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Conference to examine sexism in the media

The question of non-sexist reporting and stereotyping against women in the media is on the table at a conference next month. In 1975 the National Union of Journalists’ Equality Working Party published ‘Images of Women’ – guidelines for promoting equality through journalism.

Three decades later the conference will look at what, if any, difference the guidelines have had. The conference runs from 11.15am to 3.30pm on 28 February at the NUJ’s headquarters, in London.

A light lunch is available – for more information and to register e-mail stating any access or dietary requirements.

Ladies looking for love in the Berkshire area this Valentine’s Day could do worse than visiting the Slough and Langley Observer website. Here they will find hunky hack Callum Brodie, who has kindly offered himself up for a lurve-raffle in aid of Thames Hospicecare.

For a minimum donation of just £10, readers can enter themselves into the draw to win a date with the 24-year-old reporter. In addition, the lucky lady will enjoy a makeover, three-course meal and a bouquet of flowers.

A £5,000 bursary to support an on-going photography project is up for grabs. The British Journal of Photography has again teamed up with camera manufacturer Nikon for the Project Assistance Awards.

Entries will be featured throughout the year in editions of the weekly magazine and a shortlist of eight will be finalised early next year, from which the overall winner will be chosen.

The absolute deadline for entries is 9 December but BJP advises submitting pictures as soon as possible. More details are available from

The Press Complaints Commission has published the results of its customer feedback survey looking at its service during 2008.

According to the Commission, 81pc of complainants said their issue had been dealt with thoroughly or very thoroughly while 75pc said the overall handling of their complaint was satisfactory or very satisfactory.

Survey forms were sent to all complainants who cases fell under the terms of its Code of Conduct and could therefore be considered by the PCC.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown hosted a reception with the regional press and media at 10 Downing Street. The event welcomed editors, publishers and London-based political correspondents from the regional media and was attended by ministers including Alistair Darling, Jacqui Smith, Andy Burnham, Ed Balls and Ben Bradshaw.