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Rules on council decision-making are spelled out

Guidance to help editors decide what can be made public – and what should not – under the Local Government Act has been put together by the Society of Editors. The briefing document, which looks at the issues from the

Police-media guidelines published

Police guidelines on how they should work with the media are being made public through the Society of Editors. The Media Guidelines, issued by the Association of Chief Police Officers, were drawn up by the Acpo Media Advisory Group, chaired

Editors' concern on Bulger pair ruling

The Society of Editors has expressed concern over the ruling that the killers ofthe Merseyside toddler James Bulger will have their anonymity protected whenthey are released. It fears others might use the tragedy of the toddler’s death, and the subsequent

Progress on 'take it or leave it' football talks

Key agreements for sports journalists covering football have moved a step closer after a marathon meeting with the league authorities resulted in a new proposal for the press. The Society of Editors, Newspaper Society, the NUJ, and professional bodies including

New member needed

The Society of Editors is looking for a new board member to replace Neil Fowler, who will shortly complete his term on the board. Mr Fowler, editor of the Western Mail, will retire as immediate past president at the AGM

Two sides to the story

Chief constables around the country are to be reminded about applying police/media guidelines thanks to a key meeting between police and the Society of Editors. The guidelines, which – among other issues – give advice on when details surrounding crimes

Police to meet media on info guidelines

Guidelines on the release of police information to the press about accidents and other incidents will come under discussion by police and the press next month. The Society of Editors is meeting up with Acpo media advisory group chairman Elizabeth

Threat from political correctness

This week is Local Newspaper Week, but all is not well. New laws, including the Human Rights Bill, which can restrict information to journalists, are increasingly concerning the local press. This article, by Bob Satchwell, executive director of the Society

Football reporting could face major changes

There could be major changes in the way sports writers gain access to football ground press boxes next season – but sports departments seem to know little about it. The Premier and Nationwide leagues are having talks about a new

Freedom of Information?

The Freedom of Information Bill was today due back in the House of Commons for final discussion before becoming law. Politicians were discussing House of Lords amendments – which the Society of Editors is condemning as not far-reaching enough. Society

Editors urged to make a noise

A new plea to editors to write urgently to local MPs and members of the House of Lords “making a lot of noise” about the Freedom of Information Bill has come from the Society of Editors. The organisation’s director, Bob

Creating a virtuous circle boosts the marketing mix

Page 1 of 2 The conundrum of the ethics of marketing newspapers has been discussed at an international press forum. UK Society of Editors director Bob Satchwell told the Commonwealth Press Union conference in Barbados how editorial ethics and the

BSE secrecy highlights 'poor' FoI Bill

The inadequacy of the Government’s Freedom of Information Bill has been highlighted by the findings of the BSE inquiry, according to the Campaign for the Freedom of Information. The Campaign claims public safety would continue to be put at risk

Stand up for press freedom

The Annual General Meeting of the Society of Editors, held on the last day of its three-day annual conference in Cardiff, saw Ed Curran – editor of the Belfast Telegraph – elected as the new President with Liz Page –

Can't talk – I'm off to Hollywood

Matlock Mercury editor Don Hale has unfortunately had to turn down a late offer to share the podium at a national conference with such diverse characters as William Hague and Max Boyce – because he has a prior engagement in

Is it a libel lottery?

Famous, or infamous, winners and losers in libel cases are expected to make an appearance at a debate called The Libel Lottery next month. The event, being organised by the Society of Editors and the Media Group at the London