this week continues its 'Save your right to know' campaign opposing the commencement of Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act. Some of the papers spotlighting Section 40 this week include David Aaronovitch in The Times, the Eastern Daily Press, the Watford Observer, the Herald Scotland, the East London and West Essex Guardian series and the Southern Daily Echo. Section 40 has also appeared in letters to the editor of The Times and in The Telegraph. Culture Secretary Karen Bradley gave evidence this week to the Lords Communications Committee and said that she was keeping an open mind on whether to commence the legislation and would look carefully at the responses to the consultation. Watch the session here.
- Executive Director Bob Satchwell has appeared on BBC Radio Lancashire to discuss Preston Council's decision to support the 'Total eclipse of the S*n' campaign. Listen here. He also appeared on Radio Cambridgeshire to discuss the sale of Johnston Press papers to Iliffe media.
Week commencing 5 December 2016
- The Society participated in a meeting of the BBC Local Journalism Working Group. The group is putting together plans outlined in the government White Paper for the corporation to support local and regional journalism in the new Charter period. You can view the BBC's Matthew Barraclough and others discuss the progress of the group at the SoE October conference here.
- The Executive Director attended a memorial service for Mirror journalist Sue Carroll on what would have been her 63rd birthday. Sue lost her battle with cancer on Christmas day five years ago. See coverage of the memorial with Sue's friends, family and colleagues in the Mirror here.
- The Executive Director and Society board members attended the prizegiving for the British Journalism Awards organised by Press Gazette. Both the Executive Director and past SoE board members helped judge the awards. A list of winners is here.
- The Society discussed police and media relations with the Communications Advisory Group chair of the National Police Chiefs Council. Learn more about the NPCC here.
- The Society has continued its Save Your Right to Know campaign against the commencement of Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act. IPSO chair Sir Alan Moses and Johnston Press' Chief Executive Ashley Highfield put forward their opposition to the legislation during a House of Lords Communications Committee evidence session. You can view the session in full here.
Week commencing 28 November 2016
- The Society attended a meeting concerning Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act and the 'Leveson Inquiry and its implementation
- The Society met with the Head of Media for the Metropolitan Police to discuss police and media relations
- Entries opened for the National Press Awards for 2016
- The Society attended a seminar at the University of Cambridge on the Investigatory Powers Act
- The Society attended a Philip Morris International launch event for smokeless cigarettes. See coverage in The Standard here, the BBC and Reuters.
Week commencing 21 November 2016
- The Society of Editors conference is spotlighted in this month's issue of InPublishing which has been published this week. Read more here.
- The Society is mentioned in the current issue of Private Eye. See page 16.
- The Society has this week attended the annual reception of the Defence, Security and Media Advisory Notice System. Learn more about what the DSMA committee does and how the system is used by journalists' here.
- The Society was interviewed by the Financial Times about media reporting of the royal family.
Week commencing 14 November 2016
The Society has continued campaigning against the implementation of Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act and welcomed the move by the House of Commons to reject an amendment to the Investigatory Powers Bill that would have implemented similar measures in phone hacking cases. The Executive Director has done a number of radio interviews in relation to police and media relationships, proposals made with regard to crime reporters in the Henriques Review and comments by the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan Howe which promote secrecy rather than transparency.
Week commencing 31 October 2016
The Society has responded to the announcement of a public consultation on 'Leveson and its implementation' and will be responding in due course to oppose the commencement of Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act. We continue to encourage editors and the public to write to their local MPs to oppose introduction of costs orders and encourage all to formally respond to the consultation. The Society has also welcomed a call for more consistent media access in coroners' courts. This has been published as part of updated guidance by the Chief Coroner.
Week commencing 22 August 2016
The Society has written on behalf of its members to the Chief Coroner and Gareth Morgan, Deputy Chief Constable of Avon and Somersey Constabulary to express concern about the quality of information that is being released to the media by local coroners and local police officers. The Society would like to hear from members about their experiences of police and media relations in their circulation areas and of their relationship with the local coroner. Please email email@example.com
Week commencing 15 August 2016
The Society would like to hear from members about their experiences of police and media relations in their circulation areas and of their relationship with the local coroner. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Week commencing 25 July 2015
Bob Satchwell, the Executive Director of the Society of Editors has done a number of number of radio and newspaper interviews discussing The Sun and Hillsborough, Le Monde's decision to stop publishing photos and names of terrorists and the state of the news industry following the closure of the new newspaper for the North.
Week commencing 18 July 2016
- The Society attended an event hosted by Pagefield communications
- A meeting was held of the Board of Directors to discuss the work the Society has and plans to undertake
- Ongoing preparation for the Society of Editors conference in Carlisle
Week commencing 11 July 2016
- The secretariat attended a meeting with the secretary of the Defence, Security and Media Advisory Notice System
- Various media interviews including comment to the Daily Mail
- Started planning for a regional editors' seminar for early 2017
Week commencing 3 July 2016
- The Society attended the local journalism working group at the BBC in Birmingham
- The Society responded to the College of Policing's consultation on draft media guidelines. A copy of the response can be found here.
- The Society continued to campaign against the Investigatory Powers Bill ahead of committee stage on 11 July.
Week commencing 27 June 2016
- Attended a meeting to discuss police and media relations with the Metropolitan Police.
- Attended the launch of the Information Commissioner’s Office’s Annual Report 2015/2016
- Represented the Society at the All-Party Parliamentary Media Group Reception. The event was attended by Members of the House of Commons, House of Lords and Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport John Whittingdale MP
- Wrote to several members of the House of Lords to discuss ongoing campaigning on the Investigatory Powers Bill
- Attended a meeting of the Commonwealth Press Union
- Various radio and other media interviews
- Advice to members, journalism students and other organisations
Week commencing 20 June 2016
- Facilitated a media relations and police ethics workshop at Scotland Yard. This explored particularly the use of intrusive powers by police where journalists are involved
- Written to Security Minister John Hayes MP, the RT Hon Earl Howe and members of the House of Lords outlining the Society’s concerns about the lack of journalistic safeguards in the Investigatory Powers Bill ahead of its scheduled second reading the House of Lords on Monday 27 June. The Society’s campaign has been picked up and covered by The Sun, Press Gazette and HoldTheFrontPage
- Met the Defence, Security and Media Notice Advisory System secretariat
- Various radio and other media interviews
- Advice to members, journalism students and other organisations
Week commencing 13 June 2016
- Represented members at the IBC legal conference on defamation and the law
- Attended the House of Commons discussion on Freedom of Expression in the Arab World
- Attended an event at Buckingham Palace to support the launch of the Start Up Britain Bus tour of the UK which provides free business advice to aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs
- Met the Defence, Security and Media Notice Advisory System secretariat
- Various interviews and responses to media enquiries
- Advice to members, journalism students and other organisations
Week commencing 6 June 2016
- Highlighted the amendments tabled to the Investigatory Powers Bill ahead of its return to the House of Commons
- Campaigned for further amendments covering prior notice and the right of appeal to be added to the Investigatory Powers Bill when it returns to the House of Lords
- Coordinated an ethics workshop to be held in June 16 with the Metropolitan Police and newspaper and broadcast representatives
- Launched the Society of Editors’ 2016 conference to be held in Carlisle, the biggest gathering of industry figures in the media calendar
- Attended the Chartered Institute of Public Relations Excellence Awards
- Attended the reception for the National Council for the Training of Journalists’ McNae’s Media Law revision launch
- Attended a meeting on shaping research on Muslims in Britain training for journalism
- Attended the Independent Press Standards Organisation’s parliamentary reception
- Various interviews and responses to media enquiries
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The small team at the Society of Editors’ carry out a great deal of work to support the aims of the organisation - campaigning, commenting, supporting associated organisations, as well as networking to support the Society’s aims, encourage membership and seek sponsorship, plus a plethora of administrative and events planning work.