News in brief: Emmy awards for BBC and Channel 4 News, new City AM editor, new cycling magazine, data journalism project gets £500k boost

The BBC and Channel 4 News won three Emmy awards between them this week.

The BBC won in the continuing coverage category for its reporting from Syria and the best feature category for coverage of suffering in the Central African Republic.

James Harding, director of news and current affairs, said: “These two Emmys are well deserved recognition for the brilliance of our international reporting and the bravery not just of our journalists but the teams who help them get the news out from some of the most dangerous places on earth. It is a proud achievement for BBC News.”

Channel 4 News, which also won an award last year for its Battle for Homs coverage, was this year recognised for its coverage of the Syrian war.

Editor Ben de Pear (pictured) said:  “It is such an honour to win an International Emmy Award. But to win one in two straight years makes it particularly special. I am so proud of everyone at Channel 4 News. They may be a small team but the work they produce makes a significant impact.”


The Sunday Post celebrates its centenary tomorrow, and is marking the milestone with a free souvenir special on Sunday.

The 96-page magazine will tell the history of the paper and will include front pages, pictures and stories from the last 100 years.

Editor-in-chief Donald Martin said: “We are very proud to celebrate 100 years of The Sunday Post. The paper’s place in Scottish society and the affection felt for it is unique, so we’re delighted to share this momentous occasion with our readers.

“Our special souvenir edition includes the paper’s take on everything from the millennium to Churchill and the moon landings, Maggie Broon’s wedding to Oor Wullie’s brother – and everything in between. The supplement is a wonderful walk down memory lane and really is 96 pages you won’t want to miss.”


David Hellier has been promoted from acting editor to editor of City AM.

Hellier, who has worked for the free title for eight years, has been deputy editor for six years and has spent a year as acting editor.

He replaces Allister Heath, who was made deputy editor of The Daily Telegraph earlier this year.


Daily Record reporter Paul O'Hare has been shortlised for the Amnesty International Media Awards in the nations and regions category for his story, Colombia – Caught in the Crossfire.


Dennis Publishing is to launch a new monthly cycling magazines, Bikes Etc, in October.

Priced at £4.75, the 132-page title – a sister to the Cyclist magazine – goes on sale on 29 October.


An investigative journalism project has been awarded £500,000 from the Big Lottery Fund in Northern Ireland.

Belfast-based investigative news and analysis website the Detail has partnered with the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action for the Detail Data project.

It will see journalists team up with NICVA's 1,100 members and other charity groups to "examine and present data on issues affecting their communities in areas such as education, health and justice. The project will support the groups to identify gaps in services and better support vulnerable sections of society." 

The project will see an online data store for Northern Ireland developed and Detail Data will publish 30 "major data-driven journalism projects online over three years". 

Detail editor Steven McCaffery said: “Journalism is about empowering people with information. This project will ensure that our data journalism can help the voluntary and community sector to better understand and voice the needs of people and communities.

 “The Detail has pioneered the use of data journalism in Northern Ireland, examining huge datasets on issues including education, health, the economy and the administration of justice.

“Our award winning reporting has shed light on important subjects, but by connecting our data journalism to organisations working at community level it can become a tool to be used to benefit the lives of people across Northern Ireland.  NICVA’s network of voluntary and community sector groups are ideal partners. We are delighted that the Big Lottery Fund is supporting this vital project.”

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