This year’s winner of The Journalists’ Charity Special Award
The Charity’s council makes the Special Award to an individual or body that has made an outstanding contribution to journalism and journalists in any way.
Archdeacon Meara was coupled with his church – the spiritual home of all journalists and situated in what was, until recently, the heart of the British newspaper industry.
Ordained in 1973, Archdeacon Meara became Rector of “the cathedral of Fleet Street” in 2000 and was appointed Archdeacon of London by the Bishop of London, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres, in 2009. As well as ministering to the spiritual needs of journalists and driving forward St Bride’s work in this and other areas Archdeacon Meara has written extensively on church architecture and monumental brasses.
In a British Journalism Review interview at the time of the 50th anniversary of the re-opening and re-dedication of St Bride’s after severe wartime bombing, Canon Meara said: “I feel people in the [newspaper] industry value somewhere where they feel they belong, where they are understood and welcomed just as they are. And where God looks down on them with a smile.”
Archdeacon Meara was unable to attend the Press Awards – The Bishop of London accepted the award on his behalf.