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Sun on Sunday hauled over coals by an appalled Twittersphere

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Newspaper (and MailOnline) attacked for running a story about a murdered man's wifeLate in the day - well it is Christmas - I see that the Twittersphere has been getting into a lather about the Sun on Sunday's splash.It reveals that the wife of Alan Henning, the man who was taken hostage and murdere...

Posted on 21 December 2014 | 6:04 pm

Journalists' union survey finds INM staff suffer from bullying

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

One in five NUJ members at Irish group claim they have been bullied at workA survey by the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) at three newspapers owned by Ireland's biggest media group, Independent News & Media (INM), has found that a number of their staff claim to have suffered from bullying.M...

Posted on 21 December 2014 | 1:23 pm

Why don't Barack Obama and David Cameron take questions from women journalists?

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

A polite inquiry to a president and a prime minister from a female political editorA Christmas message to Barack Obama and David Cameron from the Independent on Sunday's political editor, Jane Merrick. She pointed out that the US president deliberately called only female reporters for questions duri...

Posted on 21 December 2014 | 12:55 pm

New York Times to set up digital hub in London

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

US newspaper plans to move 100 staff into refurbished UK headquartersThe New York Times is making a big move into London. It has agreed to rent new headquarters in Bloomsbury and is expecting to fill it with up to 100 staff in the new year.I understand that it will become the newspaper's European di...

Posted on 19 December 2014 | 6:00 pm

Two former editors boast of their prowess to launch PR outfit

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

But a testimonial from Kelvin MacKenzie may not go down well in ScotlandIt appears that Scottish organisations can now benefit from the services of a "unique" PR consultancy called The Editors. It is headed by two "new kids on the block in the world of media and PR consultancy" but who boast of "lif...

Posted on 19 December 2014 | 5:09 pm

Press Recognition Panel seeks director - for £90,000 plus

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

But the PRP is also seeking a regulator willing to abide by the royal charter provisionsThe Press Recognition Panel (PRP) is seeking an executive director to lead the organisation that was created as a legal body by the royal charter on press regulation.A statement on its website asking for people t...

Posted on 19 December 2014 | 3:46 pm

So Richard Desmond did see David Cameron after all...

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Further light is shed on the reason Express Newspapers' meeting with NUJ was called offNew intelligence reaches me about that aborted meeting between the National Union of Journalists and Express Newspapers (see yesterday's posting here).It appears that the NUJ's version of events was closer to the...

Posted on 19 December 2014 | 2:52 pm

Belfast Telegraph editor quits to take over at the Brighton Argus

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Mike Gilson appointed to his fifth daily newspaper editorshipNow here's a surprise. Mike Gilson, award-winning editor of the Belfast Telegraph, has quit to become editor of the Brighton Argus.He is on his way to holding the record for the most daily editorships. The Argus will be his fifth. He edite...

Posted on 19 December 2014 | 1:35 pm

NUJ's tale of Richard Desmond and David Cameron wide of the mark

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Express Newspapers' boss attended a Conservative Friends of Israel meeting insteadA meeting between the National Union of Journalists' chapel and a senior executive of Express Newspapers broke up on Tuesday in rather amusing circumstances.The editorial director, Paul Ashford, was called away suddenl...

Posted on 18 December 2014 | 5:18 pm

Should TV editors consider showing bloody and brutal footage?

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Former international TV news agency editor on the dilemma facing broadcastersNow that brutal and bloody footage is available on line, where should TV news broadcasters draw the line on what they should show?John Hodgman, a one-time editor with an international TV news agency, asks "how much do we ne...

Posted on 18 December 2014 | 12:48 pm

Why did Sony Pictures make a movie about assassinating Kim Jong-un?

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Surely the movie company realised its 'comedy' would provoke a backlashFBI to link North Korea to Sony hackSony cancels Christmas release of The InterviewWith five of the largest US cinema chains refusing to screen The Interview, the decision by Sony Pictures to cancel its distribution was hardly s...

Posted on 18 December 2014 | 10:38 am

I salute Theresa May for limiting the use of police bail

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Swift victory for the Justice Delayed Justice Denied campaignThe home secretary, Theresa May, is to limit the use of police bail to 28 days. Her decision marks a swift victory for the Justice Delayed Justice Denied campaign, which was backed by several newspapers, including the Guardian.May will ann...

Posted on 18 December 2014 | 10:06 am

Sun editor David Dinsmore tops 'sexist of the year' poll

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

End Violence Against Women coalition to send him No More Page 3 t-shirt as prizeDavid Dinsmore, the editor of the Sun, has been named as 2014's sexist of the year after a poll run by the feminist campaigning coalition, End Violence Against Women (EVAW). He will be sent a No More Page 3 t-shirt as a...

Posted on 17 December 2014 | 5:57 pm

Honduran TV station owner and news presenter shot dead

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Friend says he had received death threats in the years following the 2009 coupReynaldo Paz Mayes, a Honduran television station owner and news presenter, was shot dead on Monday (15 December) while exercising in an outdoor sporting complex.Paz, 48, was the owner and founder of a small local televisi...

Posted on 17 December 2014 | 12:21 pm

Reading Post bids a print farewell and welcomes an online future

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Final issue of a paper that Trinity Mirror is transforming into a digital-only publicationSo it's farewell to the Reading Post, which has just published its final issue after its owner, Trinity Mirror, decided to stop publishing its newsprint version.The paper marks its inky end with a front page he...

Posted on 17 December 2014 | 11:56 am

New York magazine apologises for a schoolboy's tall tale

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Editor admits being duped by boy's claim he made $72m in stock market trades New York magazine has issued an apology to its readers for publishing a story about a 17-year-old schoolboy it said had made $72m by trading on the stock market.As the Guardian reported, the magazine ran a profile of Mohamm...

Posted on 17 December 2014 | 10:45 am

220 journalists are now in prison across the world

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Annual survey by the Committee to Protect Journalists shows China and Iran have most journalists in jailMore journalists are in jail across the world at present than a year ago. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), 220 journalists are in prison, an increase of nine from 2013.It i...

Posted on 17 December 2014 | 9:37 am

News Corp UK suffers £3.5m loss after £51m profit the year before

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Bleak results for Rupert Murdoch's British newspapers and book publisher Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper and publishing division suffered an operating loss of £3.5m in the year up to June 2014 compared to a £51m profit the year before.The loss by News Corp UK & Ireland, which owns...

Posted on 17 December 2014 | 8:48 am

The Week closes off comments to avoid 'acrimonious' hijackers

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Magazine loses patience with 'pseudonymous commenters' who indulge in 'vitriolic personal insults'The Week is closing off its comments threads. The US-based online version of the magazine that publishes and summarises articles from national and global media has run out of patience with "pseudonymous...

Posted on 16 December 2014 | 11:17 am

Impress, the alternative press regulator, appoints its board

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Among the six are a former Sun journalist and two other ex-journalistsImpress, the press regulator that is being set up as an alternative to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso), has appointed its inaugural board.The six members include a former Sun staffer, Sue Evison, and two other...

Posted on 16 December 2014 | 10:03 am