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June 6, 2013updated 07 Jun 2013 4:36pm

Journalism Weekly – People to become 7-day digital product under Sue Douglas

By Press Gazette

Highlights of this week's Press Gazette – Journalism Weekly (click on the links to activate the digital magazine):

People to become 7-day digital product under Sue Douglas

Former Sunday Express editor Sue Douglas is to lead the transformation of the Sunday People into a seven-day digital product.

Douglas will oversee a revamp of the People when she takes on her new role as publishing director of Trinity Mirror’s newly created Sunday Brands subsidiary on Monday.

3 Meadows sought intrusion guidance

Lucy Meadows sought advice about how to deal with press intrusion before taking her own life, it has been revealed.

The transgender teacher, who took her own life in March, contacted charity Trans Media Watch through an intermediary after a media storm erupted when a local paper ran a story about her returning to work in a primary school following her sex change.

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4 Brian Sewell: ‘Mediocre’ television ignoring religion

Art critic Brian Sewell has bemoaned the state of religious coverage on television, criticising “mediocre” staffing.

The long-standing London Evening Standard journalist believes relgion is “put to one side” on TV for fear of offending.

6 James Desborough: British journalism still best despite hacking scandal

James Desborough is in exuberant form.

“I would love to get one of my interview subjects to say oral sex gives you cancer,” he jokes, referencing Michael Douglas’ recent unguarded comments and the celebrity story du jour.

8 Rebekah Brooks pleads not guilty over phone-hacking

Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks has pleaded not guilty to charges relating to the phone-hacking scandal that resulted in the closure of the News of the World.

The 45-year-old former News of the World and Sun editor entered not guilty pleas to counts linked to an alleged conspiracy to hack phones, conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

9 Coulson denies payment and hacking charges

Andy Coulson has appeared in court to formally deny charges of conspiracy relating to phone hacking and alleged illegal payments to public officials.

The ex-News of the World editor appeared at Southwark Crown Court to face three charges.

10 Britain’s best connected? Geordie Greig on Hugh Grant, Dacre and the MoS

In 2005, The Observer dubbed Geordie Greig “Britain’s best-connected man”. Then, it surely would have been a useful title to have as the editor of society magazine Tatler.

Now, as editor of The Mail on Sunday, it may be less so. Renowned for being one of the UK’s fiercest newspapers, Greig says he is determined to retain the its “mischief, fearlessness [and] groundbreaking reporting”.

12 Press needs to take a hard look at itself after attack on Lucy

Last week, coroner Michael Singleton gave his verdict on the death of teacher Lucy Meadows. It was a small inquiry in a small town but it became national news. Why? Because in his closing comments the coroner said that the press should be ashamed of the way they treated the deceased.

13 Mail and Littlejohn did not kill Meadows

Last week, Blackburn coroner Michael Singleton declared that “sensational and salacious” press coverage of primary teacher Lucy Meadows’ gender change was a big factor in her suicide, demanded that the Government implement Lord Justice Leveson’s proposals to crack down on such “ill-informed bigotry” and told press representatives at the inquest, “Shame on you all!”.

And so we slide further down the slippery slope away from press freedom.

16 Agencies to sue Croatian website over ‘brazen’ use of lifted Mail Online pics

A group of news agencies is set to sue a Croatian website for more than £500,000 for breach of copyright after it allegedly refused to pay for photographs.

The ten independent agencies, all members of the National Association of Press Agencies (Napa) claim that, in most cases, photographs had been lifted directly from the Mail Online with no attempt having been made to obtain a licence or pay for usage.

17FOI campaign group faces funding crisis

The Campaign for Freedom of Information is facing a short-term funding crisis following a series of upfront payments as part of a move to new offices.

The campaigning group is looking to raise £10,000 from new funders. Director Maurice Frankel told Press Gazette that the group is in the process of approaching “people who we think might be able to help us”.


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