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Challenges facing UK journalism ‘more serious than in Europe’ says Press Club chief

The chairman of the world’s oldest press club says the challenges facing journalism in the UK are more serious than elsewhere in Europe.

Birmingham Press Club chairman Llewela Bailey has spoken out on the issues of declining newspaper sales and the number of journalism job losses after attending the European Press Clubs Federation’s annual general assembly.

At the assembly, held in Warsaw, The club was admitted to the organisation, which represents journalists’ interests across the continent.

Both Llewela and Press club director Adrian Kibbler made a presentation to delegates in the Polish capital prior to its admission.

CAPTION: Birmingham Press Club chairman Llewela Bailey together with fellow-director Adrian Kibbler, right, and Dr Martyn Bond from the London Press Club

CAPTION: Birmingham Press Club chairman Llewela Bailey together with fellow-director Adrian Kibbler, right, and Dr Martyn Bond from the London Press Club

The federation offers joint collaboration on issues of importance relating to legislation and press freedom, information sharing and enhancement of journalistic credentials.

Said Llewela: “It was a great opportunity to meet our European counterparts, exchange experiences and to bring them up to speed about our own Club, the oldest one of its kind in the world.”

“There was an interesting discussion about the challenges facing journalism and the impression was that whilst the decline in paid-for sales and job losses in journalism are factors in other countries the situation in the UK is more serious than in other parts of Europe.”

Adrian added: “A common issue facing clubs is the emergence of a ‘blogging community’ and the challenging question is ‘are bloggers journalists?’ The answer – some are some are not, but there was a clear view that clubs have a role in upholding journalistic standards.

“Whilst most clubs have journalists and non-journalists as members the view of other clubs was that press and the promotion of journalism should be at the key to the work of member clubs.”


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  • October 31, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Bloggers are not the reason for the perceived fall in journalistic standards,or the huge drop off in copy sales and associates ad revenues,the once large regional newspaper publishers are.
    Whilst I fully agree that ‘…clubs have a role in upholding journalistic standards’ you’re preaching to the converted as all journalists in my experience, value quality journalism and professional reportage and would love the opportunity and time to produce it however the content chiefs put no value on these once key standards sacrificing all for the templated cheap type of free, quick turnaround generic bilge that’s filling the papers and passing itself off as news these days, is it any wonder so few people are willing to pay to read it?

    It’s the publishers themselves who need to buy into this belief , no one else

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  • October 31, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Who reads blogs any more? And who writes them, other than one-man-band PR and marketing companies scraping a somewhat disreputable living by preying on the technological ignorance of small businesspeople who still think the internet is some sort of magic money tree?
    Even proper news organisations, which were falling over themselves to get trained reporters writing blogs a decade ago, no longer bother, as far as I can see. Google ‘news blog’ followed by the name of any community you care to mention, and you’ll see what I mean.
    Another flash in the pan from the digital snake oil salesmen.

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