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Libel tourism victims say new Bill won’t tackle foreign claims

Two of the most notable victims of libel tourism in recent years have warned that the long-awaited Defamation Bill will not address this issue.

“Even after this bill we will still have the problem that people are left open to being sued by people that you can’t sue back.”

3 Shelley Jofre: Press has questions to answer over Savile

Panorama reporter Shelley Jofre believes newspapers have questions to answer for not exposing Jimmy Savile as a sex offender.

“So why didn’t any of these ‘fearless’ newspapers expose him?”

4 Ex-police PR’s warning over ‘freeze’ in media relations

A former Scotland Yard press officer has warned that the UK model of “policing by consent” is threatened by the current “almost total freeze” in relations with the media.

“In this country you have a model of policing by consent – the police need the consent and cooperation of the public to do their job. There has to be ongoing dialogue between police and the media to enable them to talk to the public and get their cooperation.”

6 The Sun: Blanket ban on naming the arrested could see sex offenders go free

Proposals to put in place a blanket ban on police releasing the names of arrested suspects could let serial sex offenders go free.

"This will lead to guilty men walking free. I only knew about Worboys’ arrest because I saw his name in the paper.

“How am I and hundreds of others supposed to know police are looking into an individual if it is not publicised?”

7 Watch News on the Move again

More than 100 of the UK’s leading names in digital journalism gathered at Google’s London HQ yesterday for Press Gazette’s News on the Move conference.

The conference was focused entirely on how to make the most of publishing journalism on tablet devices.

8 Nick Davies: News Corp was mulling NoW closure before Milly Dowler story

Guardian investigative journalist Nick Davies has said that News Corp was considering closing the News of the World months before he revealed that the paper listened to the voicemail messages of missing schoolgirl Milly Dowler.

"People really did try to argue that if it hadn’t been for that one angle in that one story the Leveson Inquiry wouldn’t have been set up and the NoW wouldn’t have been closed.”

9 Guardian sued for Tory ‘slags’ claim

A former Conservative council candidate is suing The Guardian for unlimited damages after it accused him of being part of a Facebook group describing women as “slags”.

"Tamiz claims The Guardian was wrong to infer that he had been a member of the group, that he was a “secret misogynist” and that the Tories would have expelled him."

10 Splash agency founder: No one exports dirt  better than the British

Few journalists if any have done as well out of the boom in celebrity-driven news as former redtop staffers Gary Morgan and Kevin Smith.

The pair founded news agency Splash in the early 1990s and grew it into a global outfit with 100 staff and offices around the world. In July 2011 they sold out to photography giant Corbis in a deal believed to be well excess of the agency’s estimated $30m turnover.

Smith stepped down as president of Splash last year leaving Morgan (left in picture) as chief executive.

Here, he tells Press Gazette about the formation of Splash and what the future holds for the agency.


13 Libel laws are enough – we don’t need ban on names of arrested

The decision of whether to name someone who has been arrested is one that editors have to grapple with most days. I get more legal queries about this than anything else. The problem is libel.

As you read this, a well-known 82-year-old celebrity arrested as part of the Jimmy Savile investigation has not yet been named by the media, although it doesn’t take long to ID him on the internet. So far, his lawyers have kept the lid on his identity by issuing dire threats of libel action.

14 Ultimate challenge for first MoS female sports editor

Even a cursory examination of Alison Kervin’s career credentials leaves a man consumed by inadequacy.

My best wishes are also extended to Ms Kervin. She is said to be feisty and fearless, and one glimpse at that curriculum vitae seems to validate these claims. You suspect both qualities will be needed when she arrives in Derry Street.

16 Go global – how to make documentaries appreciated

Documentaries are among the most prized things of our times, but they remain under-appreciated, certainly unwatched. How can broadcasters make better use of the docs they commission? How can we all – film-makers, commissioning editors, patrons, buffs, activists – make sure that more of the best docs get to be seen every year.

We are judged as broadcasters by our ability to make sense of the world. Working on Why Poverty? I learnt a lot about this. I sense that our audiences, whoever and wherever they are, will do the same

17 Ted Jeory: More journalists should probe local govt

Ted Jeory was recently shortlisted for the Paul Foot Award for his blog, which investigates allegations of corruption in the London borough of Tower Hamlets. He left the East London Advertiser in 2008 and currently works as home affairs editor for the Sunday Express.

"From my point of view, where I got to and the nomination is quite unbelievable, and I really hope that it gives encouragement to other local journalists to put in the time to do great journalism and not just hang up their notepad at the end of the day."

18 How to get a job at… The Times

The Times takes on two graduate trainees a year from between 280 and 350 applications.

Trainees are offered two-year contracts, with the second year dependant on performance during the first.

Applicants should generally expect to work as news reporters but will also work in different departments.

Applications open in January and usually close in March.

Here, The Times and Sunday Times’s new group managing editor Craig Tregurtha gives his tips on how graduates can give themselves the best chance of getting on to next year’s scheme.


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