Jim Paterson

Former Institute Deputy General Secretary, Jim Paterson, has died aged 88.

Members of the Chartered Institute of Journalists remember with great fondness, the 17 years’ service that Jim Paterson gave to the organisation as its Deputy General Secretary.

Above all, he will be remembered for his loyalty and dedication to the IoJ and his sheer mental and physical energy at chapter meetings and annual conference, where his mantra of ‘recruit – recruit – recruit’ is still remembered today.

Jim’s commitment to fighting the closed shop during the 1970s played no small part in bringing about change to the law on union membership. Similarly, his diplomacy and sound advice when handling disputes won him admiration among his peers.

He was a human dynamo who was equally loved by members and staff for his strength, kindness and boundless good humour.


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  1. Elizabeth Netherstreet December 6, 2009 at 12:07 am · ·

    I was so sad to hear of the passing of Jim Paterson…he was an inspiration to work for.Jim recruited me direct from Goldsmiths College to work as a Membership Secretary and trained me to do the job. I have fond memories of both Jim and his wife Joan. Sincere condolences to his daughters and family.
    Kind regards
    Elizabeth Netherstreet

  2. Robert Minton-Taylor December 17, 2009 at 4:43 pm · ·

    Jim was a great guy who served the Institute extremely well. He was a tremendous asset to the Institute during some pretty turbulent times. [When haven’t there been turbulent times in journalism]. His counsel was authoritative and gretaly welcomed and his steely determination and quick Scottish wit ensured that Council meetings were never boring.

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  3. Anna Huegett September 14, 2010 at 7:13 pm · ·

    I worked at the CIoJ in the early 70,s, Mr Paterson was a very nice character and was always polite and kind to all whom he encountered.

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