What makes you #proudtobeajournalist? - Press Gazette

What makes you #proudtobeajournalist?

There’s so much more to British journalism than the dubious practices currently being exposed by the Leveson Inquiry.

In an effort to provide a little balance we’ve invited our readers to send in their suggestions on what makes them proud to be a journalist via Twitter using the hashtag #proudtobeajournalist.

If you’re not on Twitter, you can make your suggestions via email to pged@pressgazette.co.uk or in the comments box below this post. We are going to be collating the best suggestions in some way and using this exercise to feed into our submission to the Leveson Inquiry.

Search Twitter using the hashtag #proudtobeajournalist for latest submissions – and see live feed at bottom of this post.

Here are some of the best contributions (with their Twitter names):


In my exp, journalists are good people. Fun, interested, good company, charming, smart. I’m proud to be one


Helping Military Wives’ Wherever You Are beat X Factor to No.1 by featuring Gareth Malone in TDA in @weekendmagazine


Helping people to sort out their finances, get ripped-off money back and work alongside others who do the same


working with Barnardo’s to get WY Police then ACPO to treat 14 yr old prostitutes as victims not criminals


Just interviewed someone from local charity supporting bereaved kids, to get word out about £10k appeal


wrote a PPI insurance guide, woman emailed me who reclaimed £000’s and could keep her house after her husband died.

@shroplife_ed (Jane Haynes)

Campaigning to put defibrillators all over Nottingham to save heart attack victims


today a woman I interviewed said the finished feature helped her come to terms with her illness

@dennisricemedia (Dennis Rice)

Representing gratis a couple whose little girl was taken away because council thought their house was dirty.

Revealing how Tesco had offered derisory £10 voucher to baby it poisoned – story resulted in comp of £600.

Publicising how Post Office refused insurance claim from girl who fell from a hotel balcony – decision reversed!


Ending a stream of threatening gas bill letters wrongly being sent to a 90-year-old woman, with just one phone call


helping raise £16,000 for (successful) cancer treatment for a reader after the NHS refused to fund it

encouraging 1,200 people to enquire about becoming a foster parent thanks to a series on fostering

finding 161 young people work as part of our 100 jobs in 100 days campaign


Getting a 102-year-old man’s £50,000 in owed benefits back for him.


Holding to account the powers that be by exposing their wrong-doing, expense accounts and ridiculous salary levels

@timpcollins (Tim Collins)

Seeing the people of Ashford filling empty shelves at homeless charity with food as a result of our appeal

@mschappers (Sarah Chapman)

convincing a judge to name a teenage killer before sentencing (the first time it had been done)


Helping overturn deportation threat to Leicester Tigers’ Manu Tuilagi. Now he is England’s star player.



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