IRA scoop for Ireland on Sunday

Irish Sunday had IRA story first

Ireland on Sunday splashed on the story that the IRA had offered to
shoot the murderers of Belfast man Robert McCartney nine days before it
was confirmed.

Executives at the IoS say its story on 27 February was based on top
sources in Northern Ireland. Latest JNRS figures show that the IoS has
had a 13 per cent increase in readership to 502,000.

Barnes launches legal claim

Footballer John Barnes has launched a legal action for libel damages
over a story in the Daily Star . He says that a gossip column piece by
journalist Leigh Purves suggested he had sexually harassed a woman in a
nightclub by improperly touching her. Barnes denies being in the club,
Attica, on the evening in question.

NUJ seeks Saudi response to cuts

NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear has written to the Saudi royal
family about the treatment of members working at Arab Press House in
London. A dozen sacked journalists on the Arabic paper Asharq Al Awsat
have appealed through the union against statutory minimum redundancy
payouts, and Dear has also expressed concern about a planning
application to convert the central London offices of publishers Arab
Press House into a school.

Middlesbrough has best fanzine

A music magazine called Beard has won one of eight prizes handed out
by publisher Emap at its second fanzine awards ceremony. Other winners
included lifestyle fanzine Karen, Middlesbrough FC fanzine Fly Me To
The Moon and webzine Flipflopflyin.com. The overall best fanzine award
also went to Fly Me To The Moon. The award for best student publication
went to the University of Cardiff’s Quench .

Tindle boosts charity bid

Tindle Newspapers owner Sir Ray Tindle has donated £25,000 to NPF,
The Journalists’ Charity, for the redevelopment of its care home for
journalists in Dorking. Its bar will be named after him.

Archant profits

Regional publisher Archant has reported operating profits for 2004 up 20 percent following a recent round of acquisitions.

The figures are the first since the group acquired 27 titles in the London area.from Independent News & Media.

Group operating profit was £32.7 million.

Masterclasses

Award-winning Guardian writer Nick Davies is holding a series of
one-day investigative journalism masterclasses at City University, not
the University of Westminster as reported in last week’s Press Gazette
. They take place on April 18, 20 and 22 and cost £117.50, for more
details call 020 7040 8221.

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