Rights grab contract – photographers beware

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The Stone Roses issue a rights grab contract

Photographers are being warned about the Stone Roses “photo release form” which includes a rights grab clause.

Any photographer who wants access to The Stone Roses’ concerts must sign a contract which bans them from supplying images to a wide range of publications unless express permission is first granted by the band – aka Ian Brown, John Squire, Gary Mounfield and Alan Wren.

Numerous photographer groups have vowed to boycott the concerts in protest against the band’s position.

Chartered Institute of Journalists General Secretary, Dominic Cooper, said: “These contracts are abusive because they stop freelance photographers making money from their own creative work.

“Given the band’s principled approach to other unfairness (they supported the anti-Section 28 concert in May 1988) it is woeful that they have adopted this attitude towards photographers who are trying to earn a crust.”

A copy of The Stone Roses photographic contract can be found here

Dennis Signy memorial service

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A memorial service for Dennis Signy, former editor of the Hendon Times Group and leading freelance football reporter, will be held at St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, at 11.30am on September 1.

Dennis Signy dies aged 85

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Staunch supporter of the Institute of Journalists

Dennis Signy, who died this morning, was a staunch supporter of the Institute of Journalists, especially in the dark days of the 70s when the NUJ and the Foot government were trying to impose a closed shop in journalism.

He stood up for IoJ members, and journalists who chose to stay outside of either union, when the bullying they suffered was at its nastiest

He started his career as a wartime cub reporter on the Hendon and Finchley Times and became group editor for 17 years in the late 60s. He was a national press football writer for five decades, wrote several football books, and was a director of Barnet FC.

He was one of the few local newspaper journalists to whom the description ‘legendary’ truly applies. In fact, as he would have been the first to agree, the phrase ‘a legend in his own lunchtime’ could have been coined for him.

He was a lovely man, a great editor, and a constant joy to work under. He will be missed, and his exploits will be recounted whenever two or more north London journalists gather for a pint.


Charlie Harris, Editor, Borehamwood Post (now the Times), 1984-88

EU Health Prize for Journalists launched

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EU’s Health Prize for journalists

Deadline: 31 July 2012

On 3rd May 2012 the 4th edition of the EU Health Prize for Journalists was launched by the European Commissioner for Health and Consumers, John Dalli.

Articles written on health topics by journalists, published between 25/07/2011 and 31/07/2012 can be submitted via the EU’s Health Prize website:

The submission deadline is 31/07/2012. The rules and conditions and further information are available via the homepgage.

Chartered Institute of Journalists remembers W T Stead

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18 April 2012

Norman Bartlett, President of the Chartered Institute of Journalists and members of the extended W T Stead family, at yesterday’s wreath-laying ceremony to mark the centenary of the death for former Northern Echo editor W T Stead, who perished on the Titanic. © Camiila Greenwell

FAMILY MEMBERS down to six generations of W T Stead, former editor of the Northern Echo, who was a victim of the Titanic disaster 100 years ago, flew from Australia to commemorate the centenary of his death on London’s Victoria Embankment yesterday (Sun).

A dozen descendants of William Thomas Stead attended the wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial close by the Temple tube station.

The ceremony was organised by the Chartered Institute of Journalists whose members contributed ‘shillings and half-crowns’ in 1912 to erect the memorial.

Mr Richard Stead, a great-grandson of W T, of Falmouth, Cornwall, said: “We decided to arrange a family re-union when we heard of the Institute’s wreath-laying and seven members of the Australian branch flew over from Adelaide last week for the event.”

They included two-years-old Leahmarie Stead, the great-great-great-great-grandchild of W T and Matihilda Krichauff, aged 8, his great-great-great-granddaughter. Her father, George Krichauff, said: “We could not let the centenary of the death of my great-great-grandfather pass without being present. We are glad that journalists of today still respect W T and his achievements both in Darlington and in London.”

The wreath-laying was followed by a commemorative service at St Bride’s. the journalists’ church in Fleet Street, where the Rector, Canon David Meara, paid tribute to W T Stead’s career in Darlington and subsequently at the Pall Mall Gazette and the magazine he subsequently founded, The Review of Reviews.

Norman Bartlett, president of the Chartered Institute of Journalists, is given a helping hand to lay a memorial wreath by Matihilda Krichauff, (aged 8), the great-great-great-granddaughter of W T Stead, and Leahmarie Stead, (aged 2), the great-great-great-great-grandaughter of the former editor of the Northern Echo. © Camiila Greenwell (

“He stands in the finest traditions of fearless journalism. Fortunately there are still people like W T Stead who risk their lives to show interested people and shock the uninterested. Without people like him, we would all be the poorer. We remember W T Stead and all who have followed him in this noble tradition of journalism,” Canon Meara said.

The Australian branch of the family began when Henry Stead, W T’s eldest son, emigrated ‘down-under’ in 1913 to take over the editorship of his father’s Australian Review of Reviews. He also died at sea – of an illness aboard the S S Mamara off the shores of Tahiti in 1922.




Marie Colvin memorial service at St Martin in the Fields: May 16

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A new date has been set for the Marie Colvin memorial service.  It will take place at St Martin in the Fields on May 16 at 11.00am.

The Media Society offers CIoJ members a discounted price…

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The Media Society offers CIoJ members a discounted price of £115 on places at its award dinner on May 24, planned to be a great evening – contact Sam Keegan for further information and to book your place: or call 07944 830 787.
Details of the event:

The Media Society’s black tie Annual Award dinner will take place on Thursday May 24 at the recently opened Corinthia Hotel when we will honour Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian, and Nick Davies, one of the newspaper’s senior reporters. Do join us for what promises to be another memorable evening.

Confirmed speakers so far:

Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times

Sir Harold Evans, doyenne of newspaper editors; former editor of The Times and The Sunday Times, current editor-at-large for Reuters

Henry Porter, Guardian columnist and author

Sarah Sands, editor of the London Evening Standard

Tom Watson, Labour MP, Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.

News of more speakers as they are confirmed will be detailed HERE.

Places are £95 for members and £125 for non-members, if you would like to take a table, they accommodate 10 seats.

The Guardian’s revelations about phone hacking at the News of the World have not only been the biggest media story of the year, but have also triggered a public debate about the practices of the press, with potentially far-reaching consequences.

Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian since the mid-1990s, has presided over the paper’s development from a broadsheet to its current Berliner format, and its embrace of online journalism. He is an eloquent defender of the importance of journalism for holding power to account.

Nick Davies, meanwhile, has demonstrated the highest qualities of persistence in his following of the biggest media stories in recent years, while his concern for the health and future of his craft is manifest: he is an outstanding advocate of the importance of good reporting as the basis for good journalism.

This event is the highlight of our calendar, and not to be missed. Each year the Society honours one person who it feels has made an outstanding contribution to the British media. Our very first award, 18 years ago, was given to the late Alistair Cooke KBE. Since then we have honoured Sir David Attenborough, Sir Geoffrey Cox, Paul Dacre, David Dimbleby, Sir David Frost, John Humphrys, Dame Ann Leslie, Jenni Murray, Sir Michael Parkinson, Jeremy Paxman, Reuters, Gillian Reynolds, Jon Snow, Melvyn Bragg and the late Sir Charles Wheeler. Last year’s recipient was Michael Grade.

The evening will feature a tribute to David Walter, our president who passed away on March 29th. David organised last year’s award ceremony to be one of our most successful, and we were all hoping that he would be presiding over this year’s event. It is only right that in celebrating our award winners this year we will also be saluting the memory of a fine journalist and much-loved figure in The Media Society and our profession.

Turn2us: advice for journalists who need support

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During the last few years many journalists have found themselves struggling financially, having either been made redundant, or, suffered a reduction of freelance work in the downturn.

In these circumstances providing for families or just dealing with an uncertain future can cause a great deal of stress and illness.  In many cases those affected may well have had no idea which way to turn for help and support.

Turn2us can help

Turn2us helps people in financial need gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help – online, by phone and face to face through partner organisations.

It is an entirely confidential service which may be accessed through their website – – or through their Freephone number – 0808 802 2000 between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday.

CIoJ support

Members who find themselves needing support may qualify for assistance from one of the Institute’s funds.  Click here for more information

FREE student journalist Proofreading Guide

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Cleland Thom, founder and director of CTJT, has produced a new E-book to assist student journalists with proofreading.

The guide, ideal for anyone doing dissertations, may be downloaded here.

Cleland my be contacted here.

Date for your diary: 9 November, media remembrance service

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On 9 November there will be a service at St Brides church, Fleet Street, in remembrance of journalists who have lost their lives in conflicts around the world.
Media Remembrance Service
St Bride’s, Fleet Street
November 9, 6:30pm