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New website offers guidance on reporting poverty

A new website has been set up to offer guidance for journalists on how to report poverty-related issues.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, a think tank researching poverty and inequality issues, has launched the site in conjunction with the Society of Editors.

It has resources to help journalism tutors and students get a grasp on the issues and guidance and examples of previous reports.

It can be found at

The deadline for the Urban Photographer of the Year competition has been extended.

Entrants now have until 31 January to send in their pictures which “capture the life of the built environment”.

The competition asks photographers to explore life in towns and cities during any single hour of a day. First prize is a photography holiday for two in Jordan.

Both amateur and professional photographers are eligible to enter – for more details visit the competition website.

The Birmingham Post and Mail secured an exclusive interview with Gordon Brown when he travelled to meet business leaders in the city.

Political editor Jon Walker travelled with the PM from London to Birmingham and was the only journalist to interview Mr Brown on the trip.

He spoke of how the Midlands would play an important role in helping Britain out of the recession and a critical independent report into two Birmingham hospitals.

A free exhibition featuring shots from the Sony World Photography Awards is set to open next month in London.

It will run from 20 to 29 January at Art Work Space, in Paddington, as part of world tour taking in New York, Toronto and Paris among other locations.

The exhibition showcases photographs by the winners and finalists of the 2009 Awards spanning a variety of genres including fashion, architecture, sport and music.

For more information visit the

Professor Ian Walden has been appointed to the board of the Press Complaints Commission.

Ian is professor of information and communications law at Queen Mary, University of London.

He joins the PCC with immediate effect following the expiry of a term of office by Colleen Harris, former strategy and communications director at the Equality and Human Rights Commission.


Onlooker (16/12/2009 14:13:39)
…’The Birmingham Post and Mail secured an exclusive interview with Gordon Brown when he travelled to meet business leaders in the city…’
Must have been difficult to secure that when he was on his way to the very same city…er..with a General Election coming up.
And in other world exclusives, the Pope reveals he has Catholic tendencies and bears are not entirely continent in the woods.

intheback (16/12/2009 14:21:52)
Not sure if many reporters need guidance when writing about poverty – a lot people in the industry know what it’s like anyway…

Paul Linford, Editor (16/12/2009 14:24:38)
14.13 Unduly negative and cynical even by your standards Onlooker. No regional paper ever finds it easy to get face time with the man in No 10. If you don’t believe me you should try working in the Lobby for a while.

Onlooker (16/12/2009 15:34:13)
Paul, I would agree with you if this was AFTER the forthcoming election but it isn’t. It’s obvious Brown is electioneering at the moment and papers need to be wary. As for my being ‘unduly negative and cynical’, where have you been for the last 12 years ? If you want another 12 years of this corrupt government, stifling fair comment is a good way to go about it.