1 Phrasebook for what journalists really mean when they are talking to PRs. PR company 10 Yetis today brought out its own guide to what journalists really mean when they fob PRs off. It got Axegrinder thinking about some of his own suggestions for their lighthearted phrasebook. How about?
Journalist: "It is certainly a forthright piece".
Translation: "We are going to absolutely monster your client".
2 Brum Mail reporter who resigned in drunken YouTube video becomes star of documentary. An ex-Birmingham Mail reporter whose drunken video resignation was viewed more than 350,000 times on Youtube and broadcast on television stations around the world is to star in a new documentary based on his life.
“I’ve heard that President Obama heard a segment of the YouTube clip on Washington Radio which is amazing to think of. To be mentioned in the same breath as Obama is one of the highlights of my life.
3 BBC China crew detained by military after filming 'cyber-warfare headquarters'. A BBC crew was detained and their video footage confiscated by the Chinese military during its investigations into a secretive cyber espionage group.
“We were stopped pretty promptly from filming. We were briefly detained by the military personnel on the gates, taken inside the base and they refused to let us go until we had agreed to surrender our tape."
4 Chris Huhne's partner Carina Trimingham drops appeal over rejected Daily Mail privacy and harassment claim. MP Chris Huhne's partner Carina Trimingham has dropped her appeal against last year’s High Court rejection of her privacy and harassment claim against Daily Mail publisher Associated Newspapers.
Trimingham initially was given permission for an appeal against the decision in September, four months after she lost her hearing at the High Court – but she has now withdrawn that appeal.
5 Isn't it ironic? No, says Sun's Richard Caseby over Guardian depiction of Page 3 'downmarket scrubbers'. When the Guardian published a column last week by Marina Hyde in which she referred to Page 3 girls as "downmarket scrubbers", I was appalled and asked editor Alan Rusbridger for an apology.
Was this the same newspaper that campaigned for women's rights all through the 1970s and beyond, and I mean all women's rights. Battered women, prostitutes, any woman who felt threatened? Maybe even the right of Page 3 girls to a smidgen of respect from the sisterhood?
6 Latest Elveden arrest marks escalation of inquiry to include journalist contact where no money involved. The Met Police has confirmed an escalation into its Operation Elveden bribes probe after yesterday arresting a chief superintendent for contact with journalists where no money changed hands.
“Operation Elveden is being supervised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission and is running in conjunction with Operation Weeting, the Metropolitan Police Service phone-hacking inquiry. Its remit to date has been into allegations of inappropriate payments to police and public officials. Today's arrest, however, relates to the suspected release of confidential information but not alleged payment.”
7 Mag ABCs: 137 out 516 consumer mags put on circ year on year, full breakdown. Some 137 of the 516 consumer magazines audited by ABC put on print sales year on year in the second half of 2012.
The full breakdown for every title reveals total per issue circulation of 56,102,530 and an average rate of circulation decline of 4.9 per cent year on year.
8 BBC strike: Newsnight cancelled and evening news bulletins cut. The BBC has announced more than eight hours of disruption to news programming today as a result of strikes organised by the National Union of Journalists.
"NUJ members are furious that their management is failing to redeploy colleagues at risk of redundancy – while at the very same time advertising job vacancies. It is a monumental waste of talent and experience. Paying needless redundancies is a waste of public money."
Former Guardian political correspondent David Hencke believes his cash-for-questions investigation would have been “seriously damaged” if Leveson’s recommendations were in place in the 1990s.
“When I did the cash-for-questions investigation I held a lot of material on Ian Greer Associates for a long time – in fact, when I think about it, it took about three years to get that story cracked. And if Leveson had existed, or the recommendations existed, I think it would have seriously damaged the holding of this information and would have possibly allowed Ian Greer Associates to get away with it.”
Journalists working across all Trinity Mirror’s regional papers are bracing themselves for the introduction of a new working model called “Newsroom 3.0”.
“Most important of all would be what benefits there were for the company’s revenues? This is crucial if the company is to win the confidence of members in a roll out of Newsroom 3.0 given the investment of significant newsroom resource.”