The Newspaper Press Fund will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday September 17th 2014 at midday at in the Salisbury Room at St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London. EC4Y 8EQ
This will be followed by a SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING where the following amendment to the bylaws will be raised:
Current bylaw 9.1.1 to be amended to read “An Annual General Meeting of the Charity shall be held every year within the first six months of the year following the end of the Charity’s financial year on a day and at a time and place to be decided by Council.”
A farewell party was held at Pickering House for Anne Moxham, the charity’s deputy director for the last 15 years, who retired at the end of June. She joined initially as assistant director and was promoted to deputy in 2000. She is taking a part time job with a charity closer to her home.
Charity Chairman Laurie Upshon said: “I know that, in particular, she was proud of her role in managing the building and opening of Pickering House. While acknowledging this, the trustees also recognise her magnificent all-round contribution she made to the smooth-running of the charity. She will be much missed.”
Anne’s departure has given the trustees the opportunity to review the management structure. As a result of the review, Anne’s role as Deputy Director will be replaced by a new position of Assistant Director (Homes) which, at the time of writing, was being advertised.
Finance Officer Sarah Pearce has been promoted to the post of Assistant Director (Finance).
“We are delighted that Sarah has agreed to take on her new responsibilities and her promotion reflects the value of her work in ensuring all our systems meet our statutory and financial regulations,” said Upshon.
TV presenter and author Fern Britton will talk about her life and career at a fundraising lunch in Birmingham in October. The former host of Ready, Steady Cook, BBC Breakfast Time and ITV’s This Morning will be guest speaker for the event in aid of the Journalists’ Charity at the Botanical Gardens in Edgbaston on October 16. It has been organised by the West Midlands branch of the charity, which works to help journalists in need.
Chairman Steve Dann said: “We are delighted Fern has agreed to join us, she has worked on some of the country’s most popular shows and is one of the biggest names in television. “I would advise people to book their tickets now for what we are sure will be a very popular event.”
Tickets cost £48.00 with a table of 10 priced at £450.00. For further information contact the Journalists’ Charity Midlands secretary Val Deeley. Telephone 01562 883290 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (val NULL.deeley null@null live NULL.co NULL.uk).
For more details contact Mark Langford on 0781 420 5082
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh recently joined guests at the 150th anniversary reception of the Journalists’ Charity – see full article and pictures elsewhere in our News section, and the video below:
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Here are some photographs from the recent 150th Anniversary Reception of the Journalists’ Charity, which the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh attended:
If awards were given for longevity in regional newspapers, then this editor would certainly be a contender. He has been in the same editors’ chair for 15 years – the longest serving editor in his paper’s 144-year history. But longevity alone is not a valid reason for an award. At a time when regional newspapers find it increasingly difficult to invest in campaigns and investigations, he has maintained that campaigning remains the most important function of his newspaper. I quote – ‘Budget constraints must never be used as an excuse to stop fighting for change, revealing the truth, and giving local people a voice.’ Under his editorship his newspaper has:
i) Reduced heart bypass waiting times.
ii) Been instrumental in scrapping an archaic law which meant killers could not be charged with anything more than GBH if their victim lived for more than a year and a day after the attack and
iii) Campaigned to build a children’s hospice.
These are just a snapshot of his paper’s campaigns. It is a paper that gets things done and one that also bristles with humour, humanity and innovation. He is a master of social media with around 9,000 Twitter followers, a board member of the NCTJ, a governor of the Tony Blair Sports Foundation, an author of children’s books, a deputy Lord Lieutenant of Durham and he was awarded the MBE in this year’s New Year’s Honours for his ‘services to journalism and community life’. And perhaps most surprising of all, with such a dynamic track record, he remains a thoroughly nice bloke.
The Journalists’ Charity Award goes to Peter Barron of the Northern Echo.
Few occupations can claim to have had a greater impact on the daily life of the royal family than that of news reporter, and the presence of the Queen at the 150th anniversary reception of the Journalists’ Charity was an occasion to celebrate an enduring relationship.
The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, met young journalists from across the country together with editors, press proprietors, broadcasters and also the trustees and supporters of a charity that over the decades has helped tens of thousands of journalists in need.
Stationers’ Hall, midway between Fleet Street and St Paul’s Cathedral, was the imposing venue for an event that once again highlighted the strength of the industry’s charitable tradition and its historic links with royalty.
Successive monarchs have been patron of the charity, a role that dates back to the reign of Queen Victoria who in 1890 granted a royal charter to what was then the Newspaper Press Fund.
Guests attending the 150th anniversary assembled in the main reception room of the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers to greet the Queen and Prince Philip.
They had been met on their arrival by the Lord Mayor’s Locum Tenens Alderman Nick Anstee and the Master of Stationers’ Company, Tom Hempenstall, and were then introduced to the charity’s president, Lord Rothermere and Lady Rothermere, to the new Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Sajid Javid, and to the charity’s chairman Laurie Upshon and vice chairman Sue Ryan.
In her message expressing her “warmest congratulations” on the special occasion of the charity’s 150th anniversary, the Queen thanked all those who had supported it for so many years enabling the charity to provide “valuable assistance to people in need”.
Encouraging tomorrow’s journalists
Lord Rothermere presented the Queen with a bound copy of a speech given by her father, then the Duke of York, to the Newspaper Press Fund’s annual dinner on the 7th of May 1930.
The words of encouragement for journalists that the Duke had delivered on the very same day eighty-four years earlier seemed just as relevant to their successors and those starting out on a career in the news media.
He said he knew that the “high pressures at which reporters and sub editors, critics and leader writers work is probably greater than that demanded, at all events as a continuous effort, by any other profession”.
His recognition of the dedication required of those employed in the gathering and processing of news was clearly shared by his daughter who had suggested that the guests at the reception should include as many young journalists as possible.
The fifty or so who were present at the reception were from across the UK.
They included prize winners from the awards schemes sponsored by EDF in London and the south east, East Anglia and the south west of England, 02 in the north west and Yorkshire and Humberside, the Scottish Press Awards and the Royal Television Society, together with other young journalists from the regional and national press and also young producers and editorial staff from across the BBC, including regional newsrooms and the BBC’s World Service.
Much valued royal patronage
The Duke’s speech at the 1930 dinner, which he gave just a couple of weeks after the Queen’s fourth birthday, was another reminder of the much-valued royal patronage that over the decades has seen members of the royal family chairing fund-raising dinners, attending film premieres and hosting a wide range of social events.
In 2007 the Countess of Wessex opened the charity’s new care home in Dorking, Pickering House, which was built on the site of the former residential home Sandy Cross.
On their arrival at Stationers’ Hall, members, supporters and guests of the charity, were welcomed by Laurie Upshon. He thanked the two main sponsors of the reception, Tesco, who provided the canapés and champagne, and Tim Watts of the recruitment agency Pertemps Network, whose donation funded the reception. Mr Watts is the new High Sheriff of the West Midlands.
Mr Upshon said the Journalists’ Charity owed a huge debt to their hosts, the Master and Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, for allowing their magnificent hall to be used for the 150th anniversary celebration.END
04 July, 2014
The Western Morning News has won Daily Newspaper of the Year at the EDF Energy South West Media Awards 2014.
The Local World publication won the title at the ceremony at the Bristol Hotel, in Bristol yesterday (July 3), held in association with HoldtheFrontPage.co.uk.
ITV News Westcountry picked up Television News or Current Affairs Programme of the Year, for its coverage of the Dawlish rail line collapse.
BBC Radio Somerset’s Ben McGrail Programme won best Radio News Programme, for its extensive coverage of the floods which struck large parts of the county earlier this year.
Celebrating their tenth year, more than 200 guests were at this year’s awards, which recognise the best journalism across Bath, Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire.
Bill Martin, editor of The Western Morning News, said: “I’m absolutely delighted. It’s fantastic recognition for all of the staff and of everything that the Western Morning News stands for. The newspaper has been a champion of the Westcountry for more than 150 years and that is a tradition we have stuck to, and we intend to carry on standing up for and fighting for the issues that people of the Westcountry care about.”
Tim McCoy, EDF Energy’s Head of Media Relations, said: “Congratulations to all the winners. They are clearly at the top of their game, producing content that resonates with their readers and viewers, and reflecting the lives and concerns of communities across the South West of England.”
The Nailsea, Clevedon and Portishead Times was crowned Weekly Free Newspaper of the Year, whilst the Western Gazette went home with the Weekly Paid for Newspaper award.
ITV Westcountry’s David Woodland won Television Journalist of the Year, whilst Chris Brierley, of BBC Bristol, was named Radio Journalist of the Year.
Bristol News and Media won awards in three individual categories. Emily Koch, of the Bristol Post was named Digital Journalist of the Year, whilst Gavin Thompson won Specialist Journalist, and Steve Cotton Sports Journalist of the year awards.
Paul Nicholls, from Gloucestershire Media, won News Photographer of the Year, whilst colleague Steven Impey was named Feature Writer of the Year.
Helston Packet won Front Page of the Year for ‘Storm Force’, with a striking image capturing the moment giant waves engulf seafront buildings on the Cornish coast.
Online magazine SoGlos.com won Website of the Year, while The Mid Devon Gazette won Community Campaign for its ‘Protect Our Children’ campaign.
Other successes included Sian Davies, of The Plymouth Herald, winning Newcomer of the Year, Swindon Advertiser’s Barrie Hudson, becoming Columnist of the Year, and Jon Lewis, of the Express and Echo, securing the Designer of the Year award.
Siobhan Stayt, of the Bath Chronicle, was announced Weekly Print Journalist of the Year, whilst Claire Jones, previously with the Plymouth Herald and now with the BBC, scooped the Daily Print Journalist title.
The full list of winners:
Newcomer of the Year: Sian Davies, The Plymouth Herald
Digital Journalist of the Year: Emily Koch, Bristol Post
Specialist Journalist of the Year: Gavin Thompson, Bristol Post
News photographer of the Year: Paul Nicholls, Gloucestershire Media
Designer of the Year: Jon Lewis, Express and Echo
Sports Journalist of the Year: Steve Cotton, Bristol Post
Columnist of the Year: Barrie Hudson, Swindon Advertiser
Feature Writer of the Year: Steven Impey, Gloucestershire Media
Radio Journalist of the Year: Chris Brierley, BBC Radio Bristol
Television Journalist of the Year: David Woodland, ITV West Country
Weekly Print Journalist of the Year: Siobhan Stayt, Bath Chronicle
Daily Print Journalist of the Year: Claire Jones, The Plymouth Herald
Front Page of the year: Helston Packet – ‘Storm Force’
Community Campaign of the year: Mid Devon Gazette – ‘Protect Our Kids’
Website of the Year: So Glos Online Magazine – www.soglos.com
Radio News or Current Affairs Programme of the Year: BBC Radio Somerset – Ben McGrail Programme
Television News or Current Affairs Programme of the Year: ITV West Country – ‘Dawlish Rail’
Weekly Free Newspaper of the Year: Nailsea, Clevedon and Portishead Times
Weekly Paid for Newspaper of the Year: Western Gazette
Daily Newspaper of the Year: The Western Morning News
More photos of the awards can be found here:
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An additional £200 was rasied at the South West awards that took place in July
Tributes have been made to former Diss Express reporter Brian Ager, who died peacefully in his home on Friday 6th June aged 79.
Brian, from Burgate, joined the newspaper as a reporter at 16 straight from Eye Grammar School. To fully qualify as a journalist he needed A Levels and to master shorthand but his humble background meant that he could not afford to stay on at school so he was thrust in at the deep end as an office junior.
On his first day he was given a list of tasks and he jumped on his bike and got down to it. When he returned later that day with the list completed he was told that had been his work for the whole week. However, more work was quickly found to keep the keen cub reporter busy.
His work as reporter was interrupted by National Service but after doing his duty he returned to the Diss Express, before stints at the Eastern Daily Press and in the midlands. At the EDP he worked alongside authors Frederick Forsyth and Tony Grey in their outposts in Dereham, Diss, Great Yarmouth, Sheringham, Thetford and Wisbech where he launched the paper’s office and his son Michael was born.
He then worked at a news service, the BBC and the Times before settling at the Financial Times newspaper. Former managing editor of the FT David Walker said: “He was a person of great humanity who cared deeply about his colleagues, as well as being truly professional in his trade.”
On retirement he returned to the area with his wife Maureen, who is originally from Wortham, living in Roydon where he was active in Diss & District branch of the Royal Air Forces Association, Royal British Legion and Probus.
He was also a tireless worker on behalf of the Journalists’ Charity – run by journalists for journalists. Former ITV executive and Journalists’ Charity chairman Laurie Upshon, said of Brian: “He was a man of honour, compassion with a great sense of humour. Above all he was a true gentleman.” Shortly before Brian’s death he wrote to tell him: “Your contribution to the charity has been immense: as a Trustee for 35 years; as Chairman in 1988 and 1989; and as Treasurer since 1993. You have been a constant presence, bringing stability and offering wise counsel as the charity has undergone major change. The Trustees have asked me to pass on their sincere thanks for your tireless work, sound judgement; and the wit, wisdom and common sense that you have brought to our meetings.”
In Brian’s recent resignation letter to the Journalists’ Charity, characteristically labelled by Brian as his swansong, he said: “I have enjoyed my time with the charity and this farm workers son who had spent his time in London confined to a subs desk met all sorts of interesting people as a result. There was the Queen, Prince Charles and any number of politicians. The one that impressed me the most was Margaret Thatcher.
“She attended our receptions regularly, gave a speech which was mainly about our charity, with just one political point at the end. Then – glass of whisky in hand – would chat to all and sundry. But what I find most impressive as treasurer is that she made a donation to our charity. Other politicians please note.”
Celebrating 150 years…and 40,000 other reasons to be cheerful. Glasgow and West of Scotland chairman Richard Walker (right) hands over a massive cheque to charity chairman Laurie Upshon at the 150th Anniversary Reception in London in May. The money was raised through the Glasgow Press Ball and other events which continue the branch’s outstanding tradition of fund raising for the charity.