Following the huge success of our last Curry night the Journalists Charity branch in Wales is holding another Curry night at the Purple Poppadom in Cardiff on Thursday November 12th
The evening starts at 19.00 with a glass of bubbly and canapes – followed by a fantastic three course tasting menu
Tickets are £36 and are limited – we sold out last time There will be great raffle prizes on the night – and lots of fun
Please select vegetarian option if applicable
Any queries and please email: email@example.com
07 / 10 / 2015
Tickets for the Charity’s fund-raising greyhound evening in Birmingham on Saturday 21st November have now gone on sale.
The race night is held in the Executive Suites at Hall Green Stadium and is sponsored by Heineken. A limited number of tickets are available at £37. Full tables are available for groups of eight people.
The Charity’s Midlands District has been running the greyhound evening for 35 years and it has become one of our most popular fundraisers.
Any queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org
05 / 10 / 2015
The online auction is now open, so let’s get bidding!
Please visit the website below, bid generously and share the link with all of your contacts far and wide…
11 / 09 / 2015
24 / 08 / 2015
We are delighted to announce our special guest speaker at this year’s West Midlands celebrity lunch will be Robert Peston, the BBC’s multi-award winning Economics Editor.
When: Friday October 16, 2015
Time: 12.30 start. Ends 15.00
Where: Banqueting Suite, Edgabston Cricket Ground, Birmingham, B5 7QU
Individual tickets : £48
Table of 10 : £450
Ticket price includes a three-course meal with a reception drink and tea or coffee.
Queries or to request an invoice please email: email@example.com
DON’T MISS THE BIGGEST SHOW IN MEDIA TOWN
By Doug Wills, President of the Society of Editors and Managing Editor of the London Evening Standard and Independent titles.
Editors and journalists are – more than ever – in the news business, with the emphasis on business.
That is the essential focus of this year’s Society of Editors annual conference ‘Making News Pay’.
The biggest gathering of editors and senior executives in the media calendar will focus on raising revenue from content, how best to use social media to build audiences and how editors help attract advertising revenue.
The conference has attracted some of the biggest names in the media world to provide their perspectives with the emphasis firmly on the future. And that builds a platform for an intriguing cross section of opinions.
Former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger will deliver the prestigious Society of Editors Lecture on the evening of Sunday 18 October in the historic Stationers’ Hall just up Ludgate Hill from Fleet Street, the spiritual home of news, and close by the Grange, St Paul’s hotel, where the conference will be based. For 20 years he led the Guardian and created one of the biggest open access global media websites.
John Whittingdale MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, will deliver a keynote address on Monday 19 October as the debate rages over the future of the BBC Charter and its relationships with the rest of the media.
Sir Martin Sorrell is a guru on advertising and public relations with huge world-wide experience. Rona Fairhead, chairman of the BBC Trust may have a different view of the world from the Secretary of State. Mike Darcey, CEO of News UK and chairman of the News Media Association heads an organisation with content guarded by paywalls – will they last? – and will present a newspaper industry view of the BBC’s powerful place on the media landscape.
And that is before the line-up of senior editors and editorial practitioners is fully revealed.
Editors and journalists have set the world alight with news on a huge variety of platforms. The fast-thinking ingenuity that is a key journalistic attribute has been harnessed to provide news in the ways that audiences want it, when they want it. Revenues have not kept up with their achievements so industry needs their skills and dedication to make the News Business hum.
The event is an unparalleled networking opportunity and is open to all. Politicians, representatives of the legal system and key players in the media industry will come together to debate and set the agenda.
The Society’s annual black tie Gala Dinner will take place on the evening of Monday 19 October to which high profile organisations are invited to take a table either for their own staff or guests or choosing to mingle with editors and other executives.
This is a valuable and highly advantageous opportunity for you and colleagues and key contacts to gaze through the window on the media.
To inquire further about bookings for the whole or parts of the conference, including the Society of Editors Lecture and Annual Dinner as well as branding opportunities please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Special discounts apply for a limited period and we are also offering organisations that take a table at dinner one complimentary delegate pass for day attendance at the conference sessions on Monday.
For further details check out www.societyofeditors.org
Fears from within the media about government threats to press freedom are not yet shared by the general public, a YouGov poll carried out for a London Press Club/Society of Editors debate on the subject has shown.
Almost half of those from the media surveyed believe that freedom of the press is under threat from the government, compared to just 19% of the public, the biggest gulf in the whole poll. Last night’s event 800 years on from Magna Carta, do we still have a free press? saw a capacity crowd, primarily made up of media and legal professionals, at the Grange St Paul’s Hotel for an at-times heated debate.
The old school tie counted for nothing as former Reigate Grammar pupils Sir Keir Starmer and Sun associate editor Trevor Kavanagh faced off on a panel that also included Index on Censorship CEO Jodie Ginsberg and YouGov president Peter Kellner and was chaired by Media Show presenter Steve Hewlett.
Starmer, previously head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) was first praised by Kavanagh for agreeing to come to the debate despite his role in Operation Elveden that saw the proscecution of Sun journalists on allegations of inappropriate payments to police. But the magnanimity did not last long, with Kavanagh describing the prosecutions as a political vendetta in retaliation for the paper’s attacks on Gordon Brown, which Starmer, now Labour MP for Holborn and St. Pancras, denied, stating that he would have resigned if he had ever come under any political pressure. Starmer called for a simple, overarching public interest defence to be built into law.
Asked by Sun political editor Tom Newton Dunn from the audience whether he would say sorry to around 40 Sun journalists and their families, Starmer said he understood the sentiment but declined to apologise.
Ginsberg, who worked as a journalist around the world before heading the international campaigning organisation, cited media plurality as “absolutely essential” to a free press and something that should be kept in mind when drawing up new editorial standards. With opinion in the YouGov poll split on whether Britain should have its own version of the US’ First Amendment, Kellner said it would be a mistake to do so, or to relax libel laws.
Kavanagh also argued that Elveden was in part inspired by the failure to charge any Sun journalists on phone hacking, adding that the News of the World was closed on the basis of inaccuracy from The Guardian and didn’t rule out the paper being resurrected.
“This is such an important issue so I am in admiration of the nerve, stamina and restraint from all the panel and terrific chairing from Steve Hewlett,” said London Press Club chair and Society of Editors president Doug Wills. “The evening was made possible by the generosity of Grange Hotels and YouGov and we are delighted to have raised over £700 for the Journalists’ Charity.
24 / 06 / 2015
Stuart has retired as the Charity’s welfare officer, a post he has held since 1970. The picture (to the right) shows Stuart being represented with a copy of his original application form from 1957.
Stuart was born on June 30, 1935, only child of Mary and Robert McCartney and lived for the first few years of his life in South Carntyne in Glasgow. But when Adolph Hitler started his shenanigans, his parents bundled him off to his grandparents in Dumfries and Galloway…for his safety one has to add.
To this day, Stuart loves to point out to any friend he happens to lure into the area, the mile long walk he made each weekday through the fields and main road from his grandparents farm to Hoddom Primary School in Echlefechan. On his return to Glasgow after the war, his father, a World War One veteran by lying about his age when he joined the Navy, had changed role as a time served plumber to that of a policeman rising to head the CID in the old Glasgow Police Force.
Many of Stuart’s early police contacts were men who had worked with or knew Bob McCartney. After school at Whitehill Senior Secondary, Stuart joined the old Evening Citizen as a copyboy, then copy taker and finally news reporter under the legendary Jimmy Brough.
It was Jimmy who nicknamed him Bullet. Many have argued the reason for the name but we have to take Jimmy’s version. He said Stuart was the fastest thing on two feet in the Editorial. Sometimes too fast. Jimmy used to recount the time he sent Stuart on a major story and watched in amazement as the young reporter vanished before the end of the briefing. Jimmy had to go to the third floor windows and yell to him as he ran across Albion Street to a waiting car: “Stuart, wait for the photographer”
National Service then intervened and on his return he met and married Irene Greenshields. The young couple wanted to buy a home in Garrowhill but the Citizen wages would not support a loan from a mortgage company and Stuart heard there was a job going in the Scottish Daily Mail. There he worked under Shannon Dickson and then George Sinclair who he always said was his second great tutor. But his heart was still in Albion Street and when Jack Cupar, then news editor of the Daily Express knocked on his door in Garrowhill, Stuart showed him his Daily Mail pay-line and went back to the street for £1 week extra. Jack, along with George and Jimmy shaped what we know as Bullet.
You all know him as a friendly approachable chap but he has his moments and will knuckle down to no man. Writing football for the Sunday Express he criticised Celtic’s style of play. Jock Stein was not amused. At the next press briefing, the great man snarled at Bullet: What right have you to write about Celtic like that? I’ve been checking up on you, McCartney. You’ve never played football at senior level.”
The room was silenced until Bullet replied: “I’ve never killed anyone either, Mr Stein. But I’ve successfully reported murder trials at the High Court.” Stein never said another word. Sometime his quick response works against him. Watching a football match on Setanta, he became more and more frustrated by “did” and “done” and “gone” and “went” being constantly misused. He telephoned the company. “Can’t you get commentators and interviewers who understand the Queen’s English?” he demanded. “I don’t want this crap coming into my home.” They cut him off at halftime.
It’s not the only time he failed to see a match through. Sitting watching his beloved Rangers play their old rivals at Parkhead, he looked out the window to see a large Labrador defecating on his newly mown lawn. He raced from his armchair…much as Jimmy Brough described…got the offending item on a scoop and trailed said dog for more than an hour round Bishopbriggs. Eventually it entered a well appointed detached villa… the local Church of Scotland manse and when the minister opened the door Bullet emptied the scoop on the doorstep with words “I believe this belongs to you.” And woe betide anyone who mildly criticises him. His old friend Bill Aitken tells of visiting him for dinner forty seven years ago. About ninety seconds into the visit, with outer clothes still being collected but with no sign of a refreshment, Bill, possibly unfairly, enquired if Stuart had forgotten to apply for a drinks licence. Bullet was stunned, then said: “You will never say that to me again, you bastard.” And he never did.
The following visit a crystal glass with a treble whisky and the requisite amount of water was placed on the doorstep. Bill reckons he and his wife Moira have been guests of Irene and Stuart more than a hundred times since. And to this day, a glass of whisky is picked up before they ring the doorbell. It only failed once, when Bill stupidly told his golfing colleagues at Cawder about the practice and that he was going to Stuart’s that very evening. The glass was there as usual. The whisky was gone. To his credit, Bullet replaced it within ninety seconds.
This event has been postponed. More news to follow shortly