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Statutory regulation of the press should be avoided

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NEWS RELEASE

RELEASE TIME: 6 November 2012

Statutory regulation of the Press would threaten freedom of speech, the CIoJ has warned.

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In the month that Lord Justice Leveson’s inquiry on phone hacking is due to be published, the CIoJ has re-affirmed its position against any form of state regulation. It strongly believes that the existing legislation on privacy, confidentiality of communications and harassment are quite capable of providing public protection and dealing with any illegality in the Press.

President of the Institute, Norman Bartlett said: “There is an enormous threat to freedom of speech by the type of Press legislation that has been spoken of in some quarters. This is the main reason why the CIoJ resists such moves.”

And he reminded: “The worry is that a tiny group of law breakers and the police not doing their job may lead to a death knell for the rest of the media. The CIoJ would remind both politicians and the public that without journalists this story would have remained hidden as would countless others.”

In its submission to the Leveson inquiry, the CIoJ stated that there was clearly a need for the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) to be overhauled and to be given increased powers, but any statutory involvement should be avoided at all costs.

The CIoJ shares the view of many parliamentarians that placing the freedom of the press under the eye of a statutory authority is a threat to democracy.

The CIoJ’s full submission to the inquiry can be found here .

 

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CIoJ AGM expresses confidence in BBC newsgathering

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NEWS RELEASE

RELEASE TIME: 5 November 2012

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In the wake of the Savile scandal, the Chartered Institute of Journalists has supported the corporation’s integrity as a newsgatherer.

An emergency motion passed by the Institute’s annual meeting in London on Saturday [Oct 27] said: “This conference has full confidence in the integrity of the newsgathering and journalistic activity of the BBC.”

It was moved by the chairman of the Institute’s broadcasting division, Paul Leighton, a former BBC newsreader.

Leighton said that the actions of BBC management in blocking the Newsnight investigation in Savile should not reflect on the journalists working on the programme, who would have been frustrated by the bosses’ action.

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Dave McCormack to give talk to CIoJ members at 2012 AGM

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Dave McCormack is the Director of Content & Delivery with Made Television

Having received a B.A in Economics and Politics in 2001, Dave went on to study for aH.Dip in Journalism & Media Communications which he was awarded in 2006. In 2007, Dave joined City Channel Television as a scheduling assistant. By 2008 he was made Head of Broadcast for the City Channel Network and in this position was primarily responsible for programme planning, presentation and quality control for 4 separate local channels.

In 2008 he was instrumental in the launch of City Channel News, a new service of hourly five minute bulletins running from five to ten p.m. each weeknight with a review programme at weekends.

In early 2010 Dave left City Channel Television to join Jamie Conway at Made Television (formerly Element TV) as Operations Manager. For the last two and a half years Dave has worked towards lobbying for a new local TV framework, developing the operational model for Made Television programming and the preparation and submission of 11 local TV applications.

Made TV have been successful in Bristol and Cardiff, unfortunately missed out on Belfast and are awaiting the results of applications in 8 remaining cities.

 

Sir Alastair Burnet Memorial Service

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The face of ITN’s News at Ten,  Sir Alastair Burnet, will have his memorial service  on 12 November 2012 at St Martin-in-the-Fields church, Trafalgar Square, London.

A former member of the Chartered Institute of Journalists, (CIoJ) Sir Alastair guided the public in his calm authorative way through  some of the most defining events of our lifetime.

Always a man of warmth and intelligence, he had a steel like persuasion which established the daily half hour news bulletin as the normal in broadcasting. He also  transformed the fortunes when as editor of The Economist he used his well-honed skills to make complex messages accessible to everyone.

The memorial service will take place at 3pm followed by a reception in St Martin’s Hall. Former colleagues and friends who wish to attend should contact Head Office on 020 7252 1187.

 

2012 CIoJ AGM Provisional Programme

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Saturday, October 27

12.30pm Lunch and Registration

1.30pm   Welcome and outline of day’s events by the President

THE UNION

1.40pm

IoJ (TU) session – Everyone welcome but only non-employing members will be able to vote on Trade Union matters.

1. The Chairman of the Professional Practices Board (PPB), Amanda Brodie, will take the Chair and report on its activities.

2. The General Secretary, Dominic Cooper, will report on the support that has been provided to members over the last year.

3. The Honorary Treasurer, Michael Hardware, to move:

– that the audited accounts of the Institute of Journalists (TU) for 2011 be received and accepted.

4. Q & A session on the work of the PPB.

5. Elections to the PPB.

THE CHARITIES

2.10pm

6. Reports by Chairmen of the Institute’s Charities:

– the Orphan Fund, Michael Moriarty;

– the Benevolent Fund, Dominic Cooper;

– the Oak Hill and TP O’Connor Fund, Ken Brookes;

– the Pension Fund, Ken Brookes.

7. Q & A session on the work of the CIoJ and its charities.

THE INSTITUTE

2.30pm

8. The President, Norman Bartlett, will take the Chair.

9. The Honorary Treasurer, Mr Michael Hardware, to move:

– that the audited accounts of the Chartered Institute of Journalists and its charities for 2011 be received and adopted. The Honorary Treasurer will take questions on the Institute’s finances.

10. The President to move:

– that the 127th report of the Chartered Institute of Journalists and the IoJ(TU) as submitted to the membership be received and accepted.

11. The President to move that any unfinished business by the end of the meeting shall be referred for consideration by Council

12. Resolution: in recognition of long-standing membership, insert the following rule after S.O. 3.8:

3.9 Members who have been in continuous membership of the Institute for 20 or more years may apply to Council for the honorific “Distinguished Member of the Chartered Institute of Journalists.” If successful, they may append the post-nominal letters “DCIJ” instead of the “MCIJ” applicable to other Full Members. No additional subscription shall be payable by Distinguished Members.

13. Resolution: implementing a registration fee for Student members:

a. Amend S.O. 3.5 as detailed below:

3.5 Persons not less than 16 on joining a journalistic staff or entering on a recognised journalistic training course shall be eligible for election as Trainee or Student members respectively. Trainee and Student membership are categories of Junior membership under Bye-law 12 and shall have corresponding rights and obligations within the Institute. After 12 months Student members shall become liable to pay subscriptions in accordance with the provisions of S.O.7 .  On becoming qualified for trainee or full membership a Student member must be transferred to the appropriate category.

b. Conference recommends to Council that the initial subscription for Student members, for the first 12 months of membership, shall be £10.00.

14. Resolution: To amend S.O. 7.2 by deleting the highlighted text, as follows;

7.2 Reduced rates of subscription may be set for Fellows and Members who have retired from active journalistic work and have paid not less than ten annual subscriptions, or who have reached the maximum age for entitlement to unemployment benefit. Such special rates of subscription shall be as set by Council and the Annual General or Special General Meeting of the Institute.

THE MEMBERSHIP

3.00pm The Institute Debates

Great Story – would you have phone-hacked to get it?  The ongoing scandal and its consequences.

Whose side are we on?  Google faces off against the publishers in the new copyright bill.

Where do we stand? Discussion on local broadcast licences.

4.45pm Close

The bar of the Union Jack Club may be used by the delegates.

6.30pm Dinner

Delegates and a guest may wish to attend the social dinner that takes place after the AGM in the McIntosh Room. Tickets are available from head office priced £30. Places are limited.

Institute members can claim their share of £3 million in royalties

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Press Release

24 September 2012

 

Claim your share of over £3 million in Payback royalties

DACS has a share of over £3 million in Payback royalties to pay to Chartered Institute of Journalists’ members whose work has been reproduced in UK books and magazines or broadcast on certain UK television channels.

Last year the average royalty payment made to a CIoJ member was £380 and the highest payment was £865. What’s more anyone who makes a successful Payback claim is guaranteed a minimum of £25.

Payback royalties come from revenue generated through various UK collective licensing schemes and include the photocopying of books and magazines by local government departments, universities and other businesses. DACS negotiates a share of this collective licensing revenue which we distribute to thousands of visual artists each year through Payback.

CIoJ members now have until 31st October 2012 to claim their share and those who qualify for Payback will receive their royalties in December.

The easiest way to claim is to fill in a form online at www.dacs.org.uk/for-artists/payback.

Alternatively they can request a paper claim form by contacting DACS on 020 7553 9099 or payback@dacs.org.uk

Further information about Payback can be found at www.dacs.org.uk/for-artists/payback

 

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Notes for editors:

  1. Established by artists for artists, DACS (the Design and Artists Copyright Society) is a not-for-profit visual artist rights management organisation. DACS offers three rights management services – Payback, the Artist’s Resale Right and Copyright Licensing– in addition to lobbying, advocacy and legal advice for visual artists.
  2. Payback royalties come from various collective licensing schemes. Collective licensing is used in situations where it would be difficult or near impossible for photographers and other artists to licence their rights on an individual basis, e.g. when a university wants to photocopy pages from a book or magazine that features their work.
  3. As a not for profit organisation, DACS retains a share of the Payback royalties we collect on behalf of artists to cover our costs. Since 2008, we have been reducing the percentage of revenue we retain for Payback by 1% each year: from 24% in 2008, to 20% in 2012.

 

CIoJ AGM – 27 October 2012

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ALL MEMBERS WELCOME

We want your views – come and have your say…

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The Institute’s 2012 AGM will take place on 27 October 2012, at the Union Jack Club, Sandell Street, London SE1 8JU.

This is your chance to meet many of your fellow journalists, to socialise, network and exchange views.

It is also an excellent opportunity to meet the President, Vice-President and Council of the Institute, to hear about the activities and achievements of the Council’s sub-committees, the Professional Practices Board and the various CIoJ charity committees, and to help shape the policies and programme of the CIoJ and the IoJ (TU) for the year ahead. You will also receive details of the satisfactory financial situation of the Institute in a time of economic challenge.

By the time we meet, Lord Leveson will be preparing to report his findings on the investigation into the phone hacking scandal. The Institute, and our members, will need to be ready to respond in order to protect the freedom of the Press.

Then there is the perennial matter of copyright – not the dry subject you might imagine. It has been caught up in a serious struggle between the ‘everything should be free’ camp headed by Google and the music publishers, media giants and film companies seeking to protect their income. And where do we stand as creators of the material in the forthcoming Copyright legislation?

As you may have read, Ofcom is currently in the process of awarding licences for local television stations. We need to make sure that those companies awarded licences fully commit to their news obligations and we hope to have a speaker from one of the companies bidding for a licence.

There will be a social dinner in the evening at the Conference Centre for which all members may purchase tickets and invite a guest.

One day for all this and we will provide lunch as well! – Look forward to seeing you!

Register your attendance by contacting Diane or call on 020 7252 1187.

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Accommodation

For those of you coming from a distance, you may wish to take the opportunity of staying at the Union Jack Club, which has very good accommodation at modest prices.

Funeral Service and Reception to Commemorate the Life of Christopher John Underwood.

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The Funeral Service and Committal will take place at Randall’s Park Crematorium at 11.45am on Monday 17th September.

In keeping with Chris’s wishes, the service will be conducted by a Humanist Celebrant. As we want the reception afterwards to be a celebration of Chris’s life, we are keen that people take this opportunity to share their memories of their time with him.

The Reception will be held at Woodlands Park Hotel, which is a three minute drive from the Crematorium. Further details about how to get to the Crematorium and hotel are shown below:

Leatherhead Crematorium: the address of the Crematorium is Randalls Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 OAG

Parking: There are 93 parking spaces available (3 disabled) at the Crematorium, so it would be really helpful if you could share your car with someone.

Directions from M25 Motorway: Leave the M25 at Junction 9 and follow the A245 on to Randalls Road.

Directions from Leatherhead Train Station: the train station is approximately 0.8 miles from the Crematorium. Exit the station and head south on to Station Approach. Station Approach leads directly on to Randalls Road. Head west on to Randalls Road in the direction of the Crematorium.

Woodlands Park Hotel:

The hotel is approximately 1.3 miles from the Crematorium. Follow the road out of the Crematorium and turn left on to Randalls Road (A245). Follow Randalls Road north. The road bears left on to Woodlands Lane and the hotel is on the left hand side.

Flowers and Donations:

Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, to Cancer Research c/o F W Chitty & Co., New Zealand Avenue, Walton on Thames, KT12 1QD

Attire:

We want you to wear whatever you consider is appropriate to the occasion, but please don’t feel obliged to wear black. We wish the occasion to be as informed as possible, so would want you to wear whatever you feel comfortable in.

RSVP

For catering purposes it would be really helpful if you could RSVP to either Mark or Mary at the following email addresses:

mjdunderwood@gmail.com

maryhoneyball@gmail.com

CIoJ elections

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Vice Presidential Election

Any member in good standing may stand for election, so long as they are sponsored by five members in good standing.  The Vice president will serve a two-year term and then take over as President in 2018.

A nomination form may be downloaded here.

Deadline: 15 December.

Council

Any member may stand for election, so long as they are sponsored by two members who have been in good standing for two years or more.

Councillors will serve a two year term, starting early in 2016, and will meet approximately six times during each year.  A nomination form for the CIoJ Council, requiring a proposer and seconder, is available here.

Deadline: 15 December.

Charity Committees

The Charity Committees oversee the Institute’s charitable funds; the Orphan Fund, Pension Fund and the OakHill & TP O’Connor Fund.  Nomination forms may be obtained from head office.

Deadline: 15 December.

CIoJ statement to all party parliamentary group on crisis in local newspapers

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EVIDENCE GIVEN TO APPG ON CRISIS IN LOCAL NEWSPAPERS – 4 July 2012

The Chartered Institute of Journalists welcomes the opportunity to give evidence to this group.

We are a non-party political membership organisation representing the interests of journalists and media workers both in the UK and abroad. We also have a trade union arm which supports members through workplace disputes and tribunals.

THE PROBLEM

The demise of local newspapers is something the Institute has been campaigning on hard for some considerable time. Many of our members have been in the industry for upwards of 30 years, and none of us can recall a time of greater job losses and title contraction.

Twenty per cent of the UK’s 1,100 local newspapers have closed in the last seven years, that’s more than 240 titles. This is arguably the greatest crisis ever to hit our profession. It is a silent cancer which will have far-reaching effects long after Lord Justice Leveson has put down his pen.

Johnston Press has announced that its present 2,000 employed journalists jobs will be cut by half by 2020, when content will be produced 50/50 by journalists and ‘community contributors.’

But this is not just a question of journalists losing their jobs. If we lose our local papers, it will be a loss for the community, a loss for society and ultimately a loss for democracy. Democracy is not only the right to vote, but the right to know. Our councils and courts need to be covered, authority needs to be challenged, press offices need to be bypassed – this cannot be left to so-called ‘citizen journalists.’

Both the Local Government Association and the Magistrates Association have expressed concern that local courts and councils are no longer being covered properly by their local papers. This is because they simply do not have the qualified staff to do these jobs.

In the past our industry has relied on its journalists and the quality of its editorial content to pull it through the difficulties. But this requires experienced journalists to provide the content which newspapers need, to maintain the trust and loyalty of their readers.

Little doubt, then, that local newspapers are under attack as never before. The reasons for this are many, but main factors include:

  • Fall in advertising revenues due to the economic situation
  • The rise in use of the internet with a resultant expectation of free content and a migration of ad revenue from print to net
  • The advent of local authority newspapers, who are using tax-payers money to fund publications which take ad revenue away from local newspapers and affect their circulation. Many have been flouting Govt guidelines on the frequency and type of publication. At the Chartered Institute of Journalists, we have been campaigning on this issue too.
  • The merging of many local independent newspapers into big newspaper groups, resulting in cost-cutting on an unprecedented scale. Often this is a result of the desire to return higher dividends to shareholders, or to pay off huge debts accumulated by mass-buying of titles
  • Poor management at senior level, with decisions too often being taken by people with no real experience of journalism. These managers see qualified journalists and investigative journalism as an unnecessary expense. They are using the economic situation as an excuse to take a filleting knife to our newsrooms. They are systematically denuding our local papers of the very people the industry vitally needs.

There is an important distinction to be made between local and national newspapers. Local journalists are much more likely to adhere to a code of conduct, because they live in the communities in which they work, and are accountable to them in a way which the national papers are not. Local papers are not just in the community, they are part of it. It should be remembered too that many older people or low-income families cannot afford access to the internet and rely on their local media to be kept informed.

GOING FORWARD – SOME SUGGESTIONS

Local newspapers are the training grounds for the top-flight national journalists of the future. Their duty to educate, inform, entertain and campaign, sits well with a possible approach to give them charitable status, providing they can demonstrate a genuine commitment to their community as well as fulfilling an educational role.

Major groups proposing to reduce publication frequency or title closure, should first be required to offer those titles for sale at a fair market price for possible purchase, for example by a locally-formed consortium, to take over the title. In that situation, Government would have to provide some funding by means of loans, and in some circumstances grants, as a means of returning a local paper to its locality under local ownership and management.

One example of this has already come from journalists made redundant when the Scarborough Evening News went weekly last month – they are to help launch a new title for the town. The three-day-a-week Scarborough Voice will be launched in September. It will sell for a quarter of the price that Johnston Press are charging for their evening-turned-weekly paper.

It is worth noting that those newspapers which are still independently owned and operated are not saddled with huge, crippling debts. They may be experiencing some difficulties, but not as severe as those of the larger groups, nor have they dispensed with their main stock-in-trade – their journalists and quality editorial content.

One example of this is the South London Press, which in the last month has been split into a series of hyper-local titles and overall circulation has increased by 35 per cent in one week. This shows that if you give readers what they want, they will still buy.

In the light of what is happening in the major publishing groups, we feel that the conditions for approving future newspaper merger proposals should be strengthened by requiring the taking-over group to provide a statement of intent incorporating guarantees for the maintenance of the taken-over titles and that any future departure from this pledge should require the permission of the Government for the change to be made.

As things stand, a newspaper can be taken over one year and closed down the next, without anyone being able to do anything about it.

The Chartered Institute of Journalists feels this is a massive betrayal of both the journalists and their readership, for a purpose which only benefits the publisher.

We support Jonathan Edwards’ call for local papers to be designated community assets under the provisions of the Localism Act 2011.

The Chartered Institute of Journalists has campaigned long and hard on many of these issues. But we now call on people in government like yourselves to act, because without your support, self-interest will prevail, and our local newspapers will be lost.

We ask you to do your utmost to ensure that quality local newspapers do survive, so they may continue to provide a valued service to their communities, well into the future.

ENDS