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Honorary degree for BBC correspondent Johnston

Journalist Alan Johnston, the BBC correspondent held hostage in Gaza for nearly four months last year, is to be awarded an honorary degree by his former university.
He will be honoured by the University of Dundee at the graduation ceremony for the College of Arts and Social Sciences on June 18.

Intellectual property, character merchandising and the dangers of using user-generated content on websites are among the topics to be covered at the Management Forum Third Annual Media Law conference on May 30.
Jaron Lewis, a partner with solicitors Reynolds Porter Chamberlain, who formerly worked at the BBC, will be discussing the legal and editorial issues involved in user-generated content, the legal pitfalls and how to resolve them, securing the rights required, regulatory risks and relationships with audiences. Privacy issues will be tackled by Alistair Wilson QC, while Mark Thomson, of solicitors Carter-Ruck, will examine developments in defamation.

An agricultural journalist from Lancashire has proved herself a world-beater after seeing off global competition in an International Federation of Agricultural Journalists’ competition.
Katie Lomas, livestock reporter on Farmers Guardian, won the Federation’s professional development award for young journalists, sponsored by Alltech, a leading US based animal nutrition company. Her prize is a week-long visit to Austria and Slovenia to the IFAJ world congress in September.

Broadcaster, political journalist and historian Andrew Marr is to host this year’s Manchester Evening News Business of the Year awards in November.
Andrew, who began his career in journalism as a business reporter on The Scotsman newspaper, will provide an insight into the world of political journalism and the latest intrigue at Westminster when he hosts the final on November 6.