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Spring 2017

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Journalist and campaigner, Lois Hainsworth was the first-ever woman President of the Chartered Institute of Journalists. Her 89 years were full of grace, style, adventure and activism. Born between the World Wars into an entrepreneurial family from Nottinghamshire, Lois was of the generation that endured the blitz in London and …

Along with General Secretary and Chief Executive Dominic Cooper, I attended the Funeral Ceremony for Past President Lois Hainsworth in October at the Chapel of the More Hall Convent near Stroud.  After the death of her husband, Philip, who some will remember from the highly successful first Gibraltar Conference in …
Ian Sutherland (left) with then-President Paul Leighton (right) in 1990

Ian Sutherland was an enthusiastic and supportive member of the Institute of Journalists, often working on behalf of members on trade union issues with the late Chris Underwood, as well as striving to recruit new members at every opportunity. A life-changing stroke in 1999 ended Ian’s career as publisher,  journalist …
Mr Churchill’s Driver - A murderer’s story, Colin Farrington, Matador Pubishing 2017

The cover notes for this intriguing novel compare the author, Colin Farrington, to Peter Ackroyd or Ian McEwan. This is unfair to all three. Farrington’s talent is sufficiently distinctive to be judged on its own merits. Like many subscribers to The Journal I am a fast reader. On holiday I …
Sherlock Holmes and the Nine-Dragon Sigil
 
by Tim Symonds.MX Publishing, 364 pages, paperback

“Sigil. Pronounced ‘sijil’. An inscribed or painted symbol or occult sign considered to have magical power.” So begins the very latest Sherlock Holmes mystery and adventure from the pen of Institute member, Tim Symonds: a writer who has immersed himself in the drama and legend of England and the Empire’s …
The Butley Orford Oysterage

In this new section we take to the highways and byways to locate the watering-holes and places of interest – likely to appeal to our membership! East Suffolk is a land of farmland and fields, mediaeval churches (such as St. Bartholomew’s at Orford) and lonely coastal scenery – but with …
Martin Edwards, new Chair of the CWA

The Crime Writers’ Association is pleased to announce that crime novelist Martin Edwards has been elected as its new Chair and takes over his duties in January. Martin Edwards is the author of eighteen novels; the most recent is The Dungeon House. Last year, The Golden Age of Murder, his …

At the Chartered Institute of Journalists’ Annual Conference last year in Bournemouth, members agreed the next steps in the consolidation of three of the Institute’s charities. Should the consolidation take place, it will be but the latest in a series of charity mergers that have taken place within the Institute …

The Chartered Institute of Journalists currently has four charitable funds from which it dispenses financial support to members and their families. With combined investments totalling in excess of £3.1 million, support may be provided for varying needs including: short term financial hardship, interest-free loans to cover the replacement of lost …

– but the Institute can help I often use the insurance comparison to help explain why all professional journalists should join the Chartered Institute. True, the Institute is non-political, so it devotes its efforts to the needs of members, rather than trying to change the world or organise strikes and …