In 1864 Charles Dickens, a respected journalist as well as novelist, helped to found an organisation which went on to do many great things. To celebrate the Journalists’ Charity’s 150 years, a service is being held at the journalists’ church, St Brides, on February 20th. There could be no more fitting place than Fleet Street to hold the service which will be led by the Venerable David Meara, rector of St Bride’s and Archdeacon of London. A star-studded line-up of leading journalists, broadcasters, actors and politicians will gather to pay tribute to our own special charity. Please join us.
11.30 am: Service at St Brides £20 – 200 tickets available
12.45 – 2pm : Service and Reception – £35 – 100 tickets available
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09 10 2013
This year we provide you with double the choice. You can either choose MATT ( on the left) award winning Daily Telegraph cartoonist who has again kindly donated his Christmas cartoon . SOLD OUT
Or a painting by Mike Molloy, renowned artist and former editor-in-chief of Mirror Group ( on the right) .
The cards can be ordered separately or together at £5 a pack of ten (inc p&P) . Please contact email@example.com (enquiries null@null journalistscharity NULL.org NULL.uk) for ordering details
08 10 2013
Join us for a magical evening of Christmas carols at St. Brides Church Fleet St – kindly sponsored by Lutherpendragon
When: Monday December 16: Time: Doors open at 6pm. Service starts at 6.30 pm
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No advance booking required please just turn up on the night
Join us to celebrate 150 years of the Journalists’ Charity helping journalists’ in need at the Embassy of Ireland Reception kindly hosted by Ambassador Dan Mulhall - January 30, 2014
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When: January30, 2014: 6pm to 8pm : Where: Embassy of Ireland, 17 Grosvenor Place, London SW1X 7HR
20 09 2013
Hall Green Stadium in Birmingham hosted the event on 16th November which marked the 36th consecutive year of fund raising at the dogs.
Steve Dann, chairman of the West Midlands Group, said: “It’s always a brilliant evening whether you win or lose – we are delighted that over £4000 was raised for our Charity.”
18 09 2013
The London Press Club Ball took place at Royal Courts of Justice, the Strand, London on October 10, 2013 – raising funds for our Charity .
The Ball is a glittering, upmarket annual highlight of the media social calendar attended by chief executives, editors, journalists, television presenters and programme-makers from the major national newspaper, online, TV and broadcast media companies.
It was hosted by TV presenter and journalist Kate Silverton, with the fierce bidding overseen by celebrity auctioneer and broadcaster Nick Ferrari. Star entertainment includes a performance by former X-Factor contestant Ella Henderson.
The London Press Club has been running the annual press Ball for the past nine years and has so far raised more than £250,000 for the Journalists’ Charity.
The Ball is supported by all the major UK newspaper and media groups.
This year as part of the Nissan sponsorship, selected VIP guests were whisked to and from the event in a fleet of the silent, pollution-free ‘green’ LEAFs.
Patron of this year’s Ball is Lord Black of Brentwood, executive director of the Telegraph Group.
CAMELOT is the Ball’s main headline sponsor having had a long association with the event
EASYJET is sponsoring the raffle
Journalists’ Charity chairman Laurie Upshon said: ‘The London Press Club Ball has become firmly established in the UK media’s social calendar – and it’s all in a good cause.’
18 09 2013
The Journalists’ Charity is expanding with the launch of a new Wales branch. Kick off was at the Millenium Stadium, the home of Welsh rugby, in Cardiff . A committee has been formed to expand membership and set up fund raising events in the Principality.
Wales still has a busy media scene with two daily newspapers based in North and South Wales – evening newspapers in Swansea, Cardiff, Newport and North East Wales, one of the largest BBC news operations outside London; ITV Wales, S4C, radio news rooms and strong online news teams – not to mention long established and familiar weekly titles.
Chairman of the new Wales branch, Tim Rogers, said; “We are delighted to be able to start a new branch in Wales. After informally sounding out people across the industry here the response was most encouraging. We hope it will lead to a variety of fund raising events and it will create a great opportunity for journalists from every part of the Welsh media to join in and support a worthy cause.”
Deputy Chair is former BBC reporter and freelance journalist Melanie Doel, and branch Secretary is former Head of News at ITV Wales John Curzon.
The Journalists’ Charity Chairman, Laurie Upshon was present at the launch and he said : “Tim and the tram have put a great deal of effort to set up the branch. There is a very strong and vibrant media industry in Wales and the branch will be a great asset to the charity.”
09 07 2013
BBC needs to be ambitious not apologetic, says Corporation’s new head of news
Fleet Street and the BBC should realise that they had a stake in each other’s future and that by working alongside each other they could go on delivering some of the best journalism in the world.
James Harding, the BBC’s new director of news and current affairs, gave the Journalists’ Charity what he acknowledged was an unfashionable but unashamedly upbeat assessment of the future of British journalism.
He told the charity’s annual summer lunch (2.7.2013) that the BBC had a vital stake in the future of the press and in safeguarding press freedom.
Not only did Fleet Street provide a brilliant, boisterous expression of opinion but it also faced the critical challenge of helping to provide a constant a constant stream of ideas which sustained the journalism of the BBC.
(http://hoodlink NULL.co NULL.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/tallj-215x300 NULL.jpg)“Within the BBC there is a constant hunger for fresh stories and opinions for which it relies on the papers and for its part the BBC acts as a fog horn for the great work of Fleet Street and it should credit newspapers and journalists for their reporting”.
Mr Harding was welcomed by the society’s chairman Laurie Upshon who opened the proceedings with a heart-felt appeal to all journalists to spread news of the charity’s work to every news room in the country ahead of the charity’s 150th anniversary next year.
After the recent run of traumatic events for journalists in both press and broadcasting, the Venerable David Meara, vicar of St Bride’s Fleet Street, did his best to lift spirits with prayers before lunch which ended with the cry that the assembled guests should “banish post-Leveson gloom. Amen”.
Mr Harding, editor of The Times until December 2012, was determined to be equally positive. He said he still had a month to wait before becoming the BBC’s director of news and current affairs in August 2013 so his remarks were very much those of a “licence payer, viewer and newspaper reader”.
But with encouragement at the lunch from former colleagues in the press, he gave a gutsy performance answering some challenging questions about recent troubled times at both News International and the BBC.
While he acknowledged that the BBC had been leading the news for perhaps the wrong reasons – and the BBC had made its fair share of apologies over the previous year – he felt as a licence payer and future employee that he did not want “an apologetic BBC, but an ambitious BBC which strives to do the best journalism that is possible”.
Public funding meant there was much in journalism which the BBC could not do but which could be delivered by newspapers, bloggers, citizen journalists and the like; they could campaign for change, voice their furies, peddle gossip, push their own agendas and do all those “passionate and naughty” things for which the British press was renowned.
Working alongside each other, Fleet Street and the BBC could continue to strengthen British journalism. “For me, this enthusiasm for the future is undimmed”. He felt honoured to be joining the BBC and he was saying that publicly because it was not the view of every journalist nor was it the view of every journalist at the BBC.
Mr Harding began his speech with a rather cryptic explanation of his departure from Rupert Murdoch’s employment. “I resigned…err…I was resigned from The Times”, he conceded amid much laughter.
When pressed for an even fuller explanation by Bill Newman, a Journalists’ Charity trustee and former managing editor at News International, Mr Harding said he was sad to leave but he realised that when a “proprietor had a different view of things from the editor, I understand that the proprietor is not leaving”. But it should not be forgotten that Rupert Murdoch saved The Times from closure and that “was a very important contribution to the life of the press in this country”.
One of the final articles he wrote for the paper as editor was setting out the case against any form of statutory regulation of the press. It was published just before publication of the Leveson Report, ahead of the scandals over Jimmy Saville and Lord McAlpine which engulfed the BBC, and before he knew he was leaving.
(http://hoodlink NULL.co NULL.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/room-300x200 NULL.jpg)“I made two central points: I took the unfashionable view that the BBC is seriously the best and that Fleet Street journalism is one of the greatest things about this country”.
But he was asked why he had written a leader for The Times criticising the BBC for having made a submission in opposition to News Corporation’s attempt to buy outstanding shares in BSkyB. He said the point of the leader was one which continued to be an issue: how should the BBC, when it operated on such a large scale, act responsibly in the market place. Hence in view of that uncertainty about the BBC’s own position he felt the Corporation’s intervention was somewhat ironic.
A testing question from the broadcaster John Stapleton was taken head on. If Mr Harding had been in control at the time, would he have agreed to move BBC programmes to Salford?
Again there was a blunt answer: “Yes, when you go to Salford you see it makes a huge difference. I will spend more time in the north west of England and the move is having a meaningful impact on the coverage and work of the BBC”.
Mr Harding felt the move to Salford was an attempt to answer the complaint about southern bias in the BBC’s coverage; the move had also been a “good thing” for the Breakfast television programme and from his conversations with the staff, he understood the audience figures were doing well.
John Stapleton was encouraged by the answer: as a northerner he applauded the move to Salford and agreed that the “enormous” metropolitan bias in the media needed to be countered. As for the impact on ITV’s Daybreak the move by Breakfast to Salford had “not made one jot of difference to the ratings…but please don’t make that too public!”
On being challenged about the BBC’s decision to pull out of Pebble Mill in Birmingham, he insisted that the BBC’s appetite for local and regional news was huge and continued to attract resources; the largest audiences were often for the regional news at the end of the Six O’clock and Ten O’clock News bulletins.
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But he acknowledged that question of how BBC local and regional newsrooms should relate to other news providers in their areas was “work in progress”.
When asked if the BBC had been seriously damaged by a succession of editorial disasters and renewed controversy over exorbitant pay-offs to departing executives, Mr Harding said that one of the consequences of the scandals over Saville and McApline, was that they had shown an “extraordinary resilience” in the level of public trust in the BBC and continuing high expectations.
“I don’t buy the idea that the BBC is holed below the water line. I think it is an incredibly important news organisation. To have confidence in the BBC is not a fashionable position. I think when you look at the quality of its work it is tremendously impressive but yes it can do better”.
After thanking Mr Harding, the chairman Laurie Upshon was able bang the fund-raising drum: Jonathan Grun of the Press Association, this year’s president of the Society of Editors, handed over a cheque for £11,400 and Sir Doug Ellis, the former owner of Aston Villa Football Club, donated a cheque for £1,000.
The lunch was Sponsored by
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03 04 2013
David Dinsmore has stepped down as chairman of the Glasgow and West of Scotland branch of The Journalists’ Charity following an outstandingly successful five years at the helm.
David was editor of the Scottish Sun when he took over the reins of the branch and continued as chairman after his appointment as General Manager of News International (Scotland).
Under David’s chairmanship, the Glasgow and West of Scotland branch raised more than £155,000 for the charity and attracted leading figures in public life, including the Prime Minister, to speak at events.
Laurie Upshon, Chairman of The Journalists’ Charity Council, said: “By any yardstick, David Dinsmore’s contribution to the charity has been immense. His term of office was one of the longest and throughout he was dedicated and unfailingly enthusiastic in his approach to the role.
“The Glasgow and West of Scotland branch has a proud record in terms of fundraising. Moreover, the charity’s team in Glasgow do an enormous amount of work helping those who need assistance and in many ways they are the unsung heroes of the charity’s operations in Scotland.
“We wish David all the best in his new role as Director of Operations at News International in London.”
11 03 2013
Society of Editors executive director Bob Satchwell, was honoured by the Journalists’ Charity at the 2012 Press Awards for his outstanding contribution to journalism. The presentation of the charity’s Special Award was made by Cheryl Douglas, head of news at sponsors Gorkana, on March 7 at the Lancaster Hotel in London – the annual awards event organised by the Society under Bob’s direction!
Announcing the winner of the coveted annual award, made to an individual or body that has made an outstanding contribution to journalism and journalists in any way, former Journalists’ Charity chairman Bill Hagerty said: “Bob is involved in every move and shake made by the movers and shakers currently faced with guiding the newspaper industry through troubled times, and is print journalism’s voice and, often, face on the broadcast media, publicly spearheading the battle to retain a free press. Everybody in this room owes him a great deal.”
In response, the former Cambridge Evening News editor, dedicated the award to the Society and the greater issue of securing greater press freedom. Addressing the audience of more than 400 key figures from the media industry, Satchwell praised the work of the Journalists’ Charity and said that the evening honoured the real culture, practice and ethics of Britain’s national press. He added:: “The Journalists’ Charity holds a great place in my heart and as long as journalists remain outrageous and cause trouble when trouble deserves to be caused, I will stand up and fight the cause of you having the freedom to do that.”