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Former PA editor awarded Society’s highest accolade

A long-serving former boss of the Press Association has been awarded a prestigious accolade by fellow editors.

Jonathan Grun, who was editor of the national news agency from 2000-15, has been awarded a fellowship of the Society of Editors.

The fellowship is only awarded to one journalist each year and is the Society’s highest award.

Since stepping down as PA editor, Jonathan has served as secretary of the Editors’ Code of Practice Committee.

Jonathan, a twice past-president of the SoE who served on its board until 2021, was presented with the award in recognition of his commitment to the UK news industry as well as promoting high standards in journalism through his role with the Editors’ Code.

He is pictured below receiving the award from Society chairman Ian MacGregor.

 

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Said Ian: “For many years Jonathan Grun has been a vital and vocal supporter of press freedom in the UK and beyond and he is highly regarded across all sectors of the media.

“A twice past-president of the Society, he has been a tireless advocate for the public’s right to know, the importance of diversity and inclusion in our industry and, through his ongoing work with the Editors’ Code, he continues to help shape and promote high editorial standards during a period which has seen rapid change across the media landscape.

“We are honoured to present him with this fellowship in recognition of his tireless advocacy over many years.”

Accepting the fellowship, Jonathan said: “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to support the Society of Editors in its fight for media freedom and promotion of high editorial standards.

“The free press holds power to account and speaks for people who would otherwise have no voice. It is a vital part of our national conversation but all too often it is under threat and we must defend it on behalf of the whole of our society.”

Jonathan originally joined PA as a general reporter in 1979 and is the only person to have twice served as president of the SoE, leading the organisation between 2002 and 2003 and then during 2012 and 2013.

He was described by the late founding director of the Society Bob Satchwell as a “a rock for the media in the UK” with a “quiet, self-effacing style.”