News bulletin: Mail Ukraine appeal, WIJ event and local journalism consultation

Posted on: March 2, 2022 by Claire Meadows

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Mail Ukraine Refugee Appeal raises more than £2millionAn appeal fund set up by the Daily Mail and The Mail on Sunday to raise urgent funds for refugees in Ukraine has raised more than £2million in three days.

The Ukraine Refugee Appeal, launched on Sunday 27 March 2022, has seen more than £1m donated already on top of £500,000 pledged by the Daily Mail’s owner and a £250,000 donation from a British firm with business partners trapped in Ukraine. Peak Scientific pledged the astonishing sum as Dame Judi Dench and Sir Michael Palin became the latest big names to back the appeal.

The campaign has also been supported by the Prime Minister and Labour Leader and all donations received will be distributed to charities and aid organisations providing essential services to support the crisis.

Supporting the appeal with a generous donation, Dame Judi Dench urged the public to join in the efforts to offer assistance. 

She said: ‘If, like me, you are appalled by the desperate plight of the people of Ukraine, I urge you to get behind this worthwhile appeal and donate as much or as little as you can.’

Anyone wishing to donate can do so here.

Book Now: WIJ event to support journalists working in AfghanistanAhead of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2022, Women in Journalism will be holding an event on 7 March 2022 to remember the 700 female journalists forced to flee their homes and jobs in Afghanistan and pay tribute to those who continue to work amid the unfolding humanitarian disaster. 

Award winning journalists Yalda Hakim from the BBC, Alex Crawford from Sky News and Christina Lamb from The Sunday Times will discuss what they have witnessed reporting from Afghanistan over the past six months. They will also be joined by former Secretary of State for International Development, Rory Stewart to discuss what the future holds for the country. Reports and reflections from Afghan women journalists will be read and all proceeds raised from the evening will go to supporting journalists still working in Afghanistan.

Details on how to book can be found here

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In recognition of the important work of the UK news media, the Society is now showing a selection of daily national and regional front pages every weekday morning via its Twitter and LinkedIn accounts. To submit a front page for inclusion in the next day’s edition, please email

 Have your say on the sustainability of local journalism

The Society is consulting with media organisations to submit a response to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee’s inquiry into the sustainability of local journalism. In particular the inquiry will be looking at the role of the BBC in supporting or disrupting local journalism, the impact of the 2019 Cairncross review, the role of social media and how government can support local news outlets. 
Anyone wishing to discuss their thoughts with the Society should email by Wednesday 16 March 2022.