This short note is all about copyright, by no means a boring subject, and definitely one that professional journalists should be interested in – so please read on. You might well learn something to your advantage. As their names indicate, ALCS (the Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society) and DACS (the …
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by Keith McDowall published by Melrose Books, 385pp, £16.99 When I joined the Government Information Service (GIS in 1964, Keith McDowall was the Daily Mail’s Industrial Editor. I first came across him when I was working in the Press Office of the newly formed Ministry of Technology the following year. …

This year’s Proms season paid handsome tribute to a conductor who, in his era, could claim to have made the famous summer concert season his own: Sir Malcolm Sargent – often referred to as “Flash Harry” (because of his immaculate white-tie-and-tails, slicked-back hair, white-carnation-in-buttonhole appearance). At a Prom on July …

Cancer can happen to anyone. It’s not the lifestyle we lead (although being overweight and drinking too much doesn’t help) – even the slimmest, fittest, vegetarian teetotallers get it. The NHS now says that one in three of us will end up with the disease, but we live longer today, …

BBC Swahili is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee this year and has broadcast special 60th anniversary editions of AMKA na BBC (radio) and Dira ya Dunia (TV and radio). These programmes have tracked the growth of the Kiswahili media industry, the impact of democracy and how BBC Swahili has touched listeners’ …

On 19th July this year the UK Supreme Court ruled on a case that had previously been known as PNM v Times Newspapers. It is one of the most significant media law judgements this century. If the media had not been successful it is arguable that Open Justice as a …

It is just a sheet of almost A4 sized cotton paper and printed on one side by Thomas Harrison in Warwick Street. This is one of the first newspapers published in Britain. The London Gazette was government owned. It published official information and during times of war would be the …
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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 …