Digest: Indy sports ed out after four months | Sun and Telegraph journalists join Buzzfeed | Catholic Herald becomes mag

The multimedia head of sport across The Independent titles, Evening Standard and London Live is to leave four months after joining from The Sun.

Mike Dunn joined the group at the end of this summer’s football World Cup after 29 years at News International/ News UK.

He joined the Evegeny Levedev titles after being head of sport at The Sun for seven years and was previously sports editor of the News of the World.

The Independent declined to comment.

Buzzfeed has taken on senior journalists from both The Sun and the Telegraph.

The Telegraph’s assistant editor of comment Robert Colville is to join Buzzfeed as UK news director in the New Year.

And The Sun’s Whitehall editor Emily Ashton is to join the website as senior political correspondent on 6 January.

The Catholic Herald has concluded that the “era of unwieldy broadsheets” is coming to an end and will change from a newspaper into a magazine next week.

The weekly’s transformation marks its first format “transformation” since 1888, the Herald said.

The change was agreed to at the company’s 2014 AGM and today’s newspaper will be the last to roll off the presses.

The Catholic Herald plans to double its print run, and will increase its cover price from £1.50 to £2 from March next year.

A press release said: “The Catholic Herald magazine, printed on glossy paper, will employ the industry’s leading graphic designers and illustrators. There are many commercial advantages to the new format, in terms of longer shelf life and appeal to advertisers and retailers. The initial response to the idea by readers has been very positive…

“The move to magazine format is a hugely exciting moment in our 126-year history. But despite the radical upgrading of the product, the promise to our 45,000 weekly readers remains unchanged: to deliver excellent journalism that explains what is really happening in the Catholic Church.”

Mail on Sunday chief sports writer Patrick Collins is to retire next month after 32 years on the paper.

Collins started in journalism on the Sunday Citizen in 1965 and went to win a number of awards, including the Sports Journalists Association’s columnist of the year prize five times.

A Kenya-based reporter for MEDEVA (Media Development in Africa) has been named as the winner of the Thomson Foundation Young Journalist from the Developing World Award.

Maurice Oniang’o won the prize after seeing off competition from two other finalists who were selected from a list of more than 100 entrants.

The journalist’s submitted stories included a feature of two child soldiers who provide security for their village from Ethiopian raiders, a university student who has set up a feeding programme for street families and food waste in Kenta and its effect on the environment.

Oniang’o  said:  “I feel very humbled by this experience. It was an eye opener for me and has made me all the more determined to produce stories about Kenya. I hope that, in a small way, by doing that I can make Kenya and Africa, a better place.”  

Nigel Baker, chief executive of the Thomson Foundation said: “For the second year running we have a young journalist who was up against tough competition for the top prize.

“All three of the finalists had produced interesting and, most importantly, impactful stories which made a difference in their communities. Maurice deservedly caught the attention of the judges with his engaging and revelatory accounts of challenging circumstances in Kenya.”

The National Union of Journalists has criticised an “all-rights agreement” it says has been imposed on Time Inc freelances.

According to the NUJ: “The agreement requires freelances to assign copyright “and all other rights of every kind or description”. In addition, freelances are expected to waive their moral rights. This means they would have to surrender their right to be credited as the author of their work and the right to object to derogatory treatment.

“No reference is made as to when the freelance could expect to be paid.

“The terms would govern all future commissions offered by Time Inc.”

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