Society of Editors 2008 conference: Full coverage

Paul Dacre attacks Mr Justice Eady over privacy curbs
Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre has launched an attack on High Court judge Mr Justice Eady – accusing him of using the Human Rights Act to ‘bring in a privacy law by the back door’.
• Paul Dacre speech: Full transcript
• Lord Falconer defends Mr Justice Eady
• Media lawyers hit back at Dacre’s attack on Justice Eady
• Max Mosley: Dacre privacy attack was ‘disingenuous’

Madeleine McCann spokesman condemns ‘lazy’ reporting
British journalists covering the disappearance of Madeleine McCann were ‘lazy’ and ‘distorted’ stories, according to the spokesman for parents Kate and Gerry McCann.

Robert Peston: Media were ‘complicit’ in talking up debt
The media was ‘in a sense complicit’ in talking up an economic boom in a bid to make the most of the lucrative property advertising market, BBC business editor Robert Peston has said.

Report finds new journalists lacking key skills
More than 70 per cent of media employers believe there is a gap between the skills found in new-entrant journalists and those needed to run their news organisation.

Lawyers’ fees to be capped in no-win no-fee reform
Justice secretary Jack Straw is expected to announce a reform of the no-win no-fee legal system later this year that will reduce the financial burden on newspapers challenging libel actions.

Martin Clarke: Global unique users are a waste of time
Newspapers have got to stop ‘confusing advertisers’ with ‘meaningless vain-glorious’ web traffic figures, according to publisher of Mail Online Martin Clarke.

Michael Rosenblum: News websites must embrace video or die
News websites which do not embrace video whole-heartedly will go out of business, according to video journalism pioneer Michael Rosenblum.

Former Trinity Mirror editor hits out at Sly Bailey
Trinity Mirror chief executive Sly Bailey has come under attack from the former editor of one of her titles, who questioned her track record at the company and described the group’s websites as ‘woeful beyond belief’.

Sir Christopher Meyer: Newspaper cutbacks risk ’emasculating’ PCC
The newspaper industry needs to keep up its investment in the Press Complaints Commission or the principle of self-regulation will be ’emasculated’, PCC chairman Sir Christopher Meyer has warned.

FT managing editor: Integration still ‘massively difficult’
News groups will find it ‘massively difficult’ to fully integrate their print and online sides ‘until the day that newspapers die’, Financial Times managing editor Hugh Carnegy has said.

Defence chief says ‘rapid’ media must not lose perspective
The chief of the defence staff, Air Chief Marshall Sir Jock Stirrup, has described media coverage of defence stories as ‘pretty balanced’ – but said more needed to be done to provide context and background.

Times reporter picks up award for Iraq interpreter story
Times journalist Deborah Haynes has won the inaugural Rat Up A Drainpipe award for her investigation into the plight of Iraqi interpreters who had received death threats for collaborating with British forces.

Revealed: The secret of making money online
The Glasgow Herald Times group’s online classified-based business S1 may be one of the most profitable online business in the UK, the Society of Editors conference has heard.

Journalism training bodies agree to work together
The three separate bodies accrediting newspaper, magazine and broadcast journalism education have come together to form a new joint multimedia training council.

Malvern Gazette reporter takes top NCTJ award
Malvern Gazette journalist Tarik Al Rasheed has been crowned reporter of the year at the NCTJ 2008 Awards for Excellence in Journalism.

Conference comment:

British journalism in a fight for its very survival – here’s what we should do to save it.

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