1 Writ reveals Katie Price ‘goodwill’ deal with Desmond. Former model Katie Price is suing Star and OK! magazines over articles which she claims breach a contract promising “goodwill” from Richard Desmond’s Northern and Shell titles.
“I [Paul Ashford] will inform each of the editors that we have both worked hard to make this deal work and that I have agreed that our titles will conduct themselves with goodwill towards you and they will support your plan to raise awareness of issues facing families dealing with disability issues.” UPDATE: Northern and Shell has contacted Press Gazette say that it has reached an amicabe settlement with Price.
3 Online publishers split over Hunt’s reform proposals. PCC chairman Lord Hunt told Press Gazette this week that all major UK newspaper and magazine publishers are now committed to signing up to a reformed system of press regulation.
“We could support an improved model of self-regulation to bolster the PCC as it currently stands.”
4 Elveden officers arrest NI journalist and two others. News International chief executive Mike Darcey has told staff it was “particularly disappointing” that another journalist from the company had been arrested.
“We have provided our colleague with a lawyer and we are helping him in any way we can. It goes without saying that we will not prejudge the outcome of any investigation. All those who have been arrested have our full support.”
6 RocknRoll ruling says even ‘public’ Facebook pics can be private. Pictures which appeared on Facebook visible to 1,500 ‘friends’ and the wider public can still be considered private, a judge ruled yesterday.
“The probability is, on the present evidence, that the photographs would only have been found either as the result of very expert, expensive and diligent research, or as the result of a tip-off by someone who knew about them and about their whereabouts.”
8 Council backtracks on PCC threats over ‘hoax’ emails. A council leader who accused his local newspaper of deceiving councillors to obtain a story by sending emails from a fake account has backtracked on threats to report the title to the Press Complaints Commission.
“I strongly refute the allegation that we used deceitful tactics in order to highlight a growing issue which is becoming more prevalent as more and more people turn to digital means of communication.”
9 Hunt: Owners to accept new body. Newspaper and magazine owners are willing to press ahead with the creation of a new self-regulation body without the arbitration arm called for by Lord Justice Leveson.
At a briefing for journalists this week, Lord Hunt revealed that around 90 representatives of the national and regional press and magazine industry have agreed to sign up to the “regulatory structure recommended by Sir Brian Leveson as soon as is practicable”.
10 Goslett: Extraordinary that no newspapers would touch BBC Savile story. Last week the true horror of the Jimmy Savile story was finally brought into the open when police revealed that the former DJ may have committed 214 sex crimes, including 34 rapes.
“The relevant thing here being that it wasn’t just Savile that Newsnight had been told about. It was living people as well and of course I always thought that the BBC had a duty to inform the police about these people and all of it was buried. That seemed strange to me.”
13 NoW right not to pay Casburn but wrong to betray a source, says Press Gazette editor Dominic Ponsford. News Corp has rejected allegations that it has sold journalistic sources down the river in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal.
It has always said that ‘legitimate’ journalistic sources have been protected, as information about numerous paid informants has been passed on to police.
But aren’t all journalistic sources entitled to the same protection?
14 A plan for The People? Take a look at the FT, writes David Banks. PSSST! Wanna buy a second-hand Sunday newspaper? Digital? Are you JOKING? I’m talking the Real Thing here, matey. The People is a vintage model, gloriously faded but still a veritable Porsche among the brassy iPad paywalled downloadables in this showroom, squire . . .
I KNOW that no one in their right mind wants to buy one of THEM these days, but look at the plus points: Lots of turns around the block – you’d expect that in a model built in 1881 – but regularly serviced by mechanics and only ever gets an outing on a Sunday.
16 How to get a job at… Sky News: Don’t apply unless you are totally committed to news. Sky News receives hundreds of enquiries each year from job applicants.
It is possible to apply for a job at Sky News through their website www.corporate.sky.com/ work_for_sky ,which is open twice a year in the winter and summer. In 2012, 100 people went to Sky News’s studios for work experience.
Here, Neil Dunwoodie, Sky News executive producer for news programmes, shares his tips on how to get your foot in the door at the broadcaster.
“If you’re trying to convince us that you’re serious about journalism – some kind of work experience in a news-related environment is pretty essential if you want to survive the selection process.”
18 The first reporter on the ground for Haiti earthquake disaster. When disaster struck Haiti in January 2010, journalists from across the world flooded into the country. Very few, though, were able to report on the immediate impact of the earthquake. Associated Press (AP) reporter Jonathan Katz is a rare exception.
Where the advantage really displayed itself was later in the year when everybody left and there were still a couple of places around and people were coming in trying to do six-month updates – and that is where staying there and knowing it really did have an advantage.
19 The Ghosts of Fleet Street: Resurrecting the industry. Once the hub of UK national newspapers, Fleet Street, after breaking its 300-year bond with the press when Reuters moved to Canary Wharf in 2005, now looks like any other street in London.
Yet many journalists – including those who have never worked there – still retain a strong connection to the area. And for those saddened by the great exodus of the 1980s the Ghosts of Fleet Street tour aims to bring back the spirit of the past.
24 Axegrinder: And the Daily Star’s final tally of Big Bro splash for 2012 is…; The Polar Express; Axegrinder joins Occult Hand order; Pink takes Moore article a bit far