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PPB Motion on UK media publishers to unite on media freedom issues – 2013 AGM

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The Institute deplores what has become a destructive and disastrous civil war within British journalism between media publishers, lobbying groups, media and journalist representative bodies, and indeed media academics, that is undermining essential journalism freedoms and disabling the ability of journalists to be the watchdogs of democracy.

It is time for leading newspaper editors, their corporations, and respective supporters elsewhere to bury the hatchet that has divided them so bitterly in relation to the phone hacking scandal, the Leveson Inquiry, and debates over regulation, and show the maturity of their common law cousins in the USA to stand together on those issues that concern them all.

PPB Motion on protection of sources – 2013 AGM

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The Institute deplores and condemns the disastrous surrendering of confidential material on journalists sources by News Corporation’s Management and Standards Committee (MSC) to the Metropolitan Police.

It is apparent that much of this information was confidential journalistic material and should have been subject to the protection of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. This information should not have been released unless by court order after a hearing before a judge at which the sources and individual journalists concerned should have had the right to independent representation.

The Institute calls on Parliament to introduce legislation so that confidential sources who have been negligently and without court order identified by the media institutions receiving, using or paying for their information can sue for compensation for the breach of their Article 10 Freedom of Expression protection of source rights as recognised by English common law and the European Court of Human Rights in a longstanding line of powerful rulings that recently included TELEGRAAF MEDIA NEDERLAND LANDELIJKE MEDIA BV AND OTHERS v. THE NETHERLANDS – 39315/06 – HEJUD [2012] ECHR 1965 (22 November 2012)

URL: http://www.bailii.org/eu/cases/ECHR/2012/1965.html

UK law on the right of sources to have a legal remedy against media publishers that betray their duty of confidentiality should be given the same recognition as set out in the US Supreme Court in Cohen v Cowles Media Co 501 US 663 (1991)

http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/501/663/case.html

 

2013 AGM draft agenda

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Draft agenda (subject to alteration)

Saturday, October 19

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 2012 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, Charlie Harris, 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 2012 be received and accepted. The Honorary Treasurer will take questions on the Institute’s finances.

10. The President to move:

– that the 128th 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 business unfinished by the end of the meeting shall be referred for consideration by Council

12. Resolution: Guarantee of media freedom:

The Institute believes the government and Parliament should press ahead ‘without delay’ for legislation to assert a constitutional freedom of the media as a stand alone Act of Parliament. Journalism is facing an unprecedented attack on its rights and freedoms and needs greater protection and independence in order to maintain its role as a watchdog and guardian of democracy.

Whilst the Institute is critical of many recommendations of the Leveson Inquiry, we would support the proposal for a legislative declaration of media freedom that is equivalent to the provision asserting the independence of the judiciary:

Guarantee of media freedom

(1) The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and other Ministers of the Crown and all with responsibility for matters relating to the media must uphold the freedom of the press and its independence from the executive.

(2) The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport must have regard to:

(a) the importance of the freedom and integrity of the media;

(b) the right of the media and the public to receive and impart information without interference by public authorities;

(c) the need to defend the independence of the media.

(3) Interference with the activities of the media shall be lawful only insofar as it is for a legitimate purpose and is necessary in a democratic society, having full regard to the importance of media freedom in a democracy;” (Page 1780 of Volume 4 of the Leveson Inquiry Report 2012)

13. Resolution: Media publishers should unite of media freedom issues:

The Institute deplores what has become a destructive and disastrous civil war within British journalism between media publishers, lobbying groups, media and journalist representative bodies, and indeed media academics, that is undermining essential journalism freedoms and disabling the ability of journalists to be the watchdogs of democracy.

It is time for leading newspaper editors, their corporations, and respective supporters elsewhere to bury the hatchet that has divided them so bitterly in relation to the phone hacking scandal, the Leveson Inquiry, and debates over regulation, and show the maturity of their common law cousins in the USA to stand together on those issues that concern them all.

3.00pm Break

14. Resolution: Protection of sources:

The Institute deplores and condemns the disastrous surrendering of confidential material on journalists sources by News Corporation’s Management and Standards Committee (MSC) to the Metropolitan Police.

It is apparent that much of this information was confidential journalistic material and should have been subject to the protection of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. This information should not have been released unless by court order after a hearing before a judge at which the sources and individual journalists concerned should have had the right to independent representation.

The Institute calls on Parliament to introduce legislation so that confidential sources who have been negligently and without court order identified by the media institutions receiving, using or paying for their information can sue for compensation for the breach of their Article 10 Freedom of Expression protection of source rights as recognised by English common law and the European Court of Human Rights in a longstanding line of powerful rulings that recently included TELEGRAAF MEDIA NEDERLAND LANDELIJKE MEDIA BV AND OTHERS v. THE NETHERLANDS – 39315/06 – HEJUD [2012] ECHR 1965 (22 November 2012)

URL: http://www.bailii.org/eu/cases/ECHR/2012/1965.html

UK law on the right of sources to have a legal remedy against media publishers that betray their duty of confidentiality should be given the same recognition as set out in the US Supreme Court in Cohen v Cowles Media Co 501 US 663 (1991)

http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/501/663/case.html

15. Resolution: Freelance Division to move:

Add to Standing Order 7

7.4 Subject to a minimum payment to be decided by Council from time to time, no Member shall be required to pay, by way of annual subscription, more than one per cent of net (after-tax) income. Members claiming this concession shall on request provide acceptable evidence of net income for their previous tax year.

4.30pm Close

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

7.00pm Dinner – for those who have already booked.

2013 CIoJ AGM – October 19

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ALL MEMBERS WELCOME

PCC to brief members about changes to Press regulation

Michael McManus of the Press Complaints Commission will be the guest speaker at the Institute’s Annual General Meeting on the 19 October, at the Union Jack Club in London, SE1.

Michael is Executive Director of Transition at the PCC, and will explain how he sees Press regulation working through the industry’s proposed Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO)

Make sure you are there to see how the proposals will affect you!

We want your views – come and have your say…

CIoJ logo

The Institute’s 2013 AGM will take place on October 19, 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.

There will be a social dinner in the evening at the Conference Centre for which all members may purchase tickets and invite a guest.  The menu and details of how you may book can be found here.

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

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

CIoJ Annual General Meeting Provisional Programme

Proposed motions for discussion

Professional Practices Board election

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.

Booking Form – Money Matters – 20 August 2013

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Guest speaker confirmed

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Guest speaker confirmed for the CIoJ presidential handover

4 February 2012

Siobhan Benita, the independent candidate in the 2012 London mayoral election, is to be the guest speaker at the CIoJ presidential handover ceremony next month.

Siobhan polled 83,914 first-preference votes, finishing fourth, just 7,860 votes behind the Liberal Democrat candidate.

Former Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O’Donnell said Siobhan, an ex-civil servant, had done extremely well, with no party machine to support her campaign, very little funding or media coverage, and no political broadcast.

She plans to build on that success when she stands again for Mayor of London in 2016.

The handover will be in London on February 20. For full details, or to register your attendance, contact Diane Cooper at the Institute head office.

Join your friends at the CIoJ for some festive cheer

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The Communications Industry Carol Service

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Monday 10th December

All members of the CIoJ are welcome to join colleagues at this annual Christmas event.

Family, Friends and Colleagues are also welcome.

St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, London EC4, 6.30pm (Please be in your seat by 6.20 at the latest)

Join other communications groups for a Christmas Carol Concert at St Bride’s Church and share in a programme of traditional and contemporary carols, readings and music, including the renowned St.Bride’s Choir, guest performers, Aisling Agnew (Flute) and Matthew McAllister (Guitar).

Christmas Message by: radio and television broadcaster, Chris Tarrant.

This is the one time in the year when the whole of the communications industry, irrespective of professional or religious affiliations, can come together and sing with one voice! Members are encouraged to bring along family and friends to the Service.

Please note that while this event is free please e-mail Diane on memberservices@cioj.co.uk if you would like to come to the Carol Service, as allocated seating is always snapped-up early.

A complimentary mince pie and a pay bar will be available at The Press House Wine Bar, to the rear and underneath the Church at 1 St Bride’s Passage. The Chartered Institute of Journalists will have its own dedicated area, so look out for the Institute logo, and arrange to meet your friends and colleagues for some Christmas cheer!

Please let us know if you are coming…

I will be coming to the Carol Service ( ) I will be joining you after ( )

Name:

Name of Guest(s):

Please e-mail Diane – memberservices@cioj.co.uk

Supported by: Association of Online Publishers; Audit Bureau of Circulations UK; Chartered Institute of Journalists; Chartered Institute of Public Relations; Gorkana; Incorporated Society of British Advertisers; Institute of Practitioners in Advertising; International Advertising Association UK Chapter; International Building Press; London Press Club; Professional Publishers Association; Society of Editors; The Advertising Association; Women in Advertising & Communications London and the Worshipful Company of Marketors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Dock Offices Surrey Quays Road London SE16 2XU

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You are invited to the Communications Industry Carol Service
CIoJ
All members of the CIoJ are welcome to join colleagues at this annual Christmas event.

Family, Friends and Colleagues are also welcome.

St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, London EC4

Monday 10th December, 6.30pm (Please be in your seat by 6.20 at the latest)

Join other communications groups for a Christmas Carol Concert at St Bride’s Church and share in a programme of traditional and contemporary carols, readings and music, including the renowned St.Bride’s Choir, guest performers, Aisling Agnew (Flute) and Matthew McAllister (Guitar).

Christmas Message by: radio and television broadcaster, Chris Tarrant.

This is the one time in the year when the whole of the communications industry, irrespective of professional or religious affiliations, can come together and sing with one voice! Members are encouraged to bring along family and friends to the Service.
Please note that while this event is free please email Diane on memberservices@cioj.co.uk your email or return the form below, if you would like to come to the Carol Service, as allocated seating is always snapped-up early.

A complimentary mince pie and a pay bar will be available at The Press House Wine Bar, to the rear and underneath the Church at 1 St Bride’s Passage. The Chartered Institute of Journalists will have its own dedicated area, so look out for the Institute logo, and arrange to meet your friends and colleagues for some Christmas cheer!

________________________________________________________________

Please let us know if you are coming…

I will be coming to the Carol Service ( ) I will be joining you after ( )

Name:

Name of Guest(s):

_____________________________________________________________________________

Please return this form by email to Diane memberservices@cioj.co.uk

Supported by: Association of Online Publishers; Audit Bureau of Circulations UK; Chartered Institute of Journalists; Chartered Institute of Public Relations; Gorkana; Incorporated Society of British Advertisers; Institute of Practitioners in Advertising; International Advertising Association UK Chapter; International Building Press; London Press Club; Professional Publishers Association; Society of Editors; The Advertising Association; Women in Advertising & Communications London and the Worshipful Company of Marketors.

 

 
2 Dock Offices Surrey Quays Road London SE16 2XU
t: 020 7252 1187 | f: 020 7232 2302
e: memberservices@cioj.co.uk | w: www.cioj.co.uk

The Institute of Journalists (TU) Professional Practices Board 2013/14

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Details of members who have put themselves forward for election to serve on the Board for 2013/14.

The election of candidates will take place at the Institute AGM on October 19.

Janice Shillum Bhend

Janice Shillum Bhend MCIJ is an experienced writer, publisher, editor and media professional with a strong background in national magazines – including her own title, YES! which she published for five years. She has made many TV and radio appearances and contributed to several books.

Passionate about promoting good journalism, she co-wrote a new magazine course for the NCTJ and taught the next generation of journalists for seven years at degree and postgraduate level. She has a lifetime’s love for and an in-depth knowledge of the magazine industry.

Amanda Brodie – Chairman

Having worked in journalism for 30 years, Amanda has a wealth of experience in newspapers, starting as a reporter in London and later sub-editing for newspapers in Essex and Suffolk. A former assistant editor in a busy production department, her experience extends to paid-for and free weeklies, evening and regional daily papers, as well as business and lifestyle magazines. Until recently she worked on regional daily and evening newspapers in Suffolk. Amanda now works as a freelance, mostly for the National Council for the Training of Journalists, as an exam-marker and exam centre organiser.

Cleland Thom

Cleland Thom has been a journalist for 40 years and now runs the media training organisation CTJT.

Since 2003 he has trained more than 2,000 journalists across the UK, specialising in law, and has been legal adviser to the Manchester Evening News, The Local Radio Company, Real Radio, TNT magazine and GPSJ.

Campbell Thomas

Campbell has been a journalist for 22 years and a CIoJ member since 1996. He completed his NCTJ training with Ayrshire Weekly Press, working as a reporter and feature writer before moving to the Glasgow Evening Times, latterly running a district office.

He freelances for the UK and Scottish national and regional press and broadcast networks, specialising in court, crime and investigations.  He is a British delegate to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent and has worked for the United Nations in Cyprus, as well as the UK military and police services. Campbell is a Masters graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh, where he also taught journalism.

Tim Crook
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Tim Crook has been a journalist and broadcaster for four decades and during that time has campaigned for freedom of expression and journalism rights in the British legal system. He’s combined his career with teaching/training journalism and broadcasting in Higher Education and is currently Reader in Media & Communication at Goldsmiths, University of London and Visiting Professor of Broadcast Journalism at Birmingham City University. His book publications include UK Media Law Pocketbook and Comparative Media Law & Ethics.

 

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.

CIoJ AGM – 27 October 2012

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ALL MEMBERS WELCOME

We want your views – come and have your say…

CIoJ logo

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.

CIoJ Annual General Meeting Provisional Programme

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.