BRIEFS 04.02.05

PA open days pre-election

The Press Association is holding two open days for customers to
preview its plans for coverage of the next General Election. They will
be held at PA’s offices in Victoria on Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23
February.

Customers will hear of plans for covering the election in words,
pictures (Tony Blair, above), graphics and video as well as the
election night results service on the wire. Speakers will include PA
political editor Jon Smith and elections editor Chris Mead. The
presentations are aimed at both editorial and IT staff. For invitations
contact 020 7963 7123.

Conference of editors ‘unique’

The
editors of the British, Columbia and American Journalism Reviews met
for the first time to discuss media journalism at a unique conference
in Lugano, Switzerland. Bill Hagerty, (pictured) editor of the BJR, the
American Journalism Review’s managing editor, Brent Cunningham, and Rem
Reider, editor of the American Journalism Review , were at an
international gathering at the invitation of the MAZ Die Schweizer
Journalistenschule, Lucerne, and the Lugano European Journalism
Observatory. Subject of the two-day workshop at the Italian University
in Lugano was Media Journalism in the Attention Cycle. Also taking part
were journalists and academics, from Austria, France, Germany, Italy,
Sweden, Switzerland and Spain.

Facilities writers to get award

Entries have been invited for the second annual RICS Property
Management Writers Award, which this year has been expanded to include
writing on facilities management. The judges are Michael Brett,
property and financial author, and John Waples, The Sunday Times’
deputy business editor. Entries can be downloaded from
www.rics.org/pmawards.

ST in Howard’s End giveaway

Times Newspapers has joined forces with movie channel TCM in a bid
to capitalise on movie audiences in the run-up to The Academy Awards.
From 1 February, The Sunday Times is sponsoring TCM’s 28 Days of Oscar
series of films and will give away a free copy of Howard’s End on 6 Feb.

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