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Wilmington loses awards

The British Press Awards will be run by the Newspaper Publishers Association in future.

The move means previous organiser, the Wilmington Group, has lost control of two sets of awards this year.

It follows the successful Regional Press Awards night – run by the NUJ after Wilmington decided not to go ahead with them.

The Newspaper Publishers Association will take control of the British Press Awards from next year.

It has asked the Society of Editors to organise the awards.

The NPA said: “The plan is to provide an editorial and journalism awards scheme for national newspapers in the UK that is independent of any one newspaper, fair and cost-effective, with proceeds retained within the industry.

“It is intended that the awards will generate a surplus which will be retained within the newspaper industry helping to fund campaigning by the Society of Editors on behalf of the media and to support the Journalists’ Charity.”

Earlier the Regional Press Awards proved to be a major success with NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear saying: “We hope the industry itself will recognise local and regional journalists. If it doesn’t we will consider running these awards again.

“We think it is vital to recognise the hard work you all do.”

State of Play: Wilmington belittled the awards and the journalists who picked them up, so good riddance to bad rubbish


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Stourbridge Strike Off

Strike action at Newsquest’s Stourbridge office has been cancelled.

On July 1, ten journalists – who had planned to hold industrial action over plans to move three sub- editors to a production hub 27 miles away – decided not to strike.

The Worcester sub hub will eventually produce papers including the Stourbridge News, Halesowen News, Dudley News, Kidderminster Shuttle, Bromsgrove Advertiser and Redditch Advertiser.

NUJ Northern and Midlands organiser Chris Morley said a resolution had been reached for two members, although concerns remained over the impact of the hub.

State of Play: Why are all the strikes being cancelled?

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Regional Press Awards shortlist revealed

The full list of nominations for the NUJ’s Regional Press Awards has been published this week.

The winners will be announced at Dingwalls in Camden at 1pm on June 29. As far as The Blog is concerned that fact that at least some journalists will get to see their work honoured this year has made the oft-criticised work of the NUJ worthwhile.

Here is the shortlist in full:

Columnist of the Year

  • Paul Taylor – Manchester Evening News
  • Rod McPhee – Yorkshire Evening Post
  • Barry Gibson – Huddersfield Examiner
  • Erik Petersen – Nottingham Post
  • Stacia Briggs – Norwich Evening News

Campaign of the Year

  • Kirsty Whalley – Croydon Guardian
  • Cara Simpson – Coventry Telegraph
  • Lucy Purdy – Haringey Advertiser
  • Kathryn Torney – Belfast Telegraph
  • Robert Pattison – Sunday Sun

Designer of the Year

  • James Young – Evening Leader / The Leader / Chester Standard
  • Alan Cooper – The News Portsmouth
  • Alan Formby-Jackson – Evening Gazette
  • Graeme Windell – The News
  • Gerard Gough – Scottish Catholic Observer

Feature Writer of the Year (Daily/Sunday)

  • Jayne Dawson – Yorkshire Evening Post
  • Keiron Pim – Eastern Daily Press
  • Rowan Mantell – Eastern Daily Press & Evening News
  • Jim Entwistle – Northern Echo
  • Viv Groskop – Evening Standard
  • Lee Marlow – Leicester Mercury

Feature Writer of the Year (Weekly)

  • Roger Lytollis – Cumberland News
  • Audrey Watson – Belfast Telegraph (Weekend)
  • Lucy Purdy – Haringey Advertiser
  • Michael Russell – West Highland Free Press

Multimedia Journalist of the Year

  • Gail Milne – Glenrothes Gazette
  • Joseph Watts – Nottingham Post
  • Nick Stylianou – The Orbital (student mag)
  • Sion Donovan – Portsmouth.co.uk
  • William Watt – Blackpool Gazette

Multimedia Publisher of the Year

  • Jo Wood – thisiscornwall.co.uk
  • Peter Raven – pinkun.com
  • Stewart Kirkpatrick – Caledonian Mercury
  • Paul Bradshaw – Help Me Investigate

Photographer of the Year (Daily/Sunday)

  • Simon Dack – theargus.co.uk
  • Martin Shields – The Herald
  • Marc Turner – Herald and Times
  • Mark Bikerdike – Yorkshire Evening Post
  • Stuart Boulton – Northern Echo

Photographer of the Year (Weekly)

  • Stephen Garnett – Craven Herald
  • Alistair Wilson – Surrey Advertiser
  • Chris Whiteoak – Surrey Advertiser
  • Mark Soanes – Waltham Forest Guardian
  • Peter Foster – Galloway Gazette

Reporter of the Year (Daily/Sunday)

  • Phil Coleman – The News and Star
  • Bimpe Archer – The Irish News
  • Allison Morris – The Irish News
  • Ciaran Barnes – Sunday Life
  • Gavin Aitchinson – The Press

Reporter of the Year (Weekly)

  • Cherry Wilson – Rotherham Advertiser & Croydon Advertiser
  • Phil Turner – Rotherham Post
  • Katie Davis – Ham & High
  • Kate Mason – West Highland Press
  • Eleanor Harding – Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Sports Journalist of the Year (Daily/Sunday)

  • Neil Allen – Portsmouth.co.uk
  • Scott Wilson – Northern Echo
  • Amanda Little – News & Star (Cumbria)
  • Jon Colman – News and Star
  • Martin Smith – The Star, Sheffield

Sports Journalist of the Year (Weekly)

  • Eric Mackinnon – West Lothian Courier
  • Jon Colman – The Cumberland News
  • Amanda Little – The Cumberland News
  • Chris McNulty – Donegal
  • Keith MacKenzie – West Highland Press

Student Journalist of the Year

  • Mark Duell – Forgetoday.com
  • Andy Halls – Pluto
  • Rosie Taylor – Forge Press
  • Jennie Agg – Student Direct
  • Nick Stylianou

Scoop of the Year

  • Bimpe Archer – The Irish News
  • Gavin Aitchinson – The Press
  • Cherry Wilson – Rotherham Advertiser & Croydon Advertiser
  • Victoria Raimes – Evening News (Edinburgh)
  • Ciaran Barnes – Sunday Life

Sports Photographer of the Year

  • Stuart Harrison – Swindon Advertiser
  • Mark Bickerdike – Yorkshire Post
  • Chris Booth – Northern Echo
  • Lucy Ray – Bradford Telegraph & Argus
  • Chris Vaughan – Lincolnshire Echo

Sports Photographer of the Year (Weekly)

  • Chris Whiteoak – Aldershot News
  • Stephen Garnett – Craven Herald
  • Marie Caley – Doncaster Today
  • Liz Mockler – Doncaster Free Press
  • Ann Marie Sanderson – various

Specialist Writer of the Year

  • Carl Eve – The Herald
  • Keiron Pim – Eastern Daily Press
  • Susanna Wilkey – Hampstead & Highgate Express
  • Katie Baldwin – Yorkshire Post

The Felix Dearden Reporting on Race Awards

  • Tinashe Mushakavantu
  • Nick Tarver
  • Mary Griffin

Source: National Union of Journalists website

State of Play: Kiss of life

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Industrial action to take place in Stourbridge

Industrial action is set to take place at Newsquest’s Stourbridge papers.

Ten NUJ members at the centre voted for the action over plans to move three journalists 30 miles away to Worcester.

The staff work on a number of papers, namely the Stourbridge News, Halesowen News, Dudley News, Kidderminster Shuttle, Bromsgrove Advertiser and Redditch Advertiser.

State of Play: Open heart surgery

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Lies, damned lies and statistics?

Some interesting statistics from the Johnston Press strike action scenario.
Much has been made of the inconsistent number of journalists employed by JP.
On its website The National Union of Journalists has been keen to point out that the ‘group claims in the annual report that it employs 1,900 journalists and more than 7,000 employees’.
This is, of course, in stark contrast to the total of journalists JP told the High Court it employs – none.
The company instead argued the journalists are employed by subsidiaries.
One thing is clear, this squabbling over statistics isn’t going to solve anything: it won’t help JP pay off it’s £400m plus debts, it won’t help those subs who have already lost their jobs get them back, it won’t improve the quality of newspapers and it sure as eggs is eggs won’t make ATEX run any faster.
As Lord Judge said when summing up in his decision to overturn the ban on strike action at British Airways: “Legal processes do not constitute mitigation.
“On the contrary they often serve to inflame rather than molify the feelings of those involved.”
Having said all that there still remain some key points within those statistics.
Firstly, there is no arguement that within the JP organisation, whether employed directly by the company or by it’s subsidiaries, there are around 7,000 staff members, including 1,900 journos.
That means there are – approximately – 5,100 people employed by JP who do not write for the papers.
5,100 compared to 1,900 who do.
Doesn’t that tell us something about the priorities of JP (hint: it’s not producing high quality papers)?
But the Union doesn’t escape unscathed from the use of statistics in this case.
The first vote saw 550 members balloted on industrial action.
Turnout was 65.2 per cent, with 337 journalists voting on the issue of strike action; 236 in favour (70 per cent) and 101 against (30 per cent).
So while 70 per cent of members in favour of strike action sounds impressive, the truth is that only 236 of JP’s 1,900 journalists actually wanted to go on strike.
And perhaps more worrying for the Union, even if it achieves it’s aim and takes action, only 550 journos will hit the streets (assuming if course all Union members will rally behind the overall decision and take action).
That leaves 1,350 journalists at work.
Make of that what you will…

State of Play: Lies, damned lies and statistics?

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We will vote on action again: Jeremy Dear

NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear has today written to members at Johnston Press to tell them the dispute with bosses remains very much on.
The move comes after JP lawyers forced the union to call off a strike on Wednesday.
The company successfully argued that it did not employ any journalists – saying they are instead employed by subsidiaries.
Today Mr Dear wrote: ‘The NUJ has been forced to call off Wednesday’s strike action.
‘Incredibly Johnston Press ran to the High Court on Friday afternoon to block the planned action, arguing that they don’t employ any journalists.’
He added: ‘Johnston Press made this claim, despite making group-wide decisions on the recent pay freeze, pensions, and employment terms and conditions’.
Mr Dear concluded that the NUJ will re-ballot it’s members in each individual centre, as well as those in Scotland after JP refused to rule out compulsary job cuts.
The dispute centres around the company’s new ATEX content management system and concerns over pay.

State of Play: Open heart surgery

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JP journalists vote for industrial action

The company wide ballet at Johnston Press has resulted in 70 per cent of NUJ staff voting in favour of industrial action.

The ballot was over what the NUJ claims is Johnston’s rushed introduction of the new Atex content management system which it claims is creating redundancies and harming the editorial quality of the company’s newspapers.

Seventy per cent of members voted in favour of action of some sort, although 88.1 per cent of these said it should be action short of a strike.

Turnout was 65.2 per cent.

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