Save the Date: Media Freedom Award entries to open in June 

Entries for the Society’s Inaugural Media Freedom Awards will open next month. The awards, announced earlier this year, will recognise UK individuals, teams and media organisations who have demonstrated determination, resilience and resolve in fulfilling their vital role in championing the public’s right to know. Whether it be through high profile campaigns, investigations or expert craftmanship they will have held power to account, exposed wrongdoing, battled to get a story told or championed the rights of others through accurate, fact-based reporting. Entries, which will be free, will be open to all UK-based news media organisations and platforms and can be made for work published in print, website, online, mobile, video, audio or any other news delivery format.
The awards will be given out at a ceremony on Wednesday 9 November 2022 in London.
Full details on categories and how to enter will be published in due course at 

Telegraph Media Group profits up by a third with digital subscriptions at £44m

Telegraph Media Group’s (TMG) profits were up by a third in 2021 with digital subscription revenues up by 40%, the news media organisation has reported this week.
Publishing its trading statement for 2021/2022, TMG said that its digital subscription growth was “above its expectations” having increased by 40% to £44.1m with overall revenue up by 4% to £245m.
The Telegraph has pursued a subscription-first strategy for several years now and has a goal of achieving one million paying subscribers by the end of 2023. It hit its  milestone of 500k digital subscriptions in October 2021.
Nick Hugh, Chief Executive of the Telegraph, pictured above, said: “TMG has continued its excellent progress towards our stated strategic goal; subscription numbers have seen substantial growth since launching in 2018…Material investment in journalism, technology platforms and digital operations will continue in 2022.”
Read more here.

Register: Newsworks’ Festival of News on 9 June 2022

Registration is still open for next month’s Newsworks’ Festival of News. Taking place at the British Library on Thursday 9 June, the industry-only one day event will celebrate the best of news brands, with insightful and inspirational stories and thought-provoking debate. With an all-female editors’ panel kicking off the day, discussions will also focus on politics, sports and campaigning journalism and up-and-coming young talent in a ‘Future of news’ session. The conference will also see a focus on all-important advertising panels including a brand safety debate and Downing Street’s chief of staff talking about collaboration through covid. Register your interest here.

Book now: WIJ Women in Leadership with Victoria Newton

Taking place on Monday 27 June 2022, journalists will have the opportunity to join Women in Journalism’s Leadership discussion with Victoria Newton, Editor-in-Chief of The Sun.
An award-winning journalist with more than 20 years’ experience, Newton will be interviewed by Kate Mansey, WiJ Deputy Chair & Assistant Editor, The Mail on Sunday with the event taking place at the News UK building from 6.30pm.
Victoria Newton was appointed Editor in Chief of The Sun in February 2020 and is responsible for managing the team creating the biggest and most popular news brand in the UK.
Book here.

Bill Heaney


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