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Press Gazette - Journalism Weekly: Regionals remain unconvinced by arbitration service, says Lord Hunt

1Regionals remain unconvinced by arbitration service. The newspaper industry is close to an agreement on the creation of new press regulator but there remains a “difference of opinion” over the proposed arbitration service – with the local regional press “yet to be persuaded” of its merits.

“Undoubtedly there are areas still to be considered… but I sense we’re closer to an agreement than we have ever been.”

3Insight pair to give Austrian evidence. Two reporters who worked on The Sunday Times Insight Team are to give evidence into the corruption trial of ex-Austrian interior minister and Member of the European Parliament Ernst Strasser.

“The Sunday Times investigation did lead to a lot of unpleasant discoveries in the political landscape here. But at the same time, it has allowed us to clear out the stall of a lot of mess.”

4 Axed editor gets support in ‘mega-hearing’ threat. Labour MP Meg Hillier is among a host of people who have expressed concern over the writ issued to the former editor of axed architectural magazine Cornerstone.

Robin Stummer was last month served with a “bizarre” writ, demanding that he take down a website and Facebook page dedicated to Cornerstone.

6 Student tabloid website aims for further growth. A tabloid news website launched two years ago at Cambridge University has gone national with sister sites launched at 11 further universities.

“Someone or some people are going to crack online news, do it really well, make it a real thing and work out how to make money out of it. I don’t see why that shouldn’t be us.”


8 Dropping Savile probe was ‘flawed’ but in ‘good faith’. The decision to drop Newsnight’s investigation into the Jimmy Savile child abuse scandal was “flawed” but taken in “good faith” – and was not the result of inappropriate managerial pressure, a report into the BBC has concluded.

The £2m Pollard Review, an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the controversy undertaken by former head of Sky News Nick Pollard, was heavily critical of the BBC’s “complete inability” to deal with the fallout from Peter Rippon’s decision to scrap the story.

9 Trustees list BBC’s McAlpine failures. The BBC Trust this week listed the failures which led to Newsnight reporting false claims that a senior Tory politician was a paedophile – and a £185,00 libel payout.

“The allegations were not based on sound evidence. They were not thoroughly tested and, whilst there was no suggestion that the programme-makers had sought to mislead the public, this had been the effect.”

10 The best journalism films, as voted for by our readers. Following on from the success of our list of the best journalism books ahead of Christmas, this week we asked our 34,000-plus Twitter followers what their favourite journalism films were.

Once again we received hundreds of responses – here we’ve ranked the top ten in order of popularity among our followers while the remaining 30 titles we picked out are the best of the rest.

12Fleet Street Fox: Leveson Report – The devil is in the detail. Newsrooms everywhere breathed out. 'We can live with that,' said the optimists. 'Could have been worse,' said the execs. And the hacks who remember the other times when last orders were threatened at the Last Chance Saloon cynically waited for the long grass to make its usual appearance.

But then we hadn’t read it. The devil is in the detail, and the detail of Leveson is the bit which will muzzle the press as effectively as Hannibal Lecter strapped to a luggage trolley.

13 Grey Cardigan: Exposure to the non-editorial team makes Christmas even worse. Sometimes I think that I inhabit a different planet to many of my co-workers or, rather, that they live on a different planet to me.

"Since we have been ‘managed’ by the Invisible Man from a concrete shack 30 miles down the road, there has been something of a power vacuum at the Evening Beast. In terms of bossing the business, there’s only me and an ineffectual advertising manager who spends more time combing his hair than inspiring the troops."

14 Lori Miles: Kindle Fire and iPad Mini gifts will change people’s reading habits forever.  This Christmas will change magazine publishing forever. In a world jaded by the promise of luxury branded goods, where most women have now lowered their expectation of how much happiness and peace of mind a designer handbag can really deliver, there is a gift that will change people’s habits forever.

Our relationship with the written word is undergoing a tsunami of change, thanks to the launch of the Kindle Fire and Apple’s iPad mini.

16 How to get a trainee job at… the Daily Mail: Ask for help, be cheerful and read papers every day. The Daily Mail takes on around 20 trainees a year – six reporters and six sub-editors in September, and eight online journalists in February.  Here, the paper’s media consultant Sue Ryan gives the inside track on the application process and shares her tips for success.

We are looking for candidates who have a good personality, have a natural curiosity, are robust enough to deal with knock-backs and sensitive enough to get the best out of the people they are talking to. They need to show that they are passionate about journalism and have a good general knowledge of current affairs.

18 YouTube: Providing a wealth of stories. With more than a decade of video uploaded to YouTube every day, it is easy to understand why so many journalists are keen to tap into that wealth of content. Sometimes those people capturing their everyday lives happen to be in the right place at the right time. For us, that time is when news is breaking.

For a journalist, finding the shots from one of those news events is often elusive. And even when a video clip or photo appears to be newsworthy and unique, verifying it for publication requires a tested process and strict standards to ensure the story is always accurate.

19 New Journalist of the Year: Juggling stage and stories Investigative journalist by day and musical theatre performer by night, 26-year-old Emma Slater was recognised earlier this month when she scooped the title New Journalist of the Year at Press Gazette’s first British Journalism Awards.

“I thought I had absolutely no chance. I was very honoured to be nominated and not expecting to win at all. It was a complete and utter surprise.”

24 Axegrinder: Oh, Lord. ‘Seedy’ Sunday Express editor JJ exposed; Dale celebrates justified victory at crime Christmas do




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